Archive for November, 2019

We have a favorite buffet that we go to only occasionally because every time we go we eat too much. There are just so many foods to choose from that we try to taste everything that looks good. We also have a big salad with lots of delicious toppings and then top dinner off with several tastes of different deserts. No matter how much we promise ourselves we will not eat too much this time, we always end up overeating and feeling pretty miserable by the time we get home.

Well, the first thing to do when you overeat is to get some exercise. We always go for a brisk 3 mile walk for about 30 to 45 minutes after overindulging in food. Take a short break after eating or your stomach will be tied up in knots instead of feeling better. These are several essential oils that will ease your stomach after overeating: lemon, ginger, cumin, coriander, peppermint, spearmint, cardamom, dill, caraway and mandarin. My favorite is peppermint but you can make a synergistic blend to have on hand whenever you overeat. Besides pigging out at an “all you can eat” buffet, think about Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

Overeating Formula

  • 10 drops mandarin
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops ginger
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 3 drops coriander

Blend the essential oils together and store in an amber colored dropper bottle. When the formula is needed, use 1-2 drops in a cup of honey tea (hot water with a teaspoon of honey.) Sip the tea slowly and by the end of the cup, you should be feeling better. If not, it won’t hurt to wait about 30 minutes before drinking another cup.

Tomorrow, we will be traveling to visit relatives for the Thanksgiving holiday and I know lots of readers will be doing the same thing. Every time I travel, I carry my essential oil travel first aid kit with us for those emergencies that always seem to occur. Whether you travel by plane, train, bus, or car, it won’t cost you very much to assemble an essential oil travel kit; but it can save you a lot of problems and anxiety on the road. It is usually not a problem to carry essential oils on an airplane as long as the quantities you take are less than an ounce each. You can take everything you need for the most common ailments that may plague you or your family members while you are away. I usually carry my lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus on every trip.

Do you have a job where you shake hands with people all the time? Then you should carry this aromatherapy hand cleanser with you to stay safe from germs naturally without alcohol in your hand cleanser. Make this essential oil hand cleanser and keep it in your pocket or purse for anytime you need clean hands. It’s also good to have a supply on hand while you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner. You don’t want to pass on your cold to your guests.

Siberian Fir Hand Cleanser

  • 1 oz (28 g) aloe vera gel 
  • 8 drops Siberian fir
  • 5 drops tea tree 
  • 5 drops lavender

Make your blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) flip-top bottle. (Sometimes this is called a “disc-top.”) Combine all of your ingredients in the bottle, and you’re done. Be sure to shake it before you use it

Thanks to Andrea Butje, Aromahead for today’s blog.

The holidays are coming quickly and we’ll all be visiting with friends and relatives like we do at the annual events. You can start an aroma tradition to enhance each occasion and become a reminder of good times together having fun and giving thanks. All you need are essential oils that you can blend together and use in one of the room methods or on your body.

Parties and get togethers can be good or bad depending on the people there and their combined mood. One of the interesting properties of essential oils is their mood inducing effect on us. They can profoundly effect the people at a party and depending on the blend of oils you use, you can have a jumping Saturday night, a relaxing Sunday afternoon or a romantic party for two. These are the oils from which you can choose.

Relaxing Oils



Romantic (Use in small amounts)



If you have a toothache, it is best to see a dentist but if your dentist is as busy as mine is, you may have to treat yourself while you’re waiting on that appointment. Put one drop of clove essential oil on a cotton ball and apply it to the gum area around the affected tooth or into the crevices on either side of the tooth.

You can also massage the jawbone and cheek area around the tooth with the following blend diluted in one teaspoon of coconut oil:

  • 1 drop clove
  • 3 drops chamomile
  • 1 drop lemon

For a really severe toothache, use a hot compress. Put 3 drops of chamomile in hot water and soak the compress or soak a cotton ball in the hot water and apply it to the affected cheek. Sometimes applying ice to the cheek can bring relief but only if the nerves are not exposed.

When used on the body, peppermint essential oil has a dual action: cooling when hot and warming when cold. As a remedy for colds, it curbs mucous production, fevers and encourages perspiration. It is extremely important for its effect on the digestive system (1 drop on a sugar cube or on a teaspoon of honey will treat indigestion).

Peppermint oil helps people become clear headed, refreshes the spirit, is good for concentration and mental fatigue. It is also known  to relieve states of anger, hysteria and nervous trembling and is excellent for depression. Peppermint oil has a slightly anesthetic effect on stomach muscles. Use it for travel sickness, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, colic, nausea and to keep drivers alert while on the road.

Its cooling and pain relieving action seems to ease headaches, migraines and toothaches. Use it in liniments for the relief of muscle pain, lumbago, bruises, joint pain and insect bites. It can be used to relieve any kind of skin irritation or itching but should be used in a dilution of 1% or less or the irritation could be made worse. It is not much liked by insects and vermin and it is great for getting rid of ants and rodents. Peppermint oil blends well with cedar wood, cypress, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus and pine. Peppermint essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the whole plant. The oil is colorless or pale yellow and has an invigorating minty smell.

Peppermint is one of the more popular herb teas and is widely available in tea bags.  A small amount of peppermint may be added to most herb teas for flavor. Peppermint essential oil is a must for your essential oil first aid kit and to use while traveling. Peppermint has been known for its medicinal properties for centuries.


  • Anti-Infectious
  • Antiseptic
  • Anticatarrhal
  • Expectorant
  • Antiviral
  • Fungicide
  • Affects the digestive system


Most of us have that certain spot in the home where you often get a splinter. Mine is the wooden rail on my staircase. I’ve smoothed it many times but somehow it always comes back and I seem to be the one who gets the splinter.

Splinters initially cause pain by ripping your flesh and muscle. If not treated  quickly, infection from bacteria on the splinter can cause severe internal damage through migration to vital organs or bone over time. The best treatment for a splinter is to remove it with a sterilized needle or pair of tweezers. Other than that, you only need to apply 1 drop neat of lavender or tea tree to the site.

A sinus infection can be miserable, not to mention downright painful. Here is another alternative health solution for you. This blend can help to open up the sinuses, clear mucus and fight off germs.

Add the following oils to a large bowl of steaming water. Lean over, covering your head with a towel and spend a few minutes breathing in the vapors. This can be repeated once a day as necessary.

  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 1 drop eucalyptus
  • 1 drop basil

Sometimes when you’re suffering from nausea or sickness, the chances are you won’t want to be take the time to blend oils or you’re at work and your boss and co-workers would probably frown if you brought in hot water and a towel. When that is the situation, I suggest you keep it simple and just inhale your essential oils from a tissue.

Add two drops of one of the following essential oils to a tissue and inhale as needed. Alternatively, add a few drops to an oil burner  and inhale the aroma that way. Again, if you’re at work, the tissue is probably the way to go.

I recently saw a business acquaintance I had not seen for quite some time and she told me she had been on medical leave. She thought she was suffering from sinusitis but it turned out it was cancer of the sinuses, which is very rare – especially in women. She went through chemotherapy and radiation treatments and seems fine now although she said she’s not functioning at 100% yet. I told her I would write a blog about the essential oils that can be used to treat sinusitis. If your sinuses are clogged and you use this treatment but they don’t get better in a week to ten days, please go and get checked by your physician.

If you like the steam inhalation method use the following combination of essential oils: 3 drops of rosemary essential oil, 1 drop of thyme essential oil and 1 drop of peppermint essential oil. You can also make a blend of 2 drops of rosemary essential oil, 1 drop of geranium essential oil, and 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil and put one drop of this mixture on a tissue and inhale throughout the day.

When you are at home and getting ready for bed you can make a massage oil for you neck, behind and in front of the ears, over the cheekbone, the nose, and forehead to help your sinuses. Blend 5 drops of rosemary essential oil, 5 drops of geranium essential oil, 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil. Use 5 drops of this blend per teaspoon of sweet almond, grapeseed or jojoba carrier oil and massage the sinus areas as needed.

Yesterday we talked about taking care of our breasts by examining them for lumps once a month and stopping the use of commercial deodorants containing aluminum salts. Today, I’m going to give you two essential oil formulas. One is a breast toning massage oil and the other is a soothing formula for sore breasts. For any of you who currently have breast cancer and an impending surgery, use the soothing massage oil before surgery and the toning massage oil after.

If you find a lump in your breast, please do not panic. Many times the lump you find is due to monthly cycle related problems. Of course, you should see your doctor if you find a lump or have breast pain. I do faithfully have my yearly mammogram too. One year after my mammogram I was asked to come back in and have another test because they found three small lumps. After the second test and several days of me agonizing about it, they found that it was just some extra fluid in my mammary glands and nothing to worry about.

There is no room in this blog for me to tell you about the firming and toning exercises you can do for your breasts but you can find that out at your local YWCA. After exercising, massage your breast area in a circular pattern once a day with the toning massage oil. If your breasts are sore for any reason, use the soothing massage oil in the same pattern. For both formulas, combine the essential oils and add them to 2 tablespoons of a good carrier oil like sweet almond, jojoba, grape seed or liquid shea oil.



  • Chamomile Roman – 10 drops
  • Geranium – 5 drops
  • Lavender – 10 drops
  • Carrot – 5 drops




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