Archive for May, 2013

Chickenpox Treatment

Author: Dr. Larita

I don’t know how old I was when I had chicken pox but I think it was about Kindergarten or 1st grade. I do remember how much it itched and standing on a chair while my mother rubbed lotion on me while she told me not to scratch. I still have the scars to prove that it is not good to scratch but it’s very hard not to do so. My daughter just sent me a picture of my grandson with spots all over his chest and back. He has chickenpox!

Chicken pox is a viral infection that is highly contagious and can be caught more than once. The virus can also lie dormant and then reappear later in life as shingles. A child can catch the virus two weeks before any symptoms appear. Symptoms include fever, a small rash that can turn into blisters that burst and crust over. The spots usually start on the trunk but can spread to the face and limbs. The child should be isolated until the scabs are completely gone.

Sleep is one of the best treatments for chickenpox and bed rest may also keep the fever down. To sooth the irritating itch, add 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of chamomile German to a 4 ounce bottle of calamine lotion and shake the bottle well. Apply the lotion all over the body twice a day. A bath can also relieve the itching so add 2 drops of lavender essential oil to 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda and mix it in the bath water. It is also helpful to spray the air with an antiviral mixture of 8 drops of tea tree and 4 drops of thyme shaken in 1 cup of water in a plant spray bottle.

We put makeup on our faces and go to the gym to keep our bodies in shape but if we don’t take care of our hands all that is a waste of time. The first place that shows age spots is your hands and add that to loose wrinkled skin on the backs of your hands and your hands are telling everyone that you are older than your beautiful face looks! If you work with your hands a lot, this stretches the skin even more and everyone exposes their hands to dirt, grease, grime, heavy detergents, and dish soaps etc. everyday. We really should wear rubber gloves when we do this kind of work with our hands but I don’t bother with it, do you?

Essential oils can help you keep your hands looking their best. Couple your essential oils with a good hand cream and you’ll have the whole family using your hand cream very quickly. Use any of the following essential oils with your hand cream and your hands will look their best in no time: rosemary, geranium, sandalwood, patchouli, lavender, rose, lemon, lime, or carrot. You might want to price the essential oils first because you don’t have to use an expensive one.

You can also mix the hand cream as you use it by putting some cream in your hand and adding one or two drops of the essential oil of your choice as you go. I like to use geranium usually because it smells so nice but if I have a cut or scrape (I’m a klutz in the kitchen) I often use lavender essential oil. Any of the oils mentioned above will work to make your hands as beautiful as the rest of you.

Get Rid of Corns

Author: Dr. Larita

pretty feet

It is time for sandals again and one of my pet peeves is to see someone with ugly corns on their toes and still wearing open toed shoes. Corns are usually the result of shoes rubbing or irritating the toes. I never wear high heels because when I used to try, I would always get a corn because of the pressure of the shoes on my toes.

Corns are treatable with calendula essential oil which is expensive, so why not make your own? All you need is some common marigold flower heads, as many as possible. Put these into a dark glass jar that you have almost filled with almond oil. Put the jar containing the flowers in the sun for at least 48 hours and then strain the oil through a paper coffee filter. Squeeze as much of the previous oil from the flower heads as  possible. Repeat this procedure using the same oil up to 7 times if you can.

If you cannot get the marigolds to make your own oil, add 10 drops of calendula essential oil to 2 tablespoons of almond oil and use that instead. Soak your feet in a bowl of water containing a couple handfuls of salt and 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar every day. Dry the feet and then rub the oil into the skin and the corns.  Simply rub the oil lightly over corns three times a day and rub away the dead skin with a pumice stone. When the corns have disappeared, continue to use the oil for general foot care.

Natural Sunscreen

Author: Dr. Larita

Everyone knows to put sunscreen on when you go to the beach, but what about every day? Even in the winter, your skin is exposed to harmful UV rays. In fact, it’s the everyday sun rays we get that can cause the most damage. UV rays damage your skin and lead to premature aging. In fact, too much sun exposure can zap moisture from the skin, making the oil glands work overtime, which leads to pimples and acne.

To combat UV related skin issues, apply at least SPF-15 to your skin in a thick layer and be prepared to reapply frequently throughout the day – that’s right, once a day is not enough! Use a moisturizer before you apply the sunscreen to your face – or better yet, grab a moisturizer that has natural sunscreen properties in it. Plan to reapply at least 3 times during the day for maximum protection. If you are going to be outside most of the day, put a heavier SPF on to ensure protection. SPF-15 only offers full protection for 15 minutes.


hay fever

Hay fever affects people in different ways and is caused by a reaction to any number of allergens such as pollen, dust or animal dander. Whatever allergen the person is allergic to, you can treat your hay fever with essential oils in three different ways.

1. The easiest thing to do is to put 1 drop each of chamomile and lemon essential oils on a tissue and inhale it throughout the day.

2. Add the following essential oils to your bath: 2 drops chamomile, 2 drops lemon and 1 drop lavender.

3. Massage your neck, chest and back with 2 drops chamomile, 1 drop geranium and 1 drop lemon diluted in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil.

Treating hay fever with essential oils is a little bit of trial and error. Try different combinations of the oils and experiment for what is best for you.

Using Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita

essential oilsEssential oils have been used to benefit mankind for centuries but the term aromatherapy was not developed until the 1920’s in France. These oils are drawn from plants and flowers by the process of distillation which results in a  fragrant and highly potent essential oil. When undiluted, essential oils can be a skin irritant so there are many different ways to enjoy their use.

  • Sprinkle a few drops in your hot tub, jacuzzi, trash cans, drains, or toilet bowls to fight bacteria and odors
  • Place a few drops on the filter pad of your vacuum cleaner to spread freshness throughout the room
  • Add three drops on the edge of your toilet paper roll before placing on the holder
  • Mix with purified water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener

Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated and must be used with extreme respect and care. Always use caution when experimenting with essential oils.

Are you familiar with natural, oil based air fresheners? I see many air fresheners advertised but most of them have chemicals that may be harmful to the body or the environment. I even read that some of the plug in types can cause house fires. These natural oil based air fresheners have been formulated to be used as a burning oil or  as a spray air freshener. You can use these natural products as a spray in your car, your bathroom or any room in the house. You can also use this same product as a burning oil in a diffuser.

These oils are concentrated and their fragrance lasts a long time. If you are using a diffuser and you find the fragrance too strong, you can add water to the oil burner to dilute the scent. There are several delicious aromas to choose from and you can even mix fragrances to make your own blend. You can choose from cherry-orange, cherry-pineapple, vanilla-pineapple, canteloupe, mango, jasmine, or banana-strawberry.

blistersHave you ever gotten a blister on your foot from your shoes rubbing either your toe or your heel? I really hate that feeling. The best thing to do for that type of blister is to cover it with a gauze bandage that has a few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil on it. If you have a very large blister, it’s best to sterilize a needle and puncture the blister first. Then apply lavender neat and put a gauze bandage on it after that. For those large blisters, you can make a synergistic blend of equal parts lavender and myrrh.

Don’t put the kind of band aid on your blister that won’t let the skin breath. Put a gauze bandage on and hold it on with plaster strips so that the skin can breath as much as possible. Leave off shoes and socks as much as possible or at least wear shoes that do not touch the blister until it has  healed completely. People more likely to get blisters – joggers, hikers, athletes and ballet dancers for example, can use tincture of benzoin painted on their toes, heels or other susceptible parts of the foot. This will prevent and help heal blisters.

Lemon Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

Today’s blog will be about ways to use lemon essential oil for healthier living.  When taken internally, lemon essential oil contains  a powerful antioxidant called d-limonene and is believed to boost the body’s natural defenses. Lemon oil’s zesty, fresh scent is uplifting to both body and mind.

Topical Uses

  • place a drop on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands and minimize oil production
  • massage lemon oil into cellulite to help improve circulation and eliminate waste from cells
  • soothe or prevent corns, calluses or bunions by rubbing some on the affected area daily

Internal Uses

  • add a few drops of lemon essential oil to water for a great antioxidant boost
  • substitute lemon oil for lemon juice or lemon seasonings to flavor seafood, vegetables, beverages and desserts


  • use one to two drops of lemon essential oil to remove crayon, gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive from most surfaces
  • put four to six drops in a plant spray bottle with 1 cup of water and spray the room for a light lemon scent and to cleanse the air

f112b4b91b1cd23749729161b29741b61f9f4d2c_600My husband does a lot of work with his hands; he does construction work at his job and when he’s home, he does a lot of woodworking as a hobby of his. Since he’s constantly working with his hands, I’ve noticed that his hands often feel dry and they look like the skin is starting to crack. They’re not nearly as smooth as my hands are, but I rarely work with my hands.

The other difference as to why my hands are so much smoother than his is probably because I use moisturizer and he doesn’t. I think I’m going to try to get my husband to start using moisturizer as well, because I don’t think it’s very good for his skin or his hands to allow them to get so dry and cracked. Some moisturizer will likely prevent problems in the future.

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