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Fevers and Aromatherapy

Author: Dr. Larita
02/27/2020

When your child develops a fever, it is very uncomfortable for both the child and you. In the case of a very high fever, your child can even go into seizures. If the child begins to shiver, it doesn’t mean he or she is cold so do not try to warm them up. That will only make the fever worse. Shivering is just one way the body tries to get rid of a fever.

To treat the fever, cover the patient with a sheet and continuously wipe the head and body with a cool, not cold, cloth. Cold water will only keep the heat in because the blood vessels will contract in response to the cold temperature. Also sponge the body occasionally with lukewarm water to which you have added 2 drops of essential oil per 1 quart of water. The essential oils to choose from for cooling are eucalyptus, tea tree, camomile, peppermint (in a room diffuser only), or lavender.


Last flu season, my husband had the flu in all its glory for a week. He was coughing, sneezing, feverish and completely miserable. I took his temperature and it went from 100.7 to 101.5 and stayed high for two days before finally going down to 99.8. I knew I was at risk for catching what he had so I started treating myself with preventive alternative medicines. I sprayed with my thyme and lavender spray, drank my clove and lavender tea and kept my illness down to a minimum.

My worst day was Saturday. On Friday afternoon, I started coughing, sneezing and feeling headachy. I was on the phone with a client and he said I should drink cider vinegar to help get rid of my symptoms. I did that but I added my black seed oil to the vinegar. Another client said I should cut a clove of garlic and put it on my feet when I went to bed. I did that too, along with drinking my essential oil tea, rubbing my throat, chest and sinuses with jojoba oil mixed with a drop of thyme, 2 drops lavender and 3 drops eucalyptus essential oils. I still had a slight cough but I was basically well and I went to work the next morning while my husband was still sick. Essential oils and aromatherapy really work.


Aromatherapy is the use of natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance mental and physical well-being. Many believe that inhaling essential oils stimulates brain function and that when they are absorbed through the skin and travel through the bloodstream, they promote physical healing.
Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine and it is used in a variety of ways, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.
There are a over 300 essential oils available, each with its own healing properties but it would be expensive to start off with that many. If you want to start your own aromatherapy pharmacy, I suggest the following oils because of their medicinal properties and their ability to deal with a wide number of ailments.
  • Lavender – burns, cuts, eczema, headaches, infections, arthritis
  • Tea Tree – fungal infections, viral and bacterial infections, colds, flu, warts, acne
  • Peppermint – inflammation, nausea, indigestion, fevers, flatulence, headaches, arthritis
  • Chamomile – nerves, migraine, acne, inflammation, insomnia, menstrual problems
  • Eucalyptus – sore throat, coughs, bronchitis, sinusitis, skin infections, aches and pains
  • Geranium – depression, menstrual problems, diarrhea, diabetes, sores, neuralgia, sore throats
  • Rosemary – gout, headaches, fatigue, muscular aches and pains, skin infections, dandruff, sprains
  • Thyme – bacterial infections, urinary infections, rheumatism, viral infections, lethargy, sores
  • Lemon – sore throat, nervous conditions, blood pressure, digestive problems, antiseptic
  • Clove – nausea, flatulence, bronchitis, arthritis, toothache, diarrhea, infections, antiseptic

If you have ever had a urinary tract infection you know how painful it can be. The purpose of the urinary tract is to carry urine from the kidneys where it is made to the bladder and on through a single tube to the outside. The tube is longer in men because it has to go through the penis but the short distance the urine travels to the outside in women makes us more susceptible to bladder infections, mostly cystitis, caused by bacterial infections from the outside.

When I worked in educational administration, we had a large institutional coffeepot and I drank coffee all day. I thought the caffeine was making me have bladder infections. I had so many that I could tell when one was coming and I would call the doctor and tell her I needed to come pee in a cup again. I was right every time and she would give me an antibiotic.

You should never ignore a bladder infection because of the risk of it spreading through the ureters to the kidneys. Use this aromatherapy treatment but do not hesitate to consult your doctor if the symptoms last more than 2 days. A number of essential oils can be used but the best ones are bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, juniper, sandalwood and tea tree. Apply the oil of your choice with continuous hot compresses over the lower abdomen. At the same time, drink a lot of spring water as well as chamomile tea. Fresh garlic or garlic capsules will help with this treatment too.


How to Use Body Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
02/21/2020

We have a retail store in Topeka, Kansas where we sell body oils. People come in the store looking for a particular scent but they usually want to smell the designer oil types because they recognize the name. Most people do not ask us how to use the oils they buy so I always assumed that they already know what to do but I am recalling how my brother, Land Grant, used his first oil and I think I need to explain some ways to use body oils. Land (yes, that was his given name) fell in love with the designer type body oil called Joop. He bought a 2 ounce bottle and I didn’t see him for a few days. He came back in within a week to buy another bottle and  I asked him if he spilled it or what happened since a two ounce bottle will last quite a long time. He told me he used it all and he wanted more!

How to Use Body Oils:

  • Use a roll on bottle and roll the oil on your pulse points and rub it in (rubbing it in starts it working with your body chemistry)
  • Use a pour out bottle and pour a dime size amount in your palm, rub your hands together and dab the oil on your neck, chest, arms and legs, then rub it in on those areas – you can use more or less according to your taste or scent
  • Blend your oil in an unscented shower gel and take a shower with it before putting on your lotion and/or body oil
  • Blend your oil in an unscented lotion and rub it all over your body – you can then dot the oil on your pulse points with your roll on bottle if you don’t feel the scented lotion is enough
  • Buy your oil in a spray bottle – the oil is diluted with a disperser but you can spray the mist and walk through it or spray it on your clothes and it is just as potent as the oil alone

If you use oils often and you have a different method of applying it to your body, please let me know so I can spread the word.

 

 


Mineral Oil – Do or Don’t

Author: Ron
02/20/2020

Straight off the bat: it’s a don’t. Mineral and petroleum products come from the distillation of crude oil (which winds up in your  gas tank). It is used frequently in many inexpensive products because it is cheaper than plant based oil and its clear and odorless. It is commonly found in moisturizers for the protective residue it leaves behind on the skin, keeping toxins out and moisture in.

The downside is that mineral oil can very easily clog pores and lead to breakouts. In many cases, it causes allergic reactions, psoriasis, or acne. Your skin is like a sponge. Over time, the mineral oil residue will be absorbed into your body. The Cosmetic Safety Database states that mineral oil is associated with cancer, allergies, organ toxicity, immunotoxcity, and skin irritation, among other things. Many people stopped taking mineral oil orally because of the associated risks. Remember, what goes on your skin will still get into your body.

The best type of moisturizers to use on your skin should be plant based and preferably organic ones that have been cold processed to retain their natural healing properties. Shea Oil is one of the best plant based oils available. Shea Oil is a byproduct of Shea Butter production, which produces fractionated oil. Shea Butter and Shea Oil are used to protect the skin from harsh weather environments. The oil offers benefits for skin problems such as dermatitis, eczema, burns, dryness and other irritations. Shea Oil can be applied directly to the skin as a moisturizer and it can also be used as one of the main ingredients in certain skin care products.  Below is a list of some of the common uses of Shea Oil and its benefits:

Common Uses of Shea Oil:
* Lotions and creams
* Soap
* Anti-wrinkle creams
* Lip balms
* Body Butters

Benefits of Shea Oil:
* Moisturizer
* Soothes burns
* Effective in treating dermatitis and eczema
* Promotes elasticity in skin


Another name for shea butter is “women’s gold” because the job of  extracting the butter from shea nuts gives employment and income to many rural African village women. Shea butter is used in foods and cooking as well as soaps and beauty products because it is so safe and beneficial. It also contains natural ingredients that protect skin from the sun.

African women and healers have known about and used shea butter for thousands of years. Its properties are so amazing it is almost magical in its healing effects on burns, skin conditions, ulcerated skin, stretch marks, and dryness. The vegetable fats in shea butter promote cell regeneration and circulation making it a superb revitalizer for troubled or aging skin.


Essential oils have been used to benefit mankind for centuries but the term aromatherapy was not developed until the 1920’s in France. These oils are drawn from plants and flowers by the process of distillation which results in a  fragrant and highly potent essential oil. When undiluted, essential oils can be a skin irritant so there are many different ways to enjoy their use.

  • Sprinkle a few drops in your hot tub, jacuzzi, trash cans, garbage disposals and drains, or toilet bowls to fight bacteria and odors.
  • Place a few drops on the filter pad of your vacuum cleaner to spread freshness throughout the room.
  • Add three drops on the edge of your toilet paper roll before placing on the holder.
  • Mix with purified water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener, remember to shake before using.

Essential oils are highly concentrated and must be used with extreme respect and care. Always use caution when experimenting with essential oils. There are many recipes for essential oil use in our blog archives so feel free to browse through past blogs.


Happy Valentines Day

Author: Dr. Larita
02/14/2020

Have a Happy Valentines Day!


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