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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.

Stress-Free Environment

Author: Dr. Larita

pt_1277_5526_oMy wife has been trying to make our house a more relaxed and stress-free environment ever since my doctor informed me of my high blood pressure.  My wife thinks I get enough stress at work and I should come home to a peaceful, quiet home so I can unwind and forget about all of my daily troubles.  I appreciate her thoughtfulness and I do feel a lot less stressed at home ever since.

The first thing my wife invested in was a small water fountain.  It’s nothing too elaborate; the sound of streaming water is designed to calm nerves.  It does its job well.  Next, my wife bought an aromatherapy diffuser to disperse scented oils into the air.  It has a pleasant smell and doesn’t overpower the entire room like what happens when you burn incense.  My wife also makes sure to designate a tea time for us every day at the same time.  During that time, we just talk about our day and make plans for what to do the following day.  I could feel my stress levels going down every day and I have my wife to thank for that.  If only I can bring her with me to work every day then I wouldn’t have any stress at all.

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.


I just started the early shift, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, and I find myself getting sleepy at work quite often. I need something natural to keep me awake because coffee stimulates me but it also gives me urinary tract infections and I gave it up years ago. I know peppermint is a natural stimulant and I like peppermint candy but who needs the extra sugar? I decided to put a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil on a tissue and stick it in my purse.

Putting the peppermint oil on a tissue works just fine but you can also put it on a cotton ball and keep the cotton in a small container. I took my dropper top bottle of peppermint oil in my purse to let my co-workers try it on their own tissue. While I was demonstrating, I took a sniff from the bottle and accidentally touched the dropper top to my upper lip! That really woke me up – now that is stimulating but don’t do that because you should not put peppermint oil directly on your skin.


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


Natural Hair Products

Author: Dr. Larita

afroMammals are the only animals that have hair and we humans really love ours. Hair is mostly composed of a protein called keratin. Wikipedia says that this keratin assembles itself into rope-like filaments and these filaments determine the strength of the hair shaft. While the hair shafts that we see on each others’ heads is “dead” because it has no biochemical activity, it comes from hair follicles located under the skin. These follicles  include the oil producing sebaceous gland which lubricates the hair and the erector pili muscles, which are responsible for causing hairs to stand-up when you have “goose bumps.”

Particular care should be taken for African-American hair in natural styles to keep the hair soft and supple. Many hair preparations contain petroleum based products which can cause poor blood circulation, clogged pores leading to dandruff and dry scalp and hair breadage. Why have a natural hairstyle and then groom it with an unnatural product? Instead, use an easy to apply oil for natural styles that contains tea tree oil, shea butter and other natural fruit oils that will soothe your hair and scalp, moisturize it and prevent itchiness.

Spa Day

Author: Dr. Larita

imagesMy girlfriend and I went for a couple’s massage over the weekend.  It was our gift to ourselves for our anniversary.  It was our first time and we have been talking about getting one since we first started dating each other.  When the day finally came, we were both so excited for an hour long session of relaxation that we felt like we really needed.

The time flew by and our massage ended.  Afterwards we were both so satisfied and relaxed that we wanted to book another appointment for the following week but they were all booked.  Then we went to the store and bought some massage oils similar to the ones used at the spa so we can give each other massages ourselves.  There’s nothing like a professional massage, but a massage from your loved one is a close second.

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.

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