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Stress is the one thing that you can’t hide. When it comes to your face, you can tell right away that you have a lot going on. Your eyes are puffy, you have dark circles under your eyes and your skin looks exhausted. There is no way that you can hide the fact that you have a lot going on in your everyday life.

Nightly facial masks are a great way to rejuvenate your skin. The natural minerals that you can find in facial masks help replenish the youthfulness that stress can take out of your skin. It can be a sense of therapy for your face. There are a lot of different options to choose from. The all balance formula can treat the dark circles under your eyes and give your skin a healthier glow.

Unplug Pores Naturally

Author: Dr. Larita

A facial scrub is used to exfoliate the skin and unplug pores. It will also leave the skin looking fresh and new as the dead layer of skin cells is sloughed off. You only need about 1 teaspoon of material to make your scrub and you can use foods you already have in the kitchen as your base. Good bases that you may already have are oatmeal, dried peas, almonds and hazelnuts. Whichever base you use must be ground up in a blender or by pestle and mortar so that it forms small, gritty lumps like coarse sand. The starches and enzymes in the cereals, peas or nuts will be triggered during treatment and will work on cleansing the face.

Oatmeal is commonly used in cosmetic products and when combined with ground almonds, it makes an excellent scrub. Mix one teaspoon of oatmeal, one teaspoon of ground almonds, and one drop of either lavender, clary-sage, or basil essential oil. Roll this combination over the surface of your face with damp fingers then rinse it off with warm water. Basil essential oil is very good for this type of scrub because it lifts dead skin cells and rejuvenates the skin tone.

Basil is an important ingredient in the following revitalizing face scrub which is best to use if you have normal to oily skin: 1 teaspoon ground almonds, 1 teaspoon dry oatmeal, 1 pinch salt, 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar and 1 drop basil essential oil. Mix the vinegar, salt and basil together then add the almonds and oatmeal. Again, use damp fingers to roll the mixture over your face and then finish by rinsing your face well with warm water

cold reliefPeople at work sneezed around me all last week but I was just fine until Friday evening. When I got home from work, I started sneezing and sniffling. My nose was running and I was starting to feel all stuffy so I made my cold relief blend. It’s Sunday now and I haven’t sneezed all day, my nose isn’t running and I’m not at all stuffed up.

I drank two cups of peppermint tea with the blend mixed in it Friday night and the same amount Saturday evening. I’m drinking a cup now too but I don’t think I will need any more for a while. I drink essential oils in tea all the time but if you never have, be careful and test first. Use the amounts below and always stir well before drinking.

Essential Oil Cold Relief Blend

  • 1 drop eucalyptus
  • 1 drop peppermint
  • 1 drop tea tree
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 1 drop lavender


Aromatherapy Pharmacy X

Author: Dr. Larita

This is the last in our series of blogs on essential oils that can help you build your aromatherapy pharmacy. Most essential oils are very strong products and should be used with a carrier oil. Carrier oils or base oils are used to dilute essential oils and prevent harm to your skin. Oils used in aromatherapy penetrate the skin, so they need to be diluted properly for you to reap the best benefits from them. A carrier oil is basically used to carry the essential oil and open the gateway for them to make an entry into the skin and render the health benefits from your aromatherapy session.

Some types of aromatherapy carrier oils include sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, shea oil, and aloe vera oil. Sweet almond oil is also a great moisturizer and suitable for all skin types. Another often-used carrier oil, is olive oil but not all olive oils are cold processed which could eliminate some of the beneficial enzymes. The best carrier oils are referred to as “cold-processed” vegetable oils and they are easily absorbed into the skin. Most of the oils that we find in grocery stores are not cold processed, so they have less aromatherapy health benefits. You or your therapist have to blend your aromatherapy carrier oil with the essential oil to maximize the health benefits of your aromatherapy session.

Your aromatherapy pharmacy will benefit from clove essential oil which is a multipurpose essential oil that is best known for its anesthetic property. It is also antibacterial and analgesic making it a good oil to use for the prevention of disease and infection. It can easily be added to the diet while cooking foods for flavor and for the prevention of illness.

Before the availability of anesthetics, clove oil was used by some dentists to kill pain. It is often used after the extraction of a tooth to relieve dry socket pain which is sometimes a complication of tooth removal. While clove essential oil is best known as a quick cure for toothache, it is also useful in digestive problems and muscular disorders. It can be used in the treatment of asthma, nausea, sinusitis and as a sedative. Clove oil is very powerful and should never be used undiluted on the skin. To stop a toothache with clove oil, soak a cotton swab in the oil and apply it directly on or in the affected tooth so that the oil can soak into the painful area. The antimicrobial and antifungal properties of clove oil make it highly effective in the treatment of acne, warts, scars and parasites.

Did you know that the ancient Egyptians used a preparation containing thyme essential oil to preserve mummies? Yes, thyme essential oil has been in use for quite some time. The ancient Greeks used thyme in their baths and they burned it as incense in their temples because they believed it was a source of courage. During the middle ages, the use of thyme was spread by the Romans throughout Europe. They used it for everything from aiding their sleep and fighting nightmares to flavoring cheese and liqueurs.

We now know that thyme kills bacteria and fungi so we can see why it was used for those purposes during the middle ages. Thyme has significant antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic, and diuretic properties and must be used with a carrier oil – never directly on the skin and not on children unless under the care of a practitioner. Overusing thyme essential oil can stimulate the thyroid gland and the lymphatic system.

Thyme is in the essential oil aromatherapy pharmacy because of its potent antiviral qualities. During the flu season, thyme does a powerful job when used with an essential oil diffuser in the sick person’s room. Native Americans used poultices made of thyme for its antiseptic properties when treating skin infections and minor wounds. Thyme is used in the treatment of a number of conditions including whooping cough, rheumatism, neuralgia, fatigue, acne, and warts. It is also very useful in keeping parasites and insects out of your home. Thyme essential oil is another versatile ingredient to keep in your aromatherapy pharmacy.

Another beneficial addition to your aromatherapy pharmacy is rosemary essential oil. It is a great one to use during your morning shower because it is a mental and physical stimulant. You can also use rosemary 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 used in beauty treatments, hair care products, and acne preparations too.

In the middle ages, rosemary sprigs were used in wedding ceremonies. The bride wore a rosemary headpiece and the groom and all the guests wore sprigs of rosemary. Newly married couples planted a rosemary branch on their wedding day, the thought being that if the plant grew, it was a good omen for their marriage. These traditions evolved into the title of  “love charm” being given to the rosemary plant.

Several years ago, I went to a conference in Nashville and we stayed at the Opryland Hotel – that place is gigantic- and at the end of the day my feet were aching terribly from all that walking. I massaged a mixture of rosemary and grapeseed oil on my feet after my shower and my roommate asked what the wonderful scent was. I’m not crazy about the scent although it is not unpleasant, but for my tired aching feet, rosemary essential oil is priceless!

Aromatherapy Pharmacy V

Author: Dr. Larita

Chamomile Roman essential oil is the best oil to use for the treatment of insomnia and nervous conditions. Chamomile is another essential oil that is antibacterial, antiseptic, and disinfectant but it is most useful for its internal and external anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile is another good oil to add to your aromatherapy pharmacy kit.

Chamomile can be used when children have teething problems and can be added to the bath to ease nerves and tetchiness. It can also be used to treat burns, sunburn, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, hay fever, diarrhea, sprains and strains, nausea, fever, and nervous or depressed states. Chamomile’s analgesic, diuretic, sedative and calming properties make it absolutely essential to have in your basic care kit. Whenever you have a sick family member, use chamomile in the bath, in a massage oil or in a room diffuser to help calm the nerves and keep up strength.

The third item for your aromatherapy pharmacy is eucalyptus essential oil which comes from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree originally native to Australia. It has been used for centuries to treat chest and other respiratory problems. Eucalyptus is a very versatile essential oil that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. Research has proven eucalyptus has antiviral properties as well.

You may know about its effectiveness against coughs and colds because several over the counter cold medications list eucalyptus as an ingredient, including many cough drops. It is similarly effective in the treatment of cystitis and sunburn and can also be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets. Put several drops of eucalyptus oil on a cloth or in a small bowl of water and place it in the room that you want to be insect free. Do this daily and you won’t have a problem with insects.


The second item I suggest for your aromatherapy pharmacy is peppermint essential oil. It 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, it 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.

When I have a cold, I add 1 or 2 drops of peppermint essential oil to a teaspoon of honey, stir it into a cup of hot and water sip it slowly. It sure does open up the sinuses and it helps soothe the achy feeling of the common cold. Peppermint oil can also help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away! When the ants start trailing into your home this spring, spray peppermint essential oil (use a plant sprayer with 1 cup water to 30 drops oil and shake often) along shelves and wherever you see the ants. You can also put 5-8 drops of peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them wherever you see ants entering your home.

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