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Kitchen smells can be as wonderful as the aroma of freshly baked cookies to the stinky smell of burnt popcorn. Kitchens have a trash area where garbage is tossed, a spot for wet coats and muddy boots, and a corner for dog bedding and the cat’s litter box. Essential oils are a natural alternative to commercial air sprays because they cleanse the air for you instead of masking odors; they are harmless to food, humans, and the ozone; and many of them are antibiotic and antifungal so they may even help keep you from getting sick.

  • To cleanse kitchen surfaces add 4-6 drops of any one of the following essential oils to one pint of water: eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pine, or lemongrass. For a kitchen synergistic blend combine the following essential oils: 10 drops lavender, 15 drops lemon, and 5 drops eucalyptus. This mixture is disinfectant, antibacterial, and leaves a lovely fragrance when used on kitchen surfaces. You can add 8 drops of this formula to 2 1/2 cups of water in a plant spray bottle to spray the air or surfaces.
  • To kill germs on dishtowels soak them in a bowl of boiling water and 1 drop of eucalyptus, thyme, tea tree, or lavender. Let the towels soak  until the water is cool then wash as usual. This will keep your towels germ and bacteria free.
  • To lighten the chore of dishwashing and uplift your spirits at the same time, add 5 drops lime, 3 drops bergamot, 2 drops lavender, and 1 drop orange essential oil to your dishwashing liquid. The natural aroma of these essential oils will make a boring task take on a much lighter note. If you use a dishwasher, simply add 2 drops of lemon  essential oil to the detergent you use in your machine and stir it before closing the door.

Essential oils lose their therapeutic properties after about two years but do not toss them out! Put two drops at a time down kitchen drains to create a nice scent when hot water runs down. Also use them in the water you use to wash windows and trashcans both inside and out. Essential oils make kitchen work safer and much more pleasant.

arthritis massageArthritis is a chronic inflammation of the joints and if you have any form of this disease, you will want to read this blog. Today I’m going to discuss aromatherapy and essential oils for arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any age. It affects connective tissues and is probably brought on when the autoimmune system turns on itself and then attacks healthy cells. When this happens, joints can become useless and muscle starts wasting away. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include acute or chronic pain, headaches, and tender swollen lymph nodes.

Nutrition is important in the treatment of arthritis. Limit or cut out completely dairy and wheat products, red meat, salt, sugar, acidic fruits, and soft drinks. Eat vegetarian foods, white fish and poultry, plus lots of salads with raw vegetables and any form of cooked or uncooked cabbage. Drink lots of water and add carrot juice to your diet. Increase your vitamin and mineral supplements; especially take calcium, zinc, and vitamins C, B, and D.

Use any of these essential oils in your bath and massage oil: eucalyptus, peppermint, chamomile, geranium, rosemary, lemon, thyme, and lavender. Before beginning your essential oil bath or massage therapy, you must draw the toxins out of your body with a clay poultice. Make the clay poultice from green clay which you can get from any health food store. Make a stiff paste by adding water to 1 tablespoon to dry clay. Then add 2 drops eucalyptus, 1 drop peppermint, 3 drops chamomile, and 1 drop lavender essential oils to the clay paste and mix well. Smear the paste over the sore joints and painful areas and cover with muslin (which you can buy by the yard) and rest for at least 15 minutes; longer if possible. Follow this course of action twice a day.

Before washers and driers, homemakers laid their clothes on lavender or rosemary plants to dry so that the scent would permeate the garments. Today we can use essential oils in the washer, dryer, drawers, and closets to keep our clothes smelling nice and to receive even more benefits.

Add 3-5 drops of lemongrass or lavender to your rinse cycle water for wonderfully fresh smelling clothes. For a more alluring fragrance, add ylang-ylang essential oil to the final rinse. During the cold and flu season rinse your bed linens with eucalyptus, rosemary, or pine essential oil to relieve coughs throughout the night. Use a rinse of peppermint essential oil when your children have whooping cough. If insomnia is a problem, rinse linen and nightwear with marjoram, chamomile, or sweet orange essential oil to aid sleep.

Add 2 drops of essential oil to a 4 inch square piece of material and put it in the dryer with your clothes. To infuse your garments with a fresh scent use lavender, rosemary, or bergamot; for a floral scent use geranium, or palma rosa; for a romantic or exotic scent use ylang-ylang, jasmine, or rose essential oil.

Other uses for essential oils with clothing include:

  • Making a natural moth repellent by placing cotton balls with lavender, lemongrass, camphor, or rosemary essential oil on them between clothes in drawers.
  • Making fragrant drawer liners with no chemicals by cutting blotting paper to drawer size and dotting it with essential oils. Brush the paper with orris root powder which acts as a fixative and then shake the powder off and place the liner in your drawer.
  • Making a synergistic blend of 3 drops lavender, 2 drops sage and 5 drops of rosemary essential oil to add to sneakers and repel odor. Add this blend to a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and mix well. Sprinkle the mixture into sneakers and leave overnight for fresh smelling shoes the next morning. Don’t forget to tap the soda out in the morning or you will be walking around with puffs of smoke coming out of your shoes.

essential oil synergyOccasionally, I will get a skin rash that flairs up for a while and then goes away. I usually just let it pass without treating it at all but right now, I have a rash that doesn’t seem to want to leave me. It could be eczema – I’ve had that before – but this rash doesn’t look the same. I’m going to treat it with lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus essential oils. I’ll tell you why I believe this treatment will help me while the expensive ointment that was prescribed by my doctor did not work.

First of all, the prescription could only be used for 7 to 10 days because using it longer than that can cause your skin to become thin  in the affected area. Lavender is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, sedative and detoxifier. It promotes healing, prevents scarring and stimulates the cells of a wound to regenerate more quickly. Chamomile is anti-inflammatory as well as antibacterial, antiseptic and disinfectant. It also works wonders in rejuvenation treatments. Eucalyptus is best known for its use in the treatment of colds but it has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic and deodorizing properties too. The synergistic blend of eucalyptus, lavender and chamomile, will help calm the itching from my rash and make the scars it’s leaving go away too. To make a synergistic blend with these three oils, mix 30 drops of each one in a carrier oil like coconut or liquid shea and shake well. I’ll let you know how they work on my rash in a few days.

best-body-moisturizersHaving good skin can often be the difference between looking old and looking young, so it’s very important to take care of your skin as much as you can. It’s best to start when you are young, but it’s never too late to start working on keeping the aging process at bay. There are plenty of products that can be used to keep yourself looking and feeling young.

There are all sorts of body creams out there that, if used correctly, can keep one’s skin looking youthful and vibrant. You should be sure to apply these types of creams liberally and make sure that you use them as frequently as instructed. By doing this, you can preserve the youthfulness of your skin and in your later years, you could look decades younger.

toningYou can tone your muscles with exercise and essential oils. The oils can be added to your bath water or you can use them in a massage oil and apply them either before or after your bath. Put your chosen essential oil on a face cloth and rub your muscles in the shower before you exercise to keep them supple. Use any of the following essential oils singly or in combinations:


  •  black pepper
  • ginger
  • rosemary
  • lavender
  • cypress
  • basil
  • petitgrain
  • juniper
  • thyme
  • peppermint
  • grapefruit
  • orange
  • lime
  • birch

You can also improve and help your body during aerobic exercise by using essential oils. The oils will not only tone your muscles but also enable easier breathing and improved circulation. Use the following essential oils for respiratory or circulatory help:



Alternative First Aid 2

Author: Dr. Larita

Therapeutic grade essential oils are mainly concentrated herbs and people are missing out on their health benefits because of the misconception that they are only for elevating mood and to use as perfume oils. Numerous essential oils also have properties that kill germs, purify the air and much more. They can be used as alternative first aid care for everything from acne to urinary infections.

If you would like to add additional essential oils to the basic three we discussed in the previous post, you may wish to include rosemary, peppermint, orange, geranium and lemon. Your Aromatherapy First Aid Kit should also include carrier oils such as almond oil, jojoba oil, and or shea oil to mix your essential oils in, plus aloe vera, vitamin E and garlic oil, which can be created by mixing garlic cloves with sweet almond or grape seed oil.

Alternative First Aid

Author: Dr. Larita

Every home has a first aid kit but there is an alternative, have you ever thought about assembling your own aromatherapy first aid kit? All you need is a good container marked Essential Oils, Alternative First Aid, or Aromatherapy to house the kit and keep your oils away from light, dampness and extreme heat so they don’t deteriorate. The three major oils to stash in your kit are eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil.

These three oils will aid with colds, wounds, burns, bruises, insect bites, muscle pain, fungal infections and much more. They can be dispensed in a number of ways depending on the need including directly from the bottle, in a carrier or base oil, in a steam bath, or on a compress. We will continue with more information about your alternative aromatherapy first aid kit as well as a few more essential oils to add to your stash in another post.


bruiseI have a large bruise on my left arm that I got on Sunday when I tried to stop my trunk lid from closing while I had my hands full. I suggest that you not try to do that – it is very painful. When I first noticed the bruise the next day, I remembered the pain but it took me a while to remember what actually happened. If it happens again, I will apply this treatment right away.

Aromatherapy Treatment for Bruises

Fill two bowls, one with hot water and one with cold water and add the following to both bowls:

  • 2 drops lavender
  • 3 drops rosemary
  • 1 drop geranium

Soak a washcloth in each of your bowls and apply them to the bruised area and surrounding clear tissue alternately. Then dilute the following essential oils in 1 teaspoon of a good carrier oil like almond oil, jojoba oil or liquid shea oil and massage the bruised area:

Massage Oil for Bruises

  • 2 drops geranium
  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 1 drop lavender

What is Shea Butter?

Author: Dr. Larita

Shea butter is a 100% pure and natural cream containing vitamin A and vitamin E which has exceptional healing properties for the skin. The vitamin A in shea butter is important for improving skin conditions including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis as well as properties that treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, frostbites, and many other common skin conditions. The vitamin E in this rich creamy extract may serve as an anti-free radical agent that aids in preventing the harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposure on the skin.

This natural product is extracted and prepared without the use of chemicals. It is a yellowish or ivory colored natural fat that comes from the seed of the African shea tree. Extracting shea butter from the seed is a social activity for African women elders and young girls who crush and boil the seeds by hand. Shea butter is used in Africa for cooking oil, as a water proofing wax, for hairdressing, for candle-making, and also as an ingredient in medicinal ointments. The main industrial use of shea butter outside Africa is in cosmetics, such as moisturizer creams and emulsions, and in hair conditioners for dry and brittle hair.

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