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What do you do when your child or grandchild gets a little scratch or scrape and comes running to you crying? Well, I just kiss it, wipe away the tears, and together we go to “doctor it up” with a non-stinging first aid solution for minor cuts and bruises.

Let your child help and learn first aid. Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and one to two drops of  lavender essential oil. Gently wipe the affected area and add a fun band-aid. This will take their mind off the boo-boo and the lavender will calm them down and kill the germs.

An even faster method is to pre-blend the witch hazel in a one-ounce bottle and add five to six drops of lavender essential oil. Shake the bottle before use to mix the ingredients. The next time your youngster gets a minor injury, you’ll already have a liquid first aid concoction on hand and the child can shake it up and put it on the cotton ball. The crying will stop in no time!

My cousin was complaining about her son’s smelly shoes and stinky feet. She said he takes a shower every day but it doesn’t help so I told her about the wonders of tea tree oil. To rid your shoes of those awful smells you can put 20 drops of tea tree oil in a plant spray bottle with one cup of water. Shake well before you spray inside your shoes. Use the same spray on your feet when you get out of the shower. Let your shoes dry before you wear them and of course, dry your feet after the shower but you don’t need to spray so much on your feet that they get wet enough to dry them again.

If you don’t want to use the spray, there is another way to use essential oils to sweeten the smell of your shoes. Put 2 teaspoons  of bicarbonate of soda into a small container, an egg cup from your last dozen eggs will work great. Add two drops of lemon, lavender, rosemary or tea tree essential oil and mix it as well as you can, then sprinkle it into then shoes and leave it overnight. Tap the powder out in the morning and your shoes will smell as fresh as new.


Therapeutic grade essential oils are mainly concentrated herbs and people are missing out on their health benefits because of the misconception that they are only for elevating mood and to be used as perfume oils. Numerous essential oils also have properties that kill germs, purify the air and much more. They can be used as alternative first aid care for everything from acne to urinary infections.

If you would like to add additional essential oils to the basic three we discussed in the previous post, you may wish to include rosemary, peppermint, orange, geranium and lemon. Your Aromatherapy First Aid Kit should also include carrier oils such as almond oil, jojoba oil, and or  liquid shea oil to mix your essential oils in, plus aloe vera, vitamin E and garlic oil, which can be created by mixing garlic cloves with sweet almond or grape seed oil.


Every home has a first aid kit but there is an alternative, have you ever thought about assembling your own aromatherapy first aid kit? All you need is a good container marked Essential Oils, Alternative First Aid, or Aromatherapy to house the kit and keep your oils away from light, dampness and extreme heat so they don’t deteriorate. The three major oils to stash in your kit are eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil.

These three oils will aid with colds, wounds, burns, bruises, insect bites, muscle pain, fungal infections and much more. They can be dispensed in a number of ways depending on the need including directly from the bottle, in a carrier or base oil, in a steam bath, or on a compress. We will continue with more information about your alternative aromatherapy first aid kit as well as a few more essential oils to add to your stash in another post.

Skin Care for Your Man

Author: Dr. Larita

We women are always talking about how to care for our skin because we  love to look beautiful but most men aren’t concerned with their skin until there is a problem that needs solving. The first thing people notice about you is your face so here are a few tips to ensure that your skin stays healthy and you look good.

  • Cleanse by washing your face daily with a natural soap like Dudu-Osun Natural Black Soap. It not only cleans but also exfoliates so that you get a deep cleansing and your pores stay clear and your face looks healthy.
  • Tone your skin with a natural astringent containing 1 ounce witch hazel, 3 ounces distilled water, 1 teaspoon cider vinegar and the following essential oils: 2 drops juniper berry, 1 drop lime, and 1 drop grapefruit. This mixture must be shaken each time you use it.
  • Moisturize your face daily with a natural moisturizer that contains no alcohol or fragrances.
  • Protect your skin by: avoiding overexposure to the sun, eating healthy, staying in shape with exercise, and steering clear of alcohol, smoking, fatigue and stress.

Have you noticed that the stores have Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations all out at the same time? That reminded me to let you readers know about the essential oils that will help you when you have eaten too much. I know every year I tell myself that I won’t eat too much at Thanksgiving but I always manage to feel stuffed after dinner because I have to taste everything. Even if I just put a teaspoon of everything on my plate, it still turns out to be too much.

Essential oils will not dissolve all the extra food you eat for dinner but they will allow you to digest that food more easily. The best way to use essential oils for digestion is in a honey tea. Mix 1 or 2 drops of essential oil into a teaspoon of honey, put it in a mug, pour hot water on it, mix it up and then sip the drink slowly. You can use any one of the following essential oils:

  • lemon
  • ginger
  • cumin
  • peppermint
  • spearmint
  • cardamom
  • dill
  • mandarin
My favorite essential oil is peppermint if I’m only going to use one oil for overindulgence. However, it might be a good idea to be ready for the holiday season and make a synergistic blend of essential oils to have ready whenever you overeat. Once you have blended the following oils together in these proportions, use 1 to 2 drops in honey tea.
  • 10 drops mandarin
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops ginger
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 3 drops coriander

If your sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep it healthy, your hair probably looks dry and flyaway. The protective oils produced by your hair are essential for protecting it from the elements but exposure to sun, wind, heat, and chemicals can damage hair, leaving it frizzy.  Split ends, broken shafts and a rough texture are all signs that your hair is lacking a sufficient sebum coating.

Ways to repair dry hair include:

  • Using a very gentle natural shampoo followed by a cream conditioner that you leave on your hair (not your scalp) for several minutes
  • Avoiding the use of chemical products such as hair dye and styling products because they can be very harsh on hair and wearing a hat if you’re going to be out in the sun, and a swimming cap if you’re going to be in chlorinated water
  • Adding a few drops of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive oil, etc) will give protective moisture to hair if you simply place a few drops  in your hands, rub your hands together and then work through your hair to give it a light sheen
  • Drying hair on the low or coolest setting if you must blow it dry
  • Combing your hair in the shower with conditioner in it because this is the time your hair is at its smoothest and strongest; otherwise, use a boar bristle brush, which will be more gentle and less likely to tear hair, as well as helping to distribute oil through the hair
  • Washing your hair less often and using a weekly deep conditioner
  • Having your hair trimmed if you are experiencing split ends- at least 1/2 inch above the splits

Fevers and Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita

When your child develops a fever, it is very uncomfortable for both the child and you. In the case of a very high fever, your child can even go into seizures. If the child begins to shiver, it doesn’t mean he or she is cold so do not try to warm them up. That will only make the fever worse. Shivering is just one way the body tries to get rid of a fever.

To treat the fever, cover the patient with a sheet and continuously wipe the head and body with a cool, not cold, cloth. Cold water will only keep the heat in because the blood vessels will contract in response to the cold temperature. Also sponge the body occasionally with lukewarm water to which you have added 2 drops of essential oil per 1 quart of water. The essential oils to choose from for cooling are eucalyptus, tea tree, camomile, peppermint (in a room diffuser only), or lavender.

The hot weather in the summer can wreak havoc on our skin, and it’s important to protect our skin against sunburn and other heat related skin conditions. While sunburns have occurred since the beginning of mankind, recent research has linked sunburn to serious skin conditions, like skin cancer. It’s important that we protect ourselves outdoors with sunblock of the proper SPF rating. It’s also important to moisturize during the hot summer weather to prevent the skin from cracking and becoming too dry. For this, new vibration crème is a great option, as it stimulates the production of tissue and brings the top layer of skin cells back together. New vibration cream can even make the skin appear more youthful than it was before!

For sunburns, it’s important to treat the sunburns with moisturizers and skin cream to prevent further damage (and also to reduce the pain). For serious sunburns, it’s best to consult a doctor, as long term damage can occur if the sunburn is not treated.

I found a recipe for carrot cake using essential oils that I thought you would like to try. I love carrot cake and this recipe is wonderful. First heat your oven to 325 degrees then grease and flour your cake pan. You will need the following ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 large carrots, grated
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • 2 ounces ground almonds
  • 2 ounces self rising flour
  • 3 drops orange essential oil

Separate the egg yolks and beat well. Place the grated carrots in a pan of boiling water and cook for five minutes. Remove the carrots from the heat and drain in a colander. Combine the carrots, egg yolk and sugar and mix well. Slowly mix in the orange juice and the orange essential oil, then add the almonds and the flour.

Beat the egg whites until they are stiff and fold them into the cake mix. Pour the mix into the cake pan and bake for 40 minutes. Test with a toothpick to make sure the cake is done in the center. Stick the toothpick in the center and make sure it comes out dry. If there is still cake mix on the toothpick, put the cake back in the oven for 5 more minutes then test it again. When the cake is cool, you can frost it with cream cheese frosting which is even more delicious if you add 2 drops of orange essential oil. Enjoy!


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