Archive for April, 2019

hot flashThe first time I got a hot flash, I was talking to a fellow music teacher and I suddenly got very hot and sweaty. My office was usually cold and I was always freezing so when John saw me fanning myself he asked me what was wrong. I hadn’t considered hot flashes but he had seen his wife go through the same changes so he said it must be one of those hot flashes. Well, that was embarrassing but it didn’t stop me from fanning myself.

You can take hormone replacement therapy or other chemical medications if you want but I don’t like to take anything that might cause other side effects. There is no need to anyway because there are much safer ways to help yourself in these situations. Eating nutritious foods, cooking with cold-pressed cooking oils, taking vitamins and using evening primrose oil are all very helpful. Essential oils are also very helpful with menopause.

Hot Flashes Synergistic Blend

  • 10 drops clary-sage
  • 11 drops geranium
  • 7 drops lemon
  • 2 drops sage

Dilute these oils in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil (evening primrose would be an additional help for hot flashes) and massage all over your body with 1 teaspoon at a time. You can also use 5 drops in your bath anytime you wish.


3212291446_c0888961e0It wasn’t as much of a problem when I was younger but gradually I’ve noticed that I have some problems with my feet. The skin on the bottom of my feet – especially on the bottom of my toes – tends to get really dry very quickly. Sometimes it will even get so dry that it starts to crack and that can be painful depending on the circumstances and what kind of shoes I’m wearing.

Lately, however, I’ve found a way to help myself not have to deal with this issue. I’ve started using a moisturizing foot cream that helps keep my feet from drying out as badly as they had been. Ever since I started using these creams, my feet have stopped cracking and there’s been no bleeding and they just feel a lot better in general, which is a relief.


You can have healthy teeth and gums without using commercial toothpaste that may contain harmful chemicals and preservatives. Many primitive societies had pearly white teeth and healthy gums without using toothpaste. They used certain sticks and rock salt to make a very effective dental cleanser. Essential oils can provide a natural alternative to commercial toothpastes, of course, it also helps if you steer clear of sweets!

You can make an effective tooth powder with the following ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons green or white clay
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil

Mix the above ingredients well in a blender and store in a box. Dip your toothbrush into the powder and wet it with a tiny amount of water, then brush as usual.

Myrrh essential oil can be used to treat mouth problems and also to keep your gums healthy. Make a myrrh mouthwash  by adding 2 drops of myrrh essential to 1 tablespoon of vodka and mix well. Add only 2 drops of this to each glass of water you use to rinse the mouth.

Here is another tooth powder formula that also helps keep your teeth white:

  • 1 tablespoon ground, dried orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons ground, dried sage
  • 2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil

If you have gum problems, you can add 15 drops of tincture of myrrh (purchase at your drug store) into which you have added 1 drop of myrrh essential oil to your tooth powder recipe. Mix this well in a blender and store in a box. Use it the same way as the tooth powder recipe above and here’s to a naturally bright smile!


Fighting Signs of Age

Author: Dr. Larita
04/17/2019

I’ve gotten to that age where my skin, weight, and energy levels don’t bounce back like they used to when I was in my early 20s. It seems like every morning I wake up to find a new wrinkle or line that hadn’t been there when I went to bed. To help fight the signs of aging, I’ve started a new skincare regimen.

For starters, I’ve switched to a gentler cleanser. The cleansers and toners I used as a teenager to ban acne are just too harsh for my older, more fragile skin. I’ve also found the best anti-aging skincare moisturizer and eye cream. I slather them on liberally at night so the nutrients can soak in while the skin naturally goes into repair mode. In the morning, I cleanse my face again and put on a lightweight moisturizer with SPF 15 to protect from sun damage.


Do You Have Backne?

Author: Dr. Larita
04/16/2019

Acne always seems to crop up when we least expect it and “backne” (acne on the back) usually comes when we’re stressed and at the most inconvenient times too, like prom time or sundress time. What can we do about backne?  We can eat right, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and exercise regularly to help control breakouts.

When you get hot and sweaty it is important to shower to prevent your pores from becoming clogged. Use an acne-fighting soap for your back and make sure that you exfoliate gently on a regular basis.  Then use a good moisturizer on your back to help clear up acne and treat dry skin.

 


At Home Facials

Author: Dr. Larita
04/15/2019

Pampering yourself can be easy and affordable when you use what you already have to create luxurious and beneficial facial masks. Mix up a mask that meets your skin’s needs, and then plan on kicking back and relaxing. You might consider a cup of hot chamomile tea or a hot foot soak to go along with your at-home spa theme.

Dry Skin: Mash one banana and add five tablespoons of ground oats and a tablespoon of honey. Apply to damp skin and leave on for about twenty minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Oily Skin: Mix one egg white, half a cucumber and one drop of a mixture of one drop lavender essential oil and one drop rosemary essential oil in a food processor or blender and then refrigerate for about twenty minutes. This mask can be left on for fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Blemished Skin: Mix chopped tomato, a tablespoon of instant oatmeal and a teaspoon of lemon juice in a blender until mixed. Let mask stay on skin for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Tired Skin: Mash five ripe strawberries, a few teaspoons of heavy whipping cream and a teaspoon of honey together an apply to face. Leave on for half an hour and rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.


My daughter paid off her car loan (big celebration) and asked me to go pick up her title from the dealer because she no longer lives here. I was just going to run in and run out but you know what happens to the best laid plans. I asked for the papers and the receptionist was looking them up but couldn’t find them so the office manager came over and started to help. He told me they were serving sandwiches to their customers today and asked me to go make myself a sandwich while they did a little digging for the correct papers. While I was making a turkey  sandwich with all the fixings, the receptionist got a call from her son.

She and the office manager started discussing teenaged children and the receptionist said she remembers what she was doing at the same age her daughter is now and she is very worried because her son had just called to tell her that her daughter had invited her boyfriend over while mom was at work. I told her I had more problems like that with my girls than I ever had with my son. The office manager said he only has a 12 year old son and his biggest problem so far is that his skin just started  breaking out with pimples. You know I had to put my two cents in about skin problems. I told him to get his son some Dudu-Osun African Black Soap and also some shea butter so he can get rid of the pimples. He surprised me by saying  he wanted to get him some natural products instead of the ones with the expensive commercials and infomercials because he thinks natural products are better for you. I was all set to go into the whys and wherefores but I didn’t have to, he already knew about our natural products. You should try it too if you have any problems with your skin.


poolWork has been stressful lately. It’s usually very demanding and I put in a lot of hours so I can get some quality work done. I love what I do though and I’m very good at what I do. The long hours and the heightened stress levels are just something that I’ve gotten used to. My friends tell me that I need to get a better work-life balance so I don’t end up in an early grave. I think they might be right.

I’ve been finding activities to do that would relieve some of my stress levels. I go to a day spa once a month with some friends and we get massages and facials. I usually feel very relaxed afterwards. A friend of mine also got me some bath oils so I can take a nice, relaxing bath in my home at least once a week. One of my other friends also suggested that I do more physical activity, like hiking, to help relieve some stress. I think all these activities will have a positive effect on my life. I’m down to do anything that would balance out my life more.


 

When summer strikes, it might be very difficult to put up with the smell of your sweat all day long. It even makes one feel uncomfortable especially in the midst of colleagues or other people with your shirt or dress smelling of sweat. In such seasons one needs to feel and smell fresh. It is very easy and you don’t have to keep on rushing home to freshen up, No! Simply, get discount fragrances from our online stores and feel fresh all day long.

So, if your body odor is a big turn off for you, then you are in the right place as we have discount fragrances that you can make use of at pocket-friendly prices. Fragrances help in keeping unwanted body odor at bay, ensure that one smells good throughout the day, enhances one’s mood by lifting one’s spirit, boosts self-confidence and self-esteem, makes one look attractive, boosts health in that it helps in enhancing one’s mood which can keep stress and other anxiety related issues at bay, triggers memories, aromatherapy benefits, treats insomnia and last but not least it can cure headache.

Smelling good is a reflection of your inner soul and overall self. If you smell bad or unpleasant, it sheds some negative light on who you are as a person. It is therefore important to maintain that sweet scent whether at home, workplace or at social places. Make an order today of discount fragrances while the stock last.


Essential oils can be used in either of two ways: in the environment around you or directly on your body.

Environmental Methods

Diffusers – Room diffusers can be electric or with just a tea light candle. Just follow the directions that come with the diffuser.

Sprays – You can easily make a very effective anti-infectious room spray using water and essential oils. Since water and oil don’t mix, you can add an emulsifier such as a little colorless alcohol or a vegetable oil like red turkey oil to help emulsify them, then shake your spray bottle well before each spray. I keep a bottle at work to spray when sick people come to work. That helps keep me healthy.

Physical Methods

Body Sprays – Body sprays are easy to make and you can keep them with you, either in your pocket or your purse. Blend your choice of essential oils, add water and a small amount of emulsifier. You can use a hydrolat instead of water because they have antibacterial properties of their own. Whichever you use, shake the mixture very well and store it for 24 hours before using. Shake the bottle a few times during the 24 hour wait. When the time is up, filter the blend through and unbleached paper coffee filter and add it to a spray bottle. You can spray this around you in the room and on your body.

Baths – Aromatherapy baths are excellent for relieving the symptoms of colds and flu or for sore and achy muscles. When my muscles are sore after a strenuous workout, I like to use 8 drops of rosemary and lavender blended in my bath and I’ll soak until the water starts to cool.

Body Oils – For body oils, use a carrier oil like sweet almond oil or jojoba oil blended with no more than 30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. Choose oils that work for you symptoms and apply the body oil before bed so the essential oils can work while you sleep. You can also apply the body oil before taking a bath so the body absorbs the oil by osmosis and inhalation.

Inhalation 

Paper Tissues -Use 1 or two drops of your choice of essential oil on a tissue and inhale as needed. I like to use this method at work since I don’t need anything special – except my essential oil. I like to keep a bottle of peppermint oil at work for those times when I get sleepy, a couple of whiffs of peppermint and I’m good to go again.

Disposable Face Masks

If you are traveling via train or plane, it is good to wear a disposable face mask. Don’t wet the mask because that negates its purpose. Simply add a drop of either eucalyptus, lavender or tea tree on a tissue and place the folded tissue inside the face mask. Let the oil disperse on the tissue before placing it inside the mask.


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