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.


Today I am reporting to you the results of my experiment using peppermint essential oil as a natural stimulant to stay awake at work. I was supposed to let you know if it worked to keep me awake or not yesterday but I forgot to take the peppermint oil with me in my rush to get to work on time. Now that I am working a temporary job, I find myself getting sleepy at work quite often because this is a sit-down job and I’m used to being on the go all the time in my educational work. I wanted something natural to keep me awake because coffee stimulates me but it also gives me urinary tract infections. I like peppermint candy but who needs the extra sugar? I really meant to put a drop or two of peppermint essential oil on a tissue but in my haste I simply grabbed the bottle and stuck it in my purse.

I start work at 8:00 am and I started getting drowsy at 9:15 this morning – I know because I looked at the clock when I first started feeling sleepy. I decided to go get some water from the break room and take a trip to the restroom for this first bout of sleepiness and that woke me up until my 10:00 break. I noticed myself getting sleepy again about 11:15 so I dug around in my purse and got the bottle of peppermint out. I unscrewed the top and took a whiff. Whew! That peppermint is really potent. My eyes opened right up and I put the bottle back in my purse. About 11:45 I was getting sluggish again so I got my peppermint back out and took another whiff; again it woke me up.

I go to lunch at noon for 30 minutes so while eating, I started thinking about the amount of time between my sleepy periods. I thought that maybe if I took more than one whiff of peppermint at a time, the stimulation would last longer. The next time I got sleepy I took three long breaths inhaling peppermint oil on each breath. I didn’t get sleepy again at all for the rest of the afternoon. I did inhale it again though because a co-worker from another floor saw the bottle on my desk and asked why it was there. While I was demonstrating, I accidentally touched the dropper top to my upper lip! That really woke me up – now that is stimulating but I would not suggest you do that unless you have felt peppermint oil on your skin before.


Ok, I confess. I was going to tell you about the results of my stimulating peppermint essential oil experiment today. Unfortunately, I was running so late I forgot to take the peppermint with me this morning. I was so sleepy at work again today that I almost fell off my chair at one point. I stayed up extra late last night writing the blog and unpacking etc. from our stay at Clubhouse Inn. I thought I would have the peppermint to help me stay awake but since I forgot it I’ll have to report to you tomorrow. I am going to go get the peppermint as soon as I finish this and put it in my purse! I promise to report out to you tomorrow!

Yesterday was Sunday and during our over 100 degree weather, our central air conditioning stopped working. The indoor temperature was starting to rise, but I didn’t pay too much attention to it until I was ready to fix dinner. It was so hot when my husband got home I suggested we go out for dinner. He looked at the thermostat and it was 83 degrees and warm air was coming out of the vents. Outside, the air conditioner was making a screeching sound so we turned it off and called the AC company we use to come early Monday morning, we then packed a few things and went to a motel.

I don’t know if it’s just me or if this happens to most people when they stay in a motel; it takes me forever to finally get to bed. I can’t find anything and I usually have left something crucial at home so I’m trying to improvise. Anyway, it was quite late when I finally laid down and then I got up 30 minutes earlier than usual so I could repack and still have time to go eat the complimentary full breakfast.

The main point of this blog is to let you know how sleepy and tired I was at work today. I drank tea, water and coffee plus I nibbled on stuff all day trying to stay awake. OK, I confess, I get sleepy almost everyday at work. Tomorrow, I am going to take some peppermint essential oil and sniff it whenever that happens. Peppermint is reported to have stimulating properties. I will let you know if it keeps me awake and alert or if I need to blend it with another oil.




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.

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