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Rosemary Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

St Louis Arch

Rosemary essential oil is a great one to use during your morning shower because it is a mental and physical stimulant. It is also great to use during a relaxing bath after a long strenuous day because it is an excellent treatment for all muscular conditions. Rosemary has antiseptic properties and is often used to treat muscular sprains, rheumatism, arthritis, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine headaches, coughs, flu, and diabetes. It is also used in beauty treatments, hair care products, and acne preparations.

When we went to St Louis, we walked all over downtown with what seemed like a million people who were there for the fair, fireworks and air show. It was exciting and fun but my feet and back were killing me every night when we finally got back to the hotel. To make myself feel better and get a good night’s sleep, I massaged a mixture of rosemary and grapeseed oil on my feet and back after taking a relaxing bath with 8 drops of lavender essential oil. My tired feet and aching back really appreciated the pampering.

Moisturize your Skin

Author: Dr. Larita

Moist, supple skin is the product of both hydration and a good skin care regimen. Not drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day could lead to dry sagging skin, eczema, cracked flaky skin, acne and pimples.

Stay hydrated with water-rich foods: cucumbers are 97% water; tomatoes and zucchini are 95% water; peaches contain 87% water; and grains, beans, and pastas are also good sources of water because they absorb a lot of water as they cook. Use a good quality chemical-free natural moisturizing product to keep your skin moisturized on the outside too. Moist supple skin will keep you looking young and vital.

I am a retired educator and during my years in the schools, I saw many children miss too much school because of earaches. Recurrent earaches could be a sign of a perforated eardrum or an infection and the child should see a pediatrician. However, for a common earache, use one teaspoon of warm sweet almond oil with one drop of lavender and one drop of chamomile added and blended well. Soak  a small cotton ball in the mixture and use it to plug the ear.

You can also massage around the ear area, up the neck and across the cheekbone with the following mixture diluted in 1 teaspoon of almond oil:

  1. Tea tree – 3 drops
  2. Thyme – 1 drop
  3. Lavender – 2 drops

Acne always seems to crop up when we least expect it and “backne” (acne on the back) usually comes when we’re stressed and at the most inconvenient times too, like prom time or sundress time. What can we do about backne?  We can eat right, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and exercise regularly to help control breakouts.

When you get hot and sweaty it is important to shower to prevent your pores from becoming clogged. Use an acne-fighting soap for your back and make sure that you exfoliate gently on a regular basis.  Then use a good moisturizer on your back to help clear up acne and treat dry skin.

Stress, 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.


What do you do when your child or grandchild gets a little scratch or scrape and comes running to you crying? Well, I just kiss it, wipe away the tears, and together we go to “doctor it up” with a non-stinging first aid solution for minor cuts and bruises.

Let your child help and learn first aid. Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and one to two drops of lavender essential oil. Gently wipe the affected area and add a fun band-aid. This will take their mind off the boo-boo and the lavender will calm them down and kill the germs.

An even faster method is to pre-blend the witch hazel in a one-ounce bottle and add five to six drops of lavender essential oil. Shake the bottle before use to mix the ingredients. The next time your youngster gets a minor injury, you’ll already have a liquid first aid concoction on hand and the child can shake it up and put it on the cotton ball. The crying will stop in no time!

Some of you may be traveling with children and you will need your aromatherapy essential oil travel kit to treat some of the following symptoms:

Headaches: for stress headaches, rub the temples with one drop of rosemary essential oil and at the same time, slowly sip 1/2 glass of water with 1 additional drop of rosemary oil added. Another treatment for headaches is to apply a warm compress to which you’ve added 1 drop of eucalyptus and 1 drop of peppermint essential oils.

Stomach aches: to relieve stomach or bowel distress, add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil to a glass of water, blend well and sip slowly until it is all gone. If vomiting is involved, increase the peppermint oil to two drops and also apply a compress of rosemary oil to the forehead and the stomach.

Respiratory congestion: to relieve respiratory congestion, add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a hot bath and breath deeply while soaking in the tub. Most hotels and motels are equipped with a microwave oven so you can give yourself or your loved one a steam treatment by boiling two cups of water and pouring it into a bowl. Let it sit for a few minutes and then add 2 to 4 drops of eucalyptus oil. Sit over the bowl,  cover your head with a towel, and breath to loosen mucous. Continue this method for 5 to 10 minutes taking breaks as needed. For sinus congestion, you can use eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender oils alternately as a steam treatment and you can add a few drops to a handkerchief and inhale it throughout the day.

Colds and fever: I often develop a cold when I’ve been cooped up in an airplane and if this happens to you, treat it by inhaling a blend of peppermint, tea tree, rosemary, and eucalyptus essential oils. You can also blend these oils in a carrier oil and apply them to your chest with a warm compress. Don’t forget to drink lots of liquids, take vitamin C and get lots of rest.

Skin problems: to treat cuts and scrapes, insect stings or bites, bruises and rashes, wash the area first and then use tea tree oil neat or blended in a carrier oil. If the problem is sunburn, add 1 to 2 drops each of tea tree and peppermint essential oils to 1/2 teaspoon of shea butter creme and smooth over the effected area.

Have fun on your trip but always be prepared and carry along your essential oil travel kit.

The most effective aromatherapy essential oils are broad-acting and can be used for a variety of symptoms so you don’t have to take a lot of them with you when you travel. Collecting your essential oil travel kit can be simple, inexpensive, and aromatic. Using eucalyptus essential oil for respiration; tea tree essential oil for first aid; rosemary essential oil for stimulation; peppermint essential oil for digestion; and lavender essential oil for soothing sedation – you can treat just about any ailment that might occur while you are away.

  • To treat nausea and motion sickness, use a blend of one drop each rosemary and peppermint essential oils on a handkerchief and inhale the aroma.
  • To calm travel anxiety and help you sleep, take a whiff of lavender straight from the bottle!
  • For trouble sleeping, sprinkle a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow. Add a few drops of lavender and peppermint to a hot bath to help you settle down or apply a warm compress of lavender to the forehead or chest.
  • To treat aches and pains from traveling, blend rosemary, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils in a carrier oil like almond oil, jojoba oil or shea oil to use as a rub for sore muscles and limbs.
  • To treat a sprain or similar injury, use the RICE method – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation combined with a gentle massage using rosemary essential oil diluted in almond or comparable carrier oil.

OK, I am doing laundry so I’ll have enough clean underwear for the trip so I will continue this blog tomorrow. This will give you time to find a nice small bag to carry your essential oils and carrier oils with you.

Lavender essential oil is the most basic oil to have in your home because of its various health benefits. It is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, sedative, and detoxifier. Lavender oil promotes healing, prevents scarring, stimulates the immune system, and factors in the healing process by stimulating the cells of an injury to rejuvenate more quickly.

The health benefits of lavender essential oil include:

  • Nervous system-its calming scent is a tonic for the nerves making it a great remedy for migraines, headaches, anxiety, depression, nervous tension and emotional stress. Its clean aroma removes  exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity.
  • Sleep-it induces sleep making it an inexpensive natural cure for insomnia.
  • Pain relief-it is a great natural remedy for pains caused by tense or sore muscles, muscular aches, rheumatism, sprains, and backache. A regular massage with lavender oil provides relief from pain in the joints.
  • Urine flow-it is good for urinary disorders because it stimulates urine production,  helps restore hormonal balance, reduces cystitis or inflammation of the urinary bladder, and reduces associated cramps.

Lavender has so many healthful benefits that I will continue this blog tomorrow.

Myth or Fact?

Author: Dr. Larita

Our body controls temperature and eliminates toxins by sweating, so stopping underarm sweat with antiperspirant is not healthy and is often thought to be one reason for the rise in breast cancer. The  medical profession does not support this idea and considers it a myth but it just makes sense that if toxins are trapped in your body they can lead to health problems.

If you are not willing to take a chance with your health, it is worth your while to try Crystal Deodorant. It is 100% natural and contains potassium alum mineral salts. It is non-aerosol, ozone friendly, hypoallergenic, unscented, non-staining, contains no alcohol, and kills odor causing bacteria.  Do antiperspirants contribute to breast cancer? Myth or fact, you decide.

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