Archive for October, 2011

Essential Oil Carrot Cake Recipe

Author: Dr. Larita
October 10, 2011

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!


Aromatherapy for Bad Breath

Author: Dr. Larita
October 7, 2011

Bad breath or halitosis is often caused by something other than the breath itself. It could come from digestive problems, gum disease, or you could just have bad breath in general. Essential oils can help you no matter which problem is causing your bad breath.



  • 2 drops tea tree
  • 2 drops thyme


  • 4 drops lavender

Dilute the 4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of brandy and then put it in a tumbler of warm water and use the mixture as a mouthwash. Do not swallow this concoction, it is not a cocktail!


Essential Oils for Bruises

Author: Dr. Larita
October 6, 2011

Liquid Shea Oil

I am constantly running into things at home and getting bruises. I decided I better find a way to get rid of these purple bruised spots on me or pretty soon people will think I’m a four eyed giant purple people eater! There is one bruise on my arm that hasn’t gone away because it comes from my heavy purse falling on my watch making it dig into my arm. I’m going to work on that one first.

To treat your bruises, first get two bowls of water, one with hot water and one with cold water and add the following to both bowls:

  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop geranium essential oil

Next, soak a washcloth in each bowl and alternately apply them to the bruised and surrounding area. Finally, rub in a small amount of the following oil:

  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop lavender essential oil
    Diluted in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond or liquid shea oil.



Essential Oil Bacteria Busters

Author: Dr. Larita
October 5, 2011

Most essential oils inhibit the growth of bacteria because they have antiseptic properties and are bactericides. However you use essential oils in your home, they not only make your environment smell nice, they also make it safe for you and your family. The following essential oils are also antifungal and antiviral so they are powerful bacteria busters and inexpensive.

  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Lemon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Pine
  • Thyme
  • Grapefruit
  • Lime

Most essential oils have a shelf life of about 2 years (they will last forever as a perfume.) The disinfectant quality of eucalyptus oil actually improves with age! If you have some essential oils that are too old to use in body or skin care, keep them in the kitchen or bathroom and use 2 drops on your sponge or cloth to wipe surfaces and then squeeze it out and let the water run down the drain to kill any bacteria hiding there.

Natural Air Fresheners

Author: Dr. Larita
October 4, 2011

Have you ever heard of chlorofluorocarbons? That is the chemical ingredient in commercial air fresheners that is depleting the earth’s ozone layer and also doing who knows what to your family’s health. Essential oils are a much better option for making your home smell nice. There are several different ways to disperse your oils through the air as we have discussed before (see How To Use Essential Oils III.)

Diffusers are a very easy and effective way to fragrance a room. Be sure you use a diffuser made of a nonporous material so that it can be easily wiped clean when you want to change oils. There are many different types of diffusers on the market these days but even a bowl of boiling water with a few drops of your favorite essential oils added and placed centrally will leave a lingering scent all over the room. Try using the bowl before you purchase any kind of diffuser to see how well it works. If you use a bowl of hot water, remove it when the heat is gone and be careful to keep it out of the reach of children.

Everybody has to wash their clothes but laundry detergent is expensive and also full of ingredients we don’t need. I just came across a recipe for laundry soap that you can make at home so I’m going to share it with you today. You will need one bar of casteel soap, one cup of Arm and Hammer super washing soda, a half cup of Borax and four cups of hot tap water.

To make the detergent, you first have to open the bar of casteel soap and let it air dry. When it is dry, grate the bar and add it to a saucepan with the hot water. Stir the mixture continually over medium low heat until the soap melts completely. Next, fill a five gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Then add the melted soap, the washing soda and the borax. Stir the bucket until all of the powder is dissolved. Next, you fill the bucket to the top with more hot water, add 15 drops of lemon essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of tea tree essential oil. Finally, stir the mixture again and then cover it. For ease of use, save an empty laundry detergent bottle and fill it with your detergent. Be sure to shake the bottle before each use.

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