Archive for October, 2019

Neuralgia is a form of chronic pain that can be difficult to diagnose. Once your doctor has determined through specific tests that you do indeed have neuralgia and hopefully has identified the particular nerve involved, there are some aromatherapy essential oils that you can use to help alleviate the pain.

Numbing the area with ice can often help to relieve the pain so you can use a cold compress or ice treatment over the affected area. If there is inflammation, follow the ice treatment by massaging with the blend below diluted in 2 teaspoons of liquid shea oil.

  • 5 drops lavender
  • 5 drops chamomile
  • 2 drops clove

If the pain is located on your face, leave out the clove and substitute 2 drops of rosemary. Other essential oils you can use for neuralgia are peppermint, eucalyptus and thyme.

We just watched a fast paced football game between the Chicago Bears and Saints. I don’t normally watch football but this was a good game and I was really into it. So much so that I was yelling and screaming so much that now I have laryngitis!  I have an aromatherapy treatment for laryngitis that I’m going to try for treating my throat after all this screaming. Right now, I really can’t talk.

First I will use a steam inhalation treatment sing 2 drops chamomile, 3 drops lavender and 1 drop thyme. After breathing the steam for 5 minutes, I’m going to massage my neck area and behind my ears with 1 teaspoon jojoba oil blended with 5 drops chamomile, 1 drop thyme and 2 drops lemon.

Before I go to bed tonight, I will drink a cup of warm rosewater to which I’ll add 1 drop lavender, 2 drops lemon and 2 teaspoons of honey.  With this treatment, I should be able to talk tomorrow.

The Picture of Health 3

Author: Dr. Larita

bath3Cedar wood, lemon and sandalwood are essential oils that can be mixed to make a synergistic blend to help promote the body’s ability to control its hormonal balance as well as oil production within the skin. These oils can also help relieve stress which can often cause skin outbreaks.

We often hear about essential oils being useful for physical conditions but did you know they can be beneficial for your mental health as well? Blending these three essential oils together produces scents that permeate your body and mind to offer relaxing, healthful benefits that last. Besides being relaxing, cedar wood is an oil that treats diseases like arthritis, eczema and acne.

Lemon is one essential oil that everyone should have in their essential oil kit because it is good for sore throat, nervous conditions, blood pressure, digestive problems and it is antiseptic. When blended with other essential oils, it can treat tension headaches and insect bites. It has many other useful properties but this blog is about the blend. Sandalwood is reputed to aid in the treatment of impotence and to help reduce the anxiety that leads to frigidity so you can see how it is useful in this blend to relieve stress.

The Picture of Health 2

Author: Dr. Larita

sore musclesThis week we are discussing essential oils and how they can help keep us healthy in mind, body and soul. Yesterday was for eucalyptus and pine. Today we will discuss a different synergistic blend. A synergistic blend is the combination of two or more essential oils that blend their properties and makes a harmonious mixture that is even more beneficial.

Lemongrass and sage essential oils, like eucalyptus and pine, are also good for fatigue and are known to help some people with headaches. These scents can calm the nervous system and relax one’s inner person, thus minimizing the headache that has been driving you to distraction.

Lemongrass can also be used for sore muscles and it works amazingly fast. If your muscles are sore after exercise, drink a bottle of water and then add two drops of lemongrass and 2 drops of rosemary to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil in a small container. If you’re really sore, also add 1 drop of peppermint oil and blend well. Massage a small amount of this blend to the sore areas.

The Picture of Health

Author: Dr. Larita

mind body soulI’ve mentioned many times that aromatherapy has been around since ancient times and people have used aromatic fragrances in many ways. Using the aromatic fragrances of essential oils stimulates nerves in your nose that can influence and benefit mind, body and soul. These scents come from different parts of flowers, plants and bark. Each scent has a purpose in aromatherapy and can treat different conditions in our bodies, including medical conditions. Don’t use synthetics as essential oils. Only use 100% pure and naturally grown essential oils. This week we’ll talk about some uses of the most familiar essential oils.

Eucalyptus and Pine

Eucalyptus and pine essential oils are good for treating fatigue. They work because they minimize drowsiness and irritability which often cause tiredness and lethargy. Blending these two scents can help you think clearly and stay alert all day. Eucalyptus is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic and deodorizing. It has also been research proven to have antiviral properties. Pine has many of these same properties and the synergistic blend of these two essential oils can help you with many respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, coughs or sore throat.


Influenza is caused by many different viruses. If you have symptoms involving fever, tiredness, coughs, colds, muscular pain and exhaustion you may have influenza. The flu needs to be treated quickly and the aim should be to raise your immunity levels to fight the virus. Several essential oils can help you fight a viral infection like the flu.

If you feel shivery and cold and think you could be coming down with a cold, take a warm bath and add 5  drops of tea tree, 2 drops of lavender ad 2 drops of thyme. Swish the oils around and relax in the bath for 10 to 15 minutes. When you get out, massage your whole body with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil containing 2 drops tea tree and 3 drops of eucalyptus, then go to bed.

Before going to bed, spray or diffuse your rooms with thyme and lavender. Drink plenty of liquids but also make a special tea by mixing 1 drop of clove and 2 drops lavender essential oil and then putting 1 drop of this blend into a cup of  hot water with a teaspoon of honey. Sip this drink slowly.

Pregnancy can bring an overabundance of minor problems such as backache, swollen feet and legs, heartburn, indigestion and insomnia. Some women just feel aggravated in general because they are unable to easily do their normal routine with a swollen belly in the way. If you feel this way during pregnancy, you need some TLC. Here is an extraordinary preparation that you can have your spouse or friend massage into your back regularly during pregnancy that will ease your physical problems and at the same time, lift your spirits. Use any rose you can afford (it can be very expensive) or you can substitute the rose with geranium.

Pregnancy Pick-Me-Up Massage Oil

Use some or all of these oils in equal proportions to a total of 30 drops per 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil such as liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil. During pregnancy many women feel tired after working all day. Essential oils can make your swollen legs and aching back feel much better. Pregnant women should only use 2 – 4 drops of essential oil in a bath. Choose your favorite oil from the list above or combine 1 drop each of geranium and lavender.


I usually drink a glass of water before I go to bed and last night when I drank it, I suddenly got the hiccups. I’ve had hiccups before but usually when I get them, I just do it a few times and then it stops. They would not stop last night and I couldn’t go to sleep. I got back up and tried to think about which essential oils could help me get rid of those annoying hiccups.

I had a choice of chamomile, lavender, lemon or fennel but I found my chamomile first. I’ve told people to do this for hiccups before but I never had an occasion to try it on myself. I put 1 drop of chamomile essential oil in a brown paper bag and held it over my nose and mouth.  I breathed in deeply and slowly through my nose about 10 times. I’m sure you can do it longer if necessary but that was plenty for me. When I took the bag off my nose and mouth, the hiccups were gone. The next time you or someone you know have the hiccups, try this aromatherapy treatment.

If you are one to get them often, keep your basic essential oil kit supplied with the oils that help alleviate headaches. Since headaches develop for a variety of reasons, here is a short list of different types of headaches and the best essential oils to use to ease them.

For general headaches that develop for no apparent reason, blend 3 drops of lavender and 1 drop of peppermint in 1 drop of liquid shea oil. Use this blend to massage around the temples, the base of the skull, and along the hairline.

If you have eaten the wrong foods and develop a gastric headache, mix 1 drop of peppermint oil with 1 teaspoon of honey, dissolve them in a glass of warm water and sip slowly. Combine 1 drop of rosemary, 2 drops of peppermint, and 1 drop of lavender to massage the back of the neck.  This combination can also be dropped on a tissue to inhale.

For a nervous or tension headache, use the same treatment as for the general headache but use 3 drops of lavender and 1 drop of chamomile instead of the general headache oils. In addition, you can massage the upper abdomen in a clockwise direction with 1 drop of geranium, 2 drops lemon, and 3 drops lavender diluted in a teaspoon of carrier oil.

Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, causes cold-like signs and symptoms, such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure. But unlike a cold, hay fever is not caused by a virus.Treat your hay fever with aromatherapy essential oils in the following manner.

Put 1 drop each of chamomile and lemon essential oils onto a tissue and inhale. You can carry the tissue with you to work or shopping etc. You can also add the following blend to your bath water:

  • 2 drops chamomile
  • 2 drops lemon
  • 1 drop lavender

Massage your neck, chest and back with 2 drops chamomile, 1 drop geranium and 1 drop lemon diluted in a teaspoon of liquid shea oil or your favorite carrier oil. Experiment with these treatments to see which benefits you the most. I use all three methods when my allergies kick up.

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