Archive for September, 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.

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!



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.


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

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.

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.

1 skin tightening faceliftAs time marches on, our minds and bodies change. People associate age with wisdom, but it’s not usually associated with beauty. Even so, I think I look quite beautiful for my age. And honestly, I have a wonderful facelift cream to thank. It helps keep my skin moisturized and healthy, since the cream is made up of natural ingredients that benefit my skin.

The skin tightening cream I use also helps protect my skin from drying out, which is great. I used to have very dry skin, and that was never a good thing. Instead of having itchy and dried out skin, my skin is moisturized and soft, which is lovely. It also makes me look a lot more youthful in general. It tightens up my skin so it doesn’t show wrinkles, and that’s always a positive thing.

But to me, the best thing about this skin tightening product is the fact that it’s completely natural. The ingredients are premium quality, because there aren’t any unwanted chemicals, preservatives, or fillers. It’s just what it says on the bottle, and I’m happy to have it. The skin tightening cream really works for me, and I can’t see me ever stop using it.

KdgIt’s school time again and kids will catch every germ out there, especially Kindergartners because they haven’t built up an immunity yet. This is a great time to make an essential oil hand cleanser that is safe for children. This recipe does not use alcohol like commercial hand cleanser. Your kids can use it without having to wait on the teacher to pass it out. Make some for your child and his friends – you’ll keep everyone safe from germs.

Natural Hand Cleanser for Children

  • 2 oz  aloe vera gel
  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil

To make it, combine all the ingredients together in a 2 ounce plastic bottle. Screw on the lid and shake it gently.

To use it, just spray some essential oil hand cleanser into your palm, and rub your hands together. It feels really good when your skin is dry. I like to use my aloe-based hand cleansers as moisturizers too. (I love that so many Aromatherapy products we can make have multiple uses!)

Thanks to Andrea Butje – Aromahead

poison ivyMy husband loves to work in the yard but he is extremely allergic to poison ivy and we always seem to have some hidden in bushes out there.  This weekend, the weed eater broke and he repaired it, but he tinkered with it sans gloves and ended up with another poison ivy rash. If you have ever had poison ivy, you know how miserable the itch can be. We have  a natural remedy for his poison ivy that actually dries the rash quickly and soothes the itch.

  • hot water in the bathtub
  • 1/2 cup Natural Apple Cider Vinegar, with the mother
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil (for itch)
  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil (antiseptic)
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil (soothing menthol)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
Mix everything except the baking soda together in the tub water, making sure the salt dissolves.  Lay in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes splashing the mixture onto the affected areas as needed. When you get out of the tub, make a paste with the baking soda by adding a few drops of water and rub this mixture onto the affected areas.

Are you menopausal or post menopausal? Do you have hot flashes? They are truly uncomfortable and a real nuisance. I have them too but I promised myself I would not take the estrogen replacement medicine prescribed by my doctor because I read that they have been linked to other health problems. I decided to use clary sage, a natural alternative for estrogen replacement that I already have in my aromatherapy pharmacy.

Clary sage essential oil is mostly known for its use in fragrances and as a muscatel flavoring in liquers and other alcoholic beverages. However, it has been used medicinally for centuries and it is well known in aromatherapy circles for relieving depression, anxiety and fear and in the treatment of insomnia. What may not be as well known is that clary sage contains a hormone copier that balances both male and female hormones, thus keeping one’s estrogen levels up.

Essential oils are not stimulants, they help bring balance back to the body so it can do what it is supposed to do. Clary sage is an energy oil but that doesn’t mean it gives the body a jolt of energy. It means that this oil sustains energy. You can use the following aromatherapy recipe to balance estrogen for hormonal support:

  • 10 drops clary sage
  • 5 drops sage
  • 5 drops fennel

Mix these oils into 2 tablespooons of carrier oil and massage clockwise on the abdomen.


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