Festive Holiday Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
December 17, 2014

The sense of smell is one of the quickest ways to reach the brain and affect the mood of your friends and family. The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year but you can ease the stress by using aromatherapy essential oils. Essential oils will make your house smell wonderful and the scented atmosphere will brighten the mood of all those invited into your home. Choose seasonal essential oils to heighten the holiday spirit. Some of the most popular scents to use at this time of the year are frankincense, myrrh, pine, cinnamon, orange and sandalwood.

  • Frankincense and myrrh are popular holiday scents because they were brought by the three wise men to honor the birth of Jesus. Both of these scents are also used for their medicinal properties. Frankincense is often used in meditation because of its ability to calm, relax, and slow down breathing.
  • Pine often brings up memories of Christmas trees but it is also an essential oil that has many healing properties. It is often used to relieve sinuses, asthma, fatigue, allergies, and inflammation.
  • Cinnamon essential oil is a warm and spicy scent that is often associated with Christmas probably because of the Christmas cookies left for Santa. Cinnamon has the healing properties of antiseptic, anti-infectious, and anti-bacterial.
  • Orange essential oil is associated with Christmas because of the Christmas tradition of giving children an orange in their Christmas stocking. Orange essential oil relieves stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia. It is a light and uplifting scent, as are most of the citrus essential oils.
  • Sandalwood is mentioned in the Christian Bible and was used by the Egyptians to embalm bodies. This essential oil has sedative, anti-depressant, decongestant, antiseptic, anti-infectious and aphrodisiac properties.

Aromatherapy can be used in several ways during the holidays. Give gifts of aromatherapy essential oils, aromatherapy baskets, and aromatherapy diffusers. You can also give the gift of “well-being” when you scent your home with these delicious fragrances.

Turning to Healthy Skin Care Products for Acne

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 16, 2014

acne-questions-answered-vI had a really hard time when I was in school for a number of different reasons, but in particular because of my appearance. When I was in middle school and high school, I had to deal with some seriously terrible acne issues. It was really embarrassing and it made my youth very difficult because it really damaged my self-esteem for a long time.

After high school, I started to turn towards a particular set of healthy skin care products that finally started to do the trick. Perhaps it was the combination of my hormones settling down and these products, but regardless of what was the cause, my acne began to clear up quite a bit. I lucked out by not having any acne scars, and my skin looks better than ever now.

Facial Moisturizers and Other Skin Care Products

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 15, 2014

spring_skin_cleaning_skin_care_for_spring1I’ve never really understood my girlfriend’s usage of makeup and skin products, but whatever it is she’s doing seems to be working for her, because I think she is beautiful. Walking into her bathroom is like walking into a cosmetics store; she’s got everything that you could possibly imagine in there. She’s always talking about how she wants to look young even when she gets old.

I don’t know very much about the things that she uses, but I know she’s got a very specific daily regimen that involves facial moisturizers and a number of other skin care products and things like that to ensure that she has youthful skin and avoids getting wrinkles as she ages. Even though I’m not sure how it works, she has great skin and I assume it comes from these products.

Holiday Bath Crystals

Author: Dr. Larita
December 12, 2014

Essential oils can be used in your bath four different ways. First, you can just add them neat to your bath water and swish it around. You will have a luscious aroma plus the therapeutic properties of whichever oil you use. The oils can also be used  to make homemade bubble baths, bath oils, and bath crystals.

If you like bath crystals, you will love the fact that you can make your own and not pay a lot of money for fancy packaging like you do when you buy them in the stores. To make your own you will need some attractive glass jars. You can save them over the year for next holiday season or for any occasion when gifts are given. If you don’t have any for this holiday season, you can put the crystals in a small gift bag from a party store or simply put them in a plastic sandwich bag and tie a ribbon around it.

All you need to make your bath crystals is washing soda crystals, a little food coloring, and the essential oils of your choice. Just crush the washing soda crystals, add a little food coloring (your choice of color) and the essential oil you want for that color. Use a corresponding color for the essential oil you choose like yellow for lemon or red for peppermint. To each 9 ounces of colored crystals add 20 drops of essential oils. Tie a ribbon around the jar or bag and voila, you’ve got your holiday gift.

Fragrance Gifts

Author: Dr. Larita
December 11, 2014

Are you looking for great gifts to give to friends and relatives for the  holidays? Whether it is for the home or the body, many of us like to give wonderful smelling scents as gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. We have previously discussed using essential oils to scent the air with diffusers. Essential oils can also be added to the bath, massaged into the skin, or inhaled directly.

If you are concerned about using natural skin care products, you should use body oils instead of  perfume or cologne. Body oils are designed to be used on your skin. They may or may not contain essential oils. They are often formulations based on the traditional designer brands. When you purchase perfume or cologne in a department store, you  are paying a premium price for the brand name, the advertising campaigns, cosmetics gifts, and the beautiful fancy packaging. These designer brand name perfumes are comprised of concentrated oils and 75% to 85% alcohol, ethanol and or water.

The alcohol and ethanol used make your perfume smell much stronger than it is but it fades within a few hours. As your perfume (or the alcohol in it) evaporates, it not only takes your fragrance but your natural body oils with it, drying your skin as it goes.  Body oils are pure, concentrated perfume oils in a cosmetic grade vegetable oil base that blend in with your body chemistry making the scent your own. They evaporate naturally giving your skin a softer, smoother feeling – plus they contain no alcohol, ethanol or water so many people who are allergic to perfumes and colognes can wear body oils with no problems.

Anti-Aging Skin Care Tip

Author: Dr. Larita
December 10, 2014

None of us want to grow old gracefully. That’s just like giving in and it’s unnecessary. No matter what your age is, you can start now to revitalize your skin. If you are 80 years old it may take you longer but essential oils can help you look and feel younger. There are different essential oils to use for different age groups but today we are talking about anti wrinkle oils for those of us over the age of 40.

Get an amber colored bottle in which to keep your synergistic oil blend. Then dilute 10 drops neroli, 10 drops lavender, 10 drops frankincense, 2 drops rosemary, 10 drops fennel, 3 drops lemon, 10 drops carrot, and 10 drops evening primrose in 2 tablespoons of hazelnut carrier oil. Use this blend each morning and night after cleansing your face.

In the morning wash your face as usual and then use ice as an astringent agent. Make your ice astringent by filling a foam coffee cup about 3/4 full with water. Put the cup in your freezer until the water freezes. Peel the cup past the frozen water and gently rub the ice over your face and neck. Dab your face dry with a soft towel and put on your anti-wrinkle essential oil blend. If you wish, you can blot your face with a tissue. You will be looking younger in no time.

Anti Aging Skin Care

Author: Dr. Larita
December 9, 2014

Your skin is a living breathing organ and it must be kept hydrated just like 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 with Grapefruit Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
December 5, 2014

When I was little, my dad used to eat half a grapefruit practically every morning with his breakfast. I loved the smell of grapefruit but I was not crazy about the taste. I developed a taste for grapefruit as I got older and now I can tell you how wonderful the fruit is and what amazing properties it has.

Grapefruit essential oil is a delightful pick-me-up in massage oil or in the bath. Aromatherapists use grapefruit oil to treat mood swings, stress and anger. It is one of the essential oils that is a detoxifier and is often used to treat a hangover. It acts on the lymphatic system and is a good natural diuretic. Grapefruit is cooling to the skin and acts in a cleansing manner so it is very useful for acne and cellulite.

To treat a cold, the flu or general respiratory problems, use the steam inhalation method or burn grapefruit essential oil in a diffuser. You can make a synergistic blend for this purpose by adding eucalyptus or lavender. Grapefruit is very useful for cleansing a congested liver and to cure constipation. Dilute 3-5 drops of grapefruit essential oil in 2 teaspoons of a carrier like sweet almond oil and rub this mixture into the abdomen. You can also boil a few thick pieces of grapefruit skin and a little pulp in water to cover for five minutes. Strain the water and cool it, then add lemon juice and honey to taste.


Oregano Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
December 4, 2014

We know oregano mostly from its use in the kitchen but before its seasoning properties were discovered, oregano was used for its curative properties. The Egyptians used oregano to disinfect wounds and speed up the healing process as well as for mummification. Other uses throughout the years have been to sooth coughs, calm digestive disorders, relax tension and relieve insomnia. American GIs discovered the Mediterranean herb during World War II and brought it back with them for use at home.

Today, oregano is still very popular in the kitchen, but it also has many aromatherapy uses. Some of those therapeutic uses are: allergies, antiseptic, antiviral, appetite, arthritis, asthma, backache, bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, cellulite, colds, congestion, flu, fungal infections, headaches, immune booster, indigestion, insomnia, lymphatic circulation, menstruation, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscular pain, nervous tension, rheumatism, sprains, and swelling. Tomorrow I will discuss some essential oil applications of oregano.

Clearing Skin With A Facial Scrub

Author: Natural-Beauty
December 3, 2014

Men-Skin-CareWhen I was younger, I had a bad case of acne, but my biggest problem was with blackheads. As I’ve grown up, both of those problems have been reduced significantly, but even in my adulthood, I still frequently find myself with many blackheads on my nose. For a while, I wasn’t sure what to do about it and it was something that really bothered me.

Recently, I discovered a facial cleanser that works perfectly when I combine it with other natural skincare  products and it’s been clearing up my blackheads like you wouldn’t believe! Ever since I started using natural soap, it has given me so much more confidence now that my skin stays clear. I’m very happy with the results I’ve seen so far.


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