Archive for October, 2013

Simple Skin Mousse

Author: Dr. Larita

skin mousseIf you have dry, sensitive or sun damaged skin, a regular blend of essential oil in a carrier oil will not be as effective for you as a specially made skin mousse to sooth redness, irritation or burns. I was at a conference in Boston and the night before the meetings started I went out to dinner with friends and had lobster and shrimp. That wasn’t an unusual dish for me to eat but it was unusual for me to eat it in Boston. The next morning in the opening session, my neck and chest were very uncomfortable and when I went to the restroom, I saw hives all over that area. I wish I had known about this mousse then, it would have soothed my skin and stopped the itching.

Skin mousse is made up of pure Aloe Vera gel which you can get at your local health food or drug store. It will cool and hydrate your skin and reduce inflammation.  Combine the gel with jojoba carrier oil which is a liquid wax that is very similar to your skin’s natural oils and has excellent softening properties. The mousse makes a delightfully special facial treatment and you can also apply it to problem skin anywhere on your body or as a soothing treatment for baby’s skin. We’ll talk more about making your mousse tomorrow.

baldnessI recently received a question that I can answer in a general way to all readers. A blog reader asked if there are any aromatherapy essential oils that will treat baldness. Well, my initial response is to try not to become bald in the first place by using essential oils that prevent this condition so let’s talk about stimulating hair growth. Long hair is always fashionable and essential oils can help you have longer hair too. Hereditary factors can contribute to hair loss, as can your overall age and health as well as stress and prescription drugs.

A simple way to strengthen your hair is to use rosemary essential oil. Simply add 1 drop of this amazing essential oil to a cold water rinse when you finish washing your hair. There is no need to rinse the rosemary out because it will give your hair a lustrous shine. The cold water rinse will cause your blood capillaries to contract and that will cause the movement of nutrients into the bulb of the hair or the follicle that feeds the hair. Many of the best selling hair products contain rosemary essential oil.

pregnancyMorning Sickness

For morning sickness you can add 4-6 drops of spearmint essential oil to a bowl of boiling water. Leave the spearmint water on the floor by your bed all night. This will help your stomach stay calm. The scent of spearmint will drift up while you sleep and quietly do its work. After using the spearmint water for 3 nights in a row, your morning sickness should be gone. If you don’t want to use the bowl of water, you can put one drop of spearmint on your pillow.

Stretch Marks

Here is a belly rub that contains carrier oils that are just as important as the essential oils you will use to keep from getting stretch marks. Use 2 tablespoons almond oil, l tablespoon wheatgerm oil, 10 drops borage seed oil and 5 drops carrot oil to make a good base oil for your tummy rub. The essential oils to add to your base oil are 7 drops rose, 6 drops lavender and 5 drops tangerine. Shake the blend each time you use it and  use it as needed.

Another excellent treatment for stretch marks is shea butter. Just rub it on whenever you want. Shea butter will even remove stretch marks that you already have. It does require continued use over about 6 months but it is well worth it.

Pregnancy Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita

pregnant bathPregnancy can bring an overabundance of minor problems such as backache, swollen feet and legs, heartburn, indigestion and insomnia. Some women just feel aggravated in general because they are unable to easily do their normal routine with a swollen belly in the way. If you feel this way during pregnancy, you need some TLC. Here is an extraordinary preparation that you can have your spouse or friend massage into your back regularly during pregnancy that will ease your physical problems and at the same time, lift your spirits. Use any rose you can afford (it can be very expensive) or you can substitute the rose with geranium.

Pregnancy Pick-Me-Up Massage Oil

Use some or all of these oils in equal proportions to a total of 30 drops per 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil such as liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil. During pregnancy many women feel tired after working all day. Essential oils can make your swollen legs and aching back feel much better. Pregnant women should only use 2 – 4 drops of essential oil in a bath. Choose your favorite oil from the list above or combine 1 drop each of geranium and lavender.

Pregnancy is both a beautiful and stressful experience for women. Since the baby is so connected to the mother, when the mother is stressed out her baby may feel stressed out as well. Taking a relaxing soak with aromatherapy bath oils can put mother and child in a good frame of mind. Not only will a relaxing soak with bath oils reduce stress, it also surrounds the new mother with beautiful smells. Many pregnant women report sensitivity to smell. Doctors recommend mothers surround themselves with pleasant smells to ease the mind and prevent nausea.

You can dilute 5 drops of any of these essential oils – tangerine, grapefruit, geranium, chamomile, ylang ylang, lavender in 1 teaspoon of shea, grapeseed, or almond oil to make a wonderful bath oil. If you or a loved one are going through a difficult pregnancy and have a hard time relaxing, consider giving bath oils a try.

Thyme Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

The warm and spicy aroma of thyme essential oil has been loved for centuries by many cultures. The Greeks burned it in the temples as incense. They also, along with the Romans used thyme as a flavoring for liquor and cheese. The Egyptians used a preparation containing thyme essential oil to preserve mummies and during the Middle Ages, knights wore scarves embroidered with thyme believing it to be a symbol of courage. We now know that thyme kills bacteria and fungi so we can see why it was used for embalming and as a kind of preservative for food and drink.

Thyme has significant antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic, and diuretic properties and must be used with a carrier oil – never directly on the skin and not on children unless under the care of a practitioner. Thyme should be kept in the home in your essential oil kit because of its potent antiviral qualities. During the flu season, thyme does a powerful job when used in an oil diffuser in the sick person’s room. Native Americans used poultices made of thyme for its antiseptic properties when treating skin infections and minor wounds. Thyme is used in the treatment of a number of conditions including whooping cough, rheumatism, neuralgia, fatigue, acne, and warts. It is also very useful in keeping parasites and insects out of your home.

Chronic back pain can come from specific physical reasons such as a slipped disc, lumbago, sciatica, or fibrositis and there are often medical remedies for these types of back problems. More often, back pain is the result of the strains of daily life. It may come from lifting heavy boxes, gardening, sitting at a keyboard all day, bad posture or even from lugging in the groceries after shopping. Falls and whiplash can come back years later in the form of back pain too.

Essential oils can greatly relieve chronic back pain. They penetrate deeply into contracted muscles encouraging them to expand and they increase blood flow to the area and the muscle tissues needing to be repaired by the body. The best way to use essential oils for this purpose is in a synergistic blend although you can use any of the oils alone. All three of the following synergistic blends are wonderful for alleviating back pain.

Synergistic Blend I

  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of marjoram
  • 10 drops of sage
Synergistic Blend II
  • 10 drops of lavender
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus
  • 10 drops of ginger
Synergistic Blend III
  • 10 drops of peppermint
  • 10 drops of rosemary
  • 10 drops of basil
Dilute the 30 drops of your synergistic blend in 2 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil. Massage eases any kind of back pain although you may need to get a friend to do it for you. If no one is available to help, you can massage your lower back on your own but the upper back is more difficult although it can be done. Ice massage is very helpful for treating lumbago, sciatica and fibrositis which are often caused by sitting in one position for too long (that’s where my pain is coming from!) You just need to freeze several Styrofoam cups with water, freeze them and then cut the cup down so there is about 2 inches of ice protruding. Massage in a circular pattern over the sore areas in your back.

Getting ready in the morning isn’t something that most people feel they can be leisurely about, but it is important because it sets the tone for your entire day.  This is also where you begin your self-care patterns each day.  Eating a nutritious breakfast is essential to optimum physical health, for example.  Morning skincare is equally important because this is where you make sure that your skin is protected against all you’ll encounter out there in the world – sun, dirt, pollution, etc.

Start each day by washing your face with a gentle cleanser followed by using a tonifying agent. Just as you never want to exfoliate your face in the morning (why open up all those pores only to expose them to dirt, dust and pollution), you always want to tonify in the morning because this tightens and closes pores, protecting your face from the environment. Follow that with your moisturizer, and you’re set for the day in terms of skin care. If you will be out in the sun during the day, even if only for an hour, sunscreen is an excellent idea especially if you won’t be otherwise protected from the sun. In less than five minutes, you’ve made sure that you are starting the day fresh faced and that your face is ready for the big bad world it will surely encounter!

My 20 year old granddaughter is deathly afraid of needles and refuses to go to the dentist for that reason. Needless to say, she now has gone from a toothache to an abscessed tooth. When things get that bad, (she says the tooth has been painful since she was 16,) I think the best thing for her to do is to go to the dentist and have that tooth removed; but first she has to get the swelling and infection out of the area. Her jaw is so swollen it looks like she is holding a ping pong ball in her mouth!

If you have an abscess, your white blood cells are rushing to an area of your body where bacteria has collected. The white blood cells are your body’s defense mechanism against bacteria and infection. To treat abscesses, make a compress and use 2 drops lavender, 2 drops tea tree, and 3 drops chamomile. Apply the compress to the swollen area twice each day until it is gone. Other oils you can substitute are eucalyptus, lemon, or juniper.

For a dental abscess, put 1 drop of chamomile on a cotton ball and apply it directly to the abscess. Rub your jaw and cheek with 3 drops of lavender and 2 drops of tea tree diluted in a teaspoon of sweet almond oil. Other essential oils that are good to treat dental abscesses are lemon, geranium, bergamot and myrrh.

romance2Aromatherapy and romance are natural partners so it is logical that the seventh part in our series of essential oil uses in the home concerns the bedroom.  If you want essential oils that will keep your bedroom smelling dreamy and enhance the romantic experience, you will want to make a special blend and keep it separate from the regular household essential oil formulas. For a synergistic romantic bedroom blend, spray the following formula in the air and on carpets: 8 drops palma rosa, 1 drop ylang-ylang, 2 drops clary-sage, 2 drops nutmeg, and 4 drops of lime mixed in 2 ½ cups of water.

  • Other great scents of a more general nature to use in the bedroom include chamomile, geranium, lavender, or lemon.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, use a diffuser with a relaxing oil like chamomile or clary-sage on it.
  • You can also wash, dry and store your linens with essential oils to aid sleep.
  • Put a cotton ball with one drop of your favorite scent on it in the corners of your bedroom closet.
  • Use essential oils on drawer liners and also line the floor of your closet. Don’t use more than one or two drops of oil because you just want a subtle aroma to keep the air fresh, not enough to interfere with your perfume.

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