There are some great gifts out there for friends and family and I am always looking for the best options when it comes to getting them something meaningful and something that they will be using for a long time. I have been really into diffusers for essential oils lately and I love to give them as a gift to my friends and family.

With some great diffusers for essential oils, I can enjoy the sweet smell of my favorite fragrances in my home and make sure that my friends and my family members are enjoying them as well. I love to find a new fragrance to try and I am always really excited to use my diffuser with a new fragrance that I have discovered.

Oil diffusers are always a great gift and I love to make my friends and family happy with a gift of a new diffuser. It is so much fun to keep a living room or a bedroom filled with some wonderful aromas that instantly set the mood just right. I can find some diffusers that have a modern look to them or a pretty wood design. I can’t wait to find one for my boyfriend since his birthday is coming up.


Aromatherapy Gift Idea

Author: Dr. Larita
12/14/2020

shea butter giftDecember 14 is my son’s birthday. He was my first child and I can’t believe how quickly he grew up. It was just yesterday when I held him in my arms for the first time. It’s really true, the older you get, the faster time flies! I remember when I was 8 years old thinking how I wanted to be grown so I could be on my own. Ha! If I only knew then what I later found out. Oh, well. I never get my gifts off on time so my kids and grandchildren expect them to be late as usual. I tell my grandchildren I’m on CP time – that’s Cool People (not Colored People or, as my friend Jeannette says, Caucasian People) time.

I thought I would help you out if you are like me and need to get a gift out quickly. I make up jars of creamy shea butter to have as gifts for friends and relatives on birthdays and other holidays. I am too lazy to make my own video of myself or my husband making the cream but I have a cool one that I learned a little something from too. We usually just put the cream in the jar but this video has a cute little twist to that part. Have fun making your gifts. If you are in the Topeka area, you can get all the ingredients you need for the homemade body butters at Fragrance World of Topeka, 3416 SW 6th Ave. If you’re not here, you can visit our online store.


aromatherapybathSage has been considered a sacred herb and a cure for many ailments for hundreds of years. It eventually found its way into the kitchen as a flavoring for meats and other dishes. As an aromatic, sage has a wide variety of therapeutic uses on a continuum from promoting respiratory health to strengthening memory.

Sage is used extensively in perfumes and colognes, especially in men’s fragrances. It can also be found in soaps, antiperspirants, detergents, mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes. To top it all off, sage is also a source of natural antioxidants but ingesting it by mouth is discouraged. Even though you should not drink sage essential oil, there are many therapeutic uses for it.

Sage Essential Oil Applications 

  • To bring back appetite, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
  • For arthritis, strained muscles and rheumatism, use 2-3 drops in one ounce of liquid shea butter and massage it on affected areas.
  • For colds, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments, use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation or in a diffuser.
  • For constipation, use 8-10 drops in your bath water.
  • To relieve fluid retention, use 2-3 drops in sweet almond oil and massage it on the affected areas or use 8-10 drops in bath water.
  • For flatulence, use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation or a diffuser.
  • To fight low blood pressure, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser of steam inhalation regularly.
  • To ease the discomforts of menopause – hot flashes, night sweats, nerves – use 2-3 drops nightly in a diffuser.
  • To help with scanty periods and painful menstruation, use 8-10 drops in your bath water.
  • To bring back a sense of balance and calmness after trauma, especially if it continues to bother you after a long period of time, (commonly known as post traumatic stress syndrome) use 2-3 drops in a diffuser nightly until a sense of balance is restored.


Geranium is an essential oil that should be in everyone’s home because it works  intently on the emotions, is helpful with many medical conditions, and it smells incredible while it’s working. Most essential oils come directly from the plant of the same name but geranium oil is not extracted from the brightly colored flower. It comes from the species Pelargonium –  Geranium Robertianum and is popularly known for treating clean cuts but geranium has many other uses.

Geranium essential oil is very helpful for women who have hormonal imbalances. It can be used to treat PMS symptoms, endometriosis, menstrual cramps and menopause symptoms. Add 10 drops of Geranium to a diffuser or pour a couple of drops onto a cotton ball and gently inhale. To relieve menstrual cramps, try massaging the affected area with 5 drops of Geranium oil blended in a tablespoon of carrier oil. If massage is too painful, add 5 drops of geranium to a warm compress and cover the abdomen to ease the pain.

Geranium makes chilblains disappear overnight and is used in skin care to bring a radiant glow. It is also a fundamental ingredient in the treatment of endometriosis, diabetes, blood disorders, throat infections, nervous disorders, and it works well as a sedative. Geranium is reported to help in cases of uterine and breast cancer but if nothing else, it will definitely help the sufferer to relax and cope with the illness.

 


Yesterday I talked about aromatherapy for the hot flashes that are common when menopause strikes. Unfortunately, hot flashes are not the only symptom that assail the body during menopause. Today I want to give you some formulas for a few of the other ailments that menopausal women and some men deal with daily.

Day & Night Sweats Formula

  • 10 drops grapefruit
  • 10 drops lime
  • 5 drops sage
  • 5 drops thyme

Water Retention & Bloating Formula

  • 5 drops fennel
  • 5 drops juniper
  • 15 drops lemon
  • 5 drops peppermint

Circulatory Problems Formula

  • 10 drops geranium
  • 5 drops peppermint
  • 10 drops rose
  • 5 drops patchouli

For all of these formulas you can blend the essential oils and then dilute the synergistic blend in 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil like evening primrose or sweet almond oil. You can also use the synergistic blend on a 5 to 1 basis as a massage oil. Either way, massage the formula all over your body and use 5 drops in a daily bath.

 

 

 


hot flashThe first time I got a hot flash, I was talking to a fellow music teacher and I suddenly got very hot and sweaty. My office was usually cold and I was always freezing so when John saw me fanning myself he asked me what was wrong. I hadn’t considered hot flashes but he had seen his wife go through the same changes so he said it must be one of those hot flashes. Well, that was embarrassing but it didn’t stop me from fanning myself.

You can take hormone replacement therapy or other chemical medications if you want but I don’t like to take anything that might cause other side effects. There is no need to anyway because there are much safer ways to help yourself in these situations. Eating nutritious foods, cooking with cold-pressed cooking oils, taking vitamins and using evening primrose oil are all very helpful. Essential oils are also very helpful with menopause.

Hot Flashes Synergistic Blend

  • 10 drops clary-sage
  • 11 drops geranium
  • 7 drops lemon
  • 2 drops sage

Dilute these oils in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil (evening primrose would be an additional help for hot flashes) and massage all over your body with 1 teaspoon at a time. You can also use 5 drops in your bath anytime you wish.


Addiction

Author: Dr. Larita
12/04/2020

Tranquilizer drugs, mostly benzodiazepines, are used to treat the symptoms of anxiety. These drugs are very popular and go by such names as Valium, Librium and Ativan among others. Another smaller group of chemical drugs are also used to treat anxiety symptoms like sweating and palpitations. These drugs are very popular and thousands of people use them and become addicted after only a short time. Besides addiction, there are side effects like headaches, excessive fatigue, depression, menstrual and sexual dysfunctions as well as skin rashes, nausea and other problems.

Aromatherapy offers a safe, effective and natural alternative to the use of chemical drugs to treat anxiety and stress.  It has also proven to be effective in assisting those addicted to chemical tranquilizers to stop their use, even after years. The best use of aromatherapy essential oils to help stress is before the person resorts to chemicals. There are many essential oils that can be used to reduce stress, especially when used in massage by an understanding massage therapist. The first oils to come to mind for this purpose are lavender, neroli and ylang-ylang.  Others that are also excellent choices are bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, rose and sandalwood.


Aromatherapy is the practice of using aromatic essential oils from different plants to achieve a higher degree of well-being. In the past, it was often viewed as being a somewhat silly practice, only thought of in the form of burning scented candles during a relaxing bath. Aromatherapy has come a long way and many scientific studies have shown the affect scents have on brain waves. As it becomes more and more popular, people are learning just how many truly beneficial uses aromatherapy has on their mind and body.

Aromatherapy is more than just sweet smelling candles and aromatic massages. Check out five amazing health benefits that aromatherapy can add to your life!

Natural Cures

Many aromatherapy essential oils have actual pain relieving qualities. Some have anti-inflammatory and even antiseptic qualities that make them excellent treatments for many common ailments. These can include headaches and muscle aches, and can even treat issues from skin problems to allergies. This is because the pure essential oils used in aromatherapy are extracted directly from plants that have true medicinal qualities.

Stress Relief

One should never underestimate the importance of stress relief. The ability to relax your mind and body can help with a huge variety of seemingly unrelated issues. At the very least, you can prevent a number of different stress-related problems such as migraine headaches, neck and back pain simply by engaging in the right stress-relieving practices. Aromatherapy is among the top recommended stress-relieving practices.

Sleep Habits

Starting with the ability to relax your mind and body, aromatherapy can vastly improve your sleep habits. Getting to sleep, staying asleep, the quality of sleep you are getting and the ability to wake up refreshed are all quality sleep habits that aromatherapy can help you with. In the event that you did not get enough quality sleep the night before, aromatherapy can even help you perk yourself up during your afternoon slump.

Breathe Easy

The right aromatherapy can also help open up your sinuses and breathing passages so you can breathe comfortably and easily. Some scents even have immune-boosting and antiseptic qualities that could help with some breathing ailments such as sinus problems or allergies. With so many different scents, from relaxing to refreshing, you can enjoy each breath you take a little more too.

Mood Enhancement/Stabilization

Sometimes there is nothing worse than being in a plain bad mood. From the moody blues to true depression, aromatherapy can help to put a smile back on your face. Many aromatherapy scents have real mood-boosting qualities that scientists have actually measured based on changes in brain waves.

Aromatherapy is certainly not just about lighting some candles or making massage oils. In fact, it couldn’t be much further from the truth. These are just five of the nearly endless list of benefits of aromatherapy that you can put to work for you. Aromatherapy works in many different ways, from simply using your nose, to using diffusers and different carrier oils for baths or massages and
more.


Christmas and Kwanzaa are almost here – are you ready?  Some of you are going all out and spending lots of money on electronic gadgets and expensive clothing for your family. If you want to cut back on spending and make the holidays more meaningful, give the  gift of aromatherapy products. Essential oils make excellent gifts and will be very useful to your friends and family. Body oils last longer on your body and blend with your body chemistry to make your chosen fragrance unique on you.

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Carrot Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
12/01/2020

 

Yesterday I wrote about the three Cs of essential oils, cedarwood, chamomile and cajeput. My great grandmother told me years ago about another “C” essential oil. She said to eat my carrots because they would help me have great eyesight. This may be an old wives tale but it is true that the beta carotene that gives carrots their orange color has been shown in studies to help protect the eye, particularly the cornea, and to be useful in the prevention or slowing down of cataract formation and age-related macular degeneration.

Carrot oil is also an abundant source of carotenoids or antioxidants which  are important for fighting the effects of harmful oxidants, or free radicals in the body. Free radicals can attack and destroy healthy tissue, causing many health problems, one of which is cancer. Because of the antioxidants it contains, carrot oil can reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and it is often used in sun tan oils to prevent over exposure to UV radiation from the sun.


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