Archive for March, 2019

Almond oil is the most popular carrier oil used for facial and body massage because its excellent emollient properties help the skin to balance absorption. It is a great moisturizer that is suitable for all skin types, helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching, and is fantastic when used for lubricating because it penetrates slowly.

Almond oil is a good massage medium to use to assist the spread of the carrier oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin. Not only does almond oil help protect the surface of the skin, but it is a wonderful emollient, skin soother and softener, conditioner of the skin, and it promotes a clear, young looking complexion. Almond oil is suitable for all skin types but is especially good for dry or irritated skin.

Other natural carrier oils include aloe vera oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, liquid shea oil, red turkey oil, sunflower oil, and natural vitamin E oil. Some of these oils are thin, some are thicker. They range from clear to yellow in color and the price ranges from $4.00 to 100.00 depending on the number of ounces you get. My favorites are sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, liquid shea oil and red turkey oil. I especially like the red turkey oil because that is the one I make my bath oils with because it actually dissolves in water.

It is everyone’s goal to have young and glowing skin. The benefits of having a glowing skin can go a long way to boosting one’s self-esteem which improves self- confidence. This is the reason as to why the beauty industry is booming with anti-aging skin care to satisfy this need. Those people who are public figure can bear me witness that your outward look is all that you need to have that confidence to face the public.

There is a wide range of anti-aging skin care products in the online market. Not all the products can work for you. So it is important to consider the following before purchasing one. First, you have to understand the type of your skin, this is because some are meant for oily skins while others are meant for non-oily skins. Secondly, consider the components of the ointment, if you have a sensitive skin go for a mild cream to avoid some reaction. Last but not least consider the prices, select one that is within your means.

Once you take into account the above factors you can be sure of landing into an anti-aging skin care product that perfectly suits your needs. If you have no idea of where to get one, look no further as we have a huge stock in our online stores that you can choose from. Shop with us now and improve your looks.

inhalersI want to share a recipe from Andrea Butje’s Aromahead Institute that uses Aromatherapy for muscle tension and headache relief at the same time.

The recipe is really convenient because it’s made in an aromatherapy inhaler. When using aromatherapy for muscle tension, it’s good to also make a blend you can apply topically. It’s so soothing to massage sore muscles with a therapeutic body butter or oil. But you’re not always in a place where you can massage your aching muscles with a blend so an inhaler is great to use anywhere because it’s the size of a lipstick and you can keep it in your pocket or purse.

One reason this inhaler recipe can be so helpful is because the essential oils have components that are useful for easing tension and pain. Inhaling the essential oils also calms your nervous system, increasing circulation and encouraging your muscles (including the muscles in your neck and scalp) to relax.

Muscle Tension and Headache Inhaler

Have you ever made an aromatherapy inhaler? If not, you can see me make this recipe in a YouTube video by clicking here.

An inhaler consists of a little plastic sleeve with a cotton insert. The cotton absorbs the essential oils. A bottom piece snaps in place to keep the sleeve closed, and then there’s a lid that closes the whole thing up.

headacheI recently saw a friend as we were both leaving work and I thought she looked like she was going to have a stroke. One side of her face was very slack and I asked her how she felt. She said she had a migraine headache and was going home. I told her she looked like she needed to see a doctor. I just saw her again today and she looked fine but she told me she did go to the emergency room that day because she got lost on the way home! Migraine headaches are nothing to play around with and aromatherapy will not help you if you don’t use it in a preventative fashion.

Once a migraine attack begins, the sufferer may be unable to tolerate being touched or to smell essential oils but it is possible to use aromatherapy oils to arrest a full blown migraine attack by using the following methods:

  • Cold compresses with equal amounts of lavender and peppermint can be put on the forehead and temples. Change them as soon as they begin  to warm up.
  • Massage the temples with a very light touch using lavender essential oil only if touching the head does not make the pain worse.
  • Since many migraines seem to be due to a restricted blood supply to the brain, a warm or hot compress with a couple drops of marjoram on the back of the neck can increase the flow of blood to the head. Marjoram is a vasodilator (it causes blood vessels to expand somewhat) and of course the heat also helps.
  • Some migraines are the result of stress so regular massage to tension in the neck and shoulders is an excellent preventive measure. It is also advisable to include light tapping on the scalp at times when there is no pain.

Lastly, many people with migraines have food triggers that often involve cheese, chocolate and red wine and they should investigate that angle too. Other non-food triggers may cause an attack so migraine sufferers should pay close attention to bad lighting, industrial and household chemicals.

The next aromatherapy alternative is topical application to the surfaces of the skin and mucous membranes using compresses, baths, and massage. Compresses are made with a bandage or piece of material folded to form a pad and firmly wrapped over the area to prevent swelling. A hot compress dilates the capillaries and increases blood flow which can accelerate healing and reduce pain while a cold compress causes contraction of capillaries and decreases blood flow thereby reducing inflammation, swelling, and pain.

A total of eight drops of  essential oils on a hot or cold compress during the acute stage of an injury is an excellent alternative remedy. For massage oils, use five drops of essential oil in a teaspoon full of carrier oil. If pain continues, soak as long as possible in a hot bath using five drops of essential oils. Natural remedies are not intended to replace standard methods of treatment but serve as an alternative for many injuries and ailments.

Many people are now using aromatherapy as their remedy for common health conditions. Aromatherapy is an alternative form of medicine that uses essential oils or volatile liquid from plant materials and certain aromatic compounds. Basically, the essential oils have an effect on an individual’s health or mood.

There are four different modes of application for aromatherapy essential oils:

  • Aerial diffusion for aerial disinfection or environmental fragrancing
  • Direct inhalation for respiratory decongestion, expectoration, and disinfection
  • Topical applications for body compresses, baths, and therapeutic care for the skin or general massage
  • Oral applications for congestion and parasites

The third part of this series will include ways to use essential oils to effect your health or mood.

Take a look at your current health care plan and you can see why people are seeking alternative health care remedies – health care costs continue to rise. It’s no wonder why people are looking for cheaper alternatives; especially for routine illnesses like common colds, sinusitis, constipation and migraine. Some folks are even finding remedies or at least relief for arthritis, Alzheimer’s, psoriasis, alopecia and other chronic and mild illnesses.

Naturopaths say that for every illness, there is a suitable natural healing alternative. Aromatherapy is a viable much less expensive alternative health care option which uses essential oils or volatile liquid from plant materials and certain aromatic compounds. Basically, the essential oils have an effect on an individual’s health or mood. Look for more on this subject in future posts.

Geranium Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

Geranium essential oil smells lovely and is often used in place of rose oil which is much more expensive. The clean floral scent is enjoyed by people of all ages but it is also an effective antiseptic and antibacterial oil.  Because of those antiseptic and antibacterial properties, geranium is a great oil to use in your anti-infective blends as well as being an analgesic.

Geranium treats circulatory and blood disorders; helps chilblains disappear and alleviates the effects of frostbite. Geranium balances hormonal disorders and is essential in addressing female reproductive disorders including menstrual and menopausal problems and infertility.

Many natural body care products include geranium as it brings a radiant glow when used in skin care. Its astringent properties also make it a wonderful essential oil to use in your basic care kit. Geranium works on emotions because of its sedative properties so it can serve as a nerve tonic. I use geranium in many of my blends because one drop will often mask an aroma from a medicinal smelling essential oil and make it easier to use. It makes everything smell better so it is a great essential oil to use in a diffuser as a room fragrance that is also a mood enhancer.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita

Rosemary essential oil is a must have for the sportsman, cook or gardener. It is an analgesic oil that is useful to treat all muscular problems, and also joint conditions like arthritis and rheumatism. It is also used for respiratory tract issues and for liver and kidney conditions.

This essential oil is very stimulating and has an effect on both the physical body and the analytical mind. Rosemary is an energizing oil and that makes it wonderful to use if you are facing an exhausting, mentally challenging day or if you need a pick me up after a physically stressful day.

Rosemary helps your memory and is used in the treatment of depression, migraine, headaches, anxiety and stress. It is also helpful in many beauty treatments, including treatments for cellulite, acne and hair care. Rosemary essential oil is in my basic care kit and I do use it often.

Essential Eucalyptus

Author: Dr. Larita

Eucalyptus essential oil, from the eucalyptus tree originally native to Australia, has been used for centuries to treat chest and other respiratory problems. It is a very versatile oil that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. Research has proven eucalyptus has antiviral properties as well.

You probably know about its effectiveness against coughs and colds because several over the counter cold medications list eucalyptus as an ingredient, including many cough drops. It is similarly effective in the treatment of cystitis, candida and sunburn and can be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets. I also sometimes use a few drops of eucalyptus in my CPAP machine. Eucalyptus is definitely in my basic care kit.

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