Archive for September, 2016

Essential Oils for Vacation

Author: Dr. Larita
September 30, 2016

vacationWe took a long driving trip with three of our grandchildren and two of them got car sick a couple of times. Eating all those snacks on the first couple of days didn’t help any but it was lucky I had my essential oil travel kit. Aromatherapy essential oils can help you keep your trip safe and fun by not allowing minor injuries, sunburn, insect bites or motion sickness to interfere.

The oils I used for my grandchildren’s upset stomach and motion sickness during our recent trip were peppermint and ginger.  You can put a couple of drops of either or both oils on a tissue and sniff to relieve motion sickness. For an upset stomach, use the oils in a carrier oil like liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil. You should make this oil before you go on vacation and when someone has an upset stomach, rub the oil (I especially like to use peppermint for this treatment) in a clockwise fashion on the stomach. My friend likes to go on cruises and she tells me that when she gets an upset stomach at sea, the ginger works better for her.

If you have red skin, soreness or inflammation due to overexposure to the sun, aromatherapy essential oils will ease the pain.  Use lavender, chamomile, peppermint or geranium in an unscented lotion base. Of course, you can make a synergistic blend of essential oils by combining a couple of these oils like lavender and peppermint or chamomile and geranium. That way you get the benefit of both oils when you make your lotion. Rub your aromatherapy lotion on to soothe the burning and redness of sunburn.

When you get insect bites, essential oils can definitely ease your condition. Just combine tea tree and lavender or geranium and eucalyptus and mix the blend in an unscented lotion. Rub this lotion over your bites and it will be very soothing. For a very itchy bite, put 1 drop neat of lavender or tea tree to ease the itch. My friend had a large mosquito bite on her back and she put peppermint on a Q-tip and rubbed that on it. I think peppermint is too strong for direct application but it helped her. You can also keep from getting bites  by making a spray or a massage oil using citronella or lemongrass essential oil.


Oven Fried Lime Tilapia Fillets

Author: Dr. Larita
September 28, 2016

I have started dabbling in cooking with essential oils and so far, I’ve had some delicious results. We eat mostly chicken, turkey and fish rather than red meat so that’s mostly what I’ve been experimenting with so far. Here is a fish recipe that we really enjoyed today. If you have tried others, please let me know which essential oils you used so I can try it.

Oven Fried Lime Tilapia Fillets

  • Heat oven to 425 degrees
  • Mix 1 drop lime essential oil with 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Brush 4 tilapia fillets with 1 teaspoon of the lime/olive oil blend and set the rest aside
  • Sprinkle the fillets with Mrs. Dash, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and sea salt to taste
  • Sprinkle uncooked Cream-o-Wheat on top of the fillets
  • Cover your pan (I use a dark cookie sheet) with aluminum foil and spread the remaining lime/olive oil on the foil
  • Wipe the top of each fillet in the oil on the pan and then lay it on its back side – that way some of the seasonings and cream of wheat will also be on the back of your fillets
  • Cook for 10 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. Tilapia fillets can be thick or thin so gauge your cooking time according to the size of your fish
  • Serve right away with seasoned rice and salad – bon appetit!

 

 


Organic Oils Are Beneficial in Lots of Different Situations

Author: Natural-Beauty
September 27, 2016

4 organic oilsSometimes people just aren’t aware that there is more than one way to do things. For example, essential oils are great natural remedies that aren’t as widely known as more common medicines you can find in or near a pharmacy. You can use essential oils for a lot of different things as well, as they are great for many different kinds of situations.

For example, lavender organic oils are calming and soothing oils that are great for helping people get to sleep. If you’re having a restless night, just try some lavender organic oils and see for yourself. And there are other organic oils that help you feel more awake and energetic. Instead of going for a caffeinated beverage, perhaps an essential oil can help pep you up.

All in all, organic oils are there to help people. I think more people should give them a try. They’re natural remedies that can make people’s lives better in a very positive way. They smell great too, so it’s recommended you try different combinations to give your nose a treat. I like using essential oils to make my house smell nice to both me and the guests that come through the door.


Aromatherapy Massage

Author: Dr. Larita
September 26, 2016

Your skin is the vehicle that can take you anywhere you want to go and do anything for you that you want if you simply add essential oils to your massage oil. No matter what your reason for having a massage, there is an essential oil that will make it even better.  Always use a quality carrier oil for your massage. Sweet almond oil is my favorite carrier oil for massage but liquid shea oil is also wonderful.

Aromatherapy Massage Oil Formulas

  • Add lavender for stress relief and relaxation
  • Add rosemary to relieve sore muscles and pain
  • Add a blend of peppermint and grapefruit for an energizing massage anytime you need a lift
  • Finally, add ylang ylang for a sensual intimate massagey


Essential Oils for Ringworm

Author: Dr. Larita
September 23, 2016

ringworm

Ringworm is the term used to describe fungal infections of the skin. Athletes foot is a fungal infection and can be called ringworm too but today, I’m talking about ringworm or fungal infections on any other part of your skin but especially on the scalp. Ringworm on the scalp can cause temporary baldness and as a former elementary school principal, I saw the disease on many children. It is so contagious that we had to send children home when they had it, at least until they had been treated for the problem. The name ringworm comes from the ring shape that forms on the skin as the disease spreads in a circular shape.

The essential oils you can use to treat ringworm are tea tree, lavender, thyme or myrrh. Tea tree is very effective in treating this disease. Apply 1 drop of tea tree oil on the affected area 3 times a day until it is clear, probably around 10 days should do it. After that, make a blend of 30 drops of tea tree in 2 tablespoons of coconut or jojoba oil. Rub this oil on the affected area every day.


Diarrhea Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
September 22, 2016

Recently, I had a bout with diarrhea which can be caused by many things but the reasons usually fall into either food, nerve or viral related categories. Whatever the cause, if you have diarrhea you should drink plenty of water.

If you have food related diarrhea, use one of these oils to make a massage oil; peppermint, eucalyptus, thyme, chamomile, or tea tree. A good synergistic blend for food related diarrhea is 2 drops chamomile, 3 drops peppermint, and 1 drop eucalyptus. Mix this blend into 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil and massage over the whole abdominal area.

For nerve related diarrhea, make a synergistic blend of  1 drop chamomile, 2 drops eucalyptus and 3 drops lavender and dilute it into 1 teaspoon of a good quality carrier oil like liquid shea oil. The viral oils to blend are 3 drops thyme, 2 drops lavender and 1 drop tea tree. Make it into a massage oil in the same manner.

You can also make a drink by adding 1 drop of essential oil to a teaspoon of honey and stirring it into a cup of warm water and sipping the drink slowly. Use peppermint for both food related and nerve related diarrhea and use eucalyptus for viral related eucalyptus.


Constipation

Author: Dr. Larita
September 21, 2016

constipatedConstipation is often caused by a weakness in the anal area and it can become so bad that the feces become impacted and must be removed by a doctor. Feces left in the rectum become dry and hard and as time passes, they become more and more difficult to pass.  Before it gets to that stage, you can try some diet changes as well as adding bulking agents like fiber to meals. It will help if you insert a tiny sliver of soap into the rectum or you can purchase glycerine suppositories. Drink plenty of water and eat dried stewed fruits.

Massaging the lower abdomen following the intestinal tract often helps to shift impacted feces allowing the bowels to move easier. Before massaging it is very helpful to drink a cup of hot water with 2 teaspoons honey, 1 drop ginger and 1 drop fennel essential oil added. Sip the drink slowly, wait ten minutes, then massage with the following oils in a clockwise manner over the stomach. Massage as deeply as possible without making it uncomfortable and then massage over the hips, lower back and down the spine  to right above the anus. Do this three times a day until your bowel movements become regular.

Essential Oils for Constipation

Formula for Constipation

Dilute the formula in 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil or another high quality carrier oil.


A Skin Cleansing Soap That Keeps Skin Moisturized

Author: Natural-Beauty
September 20, 2016

3 skin cleansing soapIt’s important to make sure you’re not stripping the moisture from your skin when you cleanse yourself. Washing up with the wrong soap could lead to itchy dry skin that just makes you feel uncomfortable. But luckily there are natural soaps available that help keep the skin smooth and moisturized, and have a nice scent to them too.

The skin cleansing product I’m talking about is a shea butter and aloe vera African black soap. It’s a great soap bar that works for all skin types, whether you have dry or oily skin. But what’s great about this soap is how gentle it is on the skin, and how it doesn’t strip away the necessary natural oils. It makes sure you have moisturized skin that won’t crack or itch even after you step out of the shower.

I also heard from my friend that has this soap that it helps clear up blemishes. I’m not sure how it does it, but my friend has been able to control their acne problem just by using this soap. All in all, this soap is definitely worth a try. It’s a great skin cleansing product for just about anyone that wants clean and soft skin.


Why Skin Moisturizers Are So Important

Author: Natural-Beauty
September 13, 2016

2 skin moisturizerThe key to having super soft skin is to moisturize it. A lot of people I know never use lotions, and as a result, they always have dry and itchy skin that worsens when the weather is dry. But to me, having a moisturizing lotion is so important. I use lotion daily so my skin continues to keep its natural moisture throughout the day.

I think skin moisturizers should be staples in the world of beauty. They are just so important for keeping the youth people desire so much. They’re also important for people with dry skin, as having dry skin is a sign the skin needs more moisture.  People often use abrasive soaps for showering or bathing that can steal the moisture away from the skin. It’s so important to make sure the moisture sticks around by using skin moisturizers.
What’s also great about skin moisturizers is they help relieve skin cracking. When the weather gets dry, sometimes people’s hands crack due to how dry it is. It can be painful, and a great way to avoid it is to make sure your hands and knuckles stay moisturized. There are just so many reasons why you should use skin moisturizers.


Aromatherapy for Hangovers 3

Author: Dr. Larita
September 12, 2016

hangover2Today’s blog is the last on hangovers for a while and it is for those of you who party a little too much on a night when you have to go to work the next morning. I have an aromatherapy formula that will give you the stimulation you need to get the children off to school and get you to work. This formula has a diuretic effect. Use this formula like the one in the last blog; put 8 drops in a bath, rub 2 neat drops around your liver area and 2 neat drops on the back of the neck. Also, like with yesterday’s formula, drink plenty of water and take honey in it too.

The Aromatherapy Hangover Formula for Workers

Blend together and bottle in these proportions.


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