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Wake Up Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita

I am in my retirement years and I thought writing this blog would keep me busy but I went back to work in a different career because I feel the same way I did in my youth. I also like being around people and writing a blog doesn’t do that for me at all. Even though I like going to work, some mornings (usually Monday) I wake up listless and tired. When that happens, I have a routine I go through that may help you too.

First, drink a little fruit juice and take a bath or shower using the following essential oils – bergamot, basil, and peppermint. If you take a bath, use 3 drops of each and for a shower, use 1 drop of each on your towel. In the bath, lie back and breath deeply to inhale the revitalizing essential oil fragrance.

Next, do a few stretches – don’t do Billy Blanks’ boot camp. Just stretch each muscle group as well as you can and pay attention to each muscle group. The essential oil bath or shower will help with this because the oils stimulate circulation and also the respiratory, nervous, muscular and skeletal systems. Lastly, eat a breakfast of whole foods. Enjoy your day.

Rosemary essential oil is an excellent one for treating all muscular aches and pains. Its antiseptic properties make it popular for treating muscular sprains, arthritis, rheumatism, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine, headaches, coughs, flu and diabetes among many other conditions. Rosemary is used in many beauty products for everything from acne and cellulite to hair care. This essential oil is also invaluable to cooks, sportsmen and gardeners.

I have started walking around the neighborhood again now that it is not as hot outside. When I came in a couple of nights ago, I had an ache in the joint of my big toe (of all places.) I looked through my essential oil tool kit and decided to try some rosemary on it. I put two drops neat on the joint and massaged it in. I didn’t expect it to work right away but when I put my sock back on and went in the kitchen to get some water, I told my husband that I couldn’t believe it but my toe didn’t hurt anymore.  I had complained the last 10 minutes of our walk about how much it hurt so we were both pleasantly surprised. I think I will be using rosemary on my aches and pains more often.

Essential oils are special liquids – typically derived from plants – that are utilized in aromatherapy. They are used for a number of products such as soaps and perfumes and are often said to have beneficial effects on the human body in a variety of ways, such as usage as antiseptics or as a mood-lifter.

These organic essential oils are derived from many types of plants, with different plants often bringing different effects, sometimes for reasons as simple as a pleasant fragrance or taste. For instance, coffee essential oil is often used to flavor food, whereas black pepper essential oil is used for treating muscle pains.

Using Essential Oils 4

Author: Dr. Larita

So far, we have talked about body methods and water methods for using essential oils. Today, I’m going to talk about ways to use them throughout a room.

Room Techniques

  • Candles – use 1-2 drops.  Light the candle and when the wax starts to melt, add the oils to the melted wax. Be careful not to get the oils on the wick because they are inflammable.
  • Diffusers – use 1-6 drops. Diffusers are specifically made for use with essential oils. There are many different kinds of diffusers and they can be heated by electricity or by candle flame. Be sure the bowl part of the diffuser is made of non-porous material so that it can be wiped clean before a different essential oil is used in it. The main idea is that the bowl is heated by the heat source allowing the essential oil molecules to be released into the air.
  • Light bulbs – 1-2 drops. Heat from light bulbs can release essential oil molecules into the air. You can put the essential oil directly on the light bulb before you turn it on or you can use a light bulb ring. Do not put the essential oil on a bulb that is hot because the oils are inflammable. Light bulb rings only work on the bulb type of light bulbs. They do not work on the new coiled, energy-saving type bulbs. Make sure the light bulb ring fits on your bulb before you add the oils.
  • Humidifiers – 1-9 drops. Add the essential oil to the water. Eucalyptus would work well for humidifiers because it is antiseptic and antibiotic.
  • Radiators – 1-9 drops. Add the essential oil to a cotton ball and place it by the pipe or somewhere that puts it in contact with the heat.
  • Room sprays – 4 -8 drops per 1 cup water. Use a new plant sprayer  and add warm (not boiling) water, add the essential oil and shake well before using. You can spray the mist into the air or on the carpets, curtains, and furniture. Do not let the water fall on good wood.
  • Water bowls – 1-9 drops. Pour boiling water into a bowl and add the essential oil. Close doors and windows and allow 5 minutes for the aroma to fill the room.
  • Wood fires – 1 drop per log. Use cypress, pine, sandalwood, or cedarwood essential oils. Put 1 drop on each log and let it soak for 30 minutes before using. The oil will be effective on the log for a long time so you can prepare logs in advance and use one essential oil log per fire.

Using Essential Oils 3

Author: Dr. Larita

Yesterday we talked about some body methods you can use to get the maximum effect from your essential oils. Today let’s talk about a different technique.

Water Techniques

  • Baths – use a maximum of 8 drops of essential oils in the bath or the amount directed for use in a particular recipe. First, close the bathroom door and run the bath, then add the essential oil and swish the water around. Soak in the tub for at least ten minutes while relaxing and breathing deeply. You can dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil before adding it to the water to help your skin feel silky smooth while also relaxing your body.
  • Bidet – use 2 – 3 drops of essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon carrier oil. Run warm water from the bidet or from the tap, add the essential oil and swish it around so the oils don’t irritate mucous membranes.
  • Douche – only use this method if you are under the care of a naturopath. Add the essential oil to boiled and cooled water from the tap or warmed, bottled spring water. Shake the douche thoroughly before using.
  • Jacuzzi – use 3 drops per person using the jacuzzi.
  • Sauna – use 2 drops per 2 1/2 cups of water. Use eucalyptus, tea tree or pine essential oils. Mix the essential oils in the water  and throw it onto the heat source as usual. Only use one of these three oils because they are the only ones that enter the body with inhalation and exit by perspiration. All three oils are very beneficial as cleansers and detoxifiers.
  • Shower – as directed or use a maximum  of 8 drops essential oil. First, wash as usual in the shower. Then add the essential oil to your washcloth or sponge and rub it over your body quickly as you stand under the running water. Deeply breathe in the aromatic steam.
  • Sitz bath – as directed in your recipe or 2-3 drops. Run a bath to hip level or use a bowl or pan that is big enough for you to lower your behind into it. Add your essential oil and swish thoroughly so the oils don’t irritate your delicate mucous membranes.
  • Hand bath – use 2-4 drops of essential oil – soak the hands for a maximum of 10 minutes in a bowl of warm water.
  • Foot bath – as directed in your recipe or 2-6 drops. Soak your feet for twenty minutes in a bowl of warm water.

Using Essential Oils 2

Author: Dr. Larita

Yesterday, we discussed the three basic methods of using essential oils in general. Today I am giving you more details about how to use the oils on your body.

Body Methods

  • Perfume – dissolve your essential oils (the strength is up to you) in a light carrier oil and apply to the body as you would perfume.
  • Tissue or handkerchief – apply 1 drop and sniff as needed.
  • Inhaled as a Vapor – use 2-3 drops  of essential oils. Pour hot water into a bowl, add the oil, cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl with your face about 10 inches away and with your eyes closed. Breath deeply through your nose for 1 to 3 minutes, take a break and do it again as needed or until the water cools.
  • Massage oil –  use a maximum of 5 drops to each teaspoon of carrier oil or as directed in a particular recipe. Purchase a brown glass bottle and measure out your base oil. You can use sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, shea oil, coconut oil, etc. Add the essential oil and blend it into the carrier oil by turning the bottle upside down several times and then rolling the bottle briskly between your hands. You only need about a teaspoon of this mixture poured into the palm of your hand to massage the whole body.

Using Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita

There are three basic methods for using essential oils so that you can make the most of their healing powers for your mind, body and soul. The oils can be used alone so that you get the healing powers of the single essential oil you want to use or you can make a synergistic blend of oils. By mixing two or more essential oils together, you are creating a chemical blend that is different from any of its parts. Blends are powerful and with them you can have increased potency without increasing the dosage.

The first method of use is the body method which includes using the oils as perfume, sniffed on a tissue, inhaled as a vapor, or massaged onto the body in a carrier oil. Next  are the water methods including baths, bidets, douches, jacuzzis, saunas, showers, sitz baths, hand baths, or foot baths. Lastly, we have the room methods which include candles, diffusers, light bulbs, humdifiers, radiators and heaters, room sprays, water bowls, and wood fires. We will explore these methods further this week.


The Natural Pharmacy

Author: Dr. Larita

Aromatherapy is the use of natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance mental and physical well-being. Many believe that inhaling essential oils stimulates brain function and that when they are absorbed through the skin and travel through the bloodstream, they promote physical healing.
Another term for aromatherapy is alternative medicine and it can be used in a variety of ways, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function. There are a over 300 essential oils available, each with its own healing properties but it would be expensive to start off with that many. If you want to start your own aromatherapy pharmacy, I suggest the following oils because of their medicinal properties and their ability to deal with a wide number of ailments.
  • Lavender – burns, cuts, eczema, headaches, infections, arthritis
  • Tea Tree – fungal infections, viral and bacterial infections, colds, flu, warts, acne
  • Peppermint – inflammation, nausea, indigestion, fevers, flatulence, headaches, arthritis
  • Chamomile – nerves, migraine, acne, inflammation, insomnia, menstrual problems
  • Eucalyptus – sore throat, coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis, skin infections, aches and pains
  • Geranium – depression, menstrual problems, diarrhea, diabetes, sores, neuralgia, sore throats
  • Rosemary – gout, headaches, fatigue, muscular aches and pains, skin infections, dandruff, sprains
  • Thyme – bacterial infections, urinary infections, rheumatism, viral infections, lethargy, sores
  • Lemon – sore throat, nervous conditions, blood pressure, digestive problems, antiseptic
  • Clove – nausea, flatulence, bronchitis, arthritis, toothache, diarrhea, infections, antiseptic

Essential Oil Diffusers

Author: Dr. Larita

Aromatherapy is a proven way to elevate the mood, relax the senses, and even relieve various ailments such as headaches and colds. For these reasons it has been used in homes, offices, spas and by many other places worldwide. More people are enjoying the effects of aromatherapy everyday. All you need is a little education about which oils to use and about the diffusers in which to use them.

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 area will smell relaxing and soothing. In an office where the atmosphere can sometimes be tense, use 10 drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil to calm the nerves and relax stressful situations. If you are at home and want your rooms to smell homey for visitors you are expecting, choose a citrus scented essential oil like grapefruit or lemon to fragrance your rooms.

When a family member has a cold or the flu, use 8 drops of eucalyptus, 3 drops of lavender, and 5 drops of tea tree essential oil on the sick room diffuser to make your loved one feel better and rid the room of germs. Diffusers come in many different designs and styles. You are sure to find one that is pleasing to you but be sure to get a diffuser made of non-porous material such as glass, metal or clay so that you can wipe out the bowl when you want to use a different essential oil.

I don’t ever have a problem going to sleep. As soon as my head hits the pillow, my husband says I am out like a light. Unfortunately for him, he often can’t go right to sleep and he lays there and tosses and turns (no, that doesn’t wake me up but he tells me about it.) He uses a couple of different aromatherapy methods to get to sleep now.

Dilute the following essential oils into 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil and massage the blend into your body. For an individual massage, you only need to use a teaspoon  of this mixture.

  • 10 drops chamomile
  • 10 drops lemon
  • 10 drops marjoram

After massaging this blend into your skin, take an essential oil bath. Put 4 drops of any of the following oils (or a blend of any of them) into your bath water: marjoram, chamomile, clary-sage, sandalwood or lemon. Your bath water should be warm, not too hot or too cool. Get in the bath and just relax or read a book – not an action or horror story though. Then go to bed. You can repeat this every night or as needed.


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