Archive for February, 2015

Lackluster Love Life?

Author: Natural-Beauty
February 27, 2015

Essential oils are used by many cultures throughout the world for their healing properties. Some uses for the oils include increasing over-all well being and physical, emotional and mental health. Many essential oils can also stimulate the sex drive and work as powerful aphrodisiacs. So if you are looking to spice up your love life, consider filling your oil diffuser with one of the following essential oils:

~Ylang Ylang oil energizes the body and intensifies sexual desire.

~Rose oil aids in hormone balance. This oil works best for women, but is also said to boost sexuality in men.

~Jasmine oil is said to have a counter-effect on frigidity, impotence and premature ejaculation. It also boosts energy levels.

~Sandalwood oil is said to aid in the treatment of impotence and help to relieve the anxiety that leads to frigidity. Sandalwood also produces something similar to androsterone, a male hormone secreted in the armpits as a sexual signal.

Easing Itchy Eczema Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita
February 26, 2015

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 (EO), 5 drops yarrow EO, 5 drops tagetes EO 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.

Healthy Hair Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita
February 25, 2015

hairIf your sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep it healthy, your hair probably looks dry and flyaway. The protective oils produced by your hair are essential for protecting it from the elements but exposure to sun, wind, heat, and chemicals can damage hair, leaving it frizzy.  Split ends, broken shafts and a rough texture are all signs that your hair is lacking a sufficient sebum coating.

Ways to repair dry hair include:

  • Using a very gentle natural shampoo followed by a cream conditioner that you leave on your hair (not your scalp) for several minutes
  • Avoiding the use of chemical products such as hair dye and styling products because they can be very harsh on hair and wearing a hat if you’re going to be out in the sun, and a swimming cap if you’re going to be in chlorinated water
  • Adding a few drops of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive oil, etc) will give protective moisture to hair if you simply place a few drops  in your hands, rub your hands together and then work through your hair to give it a light sheen
  • Drying hair on the low or coolest setting if you must blow it dry
  • Combing your hair in the shower with conditioner in it because this is the time your hair is at its smoothest and strongest; otherwise, use a boar bristle brush, which will be more gentle and less likely to tear hair, as well as helping to distribute oil through the hair
  • Washing your hair less often and using a weekly deep conditioner
  • Having your hair trimmed if you are experiencing split ends- at least 1/2 inch above the splits

Aromatherapy Massage Techniques 2

Author: Dr. Larita
February 20, 2015

We are continuing to discuss “aromassage” as a valuable method of using essential oils as part of the healing process when using aromatherapy. In previous blogs we have discussed which essential oils to use for sore or fatigued muscles (See Essential Oil Muscle Relief). You can always look at the archived blogs if you have any questions. Now let’s look at what kind of aromassage to use for different parts of the body.

  • Shoulders – aromassage into the shoulder muscles with both effleurage and petrissage movements. Make firm strokes from the shoulder to the neck and back again using thumbs and palms.
  • Arms – aromassage up towards the armpit, using effleurage or petrissage on the fatty or muscular areas only.
  • Back – Use firm or gentle effleurage or petrissage but do not massage over the vertebrae. Start from the lower part of the back and with both hands stroke all the way to the shoulders. Slide your hands over the shoulders and then return down the sides of the back. Repeat these strokes as many times as you like, the longer you aromassage, the more relaxing it is.
  • Abdomen – only use circular movements on the abdomen and move in a clockwise direction. Effleurage is the best method to use on the abdomen.
  • Legs – use effleurage to aromassage the legs and always move upwards. You can use petrissage on the fatty or muscular areas only but not over varicosed areas.
  • Women’s reproductive problems- aromassage using effleurage movements beginning at the lower back and sliding over the hips. Then slide each hand over the abdomen separately and repeat the whole process.
  • Feet – aromasssage from the toes to the heel with the thumbs under the foot and the fingers on top.

All massage should flow as the blood does, toward the heart. After an aerobic workout, aromassage is useful to release toxins and keep your muscles supple.

Aromatherapy Massage

Author: Dr. Larita
February 19, 2015

Aromatherapy massage or aromassage is an excellent way to apply essential oils as part of an alternative healing process. It is not hard to do and anyone can do it to family, friends, even to yourself. There are many different ways to apply aromassage:

  • Effleurage – this is a series of gentle, soothing strokes which allow essential oils to penetrate your body and help you to relax and become calm. For this method, use your whole hands in  either long or short strokes that can be either firm or gentle.
  • Petrissage – is similar to gently kneading dough. Use the palm, finger tips and thumbs to slowly and gently knead the body. Petrissage is most helpful when used on fatty areas and on backs.
  • Head massage – put the essential oils  on your fingertips to massage the scalp. Work the fingers all over the scalp.
  • For migraine and headaches – massage around the base of the neck and work your way up to the base of the scalp. Massage in this manner for a few moments with firm effleurage strokes.
  • For the neck – massage the neck using small, firm circular movements from the base of the neck, up either side of the vertebrae to the base of the scalp. Massage the sides of the neck and repeat these movements in a more gentle fashion and work your way down the neck. Repeat several times using appropriate essential oils.

We will continue this blog with more areas for you to massage.

Natural Treatment for Bad Breath

Author: Dr. Larita
February 18, 2015

The real problem with bad breath is that it often is caused by other factors than the actual breath itself. Bad breath can be caused by digestive problems, gum disease and rotten teeth as well as by eating pungent foods. You can make your own mouthwash with ingredients already in your home, especially if you have your own aromatherapy pharmacy.

The essential oils to use for digestive problems are 2 drops of peppermint and 2 drops of lemon essential oil diluted in 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of warm water. For gum and tooth disease change the essential oils to 2 drops of tea tree and 2 drops of thyme essential oil in the same dilution. For general bad breath problems, use 4 drops of lavender essential oil in the peroxide and water dilution.


Happy Presidents Day, Readers

Author: Dr. Larita
February 17, 2015

Presidents day

Today is Presidents Day and I am off of work and it’s a good thing too. My computer got hacked and I had to have a repairman come and get me straightened out so I could write my blog. I’m finally ready now and this will be late for Presidents Day but better late than never. Last Friday at work I sneezed about twenty times and by the end of the day I was all stopped up too. I decided not to got to Zumba class that evening or Saturday morning either. I really didn’t want to spread those germs. I would have left work Friday but we were so far behind and I’m first in line for the phones. Luckily, with today off, I’ll be good to go back tomorrow. Now, let me tell you how I cleared up the sneezing, stuffy nose and sore throat.

Besides having the three days to stay home and recuperate, I drank my special sore throat tea (that you can buy at the grocery store) laced with a synergistic blend of essential oils. Use a large cup for your tea and add honey and lemon to taste. I also add my essential oil blend in the following proportions: 2 drops rosemary essential oil, 1 drop each of eucalyptus, lemon, oregano, and tea tree essential oils. Let the tea steep at least 5 minutes and remember to stir before you sip.

The last two essential oils needed for your basic essential care stock are lemon and clove. As I said before, there are over 300 essential oils available, each with its own healing properties. It would be expensive to start off with all of them. If you want to start a basic essential care aromatherapy pharmacy, choose the oils we’ve been talking about these last two weeks because of their medicinal properties and their ability to deal with a wide number of ailments.

Lemon essential oil is good for sore throat, nervous conditions, blood pressure, digestive problems and it is antiseptic. It also has many other uses when blended with other essential oils including treatment of tension headaches and insect bites. Lemon provides a tonic action on the lymphatic system and a stimulating action on the digestive system. Not only does it have all those medicinal properties, it is also extremely useful as a flavoring and fragrancing ingredient.

Clove oil is antiseptic, antibacterial, analgesic and is good for the prevention of infection and disease. It can be incorporated in your cooking since it is a spice but it is also well known as a treatment for toothache, digestive problems and muscular aches and pains. Other uses for clove oil are nausea, flatulence, bronchitis, arthritis and diarrhea.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
February 9, 2015

For those of you who want to start using natural essential oils in your home medicine cabinet, the ones I suggest are lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, thyme, lemon, and clove. Essential oils are chosen first for their medical properties and second for their ability to take care of a broad range of health problems. Today, let’s talk about peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint has been used by many cultures (Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians) for thousands of years because of its healthful properties. It is a superb digestive, it helps the respiratory system and promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil excellent to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue. It can also help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away!

Essential Oil First Aid II

Author: Dr. Larita
February 6, 2015

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 to be used for elevating mood and 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 Essential Oil First Aid Kit should also include carrier oils such as almond oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil and or shea oil to mix your essential oils in, plus aloe vera, vitamin E and garlic oil. Garlic oil can be created by mixing garlic cloves with sweet almond or grape seed oil.

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