Archive for July, 2011

Aromatherapy Diffusers

Author: Dr. Larita

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to elevate the mood, relax the senses, and relieve various ailments such as headaches and colds. For these reasons it is being used by many spas worldwide. More and more people are enjoying the effects of aromatherapy and I believe you will too.

An essential oil diffuser will keep your home fragrant for hours. All it takes is a few drops of essential oil in water and you are ready for a relaxing and soothing experience. Diffusers come in many different designs and styles. Be sure the diffuser you choose is made of non porous material so that you can easily wipe it out with a paper towel or soft cloth before changing essential oils. This is especially necessary if you are using your oils therapeutically.

Choosing A Good Product

Author: Dr. Larita

It has been found that body lotion and creams that contain natural ingredients are more beneficial than others as they provide long-lasting results. When choosing your skin care product, you should always avoid products that contain alcohols, mineral oil and dioxane, which is a synthetic derivative of coconut.

These substances are harmful for long-term skin health and are therefore not recommended by skin specialists all over the world. Some of these materials have even been declared highly dangerous as they may cause skin cancer. You need to be very careful in choosing your skin care products to avoid complications and adverse effects.

It is therefore strongly advised to go for natural products that are free from all harmful substances including preservatives and fragrances. When buying body lotion and creams, make sure you have done thorough study about all these ingredients and also some other common substances found in skin care products.

In order to benefit from the countless advantages provided by body creams, always conduct some preliminary research on the effectiveness of the ingredients they contain.

When I left work today at 4:30 pm, the thermometer said 109 degrees. I was so surprised that I took a picture of it and sent it to several of my relatives. The temperature in my car had to be 10 degrees hotter than that, at least it felt that way to me. I saw a rake in the yard when I got home and our yard looked neat and trim so I knew my husband had cut the grass and trimmed the shrubs. I wondered why the rake was still out and one section of the yard still had lots of leaves still on it.

I asked Ron about the rake and he said he started feeling lightheaded around 1:30 pm so he thought he would go in the house for a while and go back out later to finish the yard. He was outside from 7:30 am until 1:30 pm – no wonder he had heat exhaustion. He came in and took a cold shower, continued to drink water and then proceeded to work in the house as usual. When I got home, his muscles had locked on him and I treated him for heat exhaustion. It was a good thing he took a cold shower or I may have had to take him to the hospital emergency room because heat exhaustion can easily lead to heatstroke.

Not drinking enough water or replacing the salt your body loses when the temperature soars into the 100s is dangerous. If you feel dizzy, faint, and nauseous (you may not even feel thirsty) get out of the sun, retire to the shade or go inside. Then drink as much water as you can. Try to drink 3 quarts of water with 1 teaspoon of salt added. Apply undiluted lavender or eucalyptus essential oil to your temples, the back of your neck, and your solar plexus (upper abdomen), and breathe deeply.



Tips for Younger Looking Hair

Author: Ron

Adopt a healthy-hair diet. Eat more salmon, sardines, oily fish (or fish oil/DHA supplements), bran, eggs, nuts, avocados and green tea. Avoid red meat.


Wash your hair according to its needs. Over-washing hair can cause it to appear dry and brittle. Many find that as they age their hair becomes dryer and so requires less washing. In some cases it can even be helpful to skip every other shampoo, while still conditioning your hair.


Choose a cut that falls somewhere between your chin and your shoulder blades. Avoid too many layers for thinning hair, and go for thicker bangs when possible. Remember, longer layers help lengthen a round face, while shorter, framing layers will help soften an angular face.


Deep condition hair with natural oils, such as coconut or shea oil. Rub oil into hair, leave in for a few hours, then wash the oil out for a youthful shine.

We didn’t have air conditioning when I was little and we played outside everyday in the summer heat. I remember my mother rubbing us down with a home remedy for what she called heat bumps but I don’t know what she used and she’s gone now so I can’t ask her. I believe what I had is actually called prickly heat which is a rash of tiny blisters that look like little red or pink spots. It is caused by blocked sweat glands and is extremely itchy. It can occur on any part of the body and the best way to care for it is to stay as cool as possible, expose the area to air if possible, and only cover it with light cotton clothing if it must be covered.

Make a splash to spray on the area by diluting 6 drops each of lavender, eucalyptus, and chamomile essential oils in 1 teaspoon of alcohol and shaking it all up in a plant spray bottle with 1 cup of distilled water and spray this on the affected area. A warm bath will help too if you add 4 drops each of lavender and eucalyptus essential oil.

One other really good treatment for prickly heat is to mix lavender and baking soda and then put the mixture in a warm bath. You will need the following ratios for different age groups:

  • 2 years and under – 1/4 cup baking soda to 1 drop lavender
  • 2 – 7 years – 1/2 cup baking soda to 2 drops lavender
  • 8 – 10 years –  1/2 cup baking soda to 3 drops lavender
  • 10 years to adult – 1 cup baking soda to 4 drops lavender

Always mix the lavender and baking soda before putting them in the bathtub. Never put the two ingredients in the tub separately – they must be mixed before you put them in the bath water.


Pampering yourself can be easy and affordable when you use what you already have to create luxurious and beneficial facial masks. Mix up a mask that meets your skin’s needs, and then plan on kicking back and relaxing. You might consider a cup of hot chamomile tea or a hot foot soak to go along with your at-home spa theme.

Dry Skin: Mash one banana and add five tablespoons of ground oats and a tablespoon of honey. Apply to damp skin and leave on for about twenty minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Oily Skin: Mix one egg white, half a cucumber and one drop of a mixture of one drop lavender essential oil and one drop rosemary essential oil in a food processor or blender and then refrigerate for about twenty minutes. This mask can be left on for fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Blemished Skin: Mix chopped tomato, a tablespoon of instant oatmeal and a teaspoon of lemon juice in a blender until mixed. Let mask stay on skin for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Tired Skin: Mash five ripe strawberries, a few teaspoons of heavy whipping cream and a teaspoon of honey together an apply to face. Leave on for half an hour and rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Anti-Aging Neck Care

Author: Dr. Larita

Have you ever seen a woman whose face was beautiful but when you glanced at her neck, it marred her appearance? No matter how much make up and concealer is on the face, if you don’t take care of the delicate skin on your neck, it will be like a lovely delicate rose on a stalk that can not support it. The neck is one of the first places the body begins to show its age.  Crinkled skin, loss of elasticity, wrinkles and double chins all lead one to look older even though great care is put into maintaining the good looks of the face. You can try to keep your neck covered with a scarf but that is not practical and, thankfully, the neck responds extremely well to essential oil treatments.

The essential oils to use for neck care are rose, geranium, clary-sage, lemon, lemongrass, black pepper, or carrot. Use any one of these oils added to a carrier oil like jojoba, evening primrose, or avocado to begin your treatments.  The neck is a very delicate area and must be cleansed with the same care you use on your face. Add one drop of one of the above essential oils to each 3/4 teaspoon of your usual cleansing cream. Then each night before bed apply the following blend: 8 drops of pettigraine, 3 drops of orange oil, 10 drops carrot oil, 14 drops palma rosa, and 5 drops of lemon blended well with 3 teaspoons jojoba oil, 2 teaspoons wheatgerm oil, and 2 teaspoons of avocado oil. Leave this on for a few minutes and then wipe off any excess with a tissue before going to bed.

I know you’ve heard the little ditty, “Beans, beans, the tropical fruit; the more you eat, the more you toot!” It’s true that the foods you eat can lead to organic stomach gases but it can also be associated with a disease like gallstones or  some problem with the gallbladder. Another problem could be that you’re swallowing air during the day and the gas could be functional with no disease present at all.

To cure functional flatulence simply change your eating habits and be aware of swallowing air during the day. Belching does not help this problem, it causes you to swallow even more air.  If you cut down on cellulose and starchy foods like potatoes, wheat, peas, and onions you will cut out a lot of your gas problem. After eating, sip on a glass of hot water to which you’ve added a teaspoon of honey, a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and 1 drop of  peppermint essential oil. This helps not only your stomach, but also the intestinal tract.

If your gas is giving you pain, make a massage oil blend of 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or shea oil) plus 2 drops cardamom essential oil and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil. Rub this mixture over your whole abdomen in a clockwise direction. Relief is on the way!

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