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Lavender Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
11/29/2012

Lavender is a very versatile essential oil that can be used to clean and sooth minor burns, scrapes and other skin irritations. It has a relaxing, refreshing scent and also balancing properties that calm the body and the mind.  Lavender essential oil can be used both topically and internally.

Topical Uses of Lavender

  • reduce or minimize scar tissue by massaging lavender on or around the area
  • massage lavender onto the soles of your feet or the back of your neck for a calming effect
  • soothe dry, chapped or irritated skin or relieve minor cuts or burns by rubbing lavender on the affected area
  • rub a drop of lavender on your palm and smooth it over your pillow or diffuse it to aid sleep
  • diffuse lavender to minimize seasonal reactions to pollen and dust mites

Internal Uses of Lavender

  • use lavender to infuse lemonade, marinades and dressings to create refreshing and unique variations on your favorite recipes
  • add a drop or two of lavender to your favorite herbal tea for a relaxing drink

There are many more uses for lavender essential oil. You can find other uses by searching Natural Body Guru for the term “lavender” or lavender essential oil.


Osteoarthritis Help

Author: Dr. Larita
11/06/2012

Osteoarthritis is diagnosed when the cartilage of the joints wears away and the bones form rough deposits. You basically have bone rubbing against bone which can be very painful. This form usually occurs in older people but it can also be genetic and occur at younger ages especially when other diseases or injuries are present.

As with rheumatoid arthritis, nutritional factors are very important in the treatment of osteoarthritis. So again take the following nutritional steps:

  • Limit or cut out completely dairy and wheat products, red meat, salt, sugar, acidic fruits, and soft drinks.
  • Eat vegetarian foods, white fish and poultry, plus lots of salads with raw vegetables and any form of cooked or uncooked cabbage.
  • Drink lots of water and add carrot juice to your diet.
  • Increase your vitamin and mineral supplements; especially take calcium, zinc, and vitamins C, B, and D.

To detoxify your body  before using aromatherapy and essential oil therapy for osteoporosis, the cabbage treatment has proven to be very effective. Iron the cabbage leaf to release its active properties and wrap it, still warm, around the sore joint. Rest for at least 15 minutes but longer is better (up to an hour.) Then soak in a warm bath to which you have added 4 drops of essential oils from the following list and 1 cup Epsom salts. You can use any one or a mix of these oils: ginger, eucalyptus, thyme, coriander, marjoram, lemon, or basil. After the bath, have a massage with the following oils mixed in 2 tablespoons of almond oil: 10 drops of ginger, 5 drops of basil, and 10 drops of marjoram.


Rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammation of the joints, can occur at any age. It affects connective tissues and may be brought on when the autoimmune system turns on itself and then attacks healthy cells. When this happens, joints can become useless and muscle starts wasting away. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include acute or chronic pain, headaches, and tender swollen lymph nodes.

Nutrition is important in the treatment of arthritis. Limit or cut out completely dairy and wheat products, red meat, salt, sugar, acidic fruits, and soft drinks. Eat vegetarian foods, white fish and poultry, plus lots of salads with raw vegetables and any form of cooked or uncooked cabbage. Drink lots of water and add carrot juice to your diet. Increase your vitamin and mineral supplements; especially take calcium, zinc, and vitamins C, B, and D.

Use any of these essential oils in your bath and massage oil: eucalyptus, peppermint, chamomile, geranium, rosemary, lemon, thyme, and lavender. Before beginning your essential oil bath or massage therapy, you must draw the toxins out of your body with a clay poultice. Make the clay poultice from green clay which you can get from any health food store. Make a stiff paste by adding water to 1 tablespoon to dry clay. Then add 2 drops eucalyptus, 1 drop peppermint, 3 drops chamomile, and 1 drop lavender essential oils to the clay paste and mix well. Smear the paste over the sore joints and painful areas and cover with muslin (which you can buy by the yard) and rest for at least 15 minutes; longer if possible. Follow this course of action twice a day.


Stress is a part of everyone’s life in varying degrees on a scale from positive to distressful. Your soul, mind, and body will benefit greatly from the use of pure, safe, natural, and effective essential oils. Aromatherapy essential oils may be exactly what you need if you are trying to reduce the mental stress caused by giving or taking exams, distress over uncompleted jobs, unemployment, or financial worries.

There are specific essential oils that can be used for mental stress and they can be used alone or in a synergistic blend. The oils to use are geranium, lavender, sandalwood, basil, bergamot, grapefruit, cardamom, and patchouli. A specific synergistic blend to use might be geranium, lavender and bergamot but you can blend others or simply use just one of the above mentioned oils.


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