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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
10/28/2015

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

 


travel

Next month, we will be traveling to visit relatives for the Thanksgiving holiday and I know lots of readers will be doing the same thing this weekend. Every time I travel, I carry my essential oil travel first aid kit with us for those emergencies that always seem to occur. Whether you travel by plane, train, bus, or car, it won’t cost you very much to assemble an essential oil travel kit; but it can save you a lot of problems and anxiety on the road. It is usually not a problem to carry essential oils on an airplane as long as the quantities you take are less than an ounce each. You can take everything you need for the most common ailments that may plague you or your family members while you are away. I usually carry my lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus on every trip.


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. Use a nice small bag to carry your essential oils and carrier oils with you.

  • 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 packing for my trip so I will continue this blog tomorrow. This will give you time to


frankincenseEssential oil prices vary from place to place and from time to time depending on their availability and their quality. Frankincense essential oil is harvested twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall. The bark of the frankincense tree is cut allowing the liquid resin to seep out and as it hits the outside air it starts to crystallize and get hard. After a week or two, the hardened resin crystal can be cut off the tree and several different frankincense resins are produced ranging from the pure white “Hojari” which is what was selected for kings and queens to a low grade brownish frankincense resin that contains particles of the tree’s bark.

The crystal resin then goes through a process where it is crushed into powder, put into an oil bath, and steam distilled to extract the oil from the crystal resin. That’s why depending on the time of the year and the purity of your frankincense, you will pay more or less for the product. Frankincense is a popular scent at this time of year. Many people purchase it for the holidays because it reminds them that one of the gifts the three wise men brought to the baby Jesus was the gift of frankincense. For that purpose, you can use the perfume oil but if you want to use frankincense oil for aromatherapy, you must get the pure essential oil.

Because of its properties of being antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-fungal and disinfectant, there are many aromatherapy uses for frankincense. Click here to see 8 essential oil uses for frankincense.

 


Dry Skin Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
10/06/2015

Are you confused about whether to use an ointment, a lotion or a cream to relieve your dry skin? These terms describe the way skin care products are prepared. Ointments are prepared using oil and may stay on your skin longer but many people don’t like them because they are  greasy and don’t soak into the skin. Creams are less oily than ointments and can be made from natural products so they do soak into the skin easily. Lotions are water-based and get absorbed into the skin quickly, causing instant, but not long-lasting, relief. For longer-lasting relief, choose ointments or creams.

If you have dry or itchy skin, avoid using too much soap, antiperspirants,  hot baths or anything else that removes your natural oils. Skin dryness and itchiness is worse when the humidity is low and you should definitely avoid stress, too much exposure to the sun, and smoking or secondhand smoke.


I learned this rhyme when I was little and it stuck, “Beans, beans, the tropical fruit. The more you eat, the more you poot!” It’s true that the foods you eat can lead to organic stomach gases but it can also be associated with a disease like gallstones or  some problem with the gallbladder. Then too, it could be that you’re swallowing air during the day and the gas could be functional with no disease present at all.

To cure functional flatulence simply change your eating habits and be aware of swallowing air during the day. Belching does not help this problem, it causes you to swallow even more air.  If you cut down on cellulose and starchy foods like potatoes, wheat, peas, and onions you will cut out a lot of your gas problem. After eating, sip on a glass of hot water to which you’ve added a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and 1 drop of  peppermint essential oil. This helps not only your stomach, but also the intestinal tract.

If your gas is giving you pain, make a massage oil blend of 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or shea oil) plus 2 drops cardamom essential oil and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil. Rub this mixture over your whole abdomen in a clockwise direction. Relief is on the way!


Have you ever had an itchy rash that you couldn’t stop scratching? Something that was not really serious but it was still annoying? We have all had that feeling whether it was from a stiff collar, your hair on your neck or just a reaction to a new laundry detergent. Using the right essential oils can sooth your rash and stop the scratching right away.

The essential oils to use for rashes are lavender, chamomile and eucalyptus. You can use any one of them or make a synergistic blend of any two or all three of them. These are essential oils that everyone should have in their aromatherapy pharmacy. If you only have one essential oil it should be lavender so that would be my first choice to use for a rash but if you have all three, I would blend them and put 5 drops of the blend into a teaspoon of carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or evening primrose oil. Apply the mixture to your rash two or three times per day and top it off with a good skin moisturizer.


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