Archive for August, 2018

Treating my body and my skin after a long week is a must. I work ten-hour days during the work week, squeezing them into Monday-Thursday. The benefit is having three-day weekends every week, but it does come with a price. During those crunch days, I feel tired, I look tired, and I am afraid that my skin is going to be completely lifeless.

The weekend is definitely a time to recharge and bring my skin back to life. I like to treat myself to a spa-like experience in my own bathroom. Facial masks are a great way to replenish and rehydrate my skin and they have been an awesome option for me for a long time. They give me not only benefits for my skin, but the whole experience is great for my soul.

I enjoy the experience of putting on the facial masks, then letting them do their work, and seeing the result afterward. I always feel like I have replenished my glow after a hard week. I get worried that I have permanently ruined my skin sometimes, as those hours of working late into the night really can take a toll and make me just feel numb altogether. Luckily, at the end of it, I can use a facial mask and see that everything is alright, my skin is still alive and well.

Aromatherapy for Anemia

Author: Dr. Larita

I used to give blood about every 6 weeks but the last time I tried, they said my red count was too low. I went to the doctor and found out that I have anemia. I am not alone with this condition. It affects about 3.5 million Americans; especially women, young children and people with chronic conditions.

There are several essential oils that have been shown to protect the vascular system and strengthen the tiny capillaries that carry oxygen and essential nutrients to all of our cells. The most effective oils are cinnamon, ginger, lemon and spikenard.

You can look for iron and vitamin B12 supplements to help ease your anemia symptoms. Even easier than that though is to add 1-2 drops of lemon essential to a drink several times a day as needed to help ease those anemia symptoms.

I sneezed a couple  of times yesterday but I didn’t think too much of it. Today at work I sneezed a lot and I am still sneezing this evening. I really don’t feel like writing a blog but I am because I want to tell you what I’m going to do about all this sneezing.

First, I will put 1 drop each of thyme, tea tree, lavender and clove essential oils in a bowl of hot water. Then I will put a towel over my head and breath deeply for 5 minutes. At this point I will also drink a cup of hot water containing 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 drops of eucalyptus, 1 drop of lemon and 1 drop of tea tree essential oil.

Later tonight, I am going to take a hot bath into which I will add 2 drops of thyme, 2 drops of tea tree, 1 drop of eucalyptus and 3 drops of lemon essential oil; then I will lie back and inhale deeply. When I get out of the bath, I am going to massage my neck, chest and sinus area with 1 drop of lemon, 2 drops of eucalyptus and 3 drops of rosemary diluted in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil.

Tomorrow I am going to carry a tissue containing 1 drop each of peppermint, eucalyptus, clove and ginger essential oil. I’ll sniff that during the day and keep the sneezes at bay. When I get back home I’m going to do it all over again. I have to go now, the teapot is whistling for my steam inhalation. I hope I feel better soon.

The freshness of a space can really make or break your productivity, your mood, and the overall atmosphere. Having a fresh environment in which to work, play, even exercise is important. I like to make sure that my office area is fresh, that my home is fresh, and that my car is fresh as well. With my new little air freshener, that is easy.

My air freshener comes in a cute little bottle and it is all I need to turn a space from uninviting to fresh and alive. The air freshener is great to have with me in my purse as well. I like to spritz a wonderful fragrance into the air when I am at a hotel or staying over at a friend’s house. I definitely don’t want to make a bad impression, and the air freshener saves the day.

Sometimes, I am in a rush to get to work on a hot summer day and I don’t want to come into the office smelling like sweat. A scented air freshener is ready to be whipped out in a snap. Other times, I just want to have a fresh smell to wake me up in the mornings or to surround me when I get home from a long day at work and reenergize me. My air freshener has been my buddy for all these things and more.

Having skin that is too dry or too oily used to be a big problem for me. I would have some parts of my body that would get really dry while other parts would always be really oily. If I even touched those oily parts of my face a few times a day, I would get a break out. The dry parts of my skin would be hard to deal with as well.

Balanced skin that is not too dry and not too oily is a joy to see in the mirror, now that I have been using some great toner for the face as well as some other quality skin care products. I am no longer surprised to see a big blemish on my face when looking in the mirror during the day and then wondering how many people noticed it before I did.

My facial toner has been awesome for helping me to reduce excess oil and have healthy and beautiful skin overall. I used to feel very self-conscious when talking to someone face-to-face and being very close to them. Now, I feel confident meeting clients face-to-face, talking to my coworkers, and meeting new people. I know that my skin is clear and healthy and that people are noticing it for the right reasons.

Aromatherapy diffusers offer many benefits for your health, your sleep, your stress, and your overall well-being. They are a nice choice whether you are looking to get better sleep at night or to create an office atmosphere that is soothing and relaxing. I have enjoyed using a good diffuser for helping me to wind down at night and get into a blissful state of mind.

My diffuser adds to the décor of my home and it is a cute little way for me to have a relaxing atmosphere in my bedroom! I tend to be very wound up at night and full of energy. Sometimes, I work out later in the evening and that definitely doesn’t help. I tend to naturally be a night owl, so getting to bed early is always a struggle for me.

Finally, I have a good way to help myself calm down and get into the right state of mind at night. I have to be up early for work and I can finally wake up feeling fresh and ready, instead of feeling like all I want to do is close my eyes and sleep for a few more hours. Aromatherapy diffusers are an amazing natural way to improve your quality of sleep.

I have a reader question that I would like to discuss today. Jenny asked if I would help her with more information on how to lose weight with patchouli essential oil. First, Jenny, there is no wonder drug or essential oil that will help you to eat less. It is really about self control and your own mindset that you want to change your body through diet and exercise. Visualize a piece of meat and imagine cutting and separating the fat from the lean part. If your diet consists of fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, your body tissue will look like the lean cut of meat. On the other hand, if you eat cakes and sweets, potatoes smothered in butter and fatty meats, you body tissue will be like the fatty part.

There are many essential oils that help fight fat but Jenny asked abut patchouli which can help dieters in several ways. First, it has the ability to diminish your appetite. Regularly put 2-3 drops of patchouli into a diffuser and let it diffuse through the air to reduce your appetite. This is a good way to balance the diet and exercise program you are on. You can also put 8-10 drops of patchouli into your bath water. This will not only help you to reduce your appetite, it may also ease water retention and bloating. Massaging your body with 1 ounce of a good carrier oil containing 2-3 drops of patchouli will also ease water retention and help you tone your body as your diet and exercise program help you lose weight. Jenny, I hope this is helpful to you and to any others interested in losing weight.

Juniper Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

Juniper essential oil has a very unique aroma—a warm, piney, resinous scent that feels very grounding and uplifting at once. It’s no surprise that juniper has been used throughout much of history as incense! There is even evidence of the Greeks and Romans using it in their homes, keeping bugs away and filling the space with a beautiful scent.

Juniper combines the centering quality of a resin, like myrrh, with the zest of a spicy oil, like clove. Imagine myrrh and clove going for a walk in the forest, and you can “get a sense” of juniper! (I accidentally typed “get a scent” the first time I wrote that, haha!)

An incense or a diffuser blend with juniper would be just right for a space like a yoga room or Massage studio, where it can help people feel in touch with their deepest, truest self, and inspire them to “take action” from that space.

Try this diffuser blend to tap into that!

Juniper’s “Sweet & Deep” Diffuser Blend

Drop the essential oils into your diffuser. Thanks to Andrea Butje of Aromahead for today’s blog.

We live in a society that adores the female breast. We show them off in revealing clothes, feed our babies naturally with them and let our husbands or boyfriends caress them. Even though we know we should, we hardly ever do the one thing that could save our lives and that is to examine them for lumps. Breast cancer does not run in my family but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t start with me.

All women should strongly consider using a natural deodorant and throw away their commercial deodorants containing aluminum salts. These products stop perspiration thereby trapping toxins in the body which can pose an increased risk for breast cancer. Perspiration is a natural method of excreting toxins from the body. Stopping perspiration is just as bad for our bodies as it would be if we tried to stop urination.

Using deodorants made from natural mineral salts absorbs moisture without introducing harmful chemicals,  like aluminum,  found in most antiperspirant deodorants,  into your body. If you are worried about odor, consider using essential oils under your arms because they are antibacterial and it’s the bacteria on your skin that causes the odor. There are a few essential oils that can be used neat on the skin for this purpose; lavender, tea tree and patchouli. You can put a drop on a cotton ball and apply it to your underarm area or put a drop directly on the wet crystal deodorant stone before using.



Heart palpitations are described as an abnormality of the heartbeat that causes you to be aware of its beating either at the normal rate, too fast or too slow. My husband had to stop drinking coffee because whenever he drank it, he could feel his heart beating much too fast. There is an aromatherapy treatment for heart palpitations. First, you can put 2 drops of lavender essential oil, 1 drop of chamomile essential oil, and 2 drops of geranium essential oil on a tissue and inhale it frequently.

Next, you can massage your whole torso regularly every night with 10 drops of lavender, 10 drops of chamomile, 3 drops of rosemary, and 7 drops of lemon essential oils diluted in 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Lastly, take a warm bath just before you go to bed. Add 2 drops of chamomile and 2 drops of lemon essential oil to the bath water.

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