Sore Throat and Cold Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
August 6, 2018

I hate summer colds but I caught one from my husband! I knew it would happen as soon as he started sneezing. Oh well, the first thing I treated was my sore throat. To soothe a sore throat quickly, drink a mug of warm water with 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 to 2 drops of lemon essential oil added. Sip slowly until the cup is empty. It also helps to gargle with warm salt water.

My sore throat turned into a cold and colds usually have to just run their course but there are ways to alleviate the symptoms. My nose was stuffy, my head was aching and my sinuses felt full. I massaged around my chest, neck, and sinus area (forehead, nose and cheekbones) with the following essential oils:

  • 1 drop lemon
  • 2 drops eucalyptus
  • 3 drops rosemary

One other thing that is useful for a cold is to use these essential oils in a hot bath; 2 drops oregano, 2 drops tea tree, 1 drop eucalyptus, and 3 drops lemon. Lie back and inhale deeply as you soak until the water starts to cool. When you get out, use the massage oil discussed above and go to bed.

Aromatherapy to the Rescue

Author: Dr. Larita
August 3, 2018

Every home has a first aid kit but there is an alternative to those over the counter medicines we use. Let’s assemble our own aromatherapy rescue kit. First of all, you need a good container marked Essential Oils, Alternative First Aid, or Aromatherapy to house the kit and keep your oils away from light, dampness and extreme heat so they don’t deteriorate. An empty cookie tin like the one in the picture works great for me. Of course, you can also go all out and have a fancy container made just for the purpose of storing essential oils. You’ll find many suggestions just by googling essential oil containers.

The three major oils to stash in your kit are eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil. These three essential oils will aid in aromatherapy treatment for colds, wounds, burns, bruises, insect bites, muscle pain, fungal infections and many other ailments. They can be dispensed in a number of ways depending on the need including directly from the bottle, in a carrier or base oil, in a steam bath, or on a compress. We will continue with more information about your aromatherapy rescue kit as well as a few more essential oils to add to your stash in future posts.

Essential Oils Make It Easy To Be Relaxed At Home

Author: Natural-Beauty
August 2, 2018

I love to come home after work and enjoy some quality relaxation. I work long days and it is always good to enjoy a clean and beautiful space to come home to when I am done working. I have some dinner with my roommate and then we sit down to watch some of our favorite TV shows. It is good to have that time to not think about work or errands.

With some great oils, we can really create the right atmosphere that will get us into the right state of mind. The ones that we love to use not only help us to be in the right mood but they fill the home with a fresh fragrance that is so nice to come back to and enjoy. It is nice to breathe fresh scents at home and to experience the healing of aromatherapy.

The essential oils we like to use give us an uplifting aroma and they are perfect for refreshing after a long day. I sometimes do some working out after work, so I need to get re-energized for the evening. I can get my second wind and be productive in the second part of my day with the help of some awesome oils of the essential kind.

Pure Essential Oil Gives Me A Great Dose Of Well-Being

Author: Natural-Beauty
August 1, 2018

An essential oil is always a great way to refresh my body and my mind and every part of my being. Giving myself a dose of well-being is easy with all kinds of essential oils. I have always loved having some natural healing and the essential oils were a no-brainer when I first heard about them. They have been kind of an obsession ever since.

I very strongly believe in the power of nature and doing things the natural way to bring about the best health and well-being. For example, when it comes to staying fit, I believe in good old-fashioned tough workouts, I don’t believe in artificial supplements or in body wraps or any other tech that is supposed to make one slimmer.

Good old-fashioned hard work during my runs and other workouts has gotten me some fantastic results over the years. The same philosophy applies to using essential oils when I need to refresh my mind or my body. They are natural and pure and not altered. Pure essential oil is nice for helping me to get over a cold or to stay focused and wide awake when I didn’t get much sleep. I am always discovering new essential oils to use and they are better than artificial pills and supplements.

Going From Groggy To Refreshed With Oil Diffusers At Work

Author: Natural-Beauty
July 31, 2018

The power of essential oil is amazing. I have been discovering it more and more. I can use essential oils to enhance any place where I spend my time. There are numerous therapeutic benefits to essential oils and it has been nice to take full advantage of them. I love to have all of the benefits for my daily living without having to resort to something unnatural.

The great thing about the diffusers that I use with my essential oils is that they look lovely in any space and they add a lot to the look, not just to the atmosphere. They are pretty decorations for end tables and for balconies and office tables. The diffusers are nice for keeping the mood festive and keeping me ready to focus.

I got the idea to use an oil diffuser at work from a coworker and I am so glad that he inspired me to try one out. The one that I have been using at work has a pretty design and it looks great near my desk. It fills the space with a pleasant aroma that my coworkers appreciate as well. I love coming into work in the morning and instantly feeling refreshed by the fragrance, not tired and groggy. Oil diffusers work their magic at my desk.

I enjoy being outdoors and I am always out enjoying outdoor sports and activities. I have always been pretty athletic and I am discovering new sports all the time. I have been enjoying doing some kayaking and paddle boarding this summer since I live right by the beach. It has been fun to also do some hiking and I have kept my running workouts going too.

I don’t always really plan to spend a lot of time outdoors, it kind of just happens. Sometimes, I do plan to do some hiking, but most of the time I go out and do something on a whim. My brother is always up for a spontaneous tennis session with me and he has introduced me to some great trails when it comes to hiking and backpacking.

Shea butter has been a nice choice for me when it comes to keeping my skin nourished and looking its best. It also works well for protecting my skin from the elements. The butter is nice for my outdoor lifestyle, as it keeps the weather from taking a toll on my skin. I can use it for my hands, face, elbows, feet, legs, and every part of my body.

Timing of Facial Scrubs

Author: Natural-Beauty
July 27, 2018

A common question that many women ponder is how often to use a facial scrub. After all, scrubs can work wonders on clogged pores, but they can also be harsh on acne prone skin. As a rule of thumb, if you have dry skin, only use a facial scrub once a week.

People with oily skin can use a facial scrub two or three times a week. More than three times a week can have a damaging effect. If your skin is exceedingly dry and your skin is prone to frequent breakouts, avoid facial scrubs altogether. In those instances it is better to use a gentle cleanser twice a day and wipe away excess oil with toner.

A few years ago my husband had a pair of sandals that he really loved and he wore them quite often that summer. Those sandals had a buckle that rubbed a sore spot on the top of his instep. It was an unsightly scar when it healed and he started putting shea butter on it every day. He always puts shea butter on his feet after a shower anyway but he put a little extra on the scar. It worked so subtly that we couldn’t really tell if it was working or not but he put the shea butter on the spot diligently.

Yesterday he asked me if I remembered the dark spot that had been on his foot from his sandals. I told him that I thought I did and that I did remember that they left a dark scar on his foot. He told me to come and look at his foot. When I did, I could tell that the scar was practically gone. I could barely see where it had been. I think I’m going to go ahead and put the shea butter on my baby stretch marks. That shea butter really works well.

If you are ready to start a natural skin care regimen by making your own facial mask, this recipe is for a purifying, toning, soothing and rejuvenating mask. The basic mask recipe calls for 2 ounces of green clay and 3 teaspoons of cornflour. Mix the clay and cornflour together in a jar and keep it ready for combining into one of the mask formulas below. Or you can use 1 tablespoon of this basic formula with enough of one of the liquid ingredients below to form a paste and then add your chosen essential oils when you are ready. You will blend the ingredients together to form a smooth paste and leave it on your skin for fifteen minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and apply a facial treatment oil such as grapeseed or almond oil. Dab the face with a tissue after applying the oil.

Mask Formulas:

Normal skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop of rosewood essential oil

Dry skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon almond or evening primrose oil
  • 2 drops carrot oil
  • 2 teaspoons water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop rose

Oily Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 tablespoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop lavender

Revitalizing Mask for Dehydrated Skin

  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Brewer’s yeast
  • 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 2 drops carrot


  • 1 tablespoon basic mask
  • 1 teaspoon water
    Combine and use 1 drop
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop juniper
  • 1 drop patchouli

Natural Hair Care

Author: Dr. Larita
July 24, 2018

I decided to stop using permanent relaxers on my hair in the late 1990s because I was tired of always getting burned by the chemicals. I wore a huge Afro in the late 1960s so I first went back to that style. I wore several different lengths of Afro hairstyles and I liked how convenient the Afro was; I could wash my hair and just go! I did not like the fact that I never could get my hair cut the way I wanted it. I just had to go with whatever the hairstylist or barber did even though I explained what I wanted them to do.

When my daughter started wearing locks, I did not like the style at all but the longer she wore them the more they grew on me and the more I liked them. Finally, in May 2000, I took the plunge (you really do have to research and psych yourself up to do it) and started my own locks. I’ve been wearing them ever since. My hair eventually grew so long that it hung down to my lower back and I have cut it to shoulder length twice but I’ll be wearing locks from now on.

I searched a long time for natural hair care products to use on my locks and I have used several different things including shea butter to groom my hair. The products I like the best are the ones that use natural ingredients such as shea butter, tea tree essential oil, olive oil and bee’s wax. Just because I wear my hair natural doesn’t mean I don’t do anything to it. I keep my hair clean and groom it daily. I really love my locks, they make me feel spiritual and at one with nature.


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