BLACK FRIDAY SALE

Author: Dr. Larita
November 28, 2014

aromatherapy supplies

I know many of you are cruising the malls for all those sales on the mall. For those of you who like to stay away from malls as much as possible; you can get your Black Friday deals right here. We have essential oils and aromatherapy supplies. Fragrance oils, diffusers and massage oils make great gifts for family and friends too. Go to our sites and browse with your fingers. I hope you have this Friday after Thanksgiving off but I’m on my way to work!


Happy Thanksgiving

Author: Dr. Larita
November 27, 2014

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Aromatherapy Tea

Author: Dr. Larita
November 26, 2014

My spouse is always busy on Sunday at  Fragrance World so when he awoke this morning and said he didn’t feel good, I thought he was going to stay home but he didn’t. He went to work but his stomach was upset all day. I tried to get him to eat something besides a smoothie for breakfast but he wouldn’t. He called me about an hour later and said he had just upchucked the smoothie and was feeling terrible so I went to the store to help with customers.

When we got back home in the evening he still didn’t feel well and he hadn’t eaten anything all day so I persuaded him to eat some soup. When he finished it, he felt nauseous again so he went to lay down. After 30 minutes, I told him I was going to brew him some tea that would make him feel better. He drank the tea and 15 minutes later, he felt back to his old self. I tried to get him to drink this brew this morning and if he had, he probably would have had a better day.

Aromatherapy tea for indigestion and upset stomach

  • 1 cup very hot water
  • 1 to 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 pinch of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Stir the aromatherapy brew and sip slowly until it is gone. You will feel better in no time.

 


Essential Oils for Overeating

Author: Dr. Larita
November 25, 2014

We have a favorite buffet that we go to only occasionally because every time we go we eat too much. There are just so many foods to choose from that we try to taste everything that looks good. We also have a big salad with lots of delicious toppings and then top dinner off with several tastes of different deserts. No matter how much we promise ourselves we will not eat too much this time, we always end up overeating and feeling pretty miserable by the time we get home.

Well, the first thing to do when you overeat is to get some exercise. We always go for a brisk 3 mile walk for about 30 to 45 minutes after overindulging in food. Take a short break after eating or your stomach will be tied up in knots instead of feeling better. These are several essential oils that will ease your stomach after overeating: lemon, ginger, cumin, coriander, peppermint, spearmint, cardamom, dill, caraway and mandarin. My favorite is peppermint but you can make a synergistic blend to have on hand whenever you overeat. Besides pigging out at an “all you can eat” buffet, think about Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.

Overeating Formula

  • 10 drops mandarin
  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 2 drops ginger
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 3 drops coriander

Blend the essential oils together and store in an amber colored dropper bottle. When the formula is needed, use 1-2 drops in a cup of honey tea (hot water with a teaspoon of honey.) Sip the tea slowly and by the end of the cup, you should be feeling better. If not, it won’t hurt to wait about 30 minutes before drinking another cup.


Ways to Use Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
November 24, 2014

Essential oils have been used to benefit mankind for centuries but the term aromatherapy was not developed until the 1920’s in France. These oils are drawn from plants and flowers by the process of distillation which results in a  fragrant and highly potent essential oil. When undiluted, essential oils can be a skin irritant so there are many different ways to enjoy their use.

  • Sprinkle a few drops in your hot tub, jacuzzi, trash cans, drains, or toilet bowls to fight bacteria and odors
  • Place a few drops on the filter pad of your vacuum cleaner to spread freshness throughout the room
  • Add three drops on the edge of your toilet paper roll before placing on the holder
  • Mix with purified water in a spray bottle and use as an air freshener

Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated and must be used with extreme respect and care. Always use caution when experimenting with essential oils.


Home Made Facials

Author: Dr. Larita
November 20, 2014

facial masks

Pampering yourself can be easy and affordable when you use what you already have to create luxurious and beneficial facial masks. Mix up a mask that meets your skin’s needs, and then plan on kicking back and relaxing. You might consider a cup of hot chamomile tea or a hot foot soak to go along with your at-home spa theme.

Dry Skin: Mash one banana and add five tablespoons of ground oats and a tablespoon of honey. Apply to damp skin and leave on for about twenty minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Oily Skin: Mix one egg white, half a cucumber and one drop of a mixture of one drop lavender essential oil and one drop rosemary essential oil in a food processor or blender and then refrigerate for about twenty minutes. This mask can be left on for fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Blemished Skin: Mix chopped tomato, a tablespoon of instant oatmeal and a teaspoon of lemon juice in a blender until mixed. Let mask stay on skin for ten to fifteen minutes. Rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

Tired Skin: Mash five ripe strawberries, a few teaspoons of heavy whipping cream and a teaspoon of honey together an apply to face. Leave on for half an hour and rinse off with warm water, blot dry, and apply a good moisturizer.


Essential Oils at Home VIII

Author: Dr. Larita
November 19, 2014

The main use for essential oils in the bathroom is to clear bacteria and viruses. Use a synergistic blend of 5 drops bergamot, 10 drops lavender, 5 drops cinnamon, 10 drops lemon, and 10 drops citronella essential oils combined with 2 1/2 cups water in a spray bottle to wipe all bathroom surfaces. This combination will kill germs and give the entire bathroom a wonderful fragrance.

Another great way to scent the bathroom is with an essential oil diffuser. It is not safe to use an electric diffuser in the bathroom so be sure to use a candle heated one. The flicker of a candle in a warm bathroom makes that relaxing bath even better. You can use the same blend above for the diffuser (without water) or try this one: 5 drops oregano, 10 drops sage, 10 drops thyme, and 20 drops lemon. To keep the bathroom smelling fresh, put two to four drops of this blend on the cardboard ring inside your toilet paper roll. The oil blend is soaked into the cardboard and releases the aroma to keep the area fragrant.


Essential Oils at Home VII

Author: Dr. Larita
November 18, 2014

Aromatherapy and romance are natural partners so it is logical that the seventh part in our series of essential oil uses in the home concerns the bedroom.  If you want essential oils that will keep your bedroom smelling dreamy and enhance the romantic experience, you will want to make a special blend and keep it separate from the regular household essential oil formulas. For a synergistic romantic bedroom blend, spray the following formula in the air and on carpets: 8 drops palma rosa, 1 drop ylang-ylang, 2 drops clary-sage, 2 drops nutmeg, and 4 drops of lime mixed in 2 ½ cups of water.

  • Other great scents of a more general nature to use in the bedroom include chamomile, geranium, lavender, or lemon.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, use a diffuser with a relaxing oil like chamomile or clary-sage on it.
  • You can also wash, dry and store your linens with essential oils (see Essential Oils at Home V) to aid sleep.
  • Put a cotton ball with one drop of your favorite scent on it in the corners of your bedroom closet.
  • Use essential oils on drawer liners and also line the floor of your closet. Don’t use more than one or two drops of oil because you just want a subtle aroma to keep the air fresh, not enough to interfere with your perfume.


Essential Oils at Home VI

Author: Dr. Larita
November 17, 2014

Essential oils can be used in the living room to freshen carpets, curtains, and furniture. Make a carpet freshener powder by mixing 1 drop of essential oil per tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda or borax powder. Add the essential oil to the powder and mix it well in a blender. Allow the mixture to sit overnight before using it the first time. You can make as much as you want to have on hand and store it in a zip lock bag or a sealed jar. To use the carpet freshener, sprinkle it on your carpet, leave it there for a few minutes, then vacuum. You can also add the powder directly to your vacuum bag to stop odor; add 8 drops of essential oil to a cotton ball and put it inside the bag each time you change it; or simply add 8 drops of essential oil directly onto the bag.

To get rid of streaks on freshly cleaned windows, bunch up a sheet of newspaper, put a drop of lemon, lime or grapefruit essential oil on it and polish the glass with this combination. The essential oil soaks into the newspaper and combined with the newsprint it removes streaks and creates a sparkling finish. You get an added bonus when the sun hits the glass and warms the essential oil releasing a subtle fragrance into the living room.

Make your own furniture polish and banish chemicals and synthetic fragrances from your home with this recipe: melt 8 ounces of plain unrefined beeswax in a double boiler, add 2 1/2 cups of room temperature turpentine and put it aside. Boil 2 1/2 cups water and add 2 ounces of grated pure soap (purchase at the health food store) or grated castile soap and stir until melted, then sit it aside until it is cool but still warm. Slowly add the warm soap and water to the beeswax and turpentine a little at a time stirring constantly. Now add 10 drops of the essential oil of your choice and blend the entire mixture well. Store your furniture polish in a tin can or a small ice cream carton (a Ben and Jerry’s carton will work well and you get to eat the ice cream first.) You only need a small amount at a time to polish your furniture and you will be greatly rewarded for your work by the fragrance of the essential oil and the shine of your furniture.

Lastly, you can use a plant mister spray filled with 2 1/2 cups of water and 8 drops of essential oil to freshen  furniture, curtains, and carpets. Since the living room is where you spend time with family and friends you will want to choose the right blend of essential oils. A calming synergistic blend includes 8 drops geranium, 3 drops clary-sage, 5 drops lemon, and 3 drops bergamot. A stimulating blend to use on a lazy afternoon includes 8 drops of grapefruit, 4 drops lavender, 4 drops lime and 2 drops of basil.


Essential Oils at Home V

Author: Dr. Larita
November 14, 2014

Before washers and driers, our ancestors laid their clothes on lavender or rosemary plants to dry so that the scent would permeate the garments. Today we can use essential oils in the washer, dryer, drawers, and closets to keep our clothes smelling nice and to receive even more benefits.

Add 3-5 drops of lemongrass or lavender to your rinse cycle water for wonderfully fresh smelling clothes. For a more alluring fragrance, add ylang-ylang essential oil to the final rinse. During the cold and flu season rinse your bed linens with eucalyptus, rosemary, or pine essential oil to relieve coughs throughout the night. Use a rinse of peppermint essential oil when your children have whooping cough. If insomnia is a problem, rinse linen and nightwear with marjoram, chamomile, or sweet orange blossom essential oil to aid sleep.

Add 2 drops of essential oil to a 4 inch square piece of material and put it in the dryer with your clothes. To infuse your garments with a fresh scent use lavender, rosemary, or bergamot; for a floral scent use geranium, or palma rosa; for a romantic or exotic scent use ylang-ylang, jasmine, or rose essential oil.

Other uses for essential oils with clothing include:

  • Making a natural moth repellent by placing cotton balls with lavender, lemongrass, camphor, or rosemary essential oil on them between clothes in drawers.
  • Making fragrant drawer liners with no chemicals by cutting blotting paper to drawer size and dotting it with essential oils. Brush the paper with orris root powder which acts as a fixative and then shake the powder off and place the liner in your drawer.
  • Making a synergistic blend of 3 drops lavender, 2 drops sage and 5 drops of rosemary essential oil to add to sneakers and repel odor. Add this blend to a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and mix well. Sprinkle the mixture into sneakers and leave overnight for fresh smelling shoes the next morning. Don’t forget to tap the soda out in the morning or you will be walking around with puffs of smoke coming out of your shoes.


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