Archive for July, 2018

The power of essential oil is amazing. I have been discovering it more and more. I can use essential oils to enhance any place where I spend my time. There are numerous therapeutic benefits to essential oils and it has been nice to take full advantage of them. I love to have all of the benefits for my daily living without having to resort to something unnatural.

The great thing about the diffusers that I use with my essential oils is that they look lovely in any space and they add a lot to the look, not just to the atmosphere. They are pretty decorations for end tables and for balconies and office tables. The diffusers are nice for keeping the mood festive and keeping me ready to focus.

I got the idea to use an oil diffuser at work from a coworker and I am so glad that he inspired me to try one out. The one that I have been using at work has a pretty design and it looks great near my desk. It fills the space with a pleasant aroma that my coworkers appreciate as well. I love coming into work in the morning and instantly feeling refreshed by the fragrance, not tired and groggy. Oil diffusers work their magic at my desk.


I enjoy being outdoors and I am always out enjoying outdoor sports and activities. I have always been pretty athletic and I am discovering new sports all the time. I have been enjoying doing some kayaking and paddle boarding this summer since I live right by the beach. It has been fun to also do some hiking and I have kept my running workouts going too.

I don’t always really plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, it kind of just happens. Sometimes, I do plan to do some hiking, but most of the time I go out and do something on a whim. My brother is always up for a spontaneous tennis session with me and he has introduced me to some great trails when it comes to hiking and backpacking.

Shea butter has been a nice choice for me when it comes to keeping my skin nourished and looking its best. It also works well for protecting my skin from the elements. The butter is nice for my outdoor lifestyle, as it keeps the weather from taking a toll on my skin. I can use it for my hands, face, elbows, feet, legs, and every part of my body.


Timing of Facial Scrubs

Author: Dr. Larita
07/27/2018

A common question that many women ponder is how often to use a facial scrub. After all, scrubs can work wonders on clogged pores, but they can also be harsh on acne prone skin. As a rule of thumb, if you have dry skin, only use a facial scrub once a week.

People with oily skin can use a facial scrub two or three times a week. More than three times a week can have a damaging effect. If your skin is exceedingly dry and your skin is prone to frequent breakouts, avoid facial scrubs altogether. In those instances it is better to use a gentle cleanser twice a day and wipe away excess oil with toner.


A few years ago my husband had a pair of sandals that he really loved and he wore them quite often that summer. Those sandals had a buckle that rubbed a sore spot on the top of his instep. It was an unsightly scar when it healed and he started putting shea butter on it every day. He always puts shea butter on his feet after a shower anyway but he put a little extra on the scar. It worked so subtly that we couldn’t really tell if it was working or not but he put the shea butter on the spot diligently.

Yesterday he asked me if I remembered the dark spot that had been on his foot from his sandals. I told him that I thought I did and that I did remember that they left a dark scar on his foot. He told me to come and look at his foot. When I did, I could tell that the scar was practically gone. I could barely see where it had been. I think I’m going to go ahead and put the shea butter on my baby stretch marks. That shea butter really works well.


If you are ready to start a natural skin care regimen by making your own facial mask, this recipe is for a purifying, toning, soothing and rejuvenating mask. The basic mask recipe calls for 2 ounces of green clay and 3 teaspoons of cornflour. Mix the clay and cornflour together in a jar and keep it ready for combining into one of the mask formulas below. Or you can use 1 tablespoon of this basic formula with enough of one of the liquid ingredients below to form a paste and then add your chosen essential oils when you are ready. You will blend the ingredients together to form a smooth paste and leave it on your skin for fifteen minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and apply a facial treatment oil such as grapeseed or almond oil. Dab the face with a tissue after applying the oil.

Mask Formulas:

Normal skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop of rosewood essential oil

Dry skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon almond or evening primrose oil
  • 2 drops carrot oil
  • 2 teaspoons water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop rose

Oily Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 tablespoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop lavender

Revitalizing Mask for Dehydrated Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 2 drops carrot

Acne

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop juniper
  • 1 drop patchouli


Natural Hair Care

Author: Dr. Larita
07/24/2018

I decided to stop using permanent relaxers on my hair in the late 1990s because I was tired of always getting burned by the chemicals. I wore a huge Afro in the late 1960s so I first went back to that style. I wore several different lengths of Afro hairstyles and I liked how convenient the Afro was; I could wash my hair and just go! I did not like the fact that I never could get my hair cut the way I wanted it. I just had to go with whatever the hairstylist or barber did even though I explained what I wanted them to do.

When my daughter started wearing locks, I did not like the style at all but the longer she wore them the more they grew on me and the more I liked them. Finally, in May 2000, I took the plunge (you really do have to research and psych yourself up to do it) and started my own locks. I’ve been wearing them ever since. My hair eventually grew so long that it hung down to my lower back and I have cut it to shoulder length twice but I’ll be wearing locks from now on.

I searched a long time for natural hair care products to use on my locks and I have used several different things including shea butter to groom my hair. The products I like the best are the ones that use natural ingredients such as shea butter, tea tree essential oil, olive oil and bee’s wax. Just because I wear my hair natural doesn’t mean I don’t do anything to it. I keep my hair clean and groom it daily. I really love my locks, they make me feel spiritual and at one with nature.


Having moist, supple skin is the product of both hydration and a good skin care regimen. It may be hard for some of us to do but not drinking eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day could lead to dry, sagging skin, eczema, cracked flaky skin, acne and pimples.

You don’t have to just drink water to stay hydrated, you can drink tea, juice, or coffee too although they are not as good as plain water. There are also many flavored waters on the market now that you can substitute for plain water. Another way to stay hydrated is with water-rich foods: cucumbers, 97% water; tomatoes and zucchini, 95% water; peaches, 87% water; and grains, beans, and pastas are also good sources of water because they absorb a lot of water as they cook. Use a good quality chemical-free natural moisturizing product to keep your skin moisturized on the outside too.


Shea Butter Cream

Author: Dr. Larita
07/20/2018

Shea butter is a 100% pure and natural cream containing vitamin A and vitamin E which both have exceptional healing properties for the skin. The vitamin A in shea butter is important for improving skin conditions including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis as well as properties that treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, frostbites, and many other common skin conditions. The vitamin E in this rich creamy extract may serve as an anti-free radical agent that aids in preventing the harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposure on the skin.

Shea butter is derived  from the seed of the shea tree and is extracted and prepared without the use of chemicals. The best shea butter for skin use is prepared by cold press methods without the use of added chemicals or preservatives. Other pure and natural ingredients can be added to shea butter to make it an even more beneficial product for your skin.


Lavender is the best essential oil to have in your home because it is extremely effective in treating burns, scalds and nervous tension. For burns and scalds, lavender can be put directly on the affected area right away. For nervous tension and headaches, rub the lavender on your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck. If it is a sinus headache you can rub it around the sinus cavities on your face. I suggest you add a half teaspooon of sweet almond oil to the lavender if you have never used it neat before. Try lavender neat a little bit at a time until you know if your skin can tolerate it or not.

Lavender’s properties of antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, detoxifier and sedative allow healing to occur more quickly and prevent scarring. It also accelerates the immune system and speeds the healing process because it stimulates the wound’s cells to rejuvenate more quickly. The next time you burn yourself in the kitchen, put a drop or two of lavender on it two to four times a day until it is healed. The next time you have a headache, rub some lavender on your temples and the back of your neck. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


A  man’s self image can be hampered by baldness even though studies have shown a correlation between baldness and high levels of testosterone – meaning bald men are probably virile and manly. If you are one of those virile balding men, you can do one of three things. First, you can go with the baldness and shave your head. Second, you can purchase one of several drugs that stimulate hair growth. These drugs are used to treat high blood pressure so they dilate  blood vessels, stimulate cell division, and in the process, encourage hair growth.

Aromatherapists regularly use essential oils that have the same function as the above mentioned mentioned drugs but unlike chemical drugs, essential oils are harmless to the body when used correctly. Hereditary factors can figure into a balding problem. But aromatherapists know that by reducing the aging factor in the body by keeping cell functions healthy and vigorous actually delays the hereditary factor in balding.

The essential oils to use for stimulating hair growth will work on your whole system, especially the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Make a body oil  with some of the essential oils that stimulate hair growth and you can treat your baldness and work on your whole body at the same time. You could also make a massage oil using a good carrier oil like jojoba oil and a blend of the essential oils below. Choose oils for the blend that are masculine smelling and suit your taste.

ESSENTIAL OILS TO STIMULATE HAIR GROWTH

  • rosemary
  • sage
  • lavender
  • geranium
  • basil
  • ginger
  • cedarwood
  • thyme
  • lemon
  • grapefruit
  • cypress


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