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Aromatherapy Gift Idea

Author: Dr. Larita

shea butter giftDecember 30 is my daughter’s birthday. I can’t believe how quickly she grew up. It was just yesterday when I held her in my arms for the first time. It’s really true, the older you get, the faster time flies! I remember when I was 8 years old thinking how I wanted to be grown so I could be on my own. Ha! If I only knew then what I later found out. Oh, well. I never get my gifts off on time so my grandchildren expect them to be late as usual. I tell my grandchildren I’m on CP time – that’s Cool People (not Colored People or, as my friend Jeannette says, Caucausian People) time.

I thought I would help you out if you are like me and need to get a gift out quickly. I make up jars of creamy shea butter to have as gifts for friends and relatives on birthdays and other holidays. I am too lazy to make my own video of myself or my husband making the cream but I have a cool one that I learned a little something from too. We usually just put the cream in the jar but this video has a cute little twist to that part. Have fun making your gifts. If you are in the Topeka area, you can get all the ingredients you need for the homemade body butters at Fragrance World of Topeka. If you’re not here, you can visit our online store.

The last two days, we have discussed ingredients to use in winter skin care scrubs that will banish the chill of winter and perk up the holiday blahs. Exfoliating skin with a scrub a couple of times a week encourages cell turnover and hydrates, repairs and rejuvenates winter damaged skin. When you add a feel good essential oil to the mix, it will lift your spirits too.

Skin Scrub Recipe:

  1. Scoop 1/12 cups of an exfoliant into a bowl. We discussed baking soda, epsom salts, oatmeal and sea salt.
  2. Mix in 3/4 cup of a carrier oil like olive oil, coconut oil or avocado oil.
  3. Add 5 drops of a mood altering essential oil like vanilla, lavender, sandalwood or peppermint essential oil. (Remember start with just one drop of peppermint until you can tell if it is irritating to your skin or not.)
  4. You can also spoon in 1 teaspoon of a beautifying powder like ginger to lighten and brighten discoloration, turmeric to ease muscle pain and swelling, seaweed to improve lymph flow and flush trapped fluids or charcoal to absorb acne causing bacteria.

To use your scrub, massage the scrub onto your skin for 2 minutes during your shower using circular motions and then rinse. This shower scrub makes a great personalized last minute gift. Just double the above recipe, pour it into a 16 ounce Mason jar and shake well. Add a festive ribbon and tag to make an easy and festive holiday gift.

Yesterday we listed carrier oils and exfoliants to use for winter skin care. Essential oils can affect your mood and if added to your skin care scrub, you can change your mood by using these oils.

If you want to feel:

  • Happy – add vanilla essential oil, it promotes feelings of joy, comfort and serenity.
  • Sleepy – add lavender oil, it calms anxiety and restlessness and can encourage sleep.
  • Calm – add sandalwood essential oil, it decreases blood pressure for added relaxation. Try adding a blend of both lavender and sandalwood.  These two work well together.
  • Energized – add peppermint oil. Its menthol boosts alertness and enhances focus. Start with only 1 drop of peppermint, it can be irritating to sensitive skin.


The coldness of winter, the holiday shopping rush and the short, dark days can often take their toll on out minds and bodies. You can beat seasonal bothers like these and uplift your mood using essential oils and specific carrier oils.

Use these carrier oils when you want to:

  • Soften rough patches – use olive oil because it’s squalene property provides deep and lasting hydration.
  • Firm crepinesss – use coconut oil because its fatty acids plump skin to diminish the appearance of fine lines.
  • Tone sagging – use avocado oil because its phytosterols stimulate collagen and elastin to tighten skin.

You can use an exfoliant like baking soda, epsom salts, oatmeal or sea salt with your oil depending on your skin type to make a skin scrub that will repair your skin. Use baking soda for oily skin, it absorbs excess oil and balances your skin’s pH. Use epsom salts if you have sensitive skin, its magnesium soothes irritated skin. Use oatmeal if you have dry skin, it’s beta-glucans seal moisture into your skin. If you have combination skin, use sea sat. Its crystals slough off dead cells and its sulfur dries up oil. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about the essential oils to add to your exfoliant that will elevate your mood.

Your regular exfoliating practice is probably effective during the warm months, but it could prove to be too much for the cold season. Frequent or vigorous scrubs and cleanses will expose your new young skin to the harsh, dry air of winter without enough protection. If your moisturizing routine is still leaving you dry after exfoliating, consider cutting back on your weekly scrubs and instead use a natural exfoliating soap that can be used daily.

The following oil works very well when used after the drying conditions of winter activities. It is a thick oil but is great in protecting your face when it is exposed to sunburn after skiing, sailing, or hiking.

  • Chamomile – 10 drops
  • Geranium – 10 drops
  • Lavender – 10 drops
    Diluted in
  • Jojoba oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Evening primrose oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Almond oil – 2 teaspoons

Blend these ingredients together well and gently massage into the skin every night before bed and also during the day as a sunscreen.

Happy Thanksgiving

Author: Dr. Larita

We at Natural Body Guru wish you and your family a wonderful and


Why Use Shea Butter?

Author: Dr. Larita

Shea butter is a 100% pure and natural cream containing vitamin A and vitamin E which has exceptional healing properties for the skin. The vitamin A in shea butter is important for improving skin conditions including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis as well as properties that treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, frostbites, and many other common skin conditions. The vitamin E in this rich creamy extract may serve as an anti-free radical agent that aids in preventing the harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposure on the skin.

Shea butter is derived  from the seed of the shea tree and is extracted and prepared without the use of chemicals. The best shea butter for skin use is prepared by cold press methods without the use of added chemicals or preservatives. You can get pure shea butter with no added ingredients or a shea butter blended cream that includes liquid shea oil.

Shea butter is a marvelous product that can be used on any skin type for the following:

  • Dry skin
  • Skin rash
  • Skin peeling after tanning
  • Blemishes and wrinkles
  • Itching skin
  • Sunburn
  • Shaving cream for a smooth silky shave
  • Small skin wounds
  • Skin cracks
  • Tough or rough skin (on feet)
  • Cold weather protection
  • Frost bites
  • Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
  • Insect bites
  • Healthy skin
  • Muscle fatigue, aches and tension
  • For before and after strenuous exercise
  • Skin allergies such as poison ivy or poison oak
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis
  • Skin damage from heat (hot grease while cooking, radiation treatment for certain medical problems, etc.)

Desert Living

Author: Dr. Larita

There are pluses and minuses to living in every environment. For me, the pluses of desert living far outweigh the minuses. The sunshine has done wonders for my mood and the native plants do not wreak havoc on my overactive allergy-prone immune system each spring.

One minus is the effect the sunshine and the dry weather have on my skin. To combat negative effects of too much sun, I always wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen when I go out. I also apply skin moisturizer liberally in the morning and before bed each night.

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