Archive for December, 2018

Give Bath Crystals as Gifts

Author: Dr. Larita
December 13, 2018

Essential oils can be used in your bath four different ways. First, you can just add them neat to your bath water and swish it around. You will have a luscious aroma plus the therapeutic properties of whichever oil you use. The oils can also be used  to make homemade bubble baths, bath oils, and bath crystals.

If you like bath crystals, you will love the fact that you can make your own and not pay a lot of money for fancy packaging like you do when you buy them in the stores. To make your own you will need some attractive glass jars. You can save them over the year for next holiday season or for any occasion when gifts are given. If you don’t have any for this season, you can put the crystals in a small gift bag from a party store or simply put them in a plastic sandwich bag and add a ribbon.

All you need to make your bath crystals is washing soda crystals, a little food coloring, and the essential oils of your choice. Just crush the washing soda crystals, add a little food coloring (your choice of color) and the essential oil you want for that color. Use a corresponding color for the essential oil you choose like yellow for lemon or red for peppermint. To each 9 ounces of colored crystals add 20 drops of essential oils. Tie a ribbon around the jar or bag and voila, you’ve got your holiday gift.


Bergamot Magic Belly Rub

Author: Dr. Larita
December 12, 2018

Bergamot mint is great to use for late dinners and midnight snacks. It is also good for those nights when you’re out late and have dinner at a 24 hour restaurant.

Never worry about digestion, even on nights when you tumble into bed right after a big snack. Use bergamot mint to make this Magic Belly Balm to help  digest food easily. Here’s a recipe that makes enough Belly Balm for you and your whole family.

Bergamot Mint’s Magic Belly Balm

  • 1 oz (28 g) beeswax
  • 2 oz (60 ml) jojoba 
  • 3 oz (84 g) coconut oil
  • 1 oz (28 g) shea butter
  • 42 drops Bergamot Mint essential oil
  • 14 drops Cardamom essential oil 
  • 21 drops Peppermint essential oil 

Directions

  1. Create a “stovetop double boiler” by placing a Pyrex measuring cup into a soup pot that’s ¼ full of water. Bring the water to a gentle boil.
  2. Put the beeswax in the Pyrex and melt.
  3. Add the jojoba and coconut oil and remelt.
  4. Add the shea butter and melt, stirring gently with a glass stirring rod or the handle of a stainless steel spoon. As soon as the shea butter is melted, remove the blend from heat.
  5. Add the essential oils, stirring gently.
  6. Pour your blend into two 4 oz (120 ml) glass jars. Give it about 20 minutes to solidify.

Massage your Bergamot Mint Belly Balm into your belly and low back when you feel overly full or have an upset stomach.

This recipe makes 7 oz (210 ml) . . . and that’s a lot of Belly Balm! You can use seven 1 oz (30 ml) jars and give some away as gifts!

If you’d rather use a belly oil than a rich balm, here’s a recipe from The Aromahead Blog for Belly Spasm Oil. It’s just as effective, but has a different texture.

Thanks to Andrea Butje, Aromahead Institute for today’s information.


Bergamot Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
December 11, 2018

Bergamot essential oil comes from the oils in the skin of oranges and it has a floral and also fruity aroma. It was originally used simply as a perfume because of its refreshing scent, however, its healing powers were soon discovered.  Today, we’ll discuss a few ways to use bergamot’s natural healing powers in your home.

  • put a few drops of bergamot into a diffuser for a fresh, citrusy and slightly floral scent that will ease stress, anxiety and depression
  • mix 2 to 4 drops of bergamot into a teaspoon of almond or jojoba oil and massage sore muscles to relieve tension and inflammation
  • mix 1 part bergamot to 5 parts of aloe vera oil or aloe vera gel and apply twice a day to treat skin problems such as acne, eczema, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections
  • add 5 drops of bergamot to your bath and relax for at least 15 minutes to relieve mental and physical tension and treat larger areas of skin problems
  • blend bergamot with chamomile, lavender or geranium to make your own natural perfume

Bergamot is another essential oil to use in your home for healthier, natural living. Not only is it naturally antiseptic and anti fungal, it also smells wonderful.


What To Look For In Skin Tightening Products

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 10, 2018

If you’re looking to achieve firm, youthful, and healthy-looking skin, then investing in skin tightening creams and/or lotions make for a smart and practical solution. Skin firming doesn’t necessarily require a trip to the dermatologist; with regular exercise, lots of water, a good skin care regimen, and the right skin tightening products, there’s no reason why you can’t have and maintain a good-looking and firm skin.

With the plethora of products that promise the best skin firming solution, it can be an overwhelming selection process. To help you out, look for these particular ingredients and ensure a wise purchase. A good quality skin tightening cream and lotion carries a perfect blend of natural ingredients including shea butter, grape seed oil, and pure coconut oil. With these on the label, you’re sure to get a firm and tight skin thanks to their regenerative properties that aid in restructuring your skin while keeping it soft and moisturized.

Look for skin tightening products with the right levels of Vitamin E and fatty acids to prevent your skin from drying. Lastly, choose skin firming brands that are made only with 100% natural ingredients and do away with chemicals, fillers, and preservatives.


Aromatherapy for Inspiration

Author: Dr. Larita
December 7, 2018

Welcome to the turning of the year!

by Andrea Butje Guest Author

InspirationAromatherapy for inspiration and quiet times.

I love to spend time reflecting on the year, and dreaming and planning for the future. It’s so important to give ourselves space for this—to take a few steps back and slow down, especially if we’re usually “going, going, going,” as so many people’s busy schedules ask them to do.

So I want to share a few ways we can give ourselves this quiet time, open ourselves to peace and inspiration, and feel uplifted.

Journaling and meditating are great practices. I like to schedule my journaling for the morning, so I’m sure to have this time for myself before the day’s events pick up. I wake up, light some incense, and settle in for fifteen minutes of reflective journaling. It’s a great way to use Aromatherapy for inspiration.

If you prefer to diffuse essential oils rather than light incense, here’s a diffuser blend that can help you get into the right state of mind:

Dream and Plan Diffuser Blend

  • 4 drops Clary Sage (Salvia sclerea)
  • 3 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • 3 drops Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica)

A lot of people schedule reflection time at the end of the day, too—it’s a good way to come down and relax. I like to use different oils at the end of the day than at the beginning. Resin oils and florals are just right! You can diffuse them, or use them in a bath salt blend (like the one below). Warm baths can really encourage your mind and body to let go. (This is enough for one bath. If you want to make more to have on hand, I recommend making a fresh batch every few weeks.)

Reflect and Relax Bath Salts

  • 2 oz (56 gm) Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 1 drop Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
  • 2 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 3 drops Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)

If you want to get a little creative and use Aromatherapy for inspiration…

I’ve listed some oils you can use in your own recipes and blends (just to get your creative juices flowing!):

  • Geranium (Pelargonium roseum x asperum)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
  • Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
  • Siberian Fir (Abies Siberica)
  • Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin)
  • Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)

Closing out one year always means preparing for the next, so these blends are just right for endings, beginnings, and transformation. Have fun with them!


Osteoarthritis Alternative

Author: Dr. Larita
December 6, 2018

Osteoarthritis is diagnosed when the cartilage of the joints wears away and the bones form rough deposits. You basically have bone rubbing against bone which can be very painful. This form usually occurs in older people but it can also be genetic and occur at younger ages especially when other diseases or injuries are present.

Nutritional factors are very important in the treatment of osteoarthritis. So again take the following nutritional steps:

  • Limit or cut out completely dairy and wheat products, red meat, salt, sugar, acidic fruits, and soft drinks.
  • Eat vegetarian foods, white fish and poultry, plus lots of salads with raw vegetables and any form of cooked or uncooked cabbage.
  • Drink lots of water and add carrot juice to your diet.
  • Increase your vitamin and mineral supplements; especially take calcium, zinc, and vitamins C, B, and D.

To detoxify your body  before using aromatherapy and essential oil therapy for osteoporosis, the cabbage treatment has proven to be very effective. Iron the cabbage leaf to release its active properties and wrap it, still warm, around the sore joint. Rest for at least 15 minutes but longer is better (up to an hour.) Then soak in a warm bath to which you have added 4 drops of essential oils from the following list and 1 cup Epsom salts. You can use any one or a mix of these oils: ginger, eucalyptus, thyme, coriander, marjoram, lemon, or basil. After the bath, have a massage with the following oils mixed in 2 tablespoons of almond oil: 10 drops of ginger, 5 drops of basil, and 10 drops of marjoram.


Lip Gloss with Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
December 5, 2018

Lips are for kissing and they should always be at their best and ready for a little romance. None of us like it if our lips become lined, infected or the site of a herpes virus infection or a cold sore. Dry cracked lips are unattractive whether they got that way from too much sun, too much cold weather or from ill health. Many commercial lip gloss products contain petroleum or animal fat which I don’t want on my lips so here is an all natural alternative that you can make at home.

Protective Lip Gloss Base

  • 1 ounce white beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops jojoba oil
  • 5 drops carrot oil
  • 1 capsule vitamin E (optional)

Lip Gloss Essential Oils

Use a double boiler to melt the beeswax, then add the sweet almond oil stirring constantly. Next add the jojoba oil, carrot oil, and vitamin E and stir again. Finally, mix in 10 drops of your chosen essential oil from the above list. Store your lip balm in a small container and keep it in a cool dry place.


Cold Weather Skin Care 2

Author: Dr. Larita
December 4, 2018

Your regular exfoliating practice is probably effective during the warm months, but it could prove to be too much for the cold season. Frequent or vigorous scrubs and cleanses will expose your new young skin to the harsh, dry air of winter without enough protection. If your moisturizing routine is still leaving you dry after exfoliating, consider cutting back on your weekly scrubs and instead use a natural exfoliating soap that can be used daily.

The following oil works very well when used after the drying conditions of winter activities. It is a thick oil but is great in protecting your face when it is exposed to sunburn after skiing, sailing, or hiking.

  • Chamomile – 10 drops
  • Geranium – 10 drops
  • Lavender – 10 drops
    Diluted in
  • Jojoba oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Evening primrose oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Almond oil – 2 teaspoons

Blend these ingredients together well and gently massage into the skin every night before bed and also during the day as a sunscreen.


Cold Weather Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita
December 3, 2018

cold weatherOne morning last winter, my husband and I had to dig out of our driveway so I could go to work. The streets were clear but there were snowdrifts in our yard that were 12 to 16 inches high. We kept going back into the house to warm up because the temperature was 3 degrees but the windchill factor made it feel like negative 15 degrees. I kept wiping my face because the wind caused tears and the tears felt like icicles on my face.

During the winter months, choose face cream and makeup that works hard to protect your skin from blustery breezes.  Choose products that might be heavier than your regular brand, but not so heavy that they clog your pores. Look for solutions that are particularly effective on your T-zone, as this area is most prone to dryness.

Cooler temperatures always make effective skincare more difficult so make the switch to winter skincare products early. Use your winter-ready products daily to help fight the effects of winter weather and keep your skin healthy.


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