Archive for May, 2017

Happy Memorial Day

Author: Dr. Larita

May God Bless You and Your Family

Have a wonderful day

Aromatherapy Diffusers

Author: Dr. Larita

Aromatherapy is a proven way to elevate the mood, relax the senses, and even relieve various ailments such as headaches and colds. For these reasons it has been used in homes and by many spas worldwide. More and more people are enjoying the effects of aromatherapy everyday. All you need is a little education about which oils to use and about diffusers with which to use them.

With the use of essential oil diffusers, a room or a spa can be kept fragrant for hours. All it takes is a few drops of essential oil in water and the area will smell relaxing and soothing. If you are in an office and the atmosphere is tense and stressful, use 10 drops of lavender and/or chamomile essential oil to calm the nerves and relax the stressful situations. If you are at home and want your rooms to smell homey for the company you are expecting, choose a citrus scented essential oil like grapefruit or lemon to fragrance your rooms. When a family member has a cold or the flu, use 8 drops of eucalyptus, 3 drops of lavender, and 5 drops of tea tree essential oil on the sick room diffuser to make your loved one feel better and rid the room of germs. Diffusers come in many different designs and styles. You are sure to find one that is pleasing to you but be sure to get a diffuser made of non-porous material so that you can wipe out the bowl when you want to use a different essential oil.

I have always been a huge fan of natural healing and it is nice when I can have some essential oils to help me to get through each day with grace. I love finding some essential oils for helping me to sleep better, to help me get rid of aches and pains, and for helping me to be emotionally healthy as well. There are some great essential oils out there.

Staying on top of my busy life is so much easier when I have some great essential oils on my side. I love that I can feel good about using essential oils and not feel like I am just putting a bunch of chemicals into my body. There are a variety of essential oils to choose from and finding the best ones for my needs is easy.

I really like to shop online for some pure essential oil so that I can enjoy getting some great benefits for my body and my soul. It is nice to be able to shop online so that I don’t have to worry about sitting in traffic or about spending time finding some parking or about any other hassles. I can always find the essential oils that I am looking for.

A friend and I were discussing the band aid on her finger one morning and she told me she had gone to the doctor because her finger was infected at the site of a hang-nail and he suggested she purchase some tea tree oil. We had discussed tea tree oil before because of its anti fungal, anti bacterial, anti viral properties and I thought it could possibly take the place of some of the prescriptions she used so often.

Later in the day I smelled the strong scent of tea tree oil and I kept hearing the question, “What’s that smell?” My colleague came into my office and we had a good laugh because she had spilled half the bottle of tea tree oil when she was changing her band aid but she didn’t want anyone to know that the strong smell was coming from her cubicle and anyway her finger was feeling a lot better.

Aromatherapy for Home

Author: Dr. Larita

The first impression of your home is the aroma that greets guests as they enter. This first sniff says a lot about your household, whether there are pets and smokers, the kind of food cooked there, etc. Real estate agents are becoming more aware of the importance of aromatherapy and have started advising their clients to create a homey atmosphere when trying to sell their house by baking cookies or bread and putting on a fresh pot of coffee when expecting home viewers.

If you are not a baker, you might want to know that a few drops of clary-sage or lemon essential oil will put your new home buyers or any guests at ease. They might comment, “Your home has such a lovely relaxed atmosphere, we don’t know why.” You can rest assured it is because of the scent of clary-sage or lemon essential oil that you have in your diffuser!

If your hair is dry, it is probably because your sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to keep it  healthy. The protective oils produced by your hair are essential for protecting it from the elements but exposure to sun, wind, heat and chemicals can damage hair, leaving it frizzy.  Split ends, broken shafts and a rough texture are all signs that your hair is lacking a sufficient sebum coating.

Dry hair fixes include:

  • Using a very gentle shampoo followed by a cream conditioner that you leave on for several minutes (on your hair, not your scalp)
  • Avoiding the use of chemical products such as hair dye and styling products because they can be very harsh on hair and wearing a hat if you’re going to be out in the sun, and a swimming cap if you’re going to be in chlorinated water
  • Adding a few drops of oil (coconut, jojoba, olive oil, etc) will give protective moisture to hair if you simply place a few drops  in your hands, rub your hands together and then work through your hair to give it a light sheen
  • Drying hair on the low or coolest setting if you must blow it dry
  • Combing your hair in the shower with conditioner in it because this is the time your hair is at its smoothest and strongest; otherwise, use a boar bristle brush, which will be more gentle and less likely to tear hair, as well as helping to distribute oil through the hair
  • Washing your hair less often and using a weekly deep conditioner
  • Having your hair trimmed if you are experiencing split ends- at least 1/2 inch above the splits

Natural Exfoliants

Author: Dr. Larita

Exfoliants remove dry, flaky surface skin and cleanse deep within the pores. Use your exfoliant instead of soap. Make a small amount at a time so it doesn’t spoil and store it in a covered container so it won’t dry out quickly and use it within 3 days. If this is too much work for you, you can always use a natural exfoliating soap that is gentle to the skin.

Facial Scrub

  • 1 part oatmeal
  • 1/3 part cornmeal
  • 1/3 part herbs lavender and peppermint
  • sprinkle of clay

Grind the ingredients in a coffee grinder to a fine powder and store it in a closed container. To use the scrub, make a paste using 1 teaspoon scrub powder and enough water (from your steam tea) to moisten. Apply the paste to your dampened face and gently scrub. Rinse with warm water. If you want, you can use the mixture as a mask by leaving it on for 10 minutes before you rinse.




Using a facial steam increases circulation, opens pores, moisturizes and stimulates your skin. The steam will not only clear your complexion but also clear your sinuses to relieve congestion at the same time. Below is a basic facial steam recipe that you can use and or modify by using your choice of essential oils.

  • 1 quart of boiling water
  • 1 large handful of herbs appropriate for your skin type
  • 5 drops of essential oils appropriate for your skin type

Steep the herbs in the boiling water for at least 5 minutes, covered. Remove the lid and add your essential oils. Cover your head with a towel over the pot and steam your face for up to 10 minutes. Strain the herbs from the water and save the tea to use as the final rinse water at the end of a facial.

Yesterday we started a group of blogs to help you create your own natural skin care products. The dry skin cleanser we discussed yesterday as well as the one below that is for oily skin can both be enhanced by adding 5 drops of true castile liquid soap found in natural food stores.

Oily Skin Cleansing Solution

  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or herb infused vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin
  • 1 teaspoon Echinacea tincture (for acne – leave it out if not needed)
  • 5 drops cypress essential oil

Shake the mixture well before each use. It will not lather on your skin unless you add the castile liquid soap. Apply the formula with your fingertips or a cotton pad and then rinse.



Sciatic Relief

Author: Dr. Larita

sciaticaSciatica is often erroneously referred to as pain in the lower back. However, the correct meaning is pain at any point along the sciatic nerve caused by pressure on the nerve. This nerve begins in the pelvic area and moves  below the sacroiliac joint to the buttocks, behind the hip joint, down the thigh and then divides at the knee into two branches which end up in the foot. Sciatic pain can happen at any point along the nerve’s pathway and can be caused by a bulging spinal disc, poorly designed chairs or even just poor posture. I think it may even be caused by jobs that require sitting for long periods of time.

The pain we have (yes, I do have it too) from sciatica is a symptom of some underlying problem so treating the symptom alone is not a good enough treatment. You must discover the cause of the pain and treat that too.  An osteopath may be able to help you as well as using better posture and getting yourself more supportive furniture. You might think massage would be helpful but I did not find that to be true. I almost jumped off the massage table when the masseuse touched my sore spot.

The best thing to use is a cold compress to which you have added a drop of chamomile or lavender essential oil to reduce the irritation and lessen the pain. I have even used an ice pack for 20 minutes when the pain was really bad. Gentle massage (which I do for myself because I’m the only one who can tell how much pressure I can take at that point) can be used at times when the pain is not too extreme. You can also use Lavender or chamomile essential oil in a warm, not hot, bath for relief too.

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