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Blocked sebum become blackheads when surface cells develop sulphides that turn black when they come into contact with oxygen. Blackheads are unsightly and can easily become infected. When you remove them and the opening just fills up again with more sebum; this condition is related to seborrhea, overproduction of the sebaceous glands. Even people with dry skin can develop blackheads, especially on the nose or chin but blackheads can develop practically anywhere on the body, as well as on the face. Wherever they develop, the treatment for blackheads is the same, they need to be removed.

To remove blackheads, get a bowl of steaming hot water with 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar added, put 1 drop of lavender essential oil on the water and cover your head with a towel, being sure to close off the sides too and steam your face for 10 minutes, coming up for air every 3-4 minutes. Rinse the face with 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar mixed in a bowl of hot (but not boiling) water. If the blackheads are loose, squeeze gently taking care not to damage the skin. Then splash the face with a mixture of 2 ounces of mineral water, 2 teaspoons cider vinegar – I like Bragg’s Natural Apple Cider brand, 1 teaspoon witch hazel, 2 drops each of bergamot and cypress essential oils.

After patting the skin dry, massage the following oils into the skin. This will help to prevent blackheads from coming back and also loosen the ones that are already there:

  • Lemongrass – 8 drops
  • Lavender – 5 drops
  • Clary-sage – 2 drops
  • Thyme – 5 drops
  • Jojoba oil – 5 drops

Use this massage mixture morning and night. When you wash your face, take care to use a pure natural soap. You can use eye makeup if you like but avoid face makeup and powder.


Andrea’s Flower Feet

Author: Dr. Larita
05/22/2020

If Geranium essential oil owned a skin care spa, one of its most popular packages might be the “Flower Feet” package!

It would include a foot soak, foot scrub, and foot massage. Geranium is good at soothing feet that are sore from standing or walking all day, or due to joint and muscle pain. It also encourages swelling to go down, enhances circulation, and cools excessive heat.

Geranium essential oil can help you feel “pampered” while deeply supporting your health.

Here are the services geranium includes in its Flower Feet package . . . a foot soak, scrub, and a massage, all in one! It includes essential oils that are good for skin, sore muscles, preventing the proliferation of fungus, and (of course!) smelling beautiful.

Flower Feet

First, soak your feet in a warm bath with some essential oils. Combine:

  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) jojoba
  • 1 drop geranium 
  • 1 drop palmarosa
  • 1 drop tea tree

Add the jojoba and essential oils to a tub of warm water, and relax while you soak your feet!

When you’re ready, use 1 oz (28 g) of pink Himalayan salt to scrub your feet. It helps to add about 1 teaspoon (5 ml) or so of jojoba to the salt, just to make it a little more manageable. (You already have jojoba in the tub of warm water, so you don’t need to add it to the salt to care for your skin—adding it to the salt just helps the salt “stick together” a bit so it doesn’t sprinkle out of your hands when you’re trying to rub it on your feet.)

You don’t have to use pink Himalayan salt for this blend. I just love the color of it! You can use any kind of salt you like. I prefer a small grain salt for blends like this (as opposed to a fine grain, like sand, or a coarse grain, that might be too big to offer much scrubbing effect). But again, that’s all up to you! Feel free to make this blend your own.

If you prefer to make a sugar scrub (rather than a salt scrub), you can simply make this recipe with sugar instead of salt. You can also try this Coconut Sugar Scrub blend I created for YouTube, made with coconut sugar, avocado oil, and Tea Tree.

Thanks to the jojoba in this Flower Feet package, you may not even need to use moisturizer after you’re done. Please be careful when stepping out of the tub though—both the jojoba and the water will be slippery! Dry off well with a towel.

Enjoy your Flower Feet!

Thanks to Andrea Butje, Aromahead Institute


Facial Cleansers

Author: Dr. Larita
05/15/2020

facial cleansers

If you use regular soap to wash your face, you probably know that this kind of soap can irritate your skin. Soap that is not designed specifically for your face can be much too tough on sensitive facial skin. For that reason, facial cleansers are a great way to remove the grime and dirt of the day without damaging or drying out your face.

When you use a moisturizing facial cleanser, remember that you should wash twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. Give the facial cleanser time to work. Rub it into the skin in a circular motion, and then let it sit for about half a minute before removing.

When washing and drying your face, be careful not to pull at the skin, especially the skin around your eyes because it is sensitive and can stretch over time when repeatedly pulled. Know the benefits of your specific facial cleanser. If it contains moisturizers, you could be done after the initial face wash. If your skin feels dry, however, apply a basic face specific moisturizer.


Use Body Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
05/14/2020

perfume

Use body oils instead of  perfume or cologne if you are concerned about using natural skin care products. Traditional designer brand perfumes are comprised of concentrated oils and 75% to 85% alcohol, ethanol and or water. When you purchase perfume or cologne, you pay a high price for the brand name, the advertising campaigns, the “cosmetics gifts” you receive for purchasing a certain dollar amount, the alcohol used, and the beautiful fancy packaging.

The alcohol and ethanol used make your perfume smell very strong but it fades within a few hours. As your perfume (or the alcohol in it) evaporates, it not only takes your fragrance but your natural body oils with it, drying your skin as it goes.  Body oils are pure, concentrated perfume oils in a cosmetic grade vegetable oil. They evaporate naturally giving your skin a softer, smoother feeling – plus they contain no alcohol, ethanol or water so many people who are allergic to perfumes and colognes can wear body oils with no problem.


A simple regimen that only takes 10 minutes a day to complete can give you brighter skin almost instantly. The only supplies you need are warm water, cleanser, facial scrub, toner, cotton swabs, moisturizer, and a towel. Chances are you already have the vast majority of these supplies in your medicine cabinet and linen closet.

Start by rinsing your face with warm water, or steam, to open up your pores. Next, squeeze out some gentle facial cleanser onto your fingertips, rub together, and then massage into your skin. Twice a week use a facial scrub to remove dead skin cells. Rinse your face with lukewarm water, pat dry, and then apply a facial toner to tighten skin pores. When the toner has dried, apply moisturizer to your face, eyelids, and neck. The whole process should only take 10 minutes and will leave you with clean, healthy, glowing skin.


Skin Care Recipes

Author: Dr. Larita
05/08/2020

mask1Are you tired of purchasing overpriced skin care products with too many ingredients that you can’t pronounce? The face mask that you purchased from the drug store may be convenient but it was probably made in a factory under unknown conditions over a year ago. You can start your own natural skin care regimen with inexpensive products that are natural and excellent for your skin. A homemade mask takes only a few minutes to put together and once you have the basic ingredients ready in a jar or carton, you can have your own instant face mask made specifically for your particular skin requirements. If you are ready to start making your own facial mask, this blog is for you.

This is a recipe for a purifying, toning, soothing and rejuvenating mask. First, let’s just make the basic mask recipe so you can have it on hand. Since we often have areas of dry skin, oily skin and normal skin, you can use this basic mask recipe with several different facial formulas. We will be using green clay which you can purchase at your local drugstore or health food store. The recipe calls for 2 ounces of green clay and 3 teaspoons of corn flour. Mix the clay and corn flour together in a jar and keep it ready for combining into one of several different mask formulas that we will describe later. You can also use 1 tablespoon of this basic formula with enough of the other liquids needed for a particular recipe to form a paste and then add your chosen essential oils when you are ready. For each recipe, you will blend the ingredients together to form a smooth paste and leave it on your skin for fifteen minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and apply a facial treatment oil such as grapeseed or almond oil. Dab the face with a tissue after applying the oil.

Mask Formula for Normal skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop of rosewood essential oil


Eliminating Dry Skin

Author: Dr. Larita
05/06/2020

facial moisturizer

Perfumes and fragrances in body care products have a tendency to irritate dry skin or make it worse. Do not use  deodorants and skin care products that are filled with chemicals and fragrances. Check the ingredients on the label for the word fragrance. Lotions and creams often do more harm than good when they are filled with perfumes. If the good ingredients that you are searching for in a body lotion or cream are towards the end of the list, there is only a minute amount in your product.  Look for products containing pure and natural ingredients with bean-based butters like cocoa butter and shea butter as the main ingredient. These products hydrate your skin and leave it feeling moisturized and wonderful. We will talk more about eliminating dry skin this week.


The Gift of Youth

Author: Dr. Larita
05/04/2020

Mother’s Day is May 10 this year and if you’re like me you haven’t gotten your mom’s gift yet. Unfortunately, the coronavirus has kept us at home this year and shopping at the mall is out. How about ordering some quality skin care products for mom online?

If there’s anyone on your list who’s concerned about their appearance or their age then you can’t go wrong with an affordable anti-aging cream. Look for one made with natural materials that won’t do more damage than good. Quality skin care products can be a challenge to find because so many large cosmetics companies sneak harsh chemicals into their products under the guise of long chemical names. Pay attention to the ingredients in the products you buy to avoid giving anything that may contain undesirable ingredients. This is especially easy online since web-based retailers are sure to share as much information about a product as possible. When all else fails, however, try going to the manufacturer’s website. If they’re proud of their products then they won’t be afraid to tell you what’s in them.


Cellulite 3

Author: Dr. Larita
04/24/2020

bath2We talked about using essential oils in the bath so they can penetrate your skin by osmosis. You can use any of the following oils in your bath to fight cellulite:

ESSENTIAL OILS TO FIGHT CELLULITE

TOXIN ELIMINATOR BATH

Place 2 handfuls of epsom salts and 1 handful of rock salt in your bath. Now run the water and add 8 drops of the following synergistic blend:

  • 6 drops each oregano and juniper
  • 10 drops each lemon and grapefruit
  • 8 drops basil

Blend this mixture together well in the tub. Massage the cellulite problem areas while they under the water.


celluliteThose dimples on your hips, thighs, stomach and buttocks are actually pockets of fat that are very unsightly. The causes of cellulite can be anything from poor circulation and a lack of oxygen to water retention or hormonal changes. It could be related to anything from poor lymph drainage to menstrual cycle problems. Whatever the cause of your cellulite, there are several things you can do to lessen or eliminate it from your body.

Treatment for cellulite is not easy and may be a lifelong struggle if it runs in your family genetically. There are some things you can do whatever the cause of your cellulite. The first thing to do when you attack cellulite is to pay attention to your diet. You may be able to reverse that cellulite by changing your diet. Eat lots of fresh vegetables, buy free-range chickens, turkeys and eggs, organically grown whole grain bread, pulses (beans) and rice. Drink only spring water, fruit juices and herb teas. Do not eat dairy products from cows and cut out any fermented foods. Do eat raw cabbage. It is the best food in the world to eliminate toxins from your body.

Here are four anti-cellulite essential oil synergistic blends.  You can try two oils that you already have or two that you wish to try. I usually use the blend that smells the best to me. My favorite of these blends is the rosemary and juniper blend but sage and patchouli are also nice. Whichever you choose, remember to massage your cellulite areas while they are under water. For all of these blends, use the following proportions for use in the future or use the quantity below for two baths. Use only 6 drops per bath.

ANTI-CELLULITE BATHS

Blend 1

  • 8 drops thyme
  • 4 drops lemon

Blend 2

Blend 3

  • 6 drops rosemary
  • 6 drops juniper

Blend 4

  • 6 drops oregano
  • 6 drops lemon

Tomorrow we will discuss a plan of action against cellulite.


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