Archive for November, 2011

Eucalyptus essential oil, from the eucalyptus tree originally native to Australia, has been used for centuries to treat chest and other respiratory problems. It is a very versatile oil that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. Research has proven eucalyptus has antiviral properties as well.

You probably know about its effectiveness against coughs and colds because several over the counter cold medications list eucalyptus as an ingredient, including many cough drops. I use a CPAP machine and I put a couple of drops into its water tub every night and it really helps me breathe and keeps me free from colds. Eucalyptus is also effective in the treatment of cystitis and sunburn and can be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets.


If your neck is showing signs of age, you might want to give it a special treatment of the following synergistic  blend of essential oils. Use 10 drops of rose, 7 drops clary-sage, 10 drops lemon, and 20 drops carrot essential oil blended well with 1 teaspoon  of evening primrose oil. Gently massage this mixture into the skin and leave it on for at least ten minutes before wiping off the excess oil.

After a long winter of turtle-neck sweaters and woolen scarves, the neck will benefit greatly if you slough off dead skin cells, brighten up and tone the neck and prepare it for a treatment oil as discussed in part I of essential oils for neck care. Mix 1 teaspoon of ground almond with 1/2 teaspoon of jojoba oil into a paste and rub it all over the neck and chest area in upward movements. Leave this on for 10 minutes then rinse it off with water followed by a rinse with the following tonic water: 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon spring water, 1 teaspoon witch hazel, and 2 drops lemon essential oil. Mix the lemon essential oil with the witch hazel and then blend that with the other ingredients. Rinse most of the paste off with water and then add the vinegar tonic water to the final rinse until all the almond paste is gone.


Have you ever seen a woman whose face was beautiful but when you glanced at her neck, you felt sorry for her because of the wrinkles there? 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 beautiful flower on a withered stalk that can not support it. The neck is one of the first places where 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, 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.


If sitting under a fluorescent light all day isn’t exactly appealing to you, look into the benefits of light diffusers. A light diffuser is a cover that’s used to shield and soften the light coming from a fluorescent bulb. It scatters the harsh light in order to produce softer light.

The use of light diffusers is recommended not only in the office, but at home, too. Studies have shown that fluorescent lights can have myriad effects on people, including headaches, eyestrain, and afternoon tiredness, increased stress levels, and difficulty concentrating. Using a diffuser to decrease the likelihood of these affects will not only make the office a more pleasant environment, it will make the home a happier place.


Women always talk about how to care for our skin because we  want to look beautiful but men aren’t usually concerned with their skin until there is a problem that needs solving. The first thing others 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, drinking lots of water, staying in shape with exercise, and steering clear of alcohol, smoking, fatigue and stress.


I recently had the doctor remove some moles from my neck and the whole procedure went well. He even gave me the moles in a little jar of formaldehyde. I know that sounds gross but my granddaughter used to play with them when they were on my neck so I wanted to show her where they went.

Dr. Ed burned the moles off with a little tool that he said is a disposable laser of some sort and I’ve had no problem in any of the 18 spots where he burned off moles, except for one. For some reason this spot has been irritated all along and it wasn’t even the biggest mole. I kept unconsciously rubbing it and I must have made it worse. Well, the point of this blog is to let you know that this eveninng, I put one drop of lavender and one drop of tea tree oil on a cotton swab and dabbed it on the spot. Voila, after one application, it is no longer itching or irritated.

If you don’t have any other essential oils, please get either one or both of these two. Lavender is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative and detoxifier. It is excellent in the treatment of burns and minor skin irritations. Tea tree is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungul so it can be used to treat all kinds of infections and a wide range of other conditions such as ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot and toothache.


Yesterday, I talked about essential oils to use for making your parties and celebrations even bigger hits. Today I want to give you some aromas to make your Christmas, Kwanzaa and other holiday celebrations aromatherapy sensational! You may not know what aromatherapy sensational is but when you inhale these scents, you will definitely smell what I mean.

There are different types of oils to choose from that will evoke memories from your childhood and you can create new aroma memories for the future. If you like a spicy scent, use cinnamon, clove, or bay. For an outdoorsy scent, use pine or cedarwood. Citrus oils like mandarin, orange and tangerine will make your home smell fresh and warm, like Christmas cookies and cakes. Lastly, you can use a small amount of frankincense or myrrh, gifts given to the baby Jesus by the three wise men, in a Christmas blend.

To make a synergistic Christmas blend, put 4 drops of pine, 2 drops of mandarin, 1 drop of cinnamon and 1 drop of either frankincense or myrrh in a plant spray bottle with 1 1/4 cups of water. Be sure to shake the bottle well each time you use it. Experiment with combining your own blends at Christmas time or any time to give your home a signature scent.


There are plenty of skin care products out there that are best left to the professionals.   Salt and sugar scrubs, on the other hand, can be made quite easily in your kitchen, so for those who enjoy homemade products and custom scents, here’s your opportunity.  The scrubs are a way to gently exfoliate your body and promote healthy skin. They can be used before or along with your bath or shower.

The first thing you need to decide is whether you prefer salt or sugar.  Those with sensitive skin often do better with sugar, which is more gentle and melts away faster in the warm water.  Then, it’s time to collect your ingredients.

The basics of the recipe are sugar or salt, food grade oil (such as jojoba, grapeseed, or avocado), and essential oils.   You can use a variety of different oils depending on your skin’s needs. For example, grape seed oil is slightly astringent and great for oily skin, while sweet almond oil is great for dry skin that needs a lot of moisturizing.  You might also choose to use a bit of honey, especially in sugar scrubs, to help smooth out the texture of the scrub.  You can get creative with seasonal scents, or even add some coffee crystals for a little extra wake-up power in your shower.

Here’s a sample recipe:

  • 8 cups salt OR sugar (raw or light brown)
  • 2 cups jojoba oil
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • Your choice of essential oils (a few drops)
  • Honey for texture

Slowly mix the oils into the sugar or salt. You are aiming for a consistency that is wet, yet allows you to ball it up without it dripping back through your fingers.  Add honey and/or more oil as needed.  When you have achieved your desired texture, mix in your essential oils.

Note: be sure to use pure essential oils and not fragrance oils which are often synthetic and can be highly irritating.


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