Archive for May, 2013

Aromatherapy for Blisters

Author: Dr. Larita
May 10, 2013

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
May 9, 2013

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

Cleaning

  • 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


Moisture For The Driest Hands

Author: Natural-Beauty
May 8, 2013

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.


Sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily or waxy matter, called sebum, which lubricates the skin and hair of mammals. Sebaceous glands in humans are found mainly on the face and scalp but  you will also find them in other areas of the body as well,  except for the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet.

When sebum gets blocked in a duct that has no surface opening, a hard white lump (milia) appears. Milia, commonly called whiteheads, are usually found on dry skin but they can also appear after some type of damage has been done to the skin. If you have had whiteheads for some time, they will need to be removed by a beautician or a dermatologist. However, you can break up recently formed milia by massage.

Use the following essential oils:

  • Bergamot– 5 drops
  • Thyme – 5 drops
  • Almond oil or jojoba oil  – 1 tablespoon

Use a very small amount of the above essential oil mixture to massage the whiteheads twice a day, in the morning and at night. This will help the milia to be reabsorbed by the body.


Your skin is a living breathing organ and it must be kept hydrated just like the rest of your body. To improve the condition of your skin and delay or even reverse the aging process, do the following:

  1. drink plenty of water
  2. eat a diet rich in antioxidants
  3. wash your face with a gentle natural soap
  4. use a good moisturizing cream

Be gentle when you wash your face and don’t scrub too hard because scrubbing is not good for your skin. I splash lukewarm water on my face and then make a soapy lather in my hands but you can also use a soft cloth to wash your face. After rinsing well, I use an astringent like witch hazel on a cotton ball before moisturizing with 30 second face lift.


allergies

My husband has terrible allergies that flair up every time he cuts the grass and he really loves to do his own yard work. Allergies can come from all manner of irritants such as foods, dust, chemicals etc. When these substances invade the body, the defense mechanisms are triggered and you may get sneezes, hives or even respiratory arrest. Aromatherapists approach allergies with essential oils that are calming and soothing to relieve the overreaction to the irritant.

For my honey’s reaction to grass, I had him add one drop of oregano essential oil to a large cup of chamomile tea with honey and stir well and frequently. Later, I had him massage a mixture of 2 drops lavender and 2 drops chamomile essential oil diluted in a tablespoon of liquid shea oil onto his forehead, temples, sinuses, neck and chest. He stopped sneezing so much even before he used the massage oil. He went to bed and got a good night’s sleep and that always helps. The next day, he was feeling much better.


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