Archive for November, 2018

I usually wait until too close to the season before I start writing blogs about Christmas, but not this year. I’m going to give you some essential oil ideas for the holiday season. These are simple to do, inexpensive and you can make it a project so your family can help. You can choose from spicy oils like cinnamon, clove and bay; tree scents like pine and cedarwood; resins like frankincense and myrrh; or citrus oils like mandarin, orange or tangerine.

Christmas House Spray

In a plant spray bottle, dilute 4 drops of pine, 2 drops of mandarin, and 1 drop of cinnamon in 1 1/4 cups of water. Shake before using. You can make your own Christmas blend by choosing from the scents listed above.

Christmas Candle Blend

Having a holiday party? Use 4 drops of mandarin, 1 drop of geranium and 1 drop of cinnamon essential oil on an unscented candle. Light the candle first and let the wax melt around the flame then carefully add the essential oils. Essential oils are flammable so be very careful. If you are fast, you can blow the candle out, add the oils and then relight the candle quickly.

Pine Cone Decorations

Gather some pine cones or buy them from a craft store – they will be dry but we’re going to fix that. Drop 4 – 5 pine cones into a large plastic bag with a cotton ball to which you’ve added 2-4 drops of pine essential oil and seal it tight. In the morning the pine cones will smell wonderfully fresh and you can decorate them with Christmas ribbons that have been steeped in a Christmas essential oil and then dried. To scent the ribbons, swish them around in a cup of water with 6 drops of one of the Christmas oil blends and then let them dry before decorating the pine cones. I have a few more ideas for you but I’m going to wait until Monday! Have a great weekend and go ahead and get started on your Christmas decorations with essential oils.



The sense of smell is one of the quickest ways to reach the brain and affect the mood of your friends and family. The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year but you can ease the stress by using aromatherapy essential oils. Essential oils will make your house smell wonderful and the scented atmosphere will brighten the mood of all those invited into your home. Choose seasonal essential oils to heighten the holiday spirit. Some of the most popular scents to use at this time of the year are frankincense, myrrh, pine, cinnamon, orange and sandalwood.

  • Frankincense and myrrh are popular holiday scents because they were brought by the three wise men to honor the birth of Jesus. Both of these scents are also used for their medicinal properties. Frankincense is often used in meditation because of its ability to calm, relax, and slow down breathing.
  • Pine often brings up memories of Christmas trees but it is also an essential oil that has many healing properties. It is often used to relieve sinuses, asthma, fatigue, allergies, and inflammation.
  • Cinnamon essential oil is a warm and spicy scent that is often associated with Christmas probably because of the Christmas cookies left for Santa. Cinnamon has the healing properties of antiseptic, anti-infectious, and anti-bacterial.
  • Orange essential oil is associated with Christmas because of the Christmas tradition of giving children an orange in their Christmas stocking. Orange essential oil relieves stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. It is a light and uplifting scent, as are most of the citrus essential oils.
  • Sandalwood is mentioned in the Christian Bible and was used by the Egyptians to embalm bodies. This essential oil has sedative, anti-depressant, decongestant, antiseptic, anti-infectious and aphrodisiac properties.

Aromatherapy can be used in several ways during the holidays. Give gifts of aromatherapy essential oils, aromatherapy baskets, and aromatherapy diffusers. You can also give the gift of “well-being” when you scent your home with these delicious fragrances.

Applying Body Oils

Author: Dr. Larita

Winter weather can wreak havoc on the skin. The dry, cold air dehydrates skin, making it appear older and less supple. When properly applied, body oils can reduce the effects of winter weather.

Start by cleansing the skin of all perfumes and lotions. If you have the time and resources, then exfoliating your skin is also advisable. While your skin is still hot and damp generously apply body oils. Allow the oils to soak into the skin before putting on clothing.

Fragrance Oil Gifts

Author: Dr. Larita

Now is the time of year when people are looking for great gifts to give to friends and relatives for the  holidays. Whether it is for the home or the body, many of us like to give wonderful smelling scents as gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. We have previously discussed using essential oils to scent the air with diffusers. Essential oils can also be added to the bath, massaged into the skin, or inhaled directly.

If you are concerned about using natural skin care products, you should use body oils instead of  perfume or cologne. Body oils are designed to be used on your skin. They may or may not contain essential oils. They are often formulations based on the traditional designer brands. When you purchase perfume or cologne in a department store, you  are paying a premium price for the brand name, the advertising campaigns, cosmetics gifts, and the beautiful fancy packaging. These designer brand name perfumes are comprised of concentrated oils and 75% to 85% alcohol, ethanol and or water.

The alcohol and ethanol used make your perfume smell much stronger than it is but it fades within a few hours. As your perfume (or the alcohol in it) evaporates, it not only takes your fragrance but your natural body oils with it, drying your skin as it goes.  Body oils are pure, concentrated perfume oils in a cosmetic grade vegetable oil base that blend in with your body chemistry making the scent your own. They evaporate naturally giving your skin a softer, smoother feeling – plus they contain no alcohol, ethanol or water so many people who are allergic to perfumes and colognes can wear body oils with no problems.

You have the perfect spot, tasty snacks, favorite show or book, and in your comfiest clothes – that is, without a doubt your ‘me time’ done right. But how about making it better? Upgrade your daily relaxation ritual by adding oil diffuser to your home R&R essentials.

De-stress, enjoy the scent of your favorite essential oils, and feel the day’s worries disappear with the help of oil diffuser. Reap the therapeutic benefits of the relaxing aromatherapy fragrance of tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, and more. Whichever your preference, diffusing oils to fill up your home or room with their soothing scent can relieve your stress, improve your mood, and help you get a good night’s rest. Choosing the right oil diffuser product shouldn’t be any trouble as you’ll find them in a wide selection of styles and features. With a bit of research and knowing which best suits your needs and budget, you’re well on your way to a relaxing day or night.

Cap off or start the day with the best version of you, use oil diffuser to get you in the right mood, feeling good, and up for spreading positive vibes. With essential oil diffuser, your ‘me time’ will just keep on getting better.

The bitter orange tree produces two amazing essential oils. Petitgrain or orange leaf is extracted from the leaves while neroli, also called orange blossom, is produced from the flowers. If you hold up a leaf from this tree, you can see the little sacks of essential oil it contains. The essential oil petitgrain has a sweet and slightly woody aroma and is useful for combination or oily skin. It is safe for all skin types because it is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.

Petitgrain Toning Blend for Oily or Combination Skin

  • 4 drops orange leaf (petitgrain)
  • 2 drops ylang-ylang
  • 4 drops sandalwood

Petitgrain also supports your spirit by bringing feelings of joy and hopefulness.  Use a blend of 4 drops petitgrain, 2 drops neroli and 4 drops sweet orange in 4 teaspoons liquid shea oil or almond oil to relieve tension, and strained emotions. For depression and/or nervous exhaustion add 2 drops neroli and 4 drops petitgrain to bath water and relax while breathing in  the wonderful aroma.


aromatherapy supplies

I know many of you are cruising the malls for all those sales on the mall. For those of you who like to stay away from malls as much as possible; you can get your Black Friday deals right here. We have essential oils and aromatherapy supplies. Fragrance oils, diffusers and massage oils make great gifts for family and friends too. Go to our sites and browse with your fingers. I hope you have this Friday after Thanksgiving off but I’m on my way to work!

It’s official, the holidays are here. Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations on display in stores everywhere. That reminded me to let readers know about the essential oils that will help when you have eaten too much. Every year I tell myself I won’t eat too much at Thanksgiving but I always manage to feel stuffed after dinner because I like to taste everything. Even if I just put a teaspoon of everything on my plate, it still turns out to be too much.

Essential oils will not dissolve all the extra food you eat for dinner or the extra Halloween candy you indulge in but they will allow you to digest that food more easily. The best way to use essential oils for digestion is in a honey tea. Mix 1 or 2 drops of essential oil into a teaspoon of honey, put it in a mug, pour hot water on it, mix it up and then sip the drink slowly. You can use any one of the following essential oils:

  • lemon
  • ginger
  • cumin
  • peppermint
  • spearmint
  • cardamom
  • dill
  • mandarin
My favorite essential oil is peppermint if I’m only going to use one oil for overindulgence. However, it might be a good idea to be ready for the holiday season and make a synergistic blend of essential oils to have ready whenever you overeat. Once you have blended the following oils together in these proportions, use 1 to 2 drops in honey tea.
  • 10 drops mandarin
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops ginger
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 3 drops coriander

The secret to healthy, youthful, and glowing skin is actually no secret at all. Get enough sleep, exercise regularly, hydrate often, and of course, use natural moisturizer. Healthy skin mirrors your good health, and it doesn’t happen by luck alone, you need to put in the effort. As such, moisturize daily and use only organic and natural brands for your face, hand, and skin.

Skin moisturizers are widely and readily available. It’s just a matter of choosing the right one that works well for you. There are drawbacks to some moisturizer products though, particularly those that contain chemical additives and harmful ingredients that do more harm than good. Avoid the risk of skin irritation and blemishes by using only natural moisturizer for your face and body. Natural lotions and moisturizing products use organic and natural ingredients which are especially great to use on sensitive skin.

Hydrating your skin with natural moisturizer come with therapeutic benefits, in addition to making you feel good and smell great. If you prefer them unscented, you won’t have any trouble finding those type of natural moisturizers, too. Take good care of your face and body, use natural moisturizer to maintain your skin’s healthy and youthful glow.

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