Archive for November, 2013

Wonderful Smells

Author: Dr. Larita

I hope you are taking in the wonderful smells of Thanksgiving today. Take a moment and sniff. Turkey, stuffing and pie – ah, the aroma great. Thank God for all the bounty we have. Have a great day.


Happy Thanksgiving


Raw Skincare

Author: Dr. Larita

New to the natural skincare market is a concept known as “raw skincare.” The concept is that all ingredients used are plant-based rather than synthetic or petroleum-based. The all-natural ingredients are also not heated above a specific temperature during the extraction and blending processes.

The ill-effects of chemicals on the skin are well established. Meanwhile, health minded individuals are rediscovering the impressive properties of unadulterated organic oils and creams laced with natural herbs. When you treat your skin to raw, unprocessed ingredients it will thank you in tone and texture.


Essential oils can be used in your bath four different ways. First, you can just add them neat to your bath water and swish it around. You will have a luscious aroma plus the therapeutic properties of whichever oil you use. The oils can also be used to make homemade bubble baths, bath oils, and bath crystals.

If you like bath crystals, you will love the fact that you can make your own and not pay a lot of money for fancy packaging like you do when you buy them in the stores. To make your own you will need some attractive glass jars. You can save them and give them as gifts for the next holiday season or use them for any occasion when gifts are given. If you don’t have any pretty glass jars but still want to give bath crystals as gifts, you can put them in a small gift bag from a party store or simply put them in plastic sandwich bags with ribbons tied around them.

All you need to make your bath crystals is washing soda crystals, a little food coloring, and the essential oils of your choice. Just crush the washing soda crystals, add a little food coloring (your choice of color) and the essential oil you want for that color. Use a corresponding color for the essential oil you choose like yellow for lemon, purple for lavender or red for peppermint. To each 9 ounces of colored crystals add 20 drops of essential oils. Tie a ribbon around the jar and voila, you’ve got a wonderful homemade gift for someone.


Today I am reporting to you the results of my experiment using peppermint essential oil as a natural stimulant to stay awake at work. I find myself getting sleepy at work quite often because this is a sit-down job and I’m used to being on the go all the time in my educational work. I wanted something natural to keep me awake because coffee stimulates me but it also gives me urinary tract infections. I like peppermint candy but who needs the extra sugar? I really meant to put a drop or two of peppermint essential oil on a tissue but in my haste I simply grabbed the bottle and stuck it in my purse.

I start work at 7:30 am and I started getting drowsy at 9:15 this morning. I decided to go get some water from the break room and take a trip to the restroom for this first bout of sleepiness and that woke me up until my 10:00 break. I noticed myself getting sleepy again about 11:15 so I dug around in my purse and took out the bottle of peppermint. I unscrewed the top and took a whiff. Whew! That peppermint is really potent. My eyes opened right up and I put the bottle back in my purse. About 11:45 I was getting sluggish again so I got my peppermint back out and took another whiff; again it woke me up.

I go to lunch at noon for 30 minutes so while eating, I started thinking about the amount of time between my sleepy periods. I thought that maybe if I took more than one whiff of peppermint at a time, the stimulation would last longer. The next time I got sleepy I took three long breaths inhaling peppermint oil on each breath. I didn’t get sleepy again at all for the rest of the afternoon. I did inhale it again though because a co-worker from another floor saw the bottle on my desk and asked why it was there. While I was demonstrating, I accidentally touched the dropper top to my upper lip! That really woke me up – now that is stimulating but I would not suggest you do that unless you have felt peppermint oil on your skin before.


I don’t know if it’s just me or if this happens to most people when they stay in a motel; it takes me forever to finally get to bed. I can’t find anything and I usually have left something crucial at home so I’m trying to improvise. Anyway, it was quite late when I finally laid down and then I got up 30 minutes earlier than usual so I could repack and still have time to go eat the complimentary breakfast.

The main point of this blog is to let you know how sleepy and tired I was at work today. I drank tea, water and coffee plus I nibbled on stuff all day trying to stay awake. OK, I confess, I get sleepy almost everyday at work. I don’t use prescription or over the counter stimulants. Tomorrow, I am going to take some peppermint essential oil, a natural stimulant, and sniff it whenever that happens. Peppermint is reported to have stimulating properties. I will let you know if it keeps me awake and alert or if I need to blend it with another oil.




Stress, either 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 bathwater or leave out the carrier oil and use it in a diffuser for inhalation therapy.


Natural Skin Tightening

Author: Dr. Larita

Sagging skin causes wrinkles. Wrinkles cause us to look old. What woman wants to look old? Firm up your skin naturally and retain your youthful look.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In this case you can prevent or delay additional sagging by avoiding too much exposure to damaging UV rays. Exercise also helps because it increases blood circulation which strengthens skin. For extra fighting power use skin tightening facial products, such as tightening masks and moisturizers before bed.

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.

Swollen Feet

Author: Dr. Larita

I have had trouble with my feet since the 1990’s when I taught music in the basement of Randolph Elementary School. I never sat down during the day and we danced and marched around on a cement floor that had a thin carpet covering it. Now that I’m older, my feet and ankles swell at the drop of a hat. I recently took off a pair of new shoes while visiting but when it was time to go I couldn’t get my left shoe back on my foot and had to walk on the back of the shoe to get to my car!

The first thing I did when I got home was to sit down and put my feet up. My darling husband got out my foot bath (I got it years ago at Walgreen’s) and put 6 to 8 small marbles in the bottom with warm water. I rolled the soles of my feet over the pebbles very slowly for just a few minutes and then dried my feet.

While I drank a cold bottle of water, my husband added 15 drops of cypress and 15 drops of fennel essential oils to 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil and massaged my feet and ankles upwards towards my knees including behind the knees. It felt wonderful and my swollen feet and ankles looked normal by the time we went to bed.

If your feet and ankles swell during hot weather, you can still use the above procedure but before your massage put a piece of ice in a plastic bag and massage the back of your knees until they feel very cold. Then rub the ice in the center of the soles of your feet.

Help for Hemorhhoids

Author: Dr. Larita

hemorrhoids2Hemorrhoids are structures in the anal canal that help us control and move our bowels. For many reasons, they can become swollen and inflamed. When that happens, they are quite painful. You can have internal or external hemorrhoids. The internal ones may not be painful but can cause you to have bloody stools. External hemorrhoids cause pain in the anal area. At the first sign of hemorrhoids, start drinking plenty of water and taking vitamin E nutritional supplements. In addition, start the following essential oil treatment for hemorrhoids:

  • 2 drops cypress
  • 2 drops geranium
  • 2 drops peppermint

Dilute the essential oils in 2 tablespoons of wheatgerm oil or 1 ounce of KY jelly and apply it to the hemorrhoids several times daily. Other things you can do to help yourself if you suffer hemorrhoids follow:

  • eat a high fiber diet to prevent reoccurence of the problem
  • apply witch hazel neat to the hemorrhoids to reduce swelling and itching
  • apply garlic directly to the area and use plenty of garlic and onions in your diet because they increase elasticity of the veins
  • keep the area clean, washing it gently after each bowel movement
  • try sitting on a cushion with your knees raised and/or lay down with a pillow beneath your knees and one under your neck
  • some people get relief from wrapping a hot water bottle in a towel and apply it before your bowel movement

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