Archive for December, 2012

hemorrhoids2Hemorrhoids are structures in the anal canal that help us control and move our bowels. They can become swollen and inflamed due to a myriad of reasons and when that happens, they are quite painful. You can have internal or external hemorrhoids. The internal ones may not be painful but can cause you to have bloody stools. External hemorrhoids cause pain in the anal area. At the first sign of hemorrhoids, start drinking plenty of water and taking vitamin E nutritional supplements. In addition, start the following essential oil treatment for hemorrhoids:

  • 2 drops cypress
  • 2 drops geranium
  • 2 drops peppermint

Dilute the essential oils in 2 tablespoons of wheatgerm oil or 1 ounce of KY jelly and apply it to the hemorrhoids several times daily. Other things you can do to help yourself if you suffer hemorrhoids follow:

  • eat a high fiber diet to prevent reoccurence of the problem
  • apply witch hazel neat to the hemorrhoids to reduce swelling and itching
  • apply garlic directly to the area and use plenty of garlic and onions in your diet because they increase elasticity of the veins
  • keep the area clean, washing it gently after each bowel movement
  • try sitting on a cushion with your knees raised and/or lay down with a pillow beneath your knees and one under your neck
  • some people get relief from wrapping a hot water bottle in a towel and apply it before your bowel movement


Aid for Overindulgence

Author: Dr. Larita
12/26/2012

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
12/25/2012

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
12/20/2012

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
12/19/2012

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
12/18/2012

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
12/17/2012

 

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
12/14/2012

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
12/11/2012

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.


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