Archive for December, 2016

1-aromatherapySince I have recently been having a lot of trouble with the smell of my home on the whole, I have been working on finding some different scents that I can use to cover up the smell or even to eliminate it. It is so important for me to be able to find all of the right kinds of diffusers that I can use around my home to make sure that I am able to get beautiful scents into the air.

To make this at all possible, I have been working on getting some different kinds of diffusers that might work perfectly. There are plenty of great essential oils that I could diffuse easily, so finding the right kinds of items to make this possible would be really wonderful. It would definitely be great to be able to have the diffusers that could make these scents prevalent in my home.

Having so many different types of diffusers that I can use in my home is something that I really cannot wait to do on a regular basis. With just one aromatherapy diffuser so far, I am already starting to notice a considerable difference in the way that everything smells in my home.


lotions

Women have been using oils to make their skin beautiful for hundreds of years. All the beauties of history used oils; first vegetable oils with flowers and herbs and then essential oils when they became available after the process of distillation was invented. Oils give the skin a sheen that catches the light and makes people stop and stare. You won’t need artificial body gleamers, they pale next to the oils.

There are many essential and carrier oils to choose from to make a good body oil. The essential oils are great for pampering your body and their properties will also do you a world of good both physically and mentally. Make your body oil using 5 drops of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of base vegetable oil. You can purchase a one ounce bottle of oil and scent it with 25 drops of your blend of essential oils or you can use just one oil. For a 2 ounce bottle of oil, use 50 drops of essential oil and so on.

My favorite body oil includes two base oils, sweet almond and evening primrose, plus chamomile, geranium and lavender essential oils. You can make your body oils with one carrier oil and one essential oil or a combination of five essential oils, it’s all up to you. The rest of this week’s blogs will be about different ways to incorporate body oils into products you can give as gifts no matter what the occasion. I hope today’s blog will get you interested in making an oil for yourself before you start making gifts to give away.


4-lotion-moisturizersWhen I recently began to spend some time out in the cold on a regular basis, I began to notice the way that the skin on my face and my hands was drying out a lot more. It was a bit challenging for me to deal with something that was like this just because it was so uncomfortable. I knew that I had to do something pretty quick so that I would be able to be a lot more comfortable.

With so many different types of products meant for helping dry skin, it was no surprise that I was able to quickly find the kind of products that I really needed to use on a regular basis. There were so many really nice types of moisturizers that were the perfect items for me to use to keep my skin feeling great on a regular basis. I loved the way that these different items left my skin feeling.

Products like these have really helped to make it so that I am able to take really great care of my skin on a regular basis. It feels wonderful to be able to use different types of products to make sure that my skin is able to be smoother and softer all of the time.


Aromatherapy Gift Ideas

Author: Dr. Larita
12/15/2016

 Gift Ideas for Christmas!

 

Give loved ones the gift of aromatherapy to elevate their mood and make them feel pampered.

Here are some aromatherapy items that make perfect gifts.

 

  • fragrance oils or body oils that can be used to scent lotions and shower gels: for example; patchouli, lavender, ylang ylang, and geranium
  • aromatherapy shampoos and conditioners: bergamot, ylang ylang, lemongrass, ginger or rosemary
  • body butters: such as shea butter, mango butter, or cocoa butter
  • essential oils to use with diffusers : grapefruit, lemon, geranium, orange, lime, or peppermint


Natural Breast Care II

Author: Dr. Larita
12/14/2016

breast-cancer-2Yesterday we talked about taking care of our breasts by examining them for lumps once a month and stopping the use of commercial deodorants containing aluminum salts. Today, I’m going to give you two essential oil formulas. One is a breast toning massage oil and the other is a soothing formula for sore breasts. For any of you who currently have breast cancer and an impending surgery, use the soothing massage oil before surgery and the toning massage oil after.

If you find a lump in your breast, please do not panic. Many times the lump you find is due to monthly cycle related problems. Of course, you should see your doctor if you find a lump or have breast pain. I do faithfully have my yearly mammogram too. One year after my mammogram I was asked to come back in and have another test because they found three small lumps. After the second test and several days of me agonizing about it, they found that it was just some extra fluid in my mammary glands and nothing to worry about.

There is no room in this blog for me to tell you about the firming and toning exercises you can do for your breasts but you can find that out at your local YWCA. After excercising, massage your breast area in a circular pattern once a day with the toning massage oil. If your breasts are sore for any reason, use the soothing massage oil in the same pattern. For both formulas, combine the essential oils and add them to 2 tablespoons of a good carrier oil like sweet almond, jojoba, grape seed or liquid shea oil.

BREAST TONING MASSAGE OIL

  • Geranium – 8 drops
  • Lemongrass – 10 drops
  • Clary-sage – 5 drops
  • Carrot – 5 drops

SORE BREAST SOOTHING MASSAGE OIL

  • Chamomile Roman – 10 drops
  • Geranium – 5 drops
  • Lavender – 10 drops
  • Carrot – 5 drops

 

 

 


breast-cancerThis is a repeated blog because I believe it is so important to remind us women often to take care of ourselves. I don’t think I can remind you often enough. I just had my yearly mammogram this month and a couple days after the exam, the doctor’s office called and scheduled me to come back in for a 3-D exam to rule out that a shadow showing on the test was not cancer. It wasn’t but it sure got my attention!

Have you ever found a lump in your breast? Last month I saw what looked like a bruise on my left breast and it was sore to the touch. I had just had a mammogram two months before that so I was not worried about the bruise until I felt the lump. I told my husband about it and he said, “just call the doctor.”

I went to work the next day and worried about the lump the whole time I was there. I had a doctor’s appointment that afternoon so afterwards, I went to the mammography clinic at a nearby hospital and almost lost it when the assistant said yes, I should go to the doctor even after a recent mammogram. She assured me that most lumps are nothing and to try not to worry, just make that appointment. Luckily, my doctor saw me right away and I did find out that it was just fibrous tissue and I don’t have cancer. At that point, I started looking for alternative health strategies for breast issues and there are many.

As I’ve said before, the best medicine is prevention so always do your monthly breast exam. When you’ve done that, you should firm and tone your breasts. To exercise the pectoral muscles, grip opposite hands or wrists and push your arms together so they are pushing against each other, thus exercising the pecs. Then massage the whole breast area in a circular motion once a day. Use the following formula for this massage oil: combine 5 drops geranium, 10 drops lemongrass, 5 drops parsley seed, 5 drops carrot oil and 5 drops clary-sage. Add this mixture to 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil.

 


3-massageWhenever I am receiving a massage, I really feel a lot better about getting a massage with some wonderful oils that are good for my skin as well. It is always nice to be able to get a great massage from someone who has a lot of experience giving these different types of massages. With the right kind of a massage, I am able to feel so much more relaxed on a regular basis.

Massages that relax me the most are ones that include special kinds of scented massage oils that can be used as well. It is so nice for me to be able to use all of these different types of oils to make a massage even more relaxing on the whole. Different types of oils are really ones that make a huge difference to me during the massage as they make massages so much more comfortable.

The oils can also be scented in a range of different ways that can aid in creating a relaxing and more attractive atmosphere during the massage. It is so nice to be able to try out different types of massages with a range of different types of oils to see what works the best for me.


We all know that oregano is used as a flavoring for spaghetti and pizza but that is usually the dried and crushed leaves instead of the essential oil. According to Wikipedia, Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, as well as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. Oregano is still used today in Greece as a palliative for sore throat.

Oregano is high in antioxidants because of its phenolic acids and flavonoids. It also has shown antimicrobial activity against strains of food-borne pathogens. The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood lists oregano several times as one of the  essential oils to use for respiratory problems such as coughs, sinusitis and influenza.

My main reason for writing about oregano essential oil today is anecdotal. We went to lunch with some friends and the topic of essential oils came up. One of our friends said that he had been using some over the counter medicines for a cold that kept lingering when he was told to try oregano essential oil. He says that he was so tired of feeling bad that he put 5 or 6 drops of oregano on his tongue and he felt better almost instantly. While that was distressing to me because I don’t think you should take essential oils by mouth without diluting them, I think I will try oregano essential oil the next time I start feeling like I’m coming down with a cough, sore throat or a cold.


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