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eucalyptus leaves2Eucalyptus is one of the most widely used essential oils there is and it has been used for centuries. The tree hails from Australia and the Aborigines there applied the crushed leaves from the tree to wounds to help them heal. The leaves on the tree are very fragrant too and the aborigines who were sick and frail chose to live in areas where the trees grew. Surgeons today also recognize the benefits of eucalyptus and have used a eucalyptus solution to clean surgical cavities. Dentists and veterinarians also use eucalyptus in their practices. It has a sweet, menthol, woodsy scent that combined with its natural healing abilities, make it a favorite aromatherapy essential oil.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil Uses

  • For arthritis, muscle pains and rheumatism, mix 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage it on affected areas.
  • For asthma, coughs, sinusitis, stuffed up noses and throat infections use 5-7 drops in a vaporizer. You can also mix it in a carrier oil and massage it on the chest.
  • To kill airborne bacteria in a sickroom, use it in a spray bottle. Mix 10 drops of oil in 1 quart of water. Shake well before you spray.
  • To keep flies away, put drops of oil on ribbon and hang it near windows and doors or put them on windowsills. Refresh the ribbons weekly.
  • For chicken pox and shingles, use 2-3 drops on a cotton swab and apply neat to affected areas. It relieves  the pain that comes with these ailments.
  • For an insect repellent, mix equal parts eucalyptus, bergamot and lavender. If applying directly to skin, use it in a carrier oil. To use it in a closet or drawer, apply it to cotton balls and place them on shelves.
  • To freshen garbage bins, put a few drops of oil on a paper towel and wipe over the lid or place the towels in the bottom of the bin to kill germs and smells.

head liceI worked with elementary school children for 28 years and I know know that you can treat head lice with tea tree oil. I love tea tree oil for all of its many and diverse uses. I just don’t like the way it smells. I use it if I’ll be home but not if I have to go out. I have an excellent oil treatment for head lice that does not use tea tree oil. Add 10 drops each of rosemary, lavender, geranium, and eucalyptus  to  2 ounces of sweet almond oil.

Rub the oil throughout the hair and leave it on for at least 1 hour then shampoo the oil out and rinse it well. Comb the hair with a nit comb after shampooing. Repeat this activity in about 3 days. Be very careful when you apply the oil and do not get it in the eyes. If essential oil gets in the eyes, wipe it out with plain sweet almond oil, not water. Water disperses the oil too quickly.

Jasmine Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

worryJasmine essential oil comes from a beautiful but very delicate flower. It is so delicate that jasmine is not produced by steam distillation as are most essential oils but instead, it is processed using chemical solvents. This method of production gives us an “absolute” rather than an essential oil. Jasmine’s aroma is rich, floral, very heady and sweet.

While jasmine is non-toxic, it can be a potential skin irritant and sensitizer. Do not use jasmine in baths or massage if you have sensitive skin. Also, if you tend to get headaches or migraines, this oil’s strong scent may trigger an attack. Lastly, do not use jasmine absolute during pregnancy, but you can use it during labor.

Jasmine boosts and restores sexual vitality and aids the expression of intimate feelings. To warm the emotions, add to 4 teaspoons sweet almond oil the following essential oils: 2 drops jasmine, 4 drops sandalwood and 4 drops sweet orange oil. To heal constant emotional stress and withdrawal, take a bath with 2 drops jasmine absolute and 4 drops sweet orange.

Besides easing the mind, jasmine can help to heal your body too. To ease pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)  blend jasmine and mandarin essential oil in jojoba oil and apply it clockwise to the abdomen. To help the uterus to contract during labor, blend 2 drops jasmine and 2 drops clary-sage  in 4 teaspoons of a carrier oil and ask your spouse to massage it into your abdomen. To revive mature skin, add 2 drops jasmine, 4 drops frankincense and 2 drops gardenia to skin mousse. Apply this mixture to your face every night.


lo 4Dandruff flakes on your shoulders tell everyone that your head and hair are in bad shape. You can brush your hair completely in the morning, wipe the flakes off your shoulders before leaving the house and by lunchtime, those tell-tell flakes are back. It may seem like a small thing but dandruff flakes can mess up your appearance and sometimes, even your life. Dandruff shampoos don’t clean up the problem for long. If they did, you wouldn’t need to come back and buy more dandruff shampoo. By using essential oils for your dandruff, you can get rid of the problem for good.

Essential Oils to Treat Dandruff

  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus/peppermint
  • Sage
  • Carrot

Vegetable Oils to Treat Dandruff


Fragrance Identity

Author: Dr. Larita

126-20518I will always associate a particular aftershave balm with my father.  I could smell that fragrance anywhere and I would automatically think of my dad.  He still uses the very same one to this day and my mother tells me that he has been using it since before she met him.  I guess some guys have a fragrance identity and changing it could be harder than changing one’s finger print.  Some men are just consistent, I guess.

My husband doesn’t wear any kind of fragrance at all.  I would smell his deodorant and the soap he uses in the shower but nothing else besides that.  He told me he used to wear cologne when he was younger but then it got too expensive for him and he stopped wearing it ever since.  He told me he’s not opposed to wearing cologne again, but wonders if spending around fifty dollars for something he’s going to rarely use is a wise decision.  For his birthday, I wanted to surprise him with a bottle of cologne.  I knew he would be upset if I spent too much on it so I went to a store that specialized in discount fragrances and I got it for half the price.  He still doesn’t wear cologne every day, but he does wear it more often.

Supple Skin

Author: Dr. Larita

supple skin

Having moist, supple skin is the product of both hydration and a good skin care regimen. If you don’t drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day, you could develop dry, sagging skin, eczema, cracked flaky skin, acne and/or pimples.

Stay hydrated with water-rich foods: cucumbers, 97% water; tomatoes and zucchini, 95% water; peaches, 87% water; and grains, beans, and pastas are also good sources of water because they absorb a lot of water as they cook. Use a good quality chemical-free natural moisturizing product to keep your skin moisturized on the outside too.

Top Ten Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita

aromatherapy7There are over 300 essential oils  in the world of aromatherapy. It would be mind-boggling to have to check through that many essential oils and their properties to find one to help your symptoms. Here is a much easier way,  I’m going to give you a list of the top ten essential oils as compiled by NAHA or the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy as well as some ways to use them to good advantage.

  1. Lavender:  Relaxing, and also useful in treating wounds, burns, and skin care. Helps to balance hormones in women, good for balancing the skin. Can be both relaxing and uplifting, as well as antidepressant.
  2. Peppermint: Useful in treating headaches, muscle aches, digestive disorders such as slow digestion, indigestion, and flatulence.
  3. Eucalyptus: Helpful in treating respiratory problems, such as coughs, colds, and asthma. Also helps to boost the immune system, and relieve muscle tension.
  4. Ylang ylang: Helps one to relax, and can reduce muscle tension. Good antidepressant.
  5. Geranium: Helps to balance hormones in women, good for balancing the skin. Can be both relaxing and uplifting, as well as antidepressant.
  6. Lemon: Very uplifting, yet relaxing. Helpful in treating wounds, infections, and house cleaning and deodorizing.
  7. Clary sage: helpful in treating muscular aches and pains. Very relaxing, and can help with insomnia. Also very helpful in balancing hormones.
  8. Tea tree: A natural anti fungal oil, good for treating all sorts of fungal infections including vaginal yeast infections, jock itch, athletes foot, and ringworm. Also helps to boost the immune system.
  9. Chamomile (Roman):  Very relaxing, and can help with sleeplessness and anxiety. Also good for muscle aches and tension. Useful in treating wounds and infection.
  10. Rosemary: Very stimulating and uplifting, good to help mental stimulation as well as to stimulate the immune system. Very good for muscle aches and tension. Stimulating to the digestive system.


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 Iback pain2

  • 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.

The Easy Way Out

Author: Dr. Larita

mqdefaultWith every new year, I say to myself that this is the year to take better care of myself.  I usually start off strong by exercising every morning before I go to work and eating healthier but as the days pass by, I find myself skipping some exercise sessions and rationalizing my selection of fast food for lunch or dinner.  My problem, I think, is my lack of dedication.

The one thing I can do easily all year long is taking vitamins and using moisturizers every day.  These take the minimal amount of effort from me and can be done in a matter of seconds so there is no real excuse for me not to do it.  Plus these usually come with immediate results which would keep me motivated to do it every day.  I know it’s not much, but it is better than doing nothing.

coldDo you feel a cold coming on? Do you already have a miserable cold and feel stuffy? Aromatherapy inhalation is a method of using essential oils that will help you tremendously. All you do is add a few drops of essential oil to hot water to make a therapeutic steam. Inhaling this steam will help to open your airways and improve your breathing during colds, flu, hay fever and sinusitis. The essential oil travels up your nose through the vapor and then the tiny molecules of essential oil help to loosen blockages and sooth mucous membranes in your nasal passages. As you breath deeply and breathing becomes easier, the essential oil vapor travels farther down the respiratory passages toward your lungs. This will ease your cough and tight chest.

It is easy to do an aromatherapy inhalation at home. Half fill a heatproof bowl with near boiling water. Remove your glasses or contact lenses, add up to a total of 6 drops essential oil to the hot water, lean over the fragrant steam with a towel draped over your head and the bowl. Lift the towel every 2 to 3 minutes so you don’t become uncomfortable. Breathe slowly, deeply and steadily so the aromatic fragrance enters your nose and lungs for up to 15 minutes. You will feel the essential oils clearing your head and nose, bringing a feeling of lightness and relief.

These inhalation blends are safe for all adults except those with asthma. If you have asthma, these may be too strong for you and you should not use inhalations. Instead, you should take an aromatherapy bath to ease your breathing.

  • To ease a stuffy head, use 3 drops eucalyptus and 3 drops pine
  • To unblock the nose, use 3 drops peppermint and 3 drops oregano
  • To sooth the throat and chest, use 3 drops cedarwood and 3 drops frankincense
  • To help ease a chest infection, use 3 drops tea tree and 3 drops lemon

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