Thyme Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
February 6, 2019

I like to periodically feature one of the more popular essential oils that everyone should have on hand in their home. Thyme is a very useful essential oil because of its powerful antiviral properties. It has been used for centuries by ancient civilizations. The Greeks and the Romans used it to flavor cheese and alcohol. The Egyptians used it in their embalming practice and the Scots used to make a tea and drank it thinking it gave them courage and strength. Today, thyme is used in aromatherapy for its many therapeutic uses.

  • Put 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and dab on the affected area for acne, bruises, cuts, eczema, insect bites, oily skin and warts.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage it on the affected area for arthritis, gout, muscle aches and pains, sports injuries, sprains and rheumatism.
  • Use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation or in 1 ounce of a carrier oil and rub it on the chest and throat for asthma, bronchitis and coughs.
  • Use 2-3 drops in steam inhalation for colds, flu, mucous infections and sinusitis.
  • Put 2-3 drops in a diffuser for insomnia, physical exhaustion and stress-related problems.
  • Use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage it on the body to fight poor circulation

 


Common Cold Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
February 5, 2019

This is the time of year when colds and the flu are prevalent. Too often, people use antibiotics to treat colds and flu but I believe antibiotics may do more harm than good. Why use a synthetic medicine when you can use pure organic essential oils that are natural and have antibacterial and antiviral properties to treat your illness?

To treat a common cold you can use the following oils in a hot bath. Just relax in the tub and inhale deeply.

2 drops – Thyme
2 drops – Tea tree
1 drop – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Lemon

If you would rather use the steam inhalation method, you can use one drop of each of thyme, tea tree, lavender, and clove in a bowl of steaming hot water. Put a towel over your head over the steaming blend and breath deeply for 5 to 10 minutes, taking a break whenever needed.

If you are away from home and can’t perform the steam inhalation method, you can take with you a tissue to which you have added one drop each of peppermint, eucalyptus, and clove. Inhale this aroma deeply whenever possible.

Before going to bed, massage the chest, neck and sinus area with the following essential oils diluted in 1 teaspoon of shea oil or another cosmetic grade vegetable oil of your choice:

1 drop – Lemon
2 drops – Eucalyptus
3 drops – Rosemary

Keep your risk of catching the common cold at a minimum by washing your hands frequently.


Aromatherapy to the Rescue

Author: Dr. Larita
February 4, 2019

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.


Clay Beauty Masks

Author: Dr. Larita
February 1, 2019

Facial masks have beneficial effects for many skin types because they can nourish, rejuvenate, and stimulate; refine, cleanse, and peel off the outer skin layer; soothe and calm inflammation; clear acne, loosen blackheads; and act as an anti-wrinkle treatment and natural face-lift. For natural skin care, you can use practically any fruit or vegetable in your refrigerator and many other foodstuffs. You can purchase a flower water to blend your dry ingredients but I prefer to use plain spring water as the moisturizer with an essential oil like lavender, geranium, neroli or bergamot  added for the properties they bring to the mixture.

Clay masks are wonderful because the clay has absorbed the sun and the plants and minerals of earth over thousands of years giving it rejuvenating and anti-aging benefits for our skin. Clays come in an assortment of colors from all over the world and can be found in health food stores and pharmacies. When we combine the clay with essential oils they complement each other with a synergistic effect providing natural skin care that is highly beneficial. White kaolin clay is best used on normal to oily skin because it has an astringent effect. It removes impurities from the skin as it cleanses and it improves lymphatic flow, increasing blood circulation to the area. Fuller’s earth is a stimulating clay that is a soft brown in color. It is a cleansing clay plus it removes dead skin cells. It is best used on oily to normal skin.

Green clay is the best of the clays and it can be used on all skin types. It is good for treating acne and other skin disturbances as well as providing an anti-aging effect for mature skin. Green clay balances combination skin, normalizes oily skin and revitalizes dry skin. It is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium and energizes connective tissue. It stimulates very gently and it is effective in increasing the lymph flow and circulation allowing oxygen to speed the elimination of waste products.

Of course, you can purchase a face mask that you squeeze from a tube providing an instant face mask but these products contain all kinds of unnecessary ingredients that may even be harmful to your skin. When I look at the expiration date on a product and it is a year or two away, I wonder how that product can be good for my skin and I want a natural alternative instead. That’s why I make my own facial masks and cleansers. A homemade mask takes only a few minutes to assemble and once you put your tailor made product in a jar you have your own instant face pack ready to use at any time and tailor-made for your own skin type.

 


Aromatherapy for Earaches

Author: Dr. Larita
January 31, 2019

Many children miss too much school because of the pain of earaches. If it’s your baby, all they can do is cry. Recurrent earaches could be a sign of a perforated eardrum or an infection and the child should see a pediatrician. However, for a common earache, use one teaspoon of warm sweet almond oil with one drop of lavender and one drop of chamomile added and blended well. Soak a small cotton ball in the mixture and use it to plug the ear.

You can also massage around the ear area, up the neck and across the cheekbone with the following mixture diluted in 1 teaspoon of almond oil:

  1. Tea tree – 3 drops
  2. Thyme – 1 drop
  3. Lavender – 2 drops


5 Ways to Combat Athletes Foot

Author: Dr. Larita
January 30, 2019

Do you go to the gym a lot these days? It’s January and we all made resolutions to be healthier this year. While you’re becoming more healthy, remember to keep your feet healthy too and don’t spread athletes foot to your family if you contract it at the gym. Always wear flip flops at the gym – going to the pool as well as in the shower. There are sprays and creams containing chemicals out there that are designed to help with this, but there are also natural alternatives. In particular, athlete’s foot can be treated with certain essential oils.

Tea tree oil can help kill the fungus  that causes athletes foot from forming and help provide relief.

Soak – Create a foot soak by using a mixture of 3 parts almond oil, 10 parts tea tree essential oil, and a bowl of warm water. Then soak the feet for 30 minutes twice daily until relief comes.

Rub – Additionally, you can mix the oil with a carrier oil like almond or coconut oil and then rub it onto the affected area.

Peppermint oil contains menthol which can help provide relief for the inflammation this condition causes.

Mix a teaspoon of the oil with a half cup of rolled oats and ¼ cup of sea salt. Massage into the feet twice daily to help add comfort to your feet while the condition heals.

Lemon oil helps combat infections and is great in fighting fungal infections in particular.

Mix 10 drops of lemon oil, 10 drops of sweet almond oil, and a liter of warm water and soak for thirty minutes.

Lavender oil can provide relaxation, improve stress symptoms and also helps with skin conditions.

Massage it directly onto the effective areas, or mix it with lotion and massage into the feet thoroughly. Then, wear socks and go to sleep. This keeps your feet wrapped in healing oil for several hours.

Eucalyptus oil has strong antibacterial properties that can help hydrate and replenish the skin while it helps to fight against athletes foot.

Massage it directly onto the affected areas, another option is to mix it with lotion and massage it into the feet thoroughly. Then, wear socks and go to sleep thus keeping your feet wrapped in healing oil for several hours.


If you are new to the world of aromatherapy, you may be astonished to learn there are over 300 essential oils from which to choose. Wouldn’t that be mind-boggling to have to check through that many essential oils and their properties to find one to help your symptoms? Well, you won’t need to do that because I’m going to give you a list of the top ten essential oils as compiled by NAHA or the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy as well as some ways to use them to good advantage. Always remember to look for therapeutic grade essential oils.

  1. Lavender:  Relaxing, and also useful in treating wounds, burns, and skin care. Helps to balance hormones in women, good for balancing the skin. Can be both relaxing and uplifting, as well as antidepressant.
  2. Peppermint: Useful in treating headaches, muscle aches, digestive disorders such as slow digestion, indigestion, and flatulence.
  3. Eucalyptus: Helpful in treating respiratory problems, such as coughs, colds, and asthma. Also helps to boost the immune system, and relieve muscle tension.
  4. Ylang ylang: Helps one to relax, and can reduce muscle tension. Good antidepressant.
  5. Geranium: Helps to balance hormones in women, good for balancing the skin. Can be both relaxing and uplifting, as well as antidepressant.
  6. Lemon: Very uplifting, yet relaxing. Helpful in treating wounds, infections, and house cleaning and deodorizing.
  7. Clary sage: helpful in treating muscular aches and pains. Very relaxing, and can help with insomnia. Also very helpful in balancing hormones.
  8. Tea tree: A natural anti fungal oil, good for treating all sorts of fungal infections including vaginal yeast infections, jock itch, athletes foot, and ringworm. Also helps to boost the immune system.
  9. Chamomile (Roman):  Very relaxing, and can help with sleeplessness and anxiety. Also good for muscle aches and tension. Useful in treating wounds and infection.
  10. Rosemary: Very stimulating and uplifting, good to help mental stimulation as well as to stimulate the immune system. Very good for muscle aches and tension. Stimulating to the digestive system.

 


How Often Do You Use Organic Body Care Products?

Author: Natural-Beauty
January 28, 2019

If you love your body, then it should concern you how often you use organic body care products for your skin maintenance. Natural body products have been proven to be the best for skin care. But be warned because not all products on the shelves with the “Organic Body Care” inscription are genuinely organic. Look for only those made of USDA certified ingredients free of harmful chemicals.

These products provide your skin with a combination of botanicals, minerals, and vitamins which are essential for your skin restoration and hydration. Remember every surface needs to be hydrated. Since they are purely organic and free of harmful chemicals, they help conserve our environment and protect the soil.

Though organic products are the best, it must not be assumed all the skin products which are organic and natural are suitable for your skin. Some may be repulsed by your skin and in turn subject your skin to adverse effects. The most important thing, therefore, is to understand your skin; its texture and allergies (if any) before you can choose which natural organic product to use. Also, ensure that you seek expert advice from skin care specialists to avert any adverse effects by using these products.


Essential Oil Powers

Author: Dr. Larita
January 25, 2019

While most essential oils may smell nice, specific essential oils are going to be better for different ailments. The benefits of aroma can be hard to pin down, but Medical News Today reveals which scents have been known to help with certain issues. Depending on your need, you’ll want to select the right combination of scents to begin aromatherapy.

Basil – Promotes better concentration while alleviating some depression symptoms and relieving headaches

Bergamot – Offers relief for stress and skin problems when combined with eucalyptus oil

Black Pepper – Stimulates blood circulation while relieving muscle aches and bruises. When combined with ginger, it can reduce arthritis pain and improve flexibility

Chamomile – Assists with eczema breakouts and also promotes sleep

Cinnamon – Soothes muscle aches and pains, clears up chest colds, and reduces inflammation

Clove – Relieves pain, prevents nausea, and breaks down gut gas

Eucalyptus – Promotes open airways for breathing during the cold season, but be aware, many people are allergic to this essential oil

Frankincense – Promotes wellbeing and can help with colds and coughs

Lavender – Enhances relaxation, reduces headache pain, and improves sleep quality, and can be used as an antiseptic for minor cuts and burns

Lemon – Improves mood, possibly relieving stress and depression symptoms

Peppermint – Increases alertness and relieves headaches

Rosemary – Prevents muscle spasms, promotes hair growth, boosts memory, and supports the nervous system

Sweet Orange – Promotes relaxation and boosts mood

Tea Tree – Purifies burns and bites with its antimicrobial, antiseptic, and disinfectant qualities

Thyme – Reduces tiredness, nerves, and stress

Yarrow – Treats cold symptoms and reduces inflammation in the joints

Thanks to Cloud 9 Spa for today’s information.


Aromatherapy Applications

Author: Dr. Larita
January 24, 2019

Aromatherapy Applications

Essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil, such as almond or jojoba oil before applying to the skin. Before inhaling or applying essential oils, be sure to test for an allergic reaction by using a skin patch test.

Inhalation

To breathe in the scent of the essential oils, the aroma can be evaporated by using a diffuser or spray bottle. Some choose to use a couple of drops of essential oil in a bath. Another option is creating a steam bath by boiling 4 cups of water, adding a few drops of essential oil, moving the water to a table, and placing your face over the steam and under a tented towel for a few minutes.

Topical Applications

After diluting with a carrier oil, the essential oils can be applied to the skin via massage, bath, or a skin care regiment. Massage is particularly beneficial due to its ability to increase circulation and absorption.

Thanks to Cloud 9 Spa for today’s information.


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