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slide01_facial-moisturizersEveryone has different needs when it comes to skin care. Some people need less oil, while others have very dry skin and need the extra oil. No matter what skin type you have, there’s a solution to give you the best possible skin. It can be a bit of a challenge to figure out your own specific needs when it comes to choosing the right moisturizer for you.

When it comes to finding the right facial moisturizers, the first question to answer is whether you have oily, dry or normal skin. If your skin is already oily, it’s extremely important to find a moisturizer that doesn’t have oil. This can cause a major breakout. If your skin is neither oily nor dry, it’s important to find a good pH balance.

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Lavender is an invaluable essential oil in both perfumery and aromatherapy. The therapeutic benefits of lavender are varied and many. It is perhaps the most versatile essential oil, used for many conditions affecting the digestive, respiratory and nervous systems and in the treatment of muscular and joint pain. Last but not least, lavender is highly esteemed for treating skin disorders as well as for use in skin care and cosmetics. It is one of the very few essential oils that can be used neat (undiluted) on the skin to treat burns, wounds and scars, etc. It is used in skin care and for keeping insects at bay as well as to ease their bites. Lavender is used in facial care, soaps, foot care, deodorants and powders for its aroma and therapeutic benefits.

Lavender originated in the Mediterranean region, and from there spread to all of Europe. In the 13th and 14th centuries it was cultivated extensively in the gardens of monasteries for both its visual appearance and medicinal properties. It is now grown for distillation in France, Spain, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Australia and New Zealand. Because of its antibacterial and insect repellent properties, sachets stuffed with the dried buds are used around the home to scent clothes and drawers, and lavender waters are used to scent linens and sheets.

Lavender’s effect on the mind is incredible – it is both stimulating and calming. A little lavender can be applied to the pillow or sprayed on the sheets to induce a restful sleep, and it is also immensely effective in relieving headaches. The stimulating effects and antiseptic properties of lavender make it particularly suitable for scenting soaps and fragrant waters and other toiletries and hygiene products. Its reviving qualities become even more effective when paired in synergies with stimulating essences such as rosemary, eucalyptus or lemon.

Aside from lavender waters, in the perfumer’s hand lavender holds special reverence. There is an entire genre of perfume based on the lavender note – Fougere – which takes its characteristics from the contrast between herbaceous lavender and the bitter-sweet notes of coumarin and oakmoss. The solvent extraction yields a turquoise-colored Lavender Absolute with a velvety smoothness, and an ink-like dark green from the Lavender Seville Absolute, which has an herbaceous wine-like depth and raspberry-like undertones. I use a range of lavender oils in many of my hand made Candles products and oils for your massage.

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essential oilsAromatherapy is the easiest method of using essential oils, and also the most commonly practiced. The best thing about using essential oils for aromatherapy is that the oils do no necessarily have to be medicinal grade, which means they are less expensive and much easier to find. The best essential oils are 100% pure and organic though and they do not have to be expensive, depending on the oil.
Obviously the more costly brands of oil are going to be more pure, but any of the essential oils found at your local health or specialty stores will do just fine for household aromatherapy. Tomorrow I’ll give you some of my favorite recipes for using essential oils in our home. To make these homemade recipes, you will need a few basic ingredients (6 or 8 oz spray bottles, distilled water, grape seed or another carrier oil) and your favorite essential oils (a few of mine are orange, lemon, tea tree, peppermint and lavender).


Citrus Kitchen Mist

Fill spray bottle with water (does not have to be distilled) and add 20 drops essential oil of lemon; shake well. Use for spraying on counter tops or cleaning the stove, fridge or appliances. Leaves a fresh scent while disinfecting!

Lavender Linen Spray

Fill a spray bottle with distilled water and add 20 to 30 drops essential oil of lavender. Spray sheets, pillowcases, or other linens for a lovely fresh scent! This also works well for spritzing your hair, especially if you have wavy or curly locks.

Relaxing Massage Oil

Fill a small empty bottle (one that has a screw-on lid, i.e. an empty vanilla bottle) with grape seed oil and add 10 to 20 drops lavender essential oil. Use more oil if you have a larger bottle, less if the bottle is smaller. Shake well to combine. Pour a small amount into the palms of your hands and rub hands together before you give a massage. Works well on babies after a bath.

Deodorizing and Disinfecting Cloth Diapers

To deodorize and disinfect cloth diapers, add a few drops of lavender and tea tree essential oil to wash water before you add soiled diapers. The lavender leaves a pleasant fragrance and the tea tree oil acts as a disinfectant.

Essential oils are wonderful for nearly any household use: adding to laundry (lavender or citrus blends), scenting homemade cleaners (citrus blends), boiling in water for “potpourri” (cinnamon), adding to bath water (lavender), spraying on clean clothing before ironing, etc.

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Pregnancy is both a beautiful and stressful experience for women. Since the baby is so connected to the mother, when the mother is stressed out her baby may feel stressed out as well. Taking a relaxing soak with aromatherapy bath oils can put mother and child in a good frame of mind.

Not only will a relaxing soak with bath oils reduce stress, it also surrounds the mother with beautiful smells. Many pregnant women report sensitivity to smell. Doctors recommend mothers surround themselves with pleasant smells to ease the mind and prevent nausea. You can dilute 5 drops of any of these essential oils – tangerine, grapefruit, geranium, chamomile, ylang ylang, lavender in 1 teaspoon of shea, grapeseed, or almond oil to make a wonderful bath oil. If you or a loved one are going through a difficult pregnancy and have a hard time relaxing, consider giving bath oils a try.

Aromatherapy Relaxation

Author: Dr. Larita

Relaxing-diffuserI have a few relaxing blends that I use quite often but I also like to come up with new blends. Sometimes an oil will surprise me with how soothing it is, and I’ll wonder why I’ve never used it in my relaxing diffuser blends before. Then I have a whole new set of ideas for blends to make!

If I’m diffusing essential oils in a candle diffuser, I usually stick to about 5 drops. If I’m using an electric diffuser, I’ll use more—about 10 drops.

Once I find a diffuser blend that I love, I often make a little stock bottle of it. I keep the stock bottle right near the diffuser, so I don’t have to keep all the oils in the blend right there.

The drop count here is for one use in an electric diffuser. That way you can test out the recipes, and if you like one then you can make your own stock blend. To make a stock blend in a 5 ml bottle, just increase the recipes below four times.

Meditate and Smile (you can call this the Smiling Buddha blend!)

  • 6 drops frankincense
  • 2 drops orange
  • 2 drops patchouli 

So your stock blend for this would be:

Floral Heaven

  • 5 drops lavender
  • 1 drop ylang ylang
  • 4 drops palmarosa 

Calm and Earthy

  • 4 drops vetiver
  • 3 drops patchouli
  • 3 drops range

Try these aromatherapy essential oils in your diffuser and let a nice relaxing blend of essential oils ease away your stress.  Guest editor today is Andrea Butje from the Aromahead Institute. You can watch her make a stock bottle of a relaxing aromatherapy blend if you click here.


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Author: Dr. Larita

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Aromatherapy for Fever

Author: Dr. Larita

With a common cold I can usually keep functioning as usual but if I develop a fever, that will stop me in my tracks. A fever can take your body through changes from shivering and coldness to sweating and delirium. If you have a fever, bed rest is often the best cure. You should also try to bring the fever down.

The best way to break a fever is to keep the  body cool with sponging. Add either eucalyptus, peppermint or lavender essential oil to the water used to sponge the body. Give the sick person plenty of liquids, including fruit juices and keep the room aired out. Spray the room with a plant spray bottle containing 1 cup water and 15 drops of thyme. The caregiver should also use thyme, 4 drops in the bathwater, so that (s)he doesn’t get sick too.

Essential Oils for Work

Author: Dr. Larita

No matter what type of work we do, we have little control over the work environment. Office workers are exposed to sick co-workers, stale air, fluorescent lights, and computer screen radiation. According to a study funded by the Health Promotion Research Trust, 80% of 4,000 workers questioned reported feeling unwell as a result of working in a particular office.

The symptoms  most commonly reported and the essential oils I am recommending you use in your diffusers to disperse them into the room are  listed below:

  • Dry throat – grapefruit or lemon essential oil
  • Dry and/or itchy eyes – tea tree essential oil (used in a humidifier)
  • Headaches – lavender essential oil
  • Lethargy – grapefruit, eucalyptus or lemon essential oil
  • Stuffy nose – tea tree or rosemary essential oil

The above symptoms occur mostly in air-conditioned offices but air conditioners are not the only culprits. Faulty humidifiers become bacteria breeding grounds that spread diseases to unsuspecting office workers. Add to that; dust extractors that give off a discharge, carpet cleaning fluids,  poorly maintained photocopiers that give off ozone and nitrogen dioxide and you have an office or even a whole office building that is causing all the usual problems, plus itchy skin, rashes, nose bleeds, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath.

Essential oils fight bacteria and viruses. If an office manager provided room diffusers and a few antiviral essential oils for the office, the investment would pay for itself within a week during the cold and flu season. Not only do the essential oils combat illnesses, they can also create a calm productive atmosphere. Try using grapefruit and lavender essential oil in a room diffuser – the grapefruit will keep employees alert and the lavender is an antibiotic with antiviral properties which will also keep everyone calm and tranquil. The citrus scent in the grapefruit is very pleasant and few people object to the aroma.

I have a friend who has psoriasis which is a skin disease that flares up on his head, face and neck. While psoriasis is not contagious, it is an unsightly affliction because of its red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scale. He has tried dozens of products to help him clear his skin when he has a breakout.

We had him try a skin moisturizer which is a special blend of 100% pure shea butter, mango butter, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, vitamin E and pure coconut oil because it has outstanding regenerative and restructuring powers to keep skin moisturized and soft. This product is called 30 Second Face Lift and it works wonders on all kinds of skin problems. The last time I saw my friend, his face and head were smooth and clear and he was grinning from ear to ear when he told me that the skin moisturizer we recommended was the only thing that had ever worked to clear his psoriasis!

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