Diarrhea usually only lasts a couple of days. Unfortunately, the days will seem extra long. The main problem with this condition is dehydration. If you have diarrhea, drink plenty of fluids to replace what you’re losing and also take a rehydration formula drink to replace electrolytes. You can buy a drink for this but you can also make your own.

Rehydration Blend

  • 1 16 oz bottle of water
  • 3 level teaspoons of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil

Mix the above well and drink one small glass at a time. Also take a warm bath with 4 drops of geranium and 4 drops of ginger essential oil diluted in a small amount of carrier oil to calm your nerves and help make you feel better.

Diarrhea can be caused by any number of reasons that are usually based in one of three areas, food-related, nerve-related or viral-related. In all cases of diarrhea, drink large quantities of water and take a rehydration solution (more on that tomorrow) to help prevent dehydration and to help rebalance your body.

Whatever the cause, follow the same treatment protocol but use the essential oils for your particular diarrhea condition. Dilute 5 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon  of carrier oil. Massage a small amount of the mixture over the whole abdominal area three times a day.

For diarrhea due to food you can use any of these essential oils: peppermint, thyme linalol, tea tree, eucalyptus, chamomile roman or cardamom.

For diarrhea due to nerves use any of these essential oils: lavender, lemon, peppermint, geranium, chamomile roman or cardamom.

For diarrhea due to viral infection use any of these essential oils: tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, thyme linalol or lavender.


Today I am reporting to you the results of my experiment using peppermint essential oil as a natural stimulant to stay awake at work. I was supposed to let you know if it worked to keep me awake or not yesterday but I forgot to take the peppermint oil with me in my rush to get to work on time. Now that I am working a temporary job, I find myself getting sleepy at work quite often because this is a sit-down job and I’m used to being on the go all the time in my educational work. I wanted something natural to keep me awake because coffee stimulates me but it also gives me urinary tract infections. I like peppermint candy but who needs the extra sugar? I really meant to put a drop or two of peppermint essential oil on a tissue but in my haste I simply grabbed the bottle and stuck it in my purse.

I start work at 8:00 am and I started getting drowsy at 9:15 this morning – I know because I looked at the clock when I first started feeling sleepy. I decided to go get some water from the break room and take a trip to the restroom for this first bout of sleepiness and that woke me up until my 10:00 break. I noticed myself getting sleepy again about 11:15 so I dug around in my purse and got the bottle of peppermint out. I unscrewed the top and took a whiff. Whew! That peppermint is really potent. My eyes opened right up and I put the bottle back in my purse. About 11:45 I was getting sluggish again so I got my peppermint back out and took another whiff; again it woke me up.

I go to lunch at noon for 30 minutes so while eating, I started thinking about the amount of time between my sleepy periods. I thought that maybe if I took more than one whiff of peppermint at a time, the stimulation would last longer. The next time I got sleepy I took three long breaths inhaling peppermint oil on each breath. I didn’t get sleepy again at all for the rest of the afternoon. I did inhale it again though because a co-worker from another floor saw the bottle on my desk and asked why it was there. While I was demonstrating, I accidentally touched the dropper top to my upper lip! That really woke me up – now that is stimulating but I would not suggest you do that unless you have felt peppermint oil on your skin before.


Ok, I confess. I was going to tell you about the results of my stimulating peppermint essential oil experiment today. Unfortunately, I was running so late I forgot to take the peppermint with me this morning. I was so sleepy at work again today that I almost fell off my chair at one point. I stayed up extra late last night writing the blog and unpacking etc. from our stay at Clubhouse Inn. I thought I would have the peppermint to help me stay awake but since I forgot it I’ll have to report to you tomorrow. I am going to go get the peppermint as soon as I finish this and put it in my purse! I promise to report out to you tomorrow!

One Sunday our central air conditioning stopped working. The indoor temperature was rising, but I didn’t pay too much attention to it until time to fix dinner. It was so hot in the house that I suggested we go out for dinner.  My husband looked at the thermostat and it was 83 degrees and warm air was coming out of the vents. Outside, the air conditioner was making a screeching sound so we turned it off and called the AC company we use to come early Monday morning, we then packed a few things and went to a motel.

I don’t know if it’s just me or if this happens to most people when they stay in a motel; it takes me forever to finally get to bed. I can’t find anything and I usually have left something crucial at home so I’m trying to improvise. Anyway, it was quite late when I finally laid down and then I got up 30 minutes earlier than usual so I could repack and still have time to go eat the complimentary full breakfast.

The main point of this blog is to let you know how sleepy and tired I was at work the next day. I drank tea, water and coffee plus I nibbled on stuff all day trying to stay awake. OK, I confess, I get sleepy almost everyday at work. Tomorrow, I am going to take some peppermint essential oil and sniff it whenever that happens. Peppermint is reported to have stimulating properties. I will let you know if it keeps me awake and alert or if I need to blend it with another oil.




Therapeutic grade essential oils are mainly concentrated herbs and people are missing out on their health benefits because of the misconception that they are only for elevating mood and to be used as perfume oils. Numerous essential oils also have properties that kill germs, purify the air and much more. They can be used as alternative first aid care for everything from acne to urinary infections.

If you would like to add additional essential oils to the basic three we discussed in the previous post, you may wish to include rosemary, peppermint, orange, geranium and lemon. Your Aromatherapy First Aid Kit should also include carrier oils such as almond oil, jojoba oil, and or  liquid shea oil to mix your essential oils in, plus aloe vera, vitamin E and garlic oil, which can be created by mixing garlic cloves with sweet almond or grape seed oil.


Every home has a first aid kit but there is an alternative, have you ever thought about assembling your own aromatherapy first aid kit? All you need is 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. The three major oils to stash in your kit are eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil.

These three oils will aid with colds, wounds, burns, bruises, insect bites, muscle pain, fungal infections and much more. 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 alternative aromatherapy first aid kit as well as a few more essential oils to add to your stash in another post.

100% Pure Shea Butter

Author: Dr. Larita

Shea butter is a 100% pure and natural cream containing vitamin A and vitamin E which has exceptional healing properties for the skin. The vitamin A in shea butter is important for improving skin conditions including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis as well as properties that treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, frostbites, and many other common skin conditions. The vitamin E in this rich creamy extract may serve as an anti-free radical agent that aids in preventing the harmful effects of the sun and environmental exposure on the skin.

Shea butter is derived  from the seed of the shea tree and is extracted and prepared without the use of chemicals. The best shea butter for skin use is prepared by cold press methods without the use of added chemicals or preservatives.

Did you know that you should eat your carrots because they can help you have great eyesight? This is something my grandmother used to tell me and I thought it was an old wives tale. Now I know that the beta carotene which 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.

Dry Skin Relief

Author: Dr. Larita

Are you confused about whether to use an ointment, a lotion or a cream to relieve your dry skin? These terms describe the way skin care products are prepared. Ointments are prepared using oil and may stay on your skin longer but many people don’t like them because they are  greasy and don’t soak into the skin. Creams are less oily than ointments and can be made from natural products so they do soak into the skin easily. Lotions are water-based and get absorbed into the skin quickly, causing instant, but not long-lasting, relief. For longer-lasting relief, choose ointments or creams.

If you have dry or itchy skin, avoid using too much soap, antiperspirants,  hot baths or anything else that removes your natural oils. Skin dryness and itchiness is worse when the humidity is low and you should definitely avoid stress, too much exposure to the sun, and smoking or secondhand smoke.


October 2020