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Aromatherapy for Stress 3

Author: Dr. Larita
August 10, 2016

Mental stress affects each of us differently and the way we react to it determines the severity of our suffering from that stress. Mental stress can be caused by the agony of being an over achiever, test anxiety, and worry over jobs not completed, money, or unemployment. The essential oils to treat mental stress are geranium, lavender, sandalwood, basil, patchouli, bergamot, and grapefruit.

Emotional stress can be caused by problems in our relationships, parental guilt, grief, and the inability to give or receive love. The essential oils that will relieve these types of stress are geranium, bergamot, sandalwood, vetiver, palma rosa, cardamom and rose.

The stress types discussed so far this week in Natural Body Guru can happen to us in varying degrees. The essential oils mentioned can be mixed into synergistic blends to  accommodate each level of stress. The four intensifying levels of stress are as follows:

Level 1: starts as tiredness and grows into irritability, headaches, and insomnia

Level 2: depression, anxiety, muscular pain, chronic aches, persistent infections, guilt, apathy, and helplessness

Level 3: persecution complex, agoraphobia, claustrophobia, despair, increasing guild and depression, subject to viral and bacterial infections

Level 4: unexplained pain, heart problems, high blood pressure, strokes, ulcers, arthritis and further suppression of the immune system leading to all   types of physical problems.

If you can identify the level of your stress then you will be able to choose from the formulas and blends of oils that will be the most effective treatment for your stress. If you treat your stress at the lowest level, you can stop it from developing into the next higher level.  The medical field often distinguishes sharply between mental and physical health but the human mind and body work as one unit. To take care of one is to take care of the other.

Natural Moisturizer Keeps My Skin From Getting Really Dry

Author: Natural-Beauty
August 9, 2016

body lotion orangeI love to use some natural moisturizer for my skin to keep it from getting really dry. The natural skin lotion that I use works well to help my skin stay soft and smooth. I love using it to help me to have the glowing and healthy skin that I want to have. I love to wear clothing that shows off my beautiful skin.

I like to use my moisturizer because it helps my skin to have a natural balance. The moisturizer features natural ingredients as well as some aromatherapy. I love the way that this lotion restores the natural balance of my skin. The lotion works really well for my needs. I no longer have skin that gets super dry and cracked.

My skin used to get so dry in the wintertime that it would crack and I would get little cuts all over my hands. The cuts would get painful and my skin didn’t look very good when it was that dry. I felt self-conscious about it and I would try to hide my skin because it was so dry. Luckily, with my natural moisturizer, I no longer have to worry about having such dry skin and my skin looks great.

Today we will look at three kinds of stress and the aromatherapy essential oils that are best to relieve them. Of course, nothing is cut and dried and one kind of stress can lead to another. The environmental stress you experience at work can lead to mental stress which, when you take it home with you,  can lead to emotional stress.

Environmental stress is caused by such things as fluorescent lights over your desk, machinery noise, constant phone calls, or too little space in which to work. Essential oils to treat environmental stress are cedarwood, coriander, geranium, cypress, chamomile, bergamot, and basil.

Chemical stress is caused by such things as too much coffee, too much alcohol, too much sugar, too many pharmaceuticals, smog and pollution. The best aromatherapy essential oils to treat chemical stress are lavender, patchouli, geranium, clary-sage, grapefruit, lemon and rosemary.

Physical stress is caused by pushing your body beyond its limits, for example, running in your fraternity’s “fun run,” working out at the gym, or continuously driving long distances.  Essential oils to treat physical stress are rosemary, chamomile, lavender, bergamot, thyme, marjoram, geranium or fennel.

There are all kinds of stress in the world and all of us are under one kind of stress or the other. The kinds of stress and the degrees that we can have it are diverse. Because of this diversity in the sorts of stress, the essential oils or oil blends we use are also varied.

We first have to make a distinction between positive stress, normal stress and distress. Positive stress is the feeling you get when you perform your job fast and efficiently – it feels good when you accomplish something. Normal stress is what happens when circumstances require us to perform out of the ordinary accomplishments. You’ve heard of people who performed unheard of feats when they were in an accident and when it was over, they wonder how they did it!

Distress is the kind of stress that we do not want to have. It is when healthy stress becomes persistent and unrelieved leaving us with no energy, no will, and with increasing frustration over the ever increasing pressure. This kind of stress requires the use of aromatherapy essential oils. It will take some time to discuss all the different types and degrees of distress and the oil blends to treat it. I’m going to take several blogs to discuss this topic but today let me just mention  lavender essential oil.

Lavender essential oil can be used to treat most kinds of stress. Put 2 drops of lavender neat on your fingertips and gently massage your temples, forehead, the back of your neck and your cheek bones. You can also put lavender in a carrier oil like sweet almond oil and massage it all over your body before going to sleep. If you have no other oil, lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils and I believe it should be in everyone’s medicine chest.

Making Foam Soap 2

Author: Dr. Larita
August 5, 2016

hand soapYesterday we talked about making foam soap my way but I know that many people really prefer to have a recipe with measurements, especially when making a blend for the first time.  So here is how it breaks down:

  • 1.5 oz (45 ml) castile soap
  • 15 drops distilled Lime essential oil
  • 15 drops Orange essential oil

If you’re thinking, “But wait—aren’t citrus oils phototoxic?” You’re right, many are. But Sweet Orange is not phototoxic, and distilled Lime does not have the phototoxic properties that cold-pressed Lime does.

Also, phototoxicity isn’t a concern in products designed to wash off the skin. (In lotion or body cream, phototoxicity is a significant safety issue. But with foam soap, a wash off product, it is okay to use phototoxic oils.)

You can choose your own essential oils when you make foam soap. Just stick with about 30 drops total for this little travel size.

Since you’re adding aloe (a water based product) to the castile, I would suggest making it fresh every few weeks.

You can watch me make this foam soap blend on a YouTube video I made. That way, you can see how to estimate your measurements yourself.

Andrea Butje – Aromahead

Making Foam Soap

Author: Dr. Larita
August 4, 2016

hand soap foamingYou can make foam soap for your bathroom, kitchen, or travel bag. Foam soap feels so light, airy, and silky on my hands. I just had to create a recipe for it with essential oils (to make it feel even more luxurious)!

My favorite way to make foam soap calls for castile soap, which is already in a liquid form. I don’t blend my castile soap with water to thin it out (but some people do, as it saves on the cost of the final product). Instead, I like to blend in a little aloe vera gel, for an extra skin-softening effect.

You can get foam soap pump bottles from Aromatics International. They have two sizes—one is just right for your bathroom or kitchen sink, and one is small enough to travel with. This recipe is for the smaller size, which holds 50 ml (1.67 oz).

I’ll be honest . . . I don’t actually measure my ingredients when I make foam soap! I just fill my bottle most of the way with castile soap. I add a little aloe vera gel, then I add about 30 drops total of essential oils. I always make sure to leave some space in the bottle, because once I screw the lid on, it will cause the liquid to rise a little. In other words, don’t fill it to the top.

Andrea Butje – Aromahead

cleansing skin careI recently began to work with some different types of natural products so that I would be able to keep my skin feeling excellent all of the time. I had used a lot of products that were made with many products that were not natural before and I had discovered that many of these products just made it so that my skin didn’t feel right to the touch.

I knew that I needed to use the right kind of products to make sure that my skin was getting the right kind of care on a regular basis. It needed to have some natural products, not products that might make it so that it became damaged over time. I eventually purchased some different types of cleansing skin care products that were made of natural materials.

In addition to these products, I worked to find other items that could soothe my skin and make it appear beautiful all of the time. When I had these natural products on my side I was able to really make a difference since my skin began to change right away. It is wonderful to have skin that is now so beautiful and so healthy. I really feel like a whole new person.

Soft Hands without Skin Lotion

Author: Natural-Beauty
August 1, 2016


I have the softest hands in the entire universe and I have no idea why. For some reason, my hands have avoided becoming calloused and blistered and rough like most men’s hands and they have just remained incredibly soft. Girls tend to notice it when I’m holding hands with them and guys often notice it when they high five me.

People are always asking me what kind of skin lotion I use or if I sleep at night wearing gloves or something and it’s kind of embarrassing because I really haven’t done anything to try to achieve this. One thing that’s kind of cool about having really soft hands though is that I can clap really loud and high five really well, so I guess that’s one odd bonus that comes along with it.

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