Archive for February, 2013

Teenage Skin Problems

Author: Dr. Larita

really young cousinsThe teenage years bring many problems for boys and girls. Boys can have swollen scrotum, involuntary erection and semen seepage while girls might suffer from irregular or painful periods and premenstrual syndrome. Besides these problems that can probably be kept hidden from others, teens also commonly have skin disorders  that can cause them much stress.

Skin problems in teens are caused by an increase in sex hormones which cause an increase in sebum production in the sebaceous glands. As the outer skin gets thicker, the pores dilate and if they get blocked by dead skin cells, the sebum can become blocked and get infected by bacteria. The best thing to do to avoid breakouts is to keep the skin clean of those dead skin cells especially during the teen years but the same is true for every age. Below is a gentle facial scrub that is good for anyone with or trying to avoid skin problems.

Gentle Facial Scrub

  • 2 tablespoons ground almond
  • 1 teaspoon raw egg white
  • 4 drops lemon essential oil

Mix these ingredients well, put a little bit into the palm of your hand and apply it to your wet face. Rub the mixture all over your face in  a rolling motion. Then, wash with a good hypo-allergenic soap and rinse well with plenty of water.  Lastly, dab your face with a lavender splash which you can easily make by adding 5 drops of lavender to 2 tablespoons of spring water. Shake the bottle well before each use and repeat the treatment daily.

I have a friend who suffers from fibromyalgia and I’ve been searching for natural ways to help ease the pain. I have found that while aromatherapy massage is often recommended, deep or intense massage cannot be tolerated by many fibromyalgia sufferers. The alternative is to gently apply the essential oils with a light touch massage.

There are a number of testimonials that credit the relief they got to the use of essential oils. Lavender essential oil provides relaxation and can be used along with basil and marjoram, mixed with massage oil and rubbed in for spasms and cramps. Peppermint oil can also be used to stop that dull aching pain but don’t forget to dilute it in a carrier oil- 25 drops to 1/2 oz of jojoba or other carrier oil. If any of our readers have used these or other aromatherapy essential oils for fibromyalgia pain relief, please post a comment.

Natural Cold Relief

Author: Dr. Larita

common cold

This is the time of year when colds and the flu are prevalent. Too often, people use antibiotics to treat colds and flu but I believe antibiotics may do more harm than good. Why use a synthetic medicine when you can use pure organic essential oils that are natural and have antibacterial and antiviral properties to treat your illness? To treat a common cold you can use the following oils in a hot bath. Just relax in the tub and inhale deeply.

2 drops – Thyme
2 drops – Tea tree
1 drop – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Lemon

If you would rather use the steam inhalation method, you can use one drop of each of thyme, tea tree, lavender and clove in a bowl of steaming hot water. Put a towel over your head over the steaming blend and breath deeply for 5 to 10 minutes, taking a break whenever needed.

If you are away from home and can’t perform the steam inhalation method, you can take with you a tissue to which you have added one drop each of peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove. Inhale this aroma deeply whenever possible.

Before going to bed, massage the chest, neck and sinus area with the following essential oils diluted in 1 teaspoon of shea oil or another cosmetic grade vegetable oil of your choice:

1 drop – Lemon
2 drops – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Rosemary

Keep your risk of catching the common cold at a minimum by washing your hands frequently.

baby foot massageCrying is the only way babies have to let us know something is wrong. The ear splitting cry of a hungry baby is transformed into the contented sucking sounds of a nursing baby in seconds when the breast or bottle is presented. When your baby is crying and neither a wet diaper nor hunger is the reason, then the probable cause is colic. Colic can be helped by rubbing the tummy gently with baby massage oil. Turn baby over and rub the middle part of the back in a gentle circular motion. If the colic is more serious, use the following formula in the same manner.

Severe Colic Remedy

Fretfulness Remedy

Formula 1

  • Chamomile – 3 drops
  • Lavender – 4 drops
    Diluted in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

Formula 2

  • Chamomile – 4 drops
  • Geranium – 3 drops
    Diluted in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

Massage the fretful baby’s feet in the following way: do both feet at the same time, rub your thumbs from the center of the sole of the foot towards the bottom of the toes, over the ball of the foot, in gentle rhythmic movements. You can massage using the oil or just massage through the baby’s socks. The baby may wiggle at first but if you can hold both feet firmly between your thumb and fingers, soon the baby will become quite still. This foot massage elicits a very calming response from a formerly inconsolable baby.

Baby Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita

baby massageNewborn babies respond well to touch and since it is an important part of the parent child bonding custom, parents should start using massage right away. Commercial baby oils usually have a petroleum or mineral oil base which is good for protecting baby’s skin from water and urine but not necessarily good for baby’s skin. I suggest using a formula which consists of carrier oils that are good for skin as well as essential oils that are good for the skin and have other benefits too.

The following formula uses 1/10th of the essential oil in an adult massage oil but it is still an excellent treatment for eczema and cradle cap, inflammation and teething problems and it acts as a general strengthener. It also boosts the immune system and has a wonderful calming effect  on the nervous system. The loving touch of mommy or daddy’s massage all over his or her body, avoiding only the genitals and the eyes, will keep baby contented.

Baby’s Massage Oil Formula

  • Chamomile – 1 drop
  • Lavender – 1 drop
  • Geranium – 1 drop
    Dilute in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

This massage oil can be used daily on your two to twelve month old baby.

diffuserStress, whether good or bad, is recognized as a part of everyone’s daily life. It is not easy to avoid, but there are ways to manage it so that you lessen or avoid some of the effects it can have on your mental and physical well-being. Aromatherapy essential oils are a natural treatment for easing stress and below is a recipe for relaxation after you’ve had one of those less than delightful days at home or work.

For a relaxing bath add two drops of bergamot and one drop of petitgrain to your bath and stir to distribute. You can relax with this brew every day. Having a massage is also an excellent way to relax after a trying day. For a soothing massage combine the following:

  • 10 drops lavender
  • 6 drops chamomile
  • 4 drops sandalwood
  • 4 drops ylang ylang
  • 2 ounces carrier oil

You can also add one to two teaspoons of the above blend to your bath water or leave out the carrier oil and use it in a diffuser for inhalation therapy.

Aromatherapy Massage 2

Author: Dr. Larita



Aromatherapy massage is even more useful if you use certain massage techniques. The strokes I will discuss today are easy to master and can be used anywhere on the body from the feet and legs to the shoulders, neck and back. Using the strokes quickly makes them invigorating and a slower pace makes them more relaxing.

  1. Effleurage is a French word for stroking. Using your entire palms, apply long, flowing movements along the body. For instance, you can apply pressure from the lower back to the shoulders and then ease your hands back down again. This stroke can be used at the beginning of  the massage session to warm the skin, ease the muscles and help the mind and body relax into the massage.
  2. Knuckling is a little more stimulating than effleurage. Loosely clench your fists and press gently with your knuckles over fleshy areas like the outside of the thighs and tops of the shoulders. Knuckling improves blood supply, eases tension and makes the muscles feel invigorated and refreshed.
  3. Kneading is a double handed stroke that is much like kneading dough to make bread, hence the name. It is best used on the side of the abdomen, the sides of the back and over the shoulders. Pick up the skin between the thumb and forefingers of one hand then the other in a rhythmic fashion. Kneading helps work the tension out of muscles. Below is a synergistic massage blend you can mix with 2 tablespoons of liquid shea oil or your favorite carrier oil.

Synertistic Blend 

  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of marjoram
  • 10 drops of sage

Aromatherapy Massage 1

Author: Dr. Larita

aromatherapy massageMassage is an event that you can plan for yourself or a partner. Either way, preparation is the key. First, set up the space for your massage and be sure to get all your materials ready, including already prepared aromatherapy blends and paper towels in case of spills. You can give a friend or partner a massage by asking them to lie on the floor on a large pad like a large floor cushion or a futon mattress. Cover the pad with clean bath towels and have extra towels on hand  to cover your partner’s body with them after you have massaged a specific area. Extra cushions are needed to support his or her head and knees.

Do not start giving the massage until you have prepared yourself. Release your own stress and center yourself for a few minutes and then start. Turn off your phone and play some peaceful music to help set a relaxing atmosphere. Lastly, remember that there are sometimes when a massage  should not be given. They are listed below and please run through this list before starting a massage.

  • Avoid massage when there are symptoms of high temperature, colds or flu. The body is fighting infection and needs rest.
  • A professional massage therapist can use specific techniques to help headaches and migraines but beginners should avoid massage.
  • Experienced massage therapists can work above and below varicose veins but again, beginners should avoid massage.
  • If there is inflammation as a result of an injury of some sort, avoid giving massage because it could worsen the condition.
  • If there is a physical injury, like a broken bone for example, avoid massage –  it could increase any swelling and pain.
  • Avoid massage during the first trimester of pregnancy and after that time only use gentle soothing strokes.

Tomorrow, we will start a discussion of massage strokes to use.





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