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Essential oils can be used in your bath four different ways. First, you can just add them neat to your bath water and swish it around. You will have a luscious aroma plus the therapeutic properties of whichever oil you use. The oils can also be used  to make homemade bubble baths, bath oils, and bath crystals.

If you like bath crystals, you will love the fact that you can make your own and not pay a lot of money for fancy packaging like you do when you buy them in the stores. To make your own you will need some attractive glass jars. You can save them over the year for next holiday season or for any occasion when gifts are given. If you don’t have any for this season, you can put the crystals in a small gift bag from a party store or simply put them in a plastic sandwich bag.

All you need to make your bath crystals is washing soda crystals, a little food coloring, and the essential oils of your choice. Just crush the washing soda crystals, add a little food coloring (your choice of color) and the essential oil you want for that color. Use a corresponding color for the essential oil you choose like yellow for lemon or red for peppermint. To each 9 ounces of colored crystals add 20 drops of essential oils. Tie a ribbon around the jar or bag and voila, you’ve got your holiday gift.


Buying Gifts for Mom

Author: Dr. Larita
12/21/2020

I always had trouble figuring out what to get my mom for holidays like her birthday, Christmas, or Mother’s Day. She was the kind of woman who already had everything she needed and didn’t really make requests or anything like that because she was content with the things she had. As the woman who raised me though, I still felt obligated to purchase her a nice gift from time to time.

One thing you can generally rely on when it comes to purchasing gifts for a loved one is body care items. Most people, men and women, like soaps and lotions with nice fragrances. She was especially pleased when I purchased an assortment of online natural products for her. I bet your spouse, mom or dad will love it too.


Aromatherapy Gift Idea

Author: Dr. Larita
12/14/2020

shea butter giftDecember 14 is my son’s birthday. He was my first child and I can’t believe how quickly he grew up. It was just yesterday when I held him 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 kids and 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, Caucasian 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, 3416 SW 6th Ave. If you’re not here, you can visit our online store.


Happy Thanksgiving

Author: Dr. Larita
11/26/2020

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

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Skin Moisturizers

Author: Dr. Larita
11/25/2020

 

Moist, supple skin is the product of both hydration and a good skin care regimen. Drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day will keep you from having dry, sagging skin, eczema, cracked flaky skin, acne and pimples.

Stay hydrated with water-rich foods like cucumbers, 97% water; tomatoes and zucchini, 95% water and peaches, 87% water. Grains, beans, and pastas are also good sources of water because they absorb a lot of water while they cook. Use a good quality chemical-free natural moisturizing product to keep your skin moisturized on the outside too.


A facial scrub is used to exfoliate the skin and unplug pores. It will also leave the skin looking fresh and new as the dead layer of skin cells is sloughed off. You only need about 1 teaspoon of material to make your scrub and you can use foods you already have in the kitchen as your base. Good bases that you may already have are oatmeal, dried peas, almonds and hazelnuts. Whichever base you use must be ground up in a blender or by pestle and mortar so that it forms small, gritty lumps like coarse sand. The starches and enzymes in the cereals, peas or nuts will be triggered during treatment and will work on cleansing the face.

Oatmeal is commonly used in cosmetic products and when combined with ground almonds, it makes an excellent scrub. Mix one teaspoon of oatmeal, one teaspoon of ground almonds, and one drop of either lavender, clary-sage, or basil essential oil. Roll this combination over the surface of your face with damp fingers then rinse it off with warm water. Basil essential oil is very good for this type of scrub because it lifts dead skin cells and rejuvenates the skin tone.

Basil is an important ingredient in the following revitalizing face scrub which is best to use if you have normal to oily skin: 1 teaspoon ground almonds, 1 teaspoon dry oatmeal, 1 pinch salt, 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar and 1 drop basil essential oil. Mix the vinegar, salt and basil together then add the almonds and oatmeal. Again, use damp fingers to roll the mixture over your face and then finish by rinsing your face well with warm water.


What is Acne?

Author: Dr. Larita
11/23/2020

There are multiple factors that contribute to acne: genetics, hormones, certain medications, stress and bacteria, to name a few. Acne results when bacteria, dead skin, dirt and oil become trapped in the pores. Typically, blemishes consist of whiteheads or blackheads, and can be accompanied by redness, peeling, changes in skin texture and an increase in oil production.

There are several solutions to getting rid of acne, such as all natural skin care beauty products and a better diet.  There are also some commercially available acne medications, but many of them contain chemicals that can be harmful to sensitive skin.


Why Use Shea Butter?

Author: Dr. Larita
11/16/2020


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.)


Shea Butter?

Author: Dr. Larita
11/13/2020

Shea butter is a yellowish or ivory colored natural fat that comes from the seed of the African shea tree. Extracting shea butter from the seed is a social activity for African women elders and young girls who crush and boil the seeds by hand.  Shea butter is used in Africa for cooking oil, as a water proofing wax, for hairdressing, for candle-making, and also as an ingredient of medicinal ointments.

The main industrial use of shea butter outside Africa is in cosmetics, such as moisturizer creams and emulsions, and in hair conditioners for dry and brittle hair. This versatile cream can be used to correct many skin conditions which we’ll discuss in a later post.


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