Your skin is a living breathing organ and to keep it looking young and fresh, you must keep it hydrated along with the rest of your body. To improve the condition of your skin and delay or even reverse the aging process, do the following:

  1. drink plenty of water
  2. eat a diet rich in antioxidants
  3. wash your face with a gentle natural soap
  4. use a good moisturizing cream

Be gentle when you wash your face and don’t scrub too hard because scrubbing is not good for your skin. I splash lukewarm water on my face and then make a soapy lather in my hands but you can also use a soft cloth to wash your face. After rinsing well, I use an astringent like witch hazel on a cotton ball before moisturizing with 30 second face lift.


Aromatherapy Pharmacy X

Author: Dr. Larita
08/08/2019

This is the last in our series of blogs on essential oils that can help you build your aromatherapy pharmacy. Most essential oils are very strong products and should be used with a carrier oil. Carrier oils or base oils are used to dilute essential oils and prevent harm to your skin. Oils used in aromatherapy penetrate the skin, so they need to be diluted properly for you to reap the best benefits from them. A carrier oil is basically used to carry the essential oil and open the gateway for them to make an entry into the skin and render the health benefits from your aromatherapy session.

Some types of aromatherapy carrier oils include sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, liquid shea oil, and aloe vera oil. Sweet almond oil is also a great moisturizer and suitable for all skin types. Another often-used carrier oil, is olive oil but not all olive oils are cold processed which could eliminate some of the beneficial enzymes. The best carrier oils are referred to as “cold-processed” vegetable oils and they are easily absorbed into the skin. Most of the oils that we find in grocery stores are not cold processed, so they have less aromatherapy health benefits. You or your therapist have to blend your aromatherapy carrier oil with the essential oil to maximize the health benefits of your aromatherapy session.


Your aromatherapy pharmacy will benefit from clove essential oil which is a multipurpose essential oil that is best known for its anesthetic property. It is also antibacterial and analgesic making it a good oil to use for the prevention of disease and infection. It can easily be added to the diet while cooking foods for flavor and for the prevention of illness.

Before the availability of anesthetics, clove oil was used by some dentists to kill pain. It is often used after the extraction of a tooth to relieve dry socket pain which is sometimes a complication of tooth removal. While clove essential oil is best known as a quick cure for toothache, it is also useful in digestive problems and muscular disorders. It can be used in the treatment of asthma, nausea, sinusitis and as a sedative. Clove oil is very powerful and should never be used undiluted on the skin. To stop a toothache with clove oil, soak a cotton swab in the oil and apply it directly on or in the affected tooth so that the oil can soak into the painful area. The antimicrobial and antifungal properties of clove oil make it highly effective in the treatment of acne, warts, scars and parasites.


Did you know that the ancient Egyptians used a preparation containing thyme essential oil to preserve mummies? Yes, thyme essential oil has been in use for quite some time. The ancient Greeks used thyme in their baths and they burned it as incense in their temples because they believed it was a source of courage. During the middle ages, the use of thyme was spread by the Romans throughout Europe. They used it for everything from aiding their sleep and fighting nightmares to flavoring cheese and liqueurs.

We now know that thyme kills bacteria and fungi so we can see why it was used for those purposes during the middle ages. Thyme has significant antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic, and diuretic properties and must be used with a carrier oil – never directly on the skin and not on children unless under the care of a practitioner. Overusing thyme essential oil can stimulate the thyroid gland and the lymphatic system.

Thyme is in the essential oil aromatherapy pharmacy because of its potent antiviral qualities. During the flu season, thyme does a powerful job when used with an essential oil diffuser in the sick person’s room. Native Americans used poultices made of thyme for its antiseptic properties when treating skin infections and minor wounds. Thyme is used in the treatment of a number of conditions including whooping cough, rheumatism, neuralgia, fatigue, acne, and warts. It is also very useful in keeping parasites and insects out of your home. Thyme essential oil is another versatile ingredient to keep in your aromatherapy pharmacy.


Another beneficial addition to your aromatherapy pharmacy is rosemary essential oil. It is a great one to use during your morning shower because it is a mental and physical stimulant. You can also use rosemary during a relaxing bath after a long strenuous day because it is an excellent treatment for all muscular conditions. Rosemary has antiseptic properties and is often used to treat muscular sprains, rheumatism, arthritis, depression, fatigue, memory loss, migraine headaches, coughs, flu, and diabetes. It is used in beauty treatments, hair care products, and acne preparations too.

In the middle ages, rosemary sprigs were used in wedding ceremonies. The bride wore a rosemary headpiece and the groom and all the guests wore sprigs of rosemary. Newly married couples planted a rosemary branch on their wedding day, the thought being that if the plant grew, it was a good omen for their marriage. These traditions evolved into the title of  “love charm” being given to the rosemary plant.

Several years ago, I went to a conference in Nashville and we stayed at the Opryland Hotel – that place is gigantic- and at the end of the day my feet were aching terribly from all that walking. I massaged a mixture of rosemary and grapeseed oil on my feet after my shower and my roommate asked what the wonderful scent was. I’m not crazy about the scent although it is not unpleasant, but for my tired aching feet, rosemary essential oil is priceless!


Aromatherapy Pharmacy V

Author: Dr. Larita
08/02/2019

Chamomile Roman essential oil is the best oil to use for the treatment of insomnia and nervous conditions. Chamomile is another essential oil that is antibacterial, antiseptic, and disinfectant but it is most useful for its internal and external anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile is another good oil to add to your aromatherapy pharmacy kit.

Chamomile can be used when children have teething problems and can be added to the bath to ease nerves and tetchiness. It can also be used to treat burns, sunburn, psoriasis, eczema, asthma, hay fever, diarrhea, sprains and strains, nausea, fever, and nervous or depressed states. Chamomile’s analgesic, diuretic, sedative and calming properties make it absolutely essential to have in your basic care kit. Whenever you have a sick family member, use chamomile in the bath, in a massage oil or in a room diffuser to help calm the nerves and keep up strength.


350xAre you menopausal or post menopausal? Do you have hot flashes? They are truly uncomfortable and a real nuisance. I have them too but I promised myself I would not take the estrogen replacement medicine prescribed by my doctor because I read that they have been linked to other health problems. I decided to use clary sage, a natural alternative for estrogen replacement that I already have in my aromatherapy pharmacy.

Clary sage essential oil is mostly known for its use in fragrances and as a muscatel flavoring in liquers and other alcoholic beverages. However, it has been used medicinally for centuries and it is well known in aromatherapy circles for relieving depression, anxiety and fear and in the treatment of insomnia. What may not be as well known is that clary sage contains a hormone copier that balances both male and female hormones, thus keeping one’s estrogen levels up.

Essential oils are not stimulants, they help bring balance back to the body so it can do what it is supposed to do. Clary sage is an energy oil but that doesn’t mean it gives the body a jolt of energy. It means that this oil sustains energy. You can use the following aromatherapy recipe to balance estrogen for hormonal support:

  • 10 drops clary sage
  • 5 drops sage
  • 5 drops fennel

Mix these oils into 2 tablespooons of carrier oil and massage clockwise on the abdomen.

 


The third item for your aromatherapy pharmacy is eucalyptus essential oil which comes from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree originally native to Australia. It has been used for centuries to treat chest and other respiratory problems. Eucalyptus is a very versatile essential oil that is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, analgesic, and deodorizing. Research has proven eucalyptus has antiviral properties as well.

You may know about its effectiveness against coughs and colds because several over the counter cold medications list eucalyptus as an ingredient, including many cough drops. It is similarly effective in the treatment of cystitis and sunburn and can also be used as an insect repellent for humans and pets. Put several drops of eucalyptus oil on a cloth or in a small bowl of water and place it in the room that you want to be insect free. Do this daily and you won’t have a problem with insects.

 


The second item I suggest for your aromatherapy pharmacy is peppermint essential oil. It has been used by many cultures (Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians) for thousands of years because of its healthful properties. It is a superb digestive, it helps the respiratory system, it promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory, and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil excellent to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue.

When I have a cold, I add 1 or 2 drops of peppermint essential oil to a teaspoon of honey, stir it into a cup of hot and water sip it slowly. It sure does open up the sinuses and it helps soothe the achy feeling of the common cold. Peppermint oil can also help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away! When the ants start trailing into your home this spring, spray peppermint essential oil (use a plant sprayer with 1 cup water to 30 drops oil and shake often) along shelves and wherever you see the ants. You can also put 5-8 drops of peppermint oil on cotton balls and place them wherever you see ants entering your home.

 


Anyone who wants to use natural products for alternative health care should know a few basic oils with which to begin their aromatherapy pharmacy. The therapeutic grade essential oils I suggest to begin with are lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, thyme, lemon, and clove. These essential oils are chosen for their medical properties first and second for their ability to take care of a broad range of health problems. In the next few blogs, we will discuss uses for each of these oils.

The first essential oil I recommend for your aromatherapy pharmacy is lavender. It is the most basic oil to have in your home because it is extremely effective in treating burns and scalds. In both cases, it can be put directly on the affected area right away. Lavender’s properties of antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, detoxifier and sedative allow healing to occur more quickly and prevent scarring. It also accelerates the immune system and speeds the healing process because it stimulates the wound’s cells to rejuvenate more quickly. The next time you burn yourself in the kitchen, put a drop or two of lavender on it two to four times a day until it is healed.

 

 


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