Archive for February, 2015

Lackluster Love Life?

Author: Dr. Larita

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.

Healthy Hair Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita

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

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.

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.


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.

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!

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.

Essential Oil First Aid

Author: Dr. Larita

Every home has a first aid kit but there is an alternative, have you ever thought about assembling your own aromatherapy essential oil first aid kit? All you need is a good container marked Essential Oils, Alternative First Aid, or Aromatherapy to house the kit and keep your oils away from light, dampness and extreme heat so they don’t deteriorate. The three major oils to stash in your kit are Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Tea Tree Oil.

These three oils will aid with colds, wounds, burns, bruises, insect bites, muscle pain, fungal infections and much more. They can be dispensed in a number of ways depending on the need including directly from the bottle, in a carrier or base oil, in a steam bath, or on a compress. We will continue with more information about your aromatherapy essential oil first aid kit as well as a few more essential oils to add to your stash in another post.

Many different kinds of fixed oils can be used to dilute essential oils. These are the base oils used in making many natural cosmetic or beauty products. Fixed oils do not evaporate like essential oils and are often called carrier oils. Each oil has different properties and will impart those into the products you make.  Essential oils should be blended with a carrier oil to make it safe for use on the skin. Carrier oils are base oils that are used as solvents to dilute essential oils when they are used for aromatherapy massage.

Aromatherapy carrier oils like sweet almond oil, jojoba or grapeseed oil, when processed properly, contain a considerable amount of vitamins and other beneficial properties. Also, when applied to the skin, they should feel light and smooth and not sticky or greasy. In addition, carrier oils are not only important to the practice of aromatherapy but also to the soap making industry.

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