Archive for December, 2018

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.

shea butter giftFebruary 23 is my granddaughter’s birthday. I can’t believe how quickly she is growing up. It was just yesterday when I held her in my arms for the first time. It’s really true, the older you get, the faster time flies! I remember when I was 8 years old thinking how I wanted to be grown so I could be on my own. Ha! If I only knew then what I later found out. Oh, well. I never get my gifts off on time so my grandchildren expect them to be late as usual. I tell my grandchildren I’m on CP time – that’s Cool People (not Colored People or, as my friend Jeannette says, Caucausian People) time.

I thought I would help you out if you are like me and need to get a gift out quickly. I make up jars of creamy shea butter to have as gifts for friends and relatives on birthdays and other holidays. I am too lazy to make my own video of myself or my husband making the cream but I have a cool one that I learned a little something from too. We usually just put the cream in the jar but this video has a cute little twist to that part. Have fun making your gifts. If you are in the Topeka area, you can get all the ingredients you need for the homemade body butters at Fragrance World of Topeka. If you’re not here, you can visit our online store.

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.


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 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.



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 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 


  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

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.

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.

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