Natural Breast Care

Author: Dr. Larita
October 30, 2014

breast exercisesHave you ever found a lump in your breast? Last month I saw what looked like a bruise on my left breast and it was sore to the touch. I had just had a mammogram two months before that so I was not worried about the bruise until I felt the lump. I told my husband about it and he said, “just call the doctor.”

I went to work the next day and worried about the lump the whole time I was there. I had a doctor’s appointment that afternoon so afterwards, I went to the mammography clinic at a nearby hospital and almost lost it when the assistant said yes, I should go to the doctor even after a recent mammogram. She assured me that most lumps are nothing and to try not to worry, just make that appointment. Luckily, my doctor saw me right away and I did find out that it was just fibrous tissue and I don’t have cancer. At that point, I started looking for alternative health strategies for breast issues and there are many.

As I’ve said before, the best medicine is prevention so always do your monthly breast exam. When you’ve done that, you should firm and tone your breasts. To exercise the pectoral muscles, grip opposite hands or wrists and push your arms together so they are pushing against each other, thus exercising the pecs. Then massage the whole breast area in a circular motion once a day. Use the following formula for this massage oil: combine 5 drops geranium, 10 drops lemongrass, 5 drops parsley seed, 5 drops carrot oil and 5 drops clary-sage. Add this mixture to 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil.

 


A Miracle Moisturizer

Author: Dr. Larita
October 29, 2014

My skin gets chapped, chaffed and dry during the cold months, so I am always on the lookout for a good skin moisturizer. I was using an anti-aging formula that was supposed to decrease cellulite and tighten the skin. But, after a few weeks of using the stuff I hadn’t noticed any visible results, and the product seemed to make my skin even drier than it was before. I needed a quick fix.

While shopping at my local health food store I noticed that many of the skin products contained grape-seed oil. I decided I would give it a try. I bought some grape-seed oil lotion and applied some after my nightly shower. My skin felt so soft and smooth, and the lotion had a clean fresh scent. The next morning my skin was still hydrated and supple. My husband even commented on how soft my hands were!


Aromatherapy Diffusers

Author: Dr. Larita
October 28, 2014

Aromatherapy has been proven to elevate the mood, relax the senses, and even relieve various ailments such as headache and colds. For these reasons it has been used by many spas worldwide. More and more people are enjoying the effects of aromatherapy.

With the use of essential oil diffusers, a spa or your home can be kept fragrant for hours. All it takes is a few drops of essential oil in water and the place will smell relaxing and soothing. Diffusers come in many different designs and styles.


Massage Your Pain Away

Author: Dr. Larita
October 27, 2014

You can use massage techniques at home with essential oils. Use these techniques on yourself, your spouse or on other members of your family. One night last winter, husband began having pains in his back around his right shoulder blade last night. He had been shoveling snow and that is not something you do every day. Around bed time, he was really sore and could hardly take a deep breath. I thought he was having a heart attack or something so I asked him to take off his shirt so I could see his back.

His back and shoulders blade were very red so I took pity on him and offered to give him a massage which he graciously accepted. I poured about one teaspoon of jojoba oil into the palm of my hand and added four drops of rosemary essential oil (the bottle must already be open and ready to use.)  I used effleurage massage on his back. That is a big word that simply means you use firm or gentle soothing strokes to enable the essential oils to penetrate the body and bring about relaxation and calm to sore and aching muscles. When I stopped after only about ten minutes, he said it felt 100%  better.


Essential Oil Help for Maturity

Author: Dr. Larita
October 24, 2014

Once we get older, many of us have problems with bad circulation in the hands and feet. To treat poor circulation, add 30 drops of geranium essential oil to two tablespoons of sweet almond or grapeseed carrier oil. Rub this combination on yourself from the hand to the elbow to aid circulation in your hands and from the foot to the knee to treat your feet and lower extremities.

Geranium is one of the best revitalizing oils there is so you can rub the above mixture all over your body. When you put it on your face you will improve the texture of your skin and make it firmer and smoother. Besides making you look younger, geranium is a very effective antidepressant so it will also cheer you up and make you feel great. Geranium smells very nice too!


Aromatherapy Stress Relief 4

Author: Dr. Larita
October 23, 2014

Yesterday, I talked about four levels of stress that get progressively worse and the essential oils to use to relieve their symptoms. These levels get steadily worse and I’m going to  give you some synergistic blends for their treatment. The only thing is, I’m going to group levels 1 and 3 together because their symptoms need essential oils with sedative and relaxing qualities. Level 2 needs oils with a stimulating quality so that your symptoms don’t elevate into level 3. If you have reached level 4, you need the heavier sedative quality essential oils also known as “hypnotics.”

The level 2 synergistic blends of stimulant oils for stress related disorders can be used in the office place to the benefit of everyone. You can use a plant spray bottle to disperse the oils in the air. I spray my desk, let it sit for a while and then wipe it down. It keeps down germs and keeps me calm in a stressful office environment. For all levels of stress, a bath after work is imperative – use 6 to 8 drops of  your synergistic blend or the essential oil of your choice. You can also use your stress relieving oils in a massage oil which can double as a body oil that you can put on before going to work.

Three Level 2 synergistic Blends – For General Use

Blend 1

  • 9 drops bergamot
  • 11 drops  geranium
  • 10 drops ginger

Blend 2

  • 15 drops grapefruit
  • 11 drops rosemary
  • 5 drops palma rosa
Blend 3
  • 7 drops neroli
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 20 drops lemon


Aromatherapy for Stress 3

Author: Dr. Larita
October 22, 2014

Mental stress affects each of us differently and the way we react to it determines the severity of our suffering from that stress. Mental stress can be caused by the agony of being an over achiever, test anxiety, and worry over jobs not completed, money, or unemployment. The essential oils to treat mental stress are geranium, lavender, sandalwood, basil, patchouli, bergamot, and grapefruit.

Emotional stress can be caused by problems in our relationships, parental guilt, grief, and the inability to give or receive love. The essential oils that will relieve these types of stress are geranium, bergamot, sandalwood, vetiver, palma rosa, cardamom and rose.

The stress types discussed so far this week in Natural Body Guru can happen to us in varying degrees. The essential oils mentioned can be mixed into synergistic blends to  accommodate each level of stress. The four intensifying levels of stress are as follows:

Level 1: starts as tiredness and grows into irritability, headaches, and insomnia

Level 2: depression, anxiety, muscular pain, chronic aches, persistent infections, guilt, apathy, and helplessness

Level 3: persecution complex, agoraphobia, claustrophobia, despair, increasing guild and depression, subject to viral and bacterial infections

Level 4: unexplained pain, heart problems, high blood pressure, strokes, ulcers, arthritis and further suppression of the immune system leading to all   types of physical problems.

If you can identify the level of your stress then you will be able to choose from the formulas and blends of oils that will be the most effective treatment for your stress. If you treat your stress at the lowest level, you can stop it from developing into the next higher level.  The medical field often distinguishes sharply between mental and physical health but the human mind and body work as one unit. To take care of one is to take care of the other.


Aromatherapy for Stress Part 2

Author: Dr. Larita
October 21, 2014

Today we will look at three kinds of stress and the aromatherapy essential oils that are best to relieve them. Of course, nothing is cut and dried and one kind of stress can lead to another. The environmental stress you experience at work can lead to mental stress which, when you take it home with you,  can lead to emotional stress.

Environmental stress is caused by such things as fluorescent lights over your desk, machinery noise, constant phone calls, or too little space in which to work. Essential oils to treat environmental stress are cedarwood, coriander, geranium, cypress, chamomile, bergamot, and basil.

Chemical stress is caused by such things as too much coffee, too much alcohol, too much sugar, too many pharmaceuticals, smog and pollution. The best aromatherapy essential oils to treat chemical stress are lavender, patchouli, geranium, clary-sage, grapefruit, lemon and rosemary.

Physical stress is caused by pushing your body beyond its limits, for example, running in your fraternity’s “fun run,” working out at the gym, or continuously driving long distances.  Essential oils to treat physical stress are rosemary, chamomile, lavender, bergamot, thyme, marjoram, geranium or fennel.


Aromatherapy for Stress Part 1

Author: Dr. Larita
October 20, 2014

There are all kinds of stress in the world and all of us are under one kind of stress or the other. The kinds of stress and the degrees that we can have it are diverse. Because of this diversity in the sorts of stress, the essential oils or oil blends we use are also varied.

We first have to make a distinction between positive stress, normal stress and distress. Positive stress is the feeling you get when you perform your job fast and efficiently – it feels good when you accomplish something. Normal stress is what happens when circumstances require us to perform out of the ordinary accomplishments. You’ve heard of people who performed unheard of feats when they were in an accident and when it was over, they wonder how they did it!

Distress is the kind of stress that we do not want to have. It is when healthy stress becomes persistent and unrelieved leaving us with no energy, no will, and with increasing frustration over the ever increasing pressure. This kind of stress requires the use of aromatherapy essential oils. It will take some time to discuss all the different types and degrees of distress and the oil blends to treat it. I’m going to take several blogs to discuss this topic but today let me just mention  lavender essential oil.

Lavender essential oil can be used to treat most kinds of stress. Put 2 drops of lavender neat on your fingertips and gently massage your temples, forehead, the back of your neck and your cheek bones. You can also put lavender in a carrier oil like sweet almond oil and massage it all over your body before going to sleep. If you have no other oil, lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils and I believe it should be in everyone’s medicine chest.


Tea Tree Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
October 17, 2014

Tea tree oil is another oil for your basic essential oil kit. It comes from the Australian Melaleuca tree and the Aborigines have used it in their medications for hundreds of years. Although its antiseptic action is stronger than carbolic acid, it is non-poisonous to humans. Naturalists and others concerned with alternative health and alternative first aid use tea tree oil in the treatment of all kinds of infections; for ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, toothache, and many other things that require antiviral, antibacterial, or antifungal medication.

A colleague and I were discussing the band aid on her finger one morning and she told me she had gone to the doctor because her finger was infected at the site of a hang-nail and he suggested she purchase some tea tree oil. We had discussed tea tree oil before because of its medicinal properties and I thought it could possibly take the place of some of the prescriptions she used so often.

Later in the day I smelled the strong camphoraceous scent of tea tree oil and I kept hearing the question, “What’s that smell?” My friend came into my office and we had a good laugh because she had spilled half the bottle of tea tree oil when she was changing her band aid but she didn’t want anyone to know that the strong smell was coming from her cubicle and anyway her finger was feeling a lot better.


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