Archive for December, 2018

Have you heard of antiquated misinformation about skin care and moisturizers that you would want to find facts about? Well, there is a wide number of misleading myths that have been peddled through every platform of communication-and probably you must have become worried. Worry less because we are here to deconstruct some of these myths.

One of these myths and most common of all is that if you got oily skin, then you must not apply a skin moisturizer. The truth is that every skin, whether hydrated or dehydrated, must be moisturized. The texture of your skin is not a major factor to consider. The most fundamental thing is to have your skin hydrated either through cream or serum.

Another pervasive myth in the world of beauty is that you only need one lotion for both your face and body. Well, this is misleading because the skin on your face is by far softer and more delicate than the rest of the body. Therefore, facial skin needs a different moisturizer explicitly designed for the face. Whether your skin is acne-infested or not, it must always be moisturized. However, be careful on the kind of skin moisturizer you choose for different parts of your body.


Not all organic essential oils are made for just one purpose. Yes, they are made to provide healing and calming effects, but there are certain types that work best for your particular need, and then some. So what are they?

Lemon organic essential oils are recommended for skincare as it contains high levels of D-limonene that helps get rid of wrinkles, tone the skin, and promote blood circulation. The scent of the lemon is also easily identified for its freshness which can induce mood-boosting effects. If the lemon oil can perk you up, the cinnamon oil can get you down for a cozy and warm chill time. Cinnamon oil is known to help clear up chest colds, soothe muscle pains, and potentially fight heart and brain diseases with its powerful antioxidant properties. And if you’re looking for organic essential oils that can help regulate hormones, then the Clary sage oil is for you. Studies show that the oil is an effective massage treatment for menstrual cramps. Additionally, the scent of Clary sage has anti-depressant effects.

There are many other organic essential oils to choose from, each with their different specialties in giving alternative solutions for self-care, health, and wellness. Just remember to buy essential oils that are truly organic to ensure quality. Check for fillers and additives to be extra sure. Better safe than sorry!


MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

Author: Dr. Larita
12/25/2018

Merry Christmas

Be Safe

 


Dirt, grime, pollution, and on top of that, make up – your face and skin go so much every day. Protect it and keep it fresh, moisturized, and healthy by adding skin cleansing to your daily beauty routine.

An ideal skin cleansing regimen is important in keeping your skin and face’s youthful glow. Keep a daily routine that starts with a good cleansing to wash away the impurities on your face, otherwise, you run the risk of breakouts and oily skin caused by blocked pores and dead skin cells build up. If you don’t cleanse regularly, your pores will be congested, and your complexion will result in uneven patches and poor complexion. Skin cleansing is also a great way to prepare your skin for other skincare products, clearing the way for your serums and moisturizers to do their job. It only takes a few minutes every day to cleanse your face and yet it can do considerable improvement to maintain a soft, clear, and healthy complexion.

There are many skin cleansing products to choose from. Of course, when you do get on the routine, you need the right one that works for you. Natural soaps and cleansers are highly recommended but if you want to be extra sure your product matches your skin type, better consult your dermatologist.


Office Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
12/21/2018

I work in an office with hundreds of other people. It is a large open building with lots of cubicles. There are lots of sneezes every day. One lady sneezes 4 times every time she sneezes. We all count them and then say, “Bless you!” The guy in the cubicle next to mine only sneezes once but, gosh, it sure does sound wet, if you know what I mean. I know he doesn’t have any tissue because he often borrows one from me. I don’t mind that but what about when he doesn’t borrow one? I wonder if he is covering his mouth – it really doesn’t sound like it.

That just goes to show that working in an air conditioned office can be hazardous to your health. The “Office Environment Survey” sponsored by the Health Promotion Research Trust, reported that 80% of the 4,000 workers surveyed stated that they felt sick when they worked in a particular office. Below are some of the most common illnesses and the essential oils to use to dispel them:

  • Lethargy/sluggishness – grapefruit, eucalyptus, lemon
  • Stuffy nose – tea tree, rosemary
  • Dry throat – grapefruit, lemon
  • Dry and itchy eyes – tea tree (in a humidifier)
  • Headaches – lavender

While I can’t have a humidifier or diffuser in the office, I’ve been using a plant spray bottle with 10 drops each of  lemon, grapefruit and tea tree blended in 2 cups of water. When someone close to me sneezes, I spray one squirt in my cubicle. I don’t do it every time because I know that tea tree is not a wonderful smell but I think I will start spraying more often, now that I have read the study mentioned above.


Today I’m going to give you a recipe I like for a perfume made from essential oils. You will need small glass bottles and pipettes to transfer the oils, and a small notepad to record your recipe so it can be reproduced or adjusted.

To create our perfume we are going to start by using a couple drops of vetiver and cedarwood as the base notes. This is trial and error, you try it and if you like it good, if not you can change it. Keep track of the number of drops of each essential oil you use on the notepad. When you have your base notes the strength you want, add a few drops of clove bud for the middle note and a few more drops of orange and ginger as the top notes.

Let the essential oils sit for 24-48 hours away from heat and sunlight. Your perfume blend will change somewhat as it matures. If you like the blend, go ahead and dilute it by adding fractionated coconut carrier oil to the bottle. Add a little carrier oil at a time until you feel the dilution is right. If you want to change the blend, you can adjust it before adding the carrier oil and let it sit another 24-48 hours. While adjusting, keep track of the number of drops of oil you use. This recipe will give you a spicy perfume blend. Try other essential oils to make your own unique scents. You can even give a few bottles away and gifts.


I read an article in a health magazine by Elizabeth Agnvall today and she confirmed something I’ve been saying all along. Agnvall’s article listed seven medical procedures you don’t need. I won’t go into all seven, but the third procedure on her list is the prescription of antibiotics for mild to moderate sinus infections. I know several people who run to the doctor at the slightest sign of a cold or the sniffles and demand a prescription for antibiotics. I told one friend that when she really got a bad sinus infection the antibiotics are not going to work for her because her body has gotten too accustomed to them.

Most sinus infections are caused by viruses and the drugs only work against bacterial infections. Using them too often will make you susceptible to more virulent types of drug resistant bacteria. My recommendation is to use natures’s own medicines, essential oils. The next time you have sinusitis, use essential oils in any of the following ways.

To really open your sinuses, use 3 drops of rosemary, 1 drop of thyme and 1 drop of peppermint in the steam inhalation method. If you have to go to work, make a blend of 2 drops rosemary, 1 drop of geranium and 1 drop of eucalyptus and put 1 drop of this blend on a tissue and inhale the aroma throughout the day. Lastly, blend together 5 drops of rosemary, 5 drops of geranium,  2 drops of eucalyptus and 3 drops of peppermint. Then use 5 drops of the blend per 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil and massage around your neck, in front of and behind your ears, over the cheekbone, the nose and the forehead. I do this before going to bed and it makes for a very restful sleep.

 


The winter months often make us feel sad. Classic (winter based) seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder, affecting people with otherwise normal mental health. Symptoms include difficulty waking up in the morning, nausea, tendency to oversleep and overeat, cravings for carbohydrates, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating or completing tasks, withdrawal from friends, family and social activities and decreased sex drive. While sharing many symptoms with clinical depression, the main distinguishing factor of SAD is its seasonal character.

Studies on depression and the sense of smell show that clinical depression is associated with reduced olfactory sensitivity (Negoias et al 2010, Schablitzky and Pause 2014). However, this may not apply to SAD, where researchers find the opposite – an increased olfactory sensitivity, especially in the right nostril, which corresponds to the right side of the brain (Postolache et al 1999). This increased sensitivity suggests that people with SAD may be especially responsive to aromatherapy.

It has long been claimed by aromatherapists that essential oils can positively affect mood, and scientific studies are now providing significant evidence for such effects, as well as explanations of how they work. Inhalation is a very efficient mode of administration for affecting neurological function, as the smell receptor sites in our nasal cavity have a direct link to the brain, via the olfactory bulbs.

Many studies have found that vaporized citrus oils are particularly effective for mood enhancement. In one, a mixture of bergamot, orange and lemon (with lemon predominating) was slowly vaporized throughout the day over a two-week period, and depressed patients exposed to this fragrance were able to reduce their dose of antidepressants (Komori et al 1995).

Bergamot and lemon oils are among the most widely-researched for positive effects on mood. Rodent studies show that lemon oil is antidepressant (Komori et al 1995) and invigorating (Komori et al 2006). It also reduces anxiety and boosts both serotonin and dopamine (Komiya et al 2006), two neurochemicals that are often reduced in SAD. In addition to lemon oil, other essential oils that positively impact dopamine and/or serotonin, and are also antidepressant, include clary sage, Atlas cedarwood, eucalyptus globulus and orange (Costa et al 2013, Kako et al 2008, Martins et al 2015, Seol et al 2010).

The citrus oil that has been most widely researched for mood effects in humans is bergamot. Bergamot oil inhalation, from diffusion or water-based sprays, has shown significant effects in the following conditions:

*Reduction of work-related stress in a total of 83 elementary school teachers (Chang & Shen 2011, Liu et al 2013).

* Reduction of anxiety in 53 patients awaiting surgery, compared to 49 control patients (Ni et al 2013)

* Reduction of stress hormone cortisol, along with reduction in self-reported fatigue and anxiety in 41 healthy women, within 15 minutes (Watanabe et al 2015).

* Changes in heart rate variability that indicate relaxation in 25 healthy females compared to 22 controls, within 15 minutes (Peng et al 2009).

Many other essential oils are said to be uplifting – some of these are more stimulating, and some are more calming (see below). However, note that a “relaxed alertness” is also described for some essential oils, as is as an antidepressant effect.

 

Thanks to:

 Essential Oils and Seasonal Affective Disorder – by Robert Tisserand


The healing powers of organic oils have long been established to be effective and efficient. However, they come in a range of uses and one oil might be better than the other for particular reasons such as relieving pain, reducing anxiety, and detoxifying. So, when it comes to organic oils, you still have to know which type best meets your purpose, and more importantly, you need to be assured of its quality.

Organic oils come from concentrated essences of plants. Which means, that when harmful chemicals are involved in their making, then the end product is compromised. And since, essential oils are applied to the skin and breathed in, this puts you at risk of danger instead of giving you alternative health benefits. Knowing this, you need to assess how trustworthy a product is and how true are their organic claims. Start by buying oils that have the USDA-Certified Organic Stamp, that way you know that the ingredients used in the production are safe as well as the process. Check descriptions and look for additives, carrier oils, and fillers that compromises the essential oil’s purity.

Remember, poor quality organic oils can do more harm than good. So don’t get swayed easily by marketing stunts and be thorough in checking the quality of your purchase. Ask for recommendations from friends who swear by the effectiveness of the essential oil they use. Do check up on product reviews as well, customer feedback can give you so much information and valuable insight before you buy.


Do you crave sugar? Most of us do. Science has found that sugar addiction is just as serious as heroin and cocaine addiction. Some may not agree with that but sugar has been proven to cause some serious negative impacts such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome. You can kick the sugar habit by using natural peppermint essential oil.

Giving up sugar can take you through changes all the way from weakness to cravings or indigestion but as your body adjusts to a life without refined sugar, using peppermint essential oil can make you feel stronger and overall healthier. It has an effect on blood pressure, heart rate both of which can change when giving up refined sugar. Peppermint oil has also been found to treat indigestion and stomach pain in people with irritable bowel syndrome. Stomach issues often arise when getting off refined sugar, as your body goes through a detoxing period.

There are many sugar substitutes that you can use that don’t involve the use of nasty chemicals (like many synthetic sweeteners do). Instead reach for fresh, ripe fruit to help satisfy your innate and very crucial need for glucose, a sugary compound our brains depend on to properly function.

Reducing your dependency on refined sugary junk food can result in a smaller waistline. The benefits of eliminating or cutting down refined sugar intake are endless – and peppermint oil can help!

How To Use Peppermint Oil

1. Apply drops of peppermint oil to your temples and to the insides of your wrists.
2. Repeat the above every morning and evening.
3. Inhale the peppermint oil directly by using a nasal inhaler, diffuser or by putting 2-3 drops on a cotton ball or tissue and inhaling throughout the day.

 

 


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