Archive for September, 2014

Sweet Almond Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

Almond oil is the most popular carrier oil used for facial and body massage because its excellent emollient properties help the skin to balance absorption. It is a great moisturizer that is suitable for all skin types, helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching, and is fantastic when used for lubricating because it penetrates slowly.

Almond oil is a good massage medium to use to assist the spread of the carrier oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin. Not only does almond oil help protect the surface of the skin, but it is a wonderful emollient, skin soother and softener, conditioner of the skin, and it promotes a clear, young looking complexion. Almond oil is suitable for all skin types but is especially good for dry or irritated skin.

There are many essential oils that you can use alone or in blends of two or three to fight wrinkles and the aging process. My favorite oils for this purpose are lavender, thyme, patchouli, clary-sage, fennel, chamomile, frankincense, myrrh, lemon, rosemary, and orange. There are others that are also good for treating wrinkles so please comment on this post if you’d like the whole list of anti-aging essential oils.

You can use the above oils as a face oil (add a carrier oil), in a bath, and also as a body oil because you should be pampering all of your skin, not just your face. Skin regenerates at a different rate for all of us so allow at least thirty days before expecting to see an improvement. It is also important to treat your inside as well as the outside so don’t overload your system with toxins like alcohol, red meat, caffeine, and sugar because they clog your skin cells as well as your digestive system.

dog 2Yesterday we talked about treating your dog’s mild case of fleas. What if your dog has a much more serious case of fleas or other parasites? If that is the case, put 4 drops of cedarwood or lavender oil directly on a piece of cloth as we discussed yesterday and rub the material together to spread the oils before you put it on the brush. Now brush your pet and  rinse the brush several times with plain warm water as you go.

If your pet has a wound, bathe the area in water mixed with thyme or lavender oil. You should use 6 drops of either one of those oils to a half gallon of water. The essential oils will help to clean the sore spot because they are natural antibiotics and disinfectants. Of course, your pet will probably lick the wound too but he won’t be ingesting any unnatural substances.


We are continuing our blog on natural skin care recipes using the basic mask recipe that contains 2 ounces of green clay and 3 teaspoons of corn flour. We previously discussed how to make the basic mask recipe and gave you a formula for a mask for normal skin. Remember to leave the mask on for 15 minutes, rinse it off and apply a carrier oil like aloe vera or shea oil, then dab your face with a tissue.

Dry skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon almond or evening primrose oil
  • 2 drops carrot oil
  • 2 teaspoons water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop rose

Oily Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 tablespoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop lavender

Natural Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita

When I was younger, I didn’t think too much about skincare. My face was naturally blemish and wrinkle free. I didn’t worry about moisturizing or putting on sunscreen every day. Now that I’m older, I’m much more meticulous with my skin care regimen.

My wake up call came when I looked in the mirror and was surprised by the rough texture and lines I saw forming on my forehead and mouth. I started researching how to keep my skin healthy and looking fresh. I quickly learned that many over the counter skin care items contain harsh chemicals. It took some searching, but I finally found natural healthy skin care products that cleanse and nourish my skin without added toxins.

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