Archive for July, 2014

bath3For today’s blog, we have 4 synergistic blends for diuretic baths. As with the toning baths, make up a bottle in the proportional quantities below or use these quantities for two baths. Again, if you find one blend you like better than the others, whether for the aroma or for the diuretic quality, you can double, triple or quadruple the recipe.

Fat Blaster Diuretic Blends

Synergistic Blend 1

Synergistic Blend 2

  • 5 drops fennel
  • 3 drops cypress

Synergistic Blend 3

  • 2 drops celery
  • 6 drops grapefruit

Synergistic Blend 4

  • 2 drops oregano
  • 6 drops lemon

food2You must exercise and take in less food if you want to lose weight, that is the bottom line. There is no silver bullet that can help you eat less, it just comes down to will power, self control and eating sensibly. If you eat fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meat and fish then your body will look like lean meat. If you eat cakes, candy and potatoes smothered in butter, your body tissue will look like the fat in those foods.

To assist you in getting your body the way you want it, add good massage using essential oils to your regimen of diet and exercise. This practice will keep you from getting flabby skin and stretch marks. You can use the oils in the bath and you will see an improvement in body tissue tone, even if you are not exercising and watching your diet. Below are the oils to use and keep in mind that many of the oils on the general list have a diuretic effect too.

General Fat Blaster Essential Oils

  1. Orange
  2. Basil
  3. Grapefruit
  4. Rosemary
  5. Sage
  6. Thyme
  7. Pettigraine
  8. Lime
  9. Lemongrass

Diuretic Fat Blaster Essential Oils

  1. Fennel
  2. Grapefruit
  3. Oregano
  4. Cypress
  5. Lemon
  6. Juniper

pregnant woman

The time to treat the inevitable stretch marks new mothers get is before you receive them. Prevention of stretch marks is much easier than the cure. Stretch marks are a form of scarring that occurs when the skin is stretched during pregnancy. Once you have them, they are difficult to get rid of but you can make them lighter with dedication to daily massage using shea butter cream which is excellent for this purpose.

For prevention, expectant mothers should massage their abdomen and hips daily from the 4th or 5th month to increase the elasticity of their skin. Massaging with almond oil or shea butter alone is very helpful. Adding a blend of 10 drops mandarin and 15 drops neroli essential oils to  3 tablespoons hazelnut oil and enough liquid shea butter oil to fill a 1 ounce bottle will make it even more effective. If a cream is easier for you to handle, use shea butter cream instead of the liquid.

Pamper Your Face

Author: Dr. Larita

If you want to feel pampered and special, give yourself a facial. It’s one thing to do it by yourself but it will be a great girl’s night if you have a friend or two over and you share the experience. A facial can take from 20 to 40 minutes but if you are in a hurry, you can do a mini-facial just steaming your clean skin or substitute the steaming with a facial mask and follow either with a good moisturizer.

To start your facial, gather the following materials: a band to hold your hair from your face; a couple of soft towels and a face towel or facial sponge; a pan to heat water; a small bowl to mix your mask or scrub ingredients and of course, your facial ingredients. Now you are ready for your facial. Keep your facial supplies in a container so they are easily accessible whenever you want a facial.

The steps and the time it takes to perform each are below:

  1. Cleanse  – 2 minutes
  2. Steam – 5-10 minutes
  3. Exfoliate – 3 minutes with facial scrub
  4. Wear mask – 5 -20 minutes
  5. Tone – 1 minute
  6. Moisturize – 1 minute

After your facial, your skin will be radiant. You will enjoy it and the results will be rewarding.


slide01_facial-moisturizersEveryone has different needs when it comes to skin care. Some people need less oil, while others have very dry skin and need the extra oil. No matter what skin type you have, there’s a solution to give you the best possible skin. It can be a bit of a challenge to figure out your own specific needs when it comes to choosing the right moisturizer for you.

When it comes to finding the right facial moisturizers, the first question to answer is whether you have oily, dry or normal skin. If your skin is already oily, it’s extremely important to find a moisturizer that doesn’t have oil. This can cause a major breakout. If your skin is neither oily nor dry, it’s important to find a good pH balance.

Eczema is a non-contagious skin condition characterized by hot dry itchy skin, with symptoms that often vary over the course of the seasons or even days. It is provoked when the subject is exposed to certain triggers, especially allergens, emotional stress, heat, sweating and mechanical irritants (solvents, chemicals, detergents, bleach, woolen clothing, skin care products that contain alcohol, and certain soaps or fragrances.)

Skin with itchy eczema must be kept moisturized throughout the day. You can massage the area twice daily with 10 drops of chamomile German essential oil, 5 drops yarrow essential oil and 5 drops tagetes essential oil diluted in 2 tablespoons of almond oil, 30 drops of jojoba oil, and 10 drops of evening primrose oil. A natural skin moisturizer like shea butter should also be used after a bath or shower and each time you wash your hands if they are the affected area.

To keep your eczema under control with an alternative to prescription medicine method try the following:

  • Prevention –  Avoid or reduce your exposure to things that can irritate your skin such as household cleaners, detergents, certain soaps and wool clothing.
  • Moisturize – Use a moisturizer like shea butter or mango body butter on your skin every day to help keep it soft and supple.
  • Don’t Scratch – Even when it itches! Scratching irritates the skin and causes it to break and crack, leading to infection.
  • Identify Your Triggers – This can help you to avoid or limit your exposure to the culprit even better. If you believe a food is causing your problems, ask your doctor about an allergy test or try an elimination diet to identify the irritating product on your own.
  • Keep Hands Dry – Be sure to dry your hands completely after you wash them and don’t forget to moisturize.
  • Wear Protective Gloves – Wear gloves when your hands will be exposed to anything that can irritate them (dish washing, house cleaning.)
  • Stress Management – Learn to manage your stress through regular exercise, breathing techniques, biofeedback, meditation and yoga.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

Tea tree oil is an oil you should have in your basic essential oil kit. It comes from the Australian Melaleuca tree and the Aborigines there have used it in their medications for thousands of years. Although its antiseptic action is stronger than carbolic acid, it is non-poisonous to humans. Naturalists and others concerned with alternative health and alternative first aid use tea tree oil in the treatment of all kinds of infections; for ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, toothache, and many other things that require antiviral, antibacterial, or antifungal medication.

At work, a colleague and I were discussing the band aid on her finger one morning and she told me she had gone to the doctor because her finger was infected at the site of a hang-nail and he suggested she purchase some tea tree oil. We had discussed tea tree oil before because of its medicinal properties and I thought it could possibly take the place of some of the prescriptions she used so often.

Later in the day I smelled the strong camphoraceous scent of tea tree oil and I kept hearing the question, “What’s that smell?” My friend came into my office and we had a good laugh because she had spilled half the bottle of tea tree oil when she was changing her band aid but she didn’t want anyone to know that the strong smell was coming from her cubicle. She also said that her finger was feeling a lot better.

Massage Oil for Baby

Author: Dr. Larita

Newborn babies respond well to touch and since it is an important part of the parent child bonding custom, parents should start using massage right away. Commercial baby oils usually have a petroleum or mineral oil base which is good for protecting baby’s skin from water and urine but not necessarily good for baby’s skin. I suggest using a formula which consists of carrier oils that are good for skin as well as essential oils that are good for the skin and have other benefits too.

The following formula uses 1/10th of the essential oil in an adult massage oil but it is still an excellent treatment for eczema and cradle cap, inflammation and teething problems and it acts as a general strengthener. It also boosts the immune system and has a wonderful calming effect  on the nervous system. The loving touch of mommy or daddy’s massage all over his or her body, avoiding only the genitals and the eyes, will keep baby contented.

Baby’s Massage Oil Formula

  • Chamomile – 1 drop
  • Lavender – 1 drop
  • Geranium – 1 drop
    Dilute in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil

This massage oil can be used daily on your two to twelve month old baby.

Stress Relief

Author: Dr. Larita

Relaxation is just as important as exercise in treating stress and burnout. If you can’t relax, at least take deep slow breaths to slow down your pulse rate. Go outside or open a window, inhale and take in large volumes of air, slowly filling the lungs, and then exhaling slowly. Do this several times at least once a day. Self hypnosis or self-talk is a good way of reaching your subconscious mind and can be used at any time of the day.

Lessen your workload wherever you can, and start and finish work at a specific time. Do not let anything get in the way of this resolve. Your body’s energy system is like the gas tank in your car; if you run out of energy, you start drawing on the “reserve” energy tank. People who have burnout are relying on their reserve energy and they need to coast or at least cruise nice and easy until they can fill up again. People who keep pushing themselves at full speed ahead might run out of energy again before they reach the gas station. You can help yourself cruise through stressful times with the following synergistic blend of relaxation oils.


  • 8 drops sandalwood
  • 5 drops palma rosa
  • 9 drops lemon

Mix the essential oils together in these proportions and use them in one of the room methods or in a relaxing bath. You can also make up a massage oil using 5 drops of the blend in 1 teaspoon of almond oil, or liquid shea oil.

aromatherapyStress, whether 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.

Stress, whether the good or the bad kind, is recognized as a part of everyone’s daily life.

It is not always easy to avoid stress, but there are ways you can cope with it better. Fortunately, aromatherapy offers some of the best types of natural prescriptions for easing stress. There are many relaxing fragrances

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