Archive for November, 2016

meditationIn this day and age, most of us think we are too busy to start a new routine but if you are stressed out in every day life, starting a practice of meditation can really calm you down, refocus how you use your energy and start you on a happier, healthier way. Using essential oils can help you start a meditation routine and allow you to focus on it enough to get amazing benefits.

Essential oils can be used in two different ways to facilitate meditation.  First you can diffuse the oil into the air using an essential oil diffuser to promote aromatherapy inhalation.  During meditation, aromatherapy inhalation can help stimulate the senses, promote relaxation, and create an ambient space so you can really focus.  The second way is to directly apply thee essential oils to your skin.  There are several ways to do this during meditation.  You can apply the essential oil to sore areas that can distract your mind, you can apply it to your palms for self-directed inhalation, or you can apply it to your pulse points so it can quickly reach the targeted areas.  So how you incorporate your essential oils into your meditation depends entirely on what you need to achieve. If you are using a strong essential oil like peppermint, you will need to dilute it with a carrier oil before applying it directly to your skin.


Happy Thanksgiving

Author: Dr. Larita
11/24/2016

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What are you thankful for? I am thankful for health, home, family, friends and food!


4-aromatherapy-essential-oilsWhen I have the right kinds of essential oils in my home, I am able to improve my mood and make it so that I can enjoy my day a whole lot better. There are many different types of oils that I can use all around my home to make it so that I feel certain ways. Diffusing citrus oils can help me wake up in the morning while diffusing lavender can make it easier for me to get to sleep at the end of the day.

It is wonderful for me to be able to have oils like these on hand just in case I end up needing them for some reason. I keep plenty of different types of aromatherapy essential oils all around my home to use when they are needed. It is good to just have something around that can be used when I really need to relax or when I need to energize myself for a big day.

I am always surprised by how well these different types of essential oils work for me just because it seems like a smell couldn’t have that much effect on a person. They definitely work well for me since my mood can completely change just from diffusing the right kind of oils around my home.


Keep Skin Hydrated

Author: Dr. Larita
11/15/2016

Is your skin flaky even though it’s not even winter yet? Moisture is the key to healthy, comfortable skin. Start by upping the amount of water you drink on a daily basis. Your body needs water to function, including repairing damaged skin cells.

Next, try using a gentle body exfoliant a few times a week to clear away dead, dry skin cells. Use less hot water when you shower, as hot water can deplete natural oils that your body produces. Finally, follow up with skin moisturizers. You may need to use different moisturizers for your body and facial skin, as facial skin tends to be more sensitive.


If you’ve been using bar soap to wash your face, you might have realized that this soap can irritate your skin. Soap that is not designed specifically for the face can simply be too harsh for this more sensitive skin. For that reason, facial cleansers are a great way to remove the grime and dirt of the day without damaging or drying out your face.

When using a facial cleanser, remember that you should wash twice a day-once in the morning and once at night. Give the facial cleanser time to work. Rub it into the skin in a circular motion, and then let it sit for about half a minute before removing.

When washing and drying your face, be careful not to pull at the skin, especially the skin around the eyes because it is sensitive and can stretch over time if pulled. Know the benefits of your specific facial cleanser. If it contains moisturizers, you could be done after the initial face wash. If your skin feels dry, however, apply a basic face-specific moisturizer.


3-relax-with-aromatherapyOne of the big problems in my life right now is stress. It is a huge challenge for me to go through my day to day life without feeling extremely stressed out in general. Of course, I cannot just be walking around with all of this stress since stress is something that is extremely unhealthy for me on the whole. To make sure that I can relieve some of my stress, I have started to look into remedies.

Mostly, I am looking at natural remedies since I really want to make sure that I try natural remedies before I end up trying something that might be a bit more clinical. I have begun to use some different types of essential oils to work on getting aromatherapy into my lifestyle. These oils have really helped since the smells make it so that I can relax.

It is wonderful for me to be able to stay calm and get more relaxed when I come home from work and start to unwind. I really feel a lot better when I am able to take the time to just smell these different types of oils. They make my body feel so much more calm after all that I have been through.


stressed-mom-2 Do you want a simple and inexpensive natural relief for stress headaches? I have one for you that really works. One of my friends was stressed because she couldn’t get in touch with her daughter and she was worried about her because they usually talk several times a day. They live in a large city and she worries all the time since her daughter moved out of the family home. She didn’t believe an aromatherapy remedy would work for her but I asked her to try it and see.

I gave her a dropper bottle of lavender essential oil and told her to rub it neat around her forehead, temples, and the back of her neck. We were talking while fixing dinner and suddenly she said, “Hey, my headache’s gone!” It only took a few minutes and the lavender worked. Right after that, her daughter called and said she had overslept but everything was all right.

 


Aromatherapy is a kind of alternative medicine that makes use of essential oils and other aromatics extracted from plant materials in order to affect the person’s health or mood. Aromatherapy is also widely used for its soothing effect to the body. Thus, those who need to improve their mood and calm their stressed muscles—preferably after a stressful time or work—best consider the use of aromatherapy. For some, it is also used to add a sweet fragrance to their homes.

You can actually make your own aromatherapy recipes using different aromatherapy supplies such as essential oils, aromatherapy diffusers, massage oils, and lotions. Just make sure that all the supplies and raw ingredients you will use are of top quality for best efficacy. If you are after spreading the scent of the aromatic ingredients, you can place them in hot baths to release the scent and let them linger in every corner of your place.


Cedar wood oil is used for stress reduction. In ancient times cedar wood oil was used by Egyptians to preserve mummies. It also works well as an expectorant and antiseptic. The aroma of Cedar wood has a woodsy, spicy and medicinal odor. This pure essential oil is great to use in massage oils and can be used to treat diseases, like arthritis, eczema and acne.

Chamomile essential oil is known for its calming affects. It is often used to ease symptoms of irritable-bowel syndrome and menstrual cramps. Insomnia and anxiety sufferers can benefit from the sedative qualities of chamomile. It is also an antiseptic used to sooth skin irritations.

Cajeput pure essential oil smells a bit like camphor and is pale yellow in color. Muscle aches, oily skin, asthma, coughs, bronchitis and sinusitis may be relieved with cajeput oil use.


Aphrodisiac Essentials

Author: Dr. Larita
11/07/2016

Did you know that there are some essential oils that have aphrodisiac qualities? The most well known sexual stimulants are jasmine, musk, patchouli, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, rose and vanilla. Three of these oils, jasmine, sandalwood and ylang-ylang, offer both relaxation and stimulation to the brain. That may sound impossible but many of the essential oils are versatile in this way. The properties of relaxation and stimulation are probably the secret behind the aphrodisiac scents. If you can be relaxed and stimulated at the same time, you have the perfect combination for an aphrodisiac because stress and tension can really break a romantic mood.

Aphrodisiac Essential Oil Blend

  • 4 ounces sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops lavender
  • 10 drops sandalwood
  • 2 drops ylang-ylang
  • 2 drops vanilla
  • 1 drop cinnamon
  • 1 drop jasmine

This formula contains lavender and I know it is not an aphrodisiac but the addition of this essential oil to the blend makes the fragrance more mellow because it is a relaxing and emotionally uplifting scent. You can also replace the ylang-ylang with patchouli if you like that scent. There’s one thing about patchouli, you either love it or you hate it. I almost got fired because I wore it to work and my boss hates it. I don’t wear it there anymore.

 


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