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Today I’m offering you a few aromatherapy recipes for your diffuser.  These are not therapeutic blends to stop a cold or a headache, these are simply for your olfactory well-being because they smell wonderful. The recipes are in blended mixtures of 10 to 20 drops but you can always make more. Be sure to use amber colored bottles to store your blends. I would try a few to see which aromas you like the best. I’m just giving you a few blends to start with today and maybe more tomorrow. You can add water to the diffuser and then put in the blend to stretch it or you can just use the oils. Do not let the diffuser burn dry.

Blend 1

1 drop jasmine
5 drops lime
3 drops sweet orange
1 drop cinnamon

Blend 2

12 drops patchouli
5 drops vanilla
2 drops geranium
1 drop bergamot

Blend 3

1 drop jasmine
3 drops sandalwood
4 drops bergamot
2 drops grapefruit

Olfactory Therapy

Author: Dr. Larita

For time immemorial, cultures around the globe have been experimenting with various herbs and fragrances to determine their therapeutic qualities. Aromatherapy has been proven to elevate the mood, relax the senses, and even relieve various ailments such as headache and colds. For these reasons, it has been used by many spas worldwide. More and more people are enjoying the effects of aromatherapy.

With the use of essential oil diffusers, a spa can be kept fragrant for hours. All it takes is a few drops of essential oil in water and the place will smell relaxing and soothing. Diffusers may come in different designs and styles. And while these tools are a mainstay in spas, they are popping up with increasing frequency in domestic settings.

pine needlesThe scent of pine is a favorite of almost everyone;. It brings memories of cold winter days and of holidays as a child. Pine has been used therapeutically for centuries by ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Arabians. It was used in religious ceremonies as well as  to treat conditions like bronchitis, tuberculosis and pneumonia. Native Americans used pine needles to make a brew to prevent scurvy. Scandinavians used pine branches in saunas and many cultures use pine needles to stuff mattresses in order to repel lice, fleas and other vermin.

Essential Oil Applications

  • For asthma, bronchitis, coughs (even smokers cough,) or sore throat, use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation. You can also use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water
  • For athletes foot, cuts eczema, psoriasis, sores or other skin irritations, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of sweet almond oil and massage on the area.
  • For cellulite, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on the affected area often. You can also use 8-10 drops in bath water
  • For colds, flu sinus congestion and or sore throats, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or steam inhalation. You can also use 8-10 drops in bath water.
  • For digestive problems, use 2-3 drops in a stema inhalation. You can also mix 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of liquid shea oil and rub on chest and lower back.
  • For sleepiness or nervous exhaustion, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
  • For hangovers, use 2-3 drops in a hot or cold compress. you can alos use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water.

If you like blends, pine mixes well with cedarwood, citronella, clary sage, eucalyptus, frankincense, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram, myrrh, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tea tree and thyme.

When I was little, my dad used to eat half a grapefruit practically every morning with his breakfast. I loved the smell of grapefruit but I was not crazy about the taste. I developed a taste for grapefruit as I got older and now I can tell you how wonderful the fruit is and what amazing properties it has.

Grapefruit essential oil is a delightful pick-me-up in massage oil or in the bath. Aromatherapists use grapefruit oil to treat mood swings, stress and anger. It is one of the essential oils that is a detoxifier and is often used to treat a hangover. It acts on the lymphatic system and is a good natural diuretic. Grapefruit is cooling to the skin and acts in a cleansing manner so it is very useful for acne and cellulite.

To treat a cold, the flu or general respiratory problems, use the steam inhalation method or burn grapefruit essential oil in a diffuser. You can make a synergistic blend for this purpose by adding eucalyptus or lavender. Grapefruit is very useful for cleansing a congested liver and to cure constipation. Dilute 3-5 drops of grapefruit essential oil in 2 teaspoons of a carrier like sweet almond oil and rub this mixture into the abdomen. You can also boil a few thick pieces of grapefruit skin and a little pulp in water to cover for five minutes. Strain the water and cool it, then add lemon juice and honey to taste.


Lemon Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

lemonsHow would you like to activate your metabolism, balance your PH levels and reverse inflammation? Just use lemon essential oil for the healthier living you want.  When taken internally, lemon essential oil contains  a powerful antioxidant called d-limonene and is believed to boost the body’s natural defenses. Lemon oil’s zesty, fresh scent is uplifting to both body and mind.

Topical Uses

  • place a drop on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands and minimize oil production
  • massage lemon oil into cellulite to help improve circulation and eliminate waste from cells
  • soothe or prevent corns, calluses or bunions by rubbing some on the affected area daily

Internal Uses

  • add a few drops of lemon essential oil to water for a great antioxidant boost
  • substitute lemon oil for lemon juice or lemon seasonings to flavor seafood, vegetables, beverages and desserts


  • use one to two drops of lemon essential oil to remove crayon, gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive from most surfaces
  • put four to six drops in a plant spray bottle with 1 cup of water and spray the room for a light lemon scent and to cleanse the air

Over exercised muscles cause pain and sometimes even tremble as we try to continue using them. The best therapy is rest followed by a hot bath and a massage. Use ice if there is swelling and pain caused by inflammation. After the rest and ice, take a hot bath into which you have added two drops of lemon essential oil and three drops of marjoram essential oil and soak for as long as possible.

After your bath, massage the aching muscles with 5 drops each of eucalyptus, peppermint, and ginger essential oils diluted in one tablespoon of a carrier oil such as liquid shea or jojoba oil. If there is no relief after this, you may have an injury and you should see a physician!

Essential Oils for Yeast Infection

Have you been recently introduced to the world of essential oils; or are you a veteran practitioner and have been around the block when it comes to using natural oils?  If you are curious about whether or not you can use an essential oil to stymie and heal a yeast infection, the answer is “of course!”  There are several different types of oils you can employ to fight off nearly any kind of yeast infection.  Most of the antifungal oils will be discussed here, so take some time to get informed on these oils; feel free to consult the sources at the end of an article for further learning. It won’t take long before you know enough to start using essential oils for yeast infection treatment.

Before you get started learning about essential oils; consider checking out Sarah Summer’s natural yeast infection program that can get rid of an infection in about 12 hours.  The book is sold by a large internet publishing company (to learn more about the company that publishes Sarah’s book, peruse this information about the U.S. basedKeynetics incorporated).  Sarah also guarantees her book and provides an 8 week return policy–like it or promptly get a full refund.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

A well known essential oil that has been shown to be effective against Candida is lemon grass essential oil.  Lemon grass, (also known by its scientific taxonomy ‘Cymbopogon citratus’) is a plant that thrives in tropical climates.  This herb is especially popular in Southeast Asia.  Some of the chemical constituents of lemongrass include terpenes, alcohols, aldehyde, and ketones.  Scientific studies done on lemongrass indicate that this tropical herb possesses antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.  Lemon grass is indeed a potent herbal remedy that could allay many different types of health maladies.  Keep reading for more information about using this herb as an essential oil for yeast infection.

Lemongrass Plant PictureLearn more about lemongrass essential oil for yeast infection »

Clove Essential Oil

Clove oil is another essential oil to add to your arsenal when you want to terminate yeast.  Clove (also known by the scientific taxonomy of Syzygium aromaticum) oil contains eugenol and carvacrol; these two chemical constituents of the herb have been shown to have potential for treating vaginal yeast infections.  Consequently, this is one oil to include in your assortment of essential oils for yeast infections.

When clove oil was used in tandem with lemongrass oil, researchers found that these essential oils were able to fight against the biofilm produced by Candida.  By effectively fighting biofilm produced by yeast as it grows in the body, problems with drug resistance and recurrent infection could be ameliorated.  This finding could make using these oils especially helpful for women who suffer from recurrent yeast infections.  Case in point, in a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology (Volume 140, Issue 2, 27 March 2012, Pages 416–423); researchers found that Candida with preformed biofilm was sometimes 1024 times as resistant to conventional antifungal drugs.

Learn more about clove essential oil for Candida »

Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil

Tea tree oil is a very powerful substance and can effectively fight a yeast infection.  There is a lot of research that indicates tea tree oil is an effective remedy for Candida albicans.  One study, published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, found that small concentrations of this oil were able to inhibit several different species of Candida.

One caveat when using tea tree oil–make sure you are careful to not poison yourself.  Ingesting even a small amount of tea tree oil can make you sick; a little bit more and you can die.  This oil is indeed powerful, but it can be dangerous.  Try diluting this oil in other oils when you use it.  It may also be wise to consult a knowledgeable apothecary or doctor before you start using this essential oil.
Learn more about tea tree oil & yeast infection »

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Essential Oil

Thyme essential oil has been shown to be perhaps one of the best essential oils to use to treat a yeast infection.  It should be included in your arsenal of remedies for this purpose.  One study showed that oil from Thymus vulgaris was the second best inhibitor of Candida albicans; the best oil was oregano oil.  Consider this oil if you plan on mixing different essential oils together for a more comprehensive natural cure.

Learn more about Thyme essential oil for Candida »

Oregano (Origanum sp.) Essential Oil

Essential oil from the Origanum species (several species of Origanum are sold as oregano) has shown even stronger antifungal efficacy than even thyme oil.  This is therefore one of the best essential oils to use for a yeast infection.  If you plan on using only one essential oil to treat your yeast infection, oregano oil would be a great choice.

Learn more about oregano oil for yeast infection »

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) Essential Oil

Cinnamon essential oil is a great oil to cook with and is also a potent killer of Candida albicans–the fungus responsible for most vaginal yeast infections.  Cinnamon oil is a proven natural remedy for yeast infections and should be an oil you use.  Cinnamon oil is easy to procure and makes a great natural cure to keep on hand for other reasons besides vaginitis.  If you can, take some time to learn more about this powerful medicinal tool provided by nature.

Learn more about cinnamon oil for Candida »

Bael (Aegle marmelos) Essential Oil

Another essential oil for yeast infection elimination is bael or Bengal quince (binomial name: Aegle marmelos).  This oil is from a tree native to India and is currently present throughout Southeast Asia.  In a study conducted by Pattnaik S1, Subramanyam VR, Kole C.  aegle oil was found to inhibit 12 different fungi.  Practitioners of Ayurveda in India use different elements of the bael plant for treating a wide variety of ailments.  You may wish to add this oil to other oils to create a synergistic yeast killing effect.  Dr. James A. Duke recommends mixing herbs together to enhance a natural remedy.  This may be a prudent course of action when working with essential oils.  There seems to be a limited amount of research available on Aegle marmelos; consequently, you may wish to consult a knowledgeable herbalist or medical doctor before you try using this oil to cure a yeast infection.

Learn more about bael oil for Candida »

Citronella Essential Oil

Another essential oil that was shown to inhibit the growth of fungus was citronella oil.  In a Japanese study, researchers discovered this oil indeed had powerful antifungal abilities.  However, the study also used another terpene (a chemical produced by plants which are often quite aromatic) called linalool.  By using citronella essential oil and linalool in conjunction, the researchers saw that fungus was effectively inhibited.  According to the study’s abstract:

Citronellal and linalool completely inhibited the growth of all tested fungal strains at a dose of 112 mg/L. Their minimum inhibitory doses ranged from 14 to 56 mg/L. The α- and β- pinenes showed an inhibitory activity against some fungi, whereas the other 8 volatile compounds lacked this property.

You may be wondering where you can get linalool.  Linalool is a chemical constituent of another essential oil–coriander seed essential oil contains linalool.  It may be very prudent to acquire both of these oils and use them in conjunction to treat a yeast infection.  Another proof that Dr. Duke was correct in proposing mixing herbal treatments together creates a synergistic therapeutic effect.

Learn more about citronella oil and Candida yeast »

Geranium Essential Oil

This essential oil is perhaps not the best choice for fighting a yeast infection.  One study found that using geranium oil by itself to treat Candida albicans did not reduce the number of yeast cells present in the vaginas of mice.  However, when used with vaginal washing, some reduction in vaginal yeast was seen.  This could likely be a spurious correlation as the vaginal washing by itself could have been the only treatment which helped allay vaginal yeast.  The study could only estimate that geranium essential oil played a part in healing a yeast infection.

Learn more about geranium oil for Candida »

Orange Essential Oil

Currently there are perhaps not many widely available studies showing if orange essential oil treats a yeast infection.  A study published in the journal Food Control did show that orange oil was able to kill all the moulds it was tested on.  This study’s aim was to understand how essential citrus oils could be used to preserve foods; however, this strong activity against moulds could suggest that orange oil would also work against Candida albicans.

Learn more about orange essential oil for Candida »

Cautions About Essential Oils

  • Concentration of the Oil —  Essential oils can be manufactured differently depending on who makes the oil.  Sometimes oils are changed by the addition of other similar essential oils or via synthetic chemicals.  The oil could also be diluted with other inert oils such as olive oil.  Make sure your product lists the concentration of actual essential oil so that you know how potent your oil truly is.  If it is heavily diluted, and is not 100% pure, you may not see the expected results from using a weak concentration.
  • Amount to Use —  Every oil is different and contains different chemicals.  Some essential oils used in large amounts that are unsafe can cause negative effects on the body.  Make sure you understand what a safe dose is before you use an essential oil for yeast infection.
  • Type of Use — Each essential oil may have methods of use that are safe and some that are certainly unsafe.  Tea tree oil can be used safely externally on the skin, but can be fatal if ingested.  Many citrus oils have phototoxicity and can cause burns on the skin if exposed to sunlight after application.  Make sure you know the proper procedure for utilizing an essential oil before starting your treatment regimen.
  • Plant Parts Used — Different plant parts can be used to create oils from the same species that have different chemical compositions; and thus different competencies.  Make sure you understand if there are varying ways for a certain type of oil to be made.  Some oils may always be made from the same plant elements so there may not always be this concern.


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It’s the National holiday, Martin Luther King Day and I am taking the day off from blog writing. Please have a safe and enjoyable day.

More Natural Dog Care

Author: Dr. Larita

dog breathDogs sometimes have ear wax that becomes smelly and very offensive. This foul smelling material needs removing and the ear needs deodorizing and disinfecting. Lavender  is one of the best essential oils to use for this purpose. Dilute 3 drops lavender in a teaspoon of witch hazel and insert 4 drops into each of your pet’s ears. You can do this with a dropper or by soaking a cotton ball and squeezing drops into the ear. Massage the whole ear gently and continue this procedure daily to soften the wax. Once the wax is softened, it can be removed with a cotton ball.

If your dog has bad breath and dribbles a lot, he probably has dental problems. Have your dog’s teeth checked regularly and cleaned. Sodium bicarbonate or common baking soda and essential oils are a great way to keep your pet’s teeth clean and fresh as well as a natural way to remove tartar. Adding dried pet food to your dog’s diet also helps remove tartar.

You can make a toothpaste and breath deodorizer for your dog by mixing 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1 drop clove and 1 drop aniseed. Make and use this as needed. Apply the paste to your dog’s teeth by dampening a cotton ball, dipping it into the mixture and rubbing it on the teeth. When you finish, give your pet a drink of water. If this doesn’t freshen your dog’s breath, he probably has a stomach problem. Use peppermint essential oil in this case because it is an intestinal cleanser and helps digestion. Rub one drop neat peppermint in a line from beneath the ears and into the shoulders.

4-carrier-oilSince I like to use essential oils on my skin, I have to do what I can to make sure that I am able to actually get these oils to have the right kind of a consistency on the whole. When the oils are too concentrated, they can actually cause a lot of different problems just because they can cause the skin to break out or become inflamed on a regular basis.

To make sure that this doesn’t happen, I have to work to dilute the oils that I use on my body in this way. It is fairly easy for me to mix my essential oils with the different types of carrier oils just so that I am able to stay comfortable on a regular basis. The oils are then diluted to the point where they can be applied to my skin without causing me to have a bad breakout.

Getting some wonderful oils that can be used on my skin, is really nice as I can use these for different treatments and also for scents on my body. I really love being able to use a special kind of oil as a carrier so that I can use these essential oils directly on my skin without any consequence.

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