Archive for December, 2012

Aid for Overindulgence

Author: Dr. Larita

Christmas dinnerEvery holiday I tell myself that I won’t eat too much but I always manage to feel stuffed after dinner because I have to taste everything. Even if I just put a teaspoon of everything on my plate, it still turns out to be too much.

Essential oils will not dissolve all the extra food you eat for dinner but they will allow you to digest that food more easily. The best way to use essential oils for digestion is in a honey tea. Mix 1 or 2 drops of essential oil into a teaspoon of honey, put it in a mug, pour hot water on it, mix it up and then sip the drink slowly. You can use any one of the following essential oils:

  • lemon
  • ginger
  • cumin
  • peppermint
  • spearmint
  • cardamom
  • dill
  • mandarin
My favorite essential oil is peppermint if I’m only going to use one oil for overindulgence. However, it might be a good idea to be ready for the holiday season and make a synergistic blend of essential oils to have ready whenever you overeat. Once you have blended the following oils together in these proportions, use 1 to 2 drops in honey tea.
  • 10 drops mandarin
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops ginger
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 3 drops coriander

Merry Christmas to All

Author: Dr. Larita

Merry Christmas

Have a very merry Christmas.


I’m not writing a blog today. If you eat too much today, I’ll have something for you tomorrow.

A Perfect Gift for Mom

Author: Dr. Larita

gifts-for-momI always have trouble figuring out what to get my mom for holidays like her birthday, Christmas, or Mother’s Day. She’s the kind of woman who already has everything she needs and doesn’t really make requests or anything like that because she’s content with the things she has. She is the woman who raised me though, so I still feel obligated to purchase her a nice gift from time to time.

One thing I generally rely on when it comes to purchasing gifts for her is body care objects. She likes soaps and lotions with nice fragrances. For her last birthday, I purchased an assortment of online natural products for her.

An Aromatherapy Holiday

Author: Dr. Larita

Christmas and Kwanzaa are almost here – are you ready?  Some of you are going all out and spending lots of money on electronic gadgets and expensive clothing for your family. If you want to cut back on spending and make the holidays more meaningful, give the  gift of aromatherapy products. Essential oils make excellent gifts and will be very useful to your friends and family. Body oils last longer on your body and blend with your body chemistry to make your chosen fragrance unique on you.

If you need any suggestions, check out this list:

  • Aromatherapy essential oils
  • Aromatherapy gift baskets
  • Aromatherapy incense
  • Body (fragrance) oils, with the same fragrance lotion and shower gel
  • Essential oil travel kits
  • Aromatherapy massage oils
  • Essential oil diffusers
  • Wood incense burners

The Magi Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

MagiEssential oil prices vary from place to place and from time to time depending on their availability and their quality. Frankincense essential oil is one of the most popular Christmas oils and sometimes it can be somewhat expensive. It is harvested twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall. The bark of the frankincense tree is cut allowing the liquid resin to seep out and as it hits the outside air it starts to crystallize and get hard. After a week or two, the hardened resin crystal can be cut off the tree and several different frankincense resins are produced ranging from the pure white “Hojari” which is what was selected for kings and queens to a low grade brownish frankincense resin that contains particles of the tree’s bark.

The crystal resin then goes through a process where it is crushed into powder, put into an oil bath, and steam distilled to extract the oil from the crystal resin. That’s why depending on the time of the year and the purity of your frankincense, you will pay more or less for the product. Frankincense is a popular scent at this time of year. Many people purchase it for the holidays because it reminds them that one of the gifts the three wise men brought to the baby Jesus was the gift of frankincense.

Aromatherapy Gifts

Author: Dr. Larita


Some people spend lots of money on electronic gadgets and expensive clothing for the family but if you want to cut back and make the holidays more meaningful, give a gift of aromatherapy products. Essential oils make excellent gifts and will be very useful to your friends and family.

If you need any suggestions, check out this list:

Gifts of Fragrance

Author: Dr. Larita

Now is the time of year when people are looking for great gifts to give to friends and relatives for the  holidays. Whether it is for the home or the body, many of us like to give wonderful smelling scents as gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. We have previously discussed using essential oils to scent the air with diffusers. Essential oils can also be added to the bath, massaged into the skin, or inhaled directly.

If you are concerned about using natural skin care products, you should use body oils instead of  perfume or cologne. Body oils are designed to be used on your skin. They may or may not contain essential oils. They are often formulations based on the traditional designer brands. When you purchase perfume or cologne in a department store, you  are paying a premium price for the brand name, the advertising campaigns, cosmetics gifts, and the beautiful fancy packaging. These designer brand name perfumes are comprised of concentrated oils and 75% to 85% alcohol, ethanol and or water.

The alcohol and ethanol used make your perfume smell much stronger than it is but it fades within a few hours. As your perfume (or the alcohol in it) evaporates, it not only takes your fragrance but your natural body oils with it, drying your skin as it goes.  Body oils are pure, concentrated perfume oils in a cosmetic grade vegetable oil base that blend in with your body chemistry making the scent your own. They evaporate naturally giving your skin a softer, smoother feeling – plus they contain no alcohol, ethanol or water so many people who are allergic to perfumes and colognes can wear body oils with no problems.

I just turned fifty a few days ago and while I like to think I’ve aged fairly well, I’m starting to fear that my age will start showing soon and I want to do everything in my power to continue looking youthful. I fear the day when I’ll have to start dying my hair or when I start getting serious wrinkles, so I want to do whatever it takes to fend off the aging process.

Obviously, one of the best ways to do this is to just stay healthy. I exercise every day and I’ve changed my diet to try to make it a little bit healthier in general. I’ve even started to use anti-aging moisturizers in hopes that they’ll make me feel a bit more lively and vibrant. So far, I think that they have been working!

Easy Skin Mousse

Author: Dr. Larita

If you have dry, sensitive or sun damaged skin, a regular blend of essential oil in a carrier oil will not be as effective for you as a specially made skin mousse to sooth redness, irritation or burns. I was at a conference in Boston and the night before the meetings started I went out to dinner with friends and had lobster and shrimp. That wasn’t an unusual dish for me to eat but it was unusual for me to eat it in Boston. The next morning in the opening session, my neck and chest were very uncomfortable and when I went to the restroom, I saw hives all over that area. I wish I had known about this mousse then, it would have soothed my skin and stopped the itching.

Skin mousse is made up of pure Aloe Vera gel which you can get at your local health food or drug store. It will cool and hydrate your skin and reduce inflammation.  Combine the gel with jojoba carrier oil which is a liquid wax that is very similar to your skin’s natural oils and has excellent softening properties. The mousse makes a delightfully special facial treatment and you can also apply it to problem skin anywhere on your body or as a soothing treatment for baby’s skin. We’ll talk more about making your mousse tomorrow.

Chronic back pain can come from specific physical reasons such as a slipped disc, lumbago, sciatica, or fibrositis and there are often medical remedies for these types of back problems. More often, back pain is the result of the strains of daily life. It may come from lifting heavy boxes, gardening, sitting at a keyboard all day, bad posture or even from lugging in the groceries after shopping. Falls and whiplash can come back years later in the form of back pain too.

Essential oils can greatly relieve chronic back pain. They penetrate deeply into contracted muscles encouraging them to expand and they increase blood flow to the area and the muscle tissues needing to be repaired by the body. The best way to use essential oils for this purpose is in a synergistic blend although you can use any of the oils alone. All three of the following synergistic blends are wonderful for alleviating back pain.

Synergistic Blend I

  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of marjoram
  • 10 drops of sage
Synergistic Blend II
  • 10 drops of lavender
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus
  • 10 drops of ginger
Synergistic Blend III
  • 10 drops of peppermint
  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of basil
Dilute the 30 drops of your synergistic blend in 2 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil. Massage eases any kind of back pain although you may need to get a friend to do it for you. If no one is available to help, you can massage your lower back on your own but the upper back is more difficult although it can be done. Ice massage is very helpful for treating lumbago, sciatica and fibrositis which are often caused by sitting in one position for too long (that’s where my pain is coming from!) You just need to freeze several Styrofoam cups with water, freeze them and then cut the cup down so there is about 2 inches of ice protruding. Massage in a circular pattern over the sore areas in your back.

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