Archive for January, 2012

If you wear dentures you know that sometimes, no matter how careful you are, those dentures are going to irritate your gums. When that happens, it can be a miserable feeling and unless you want to walk around toothless for a few days, you have to grin and bear it. Here is another case where essential oils can come to the rescue as an alternative health aid that really works and will not cost you a fortune.

Dilute the following in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil:

  • 1 drop of clove essential oil
  • 3 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • 1 drop of lemon or lavender essential oil

Mix this blend well and apply 1 to 2 drops to a cotton ball you have wet with water and squeezed most of the water out of before placing it on the sore spot. You can hold it there for as long as you want. I usually keep mine in all night but don’t try that if you don’t sleep with your mouth closed. I don’t want you to swallow the cotton ball or choke on it!  You can also massage your gums with this oil blend before putting your dentures in your mouth the next morning.

Aromatherapy Diffusers

Author: Dr. Larita


Aromatherapy elevates the mood, relaxes the senses, and even relieves various ailments such as headache and colds. For these reasons it has been used by many spas worldwide. More and more people are learning to enjoy the effects of aromatherapy at home too.

With the use of essential oil diffusers, a room can be kept fragrant for hours. All it takes is a few drops of essential oil in water and the place will smell relaxing and soothing. Diffusers come in many different designs and styles.

Naturally Healthy Hair

Author: Dr. Larita

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

I got too ambitious with the cleaning this weekend and when I finally stopped, my back was killing me! I have an aromatherapy treatment for back pain that I will share with you. The best way to administer this treatment is to massage the sore area. Massage using essential oils provides welcome relief from chronic back pain because the oils penetrate deeply into the sore contracted muscles causing them to expand. Essential oils also cause increased blood flow to the sore area and allow torn tissues to be repaired by the body. Use any of the following essential oils in blends of 2 to 3 oils and then use 5 drops of the blend per 1 teaspoon of a good carrier oil like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or liquid shea oil.

  • Thyme
  • Camphor
  • Chamomile
  • Vetiver
  • Cypress
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Juniper
  • Sage
  • Oregano


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