no constipationEating natural foods like greens, broccoli, figs and prunes and also drinking lots of water can help with constipation. Choose organic products so you leave out the toxins from chemicals used to grow so many of today’s foods. Be very careful about choosing your foods during pregnancy because all the “natural” foods might look natural but contain some very unnatural products. Because of the unnaturalness of today’s food and pressure on the pregnant woman’s digestive system, constipation is a common ailment during pregnancy but do not use chemical laxatives.

Besides eating natural foods, another excellent way to clear the bowels is to take a glass of water and add 1/4 teaspoon of green clay, which you can find at your local health food store. As the clay passes through your system it absorbs toxins in your body and passes them on out. While you’re at the health food store, you can also look for psysillium husks. These are pure fiber and can be taken in capsule form or raw. They will also clean out all the gunk hiding in your bowels.

Patchouli essential oil is handy to have around whether you are pregnant or not.  Just add 30 drops of patchouli to 2 tablespoons of liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil in a dark colored bottle. Rub the oil all over the abdomen in a clockwise direction starting at the lower right hand side by the groin and rub right up to underneath the breasts, across to the other side and down to the groin hairline again.

 


morning sicknessMorning Sickness

For morning sickness you can add 4-6 drops of spearmint essential oil to a bowl of boiling water. Leave the spearmint water on the floor by your bed all night. This will help your stomach stay calm. The scent of spearmint will drift up while you sleep and quietly do its work. After using the spearmint water for 3 nights in a row, your morning sickness should be gone. If you don’t want to use the bowl of water, you can put one drop of spearmint on your pillow.

Stretch Marks

Here is a belly rub that contains carrier oils that are just as important as the essential oils you will use to keep from getting stretch marks. Use 2 tablespoons almond oil, l tablespoon wheatgerm oil, 10 drops borage seed oil and 5 drops carrot oil to make a good base oil for your tummy rub. The essential oils to add to your base oil are 7 drops rose, 6 drops lavender and 5 drops tangerine. Shake the blend each time you use it and  use it as needed.

Another excellent treatment for stretch marks is shea butter. Just rub it on whenever you want. Shea butter will even remove stretch marks that you already have. It does require continued use over about 6 months but it is well worth it.


pregnant womenPregnancy can bring an overabundance of minor problems such as backache, swollen feet and legs, heartburn, indigestion and insomnia. Some women just feel aggravated in general because they are unable to easily do their normal routine with a swollen belly in the way. If you feel this way during pregnancy, you need some TLC. Here is an extraordinary preparation that you can have your spouse or friend massage into your back regularly during pregnancy that will ease your physical problems and at the same time, lift your spirits. Use any rose you can afford (it can be very expensive) or you can substitute the rose with geranium.

Pregnancy Pick-Me-Up Massage Oil

Use some or all of these oils in equal proportions to a total of 30 drops per 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil such as liquid shea oil or sweet almond oil. During pregnancy many women feel tired after working all day. Essential oils can make your swollen legs and aching back feel much better. Pregnant women should only use 2 – 4 drops of essential oil in a bath. Choose your favorite oil from the list above or combine 1 drop each of geranium and lavender.

 


Aromatherapy for Pregnancy

Author: Dr. Larita
July 21, 2014

pregnancyFrom the moment of conception, everything you eat or apply to your skin filters to your baby. The baby will hear everything you hear and feel everything you feel so pay attention to the kind of music you listen to, the movies you watch and try to keep the tension in your life at a minimum. This is a time in your life when you should eat and drink only the best of everything, cut out bad habits and definitely give up smoking.

Many essential oils are safe to use while you are pregnant but there are also some that you should avoid. The ones that are safe for you to use are tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, geranium, chamomile, rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang and lavender. You can use these oils in a bath, shower, as a massage or in one of the room methods. During pregnancy, always use the minimum amount of essential oils.


Pamper Your Face

Author: Dr. Larita
July 18, 2014

If you want to feel pampered and special, give yourself a facial. It’s one thing to do it by yourself but it will be a great girl’s night if you have a friend or two over and you share the experience. A facial can take from 20 to 40 minutes but if you are in a hurry, you can do a mini-facial just steaming your clean skin or substitute the steaming with a facial mask and follow either with a good moisturizer.

To start your facial, gather the following materials: a band to hold your hair from your face; a couple of soft towels and a face towel or facial sponge; a pan to heat water; a small bowl to mix your mask or scrub ingredients and of course, your facial ingredients. Now you are ready for your facial. Keep your facial supplies in a container so they are easily accessible whenever you want a facial.

The steps and the time it takes to perform each are below:

  1. Cleanse  - 2 minutes
  2. Steam – 5-10 minutes
  3. Exfoliate – 3 minutes with facial scrub
  4. Wear mask – 5 -20 minutes
  5. Tone – 1 minute
  6. Moisturize – 1 minute

After your facial, your skin will be radiant. You will enjoy it and the results will be rewarding.

 


slide01_facial-moisturizersEveryone has different needs when it comes to skin care. Some people need less oil, while others have very dry skin and need the extra oil. No matter what skin type you have, there’s a solution to give you the best possible skin. It can be a bit of a challenge to figure out your own specific needs when it comes to choosing the right moisturizer for you.

When it comes to finding the right facial moisturizers, the first question to answer is whether you have oily, dry or normal skin. If your skin is already oily, it’s extremely important to find a moisturizer that doesn’t have oil. This can cause a major breakout. If your skin is neither oily nor dry, it’s important to find a good pH balance.


Eczema is a non-contagious skin condition characterized by hot dry itchy skin, with symptoms that often vary over the course of the seasons or even days. It is provoked when the subject is exposed to certain triggers, especially allergens, emotional stress, heat, sweating and mechanical irritants (solvents, chemicals, detergents, bleach, woolen clothing, skin care products that contain alcohol, and certain soaps or fragrances.)

Skin with itchy eczema must be kept moisturized throughout the day. You can massage the area twice daily with 10 drops of chamomile German essential oil, 5 drops yarrow essential oil and 5 drops tagetes essential oil diluted in 2 tablespoons of almond oil, 30 drops of jojoba oil, and 10 drops of evening primrose oil. A natural skin moisturizer like shea butter should also be used after a bath or shower and each time you wash your hands if they are the affected area.

To keep your eczema under control with an alternative to prescription medicine method try the following:

  • Prevention -  Avoid or reduce your exposure to things that can irritate your skin such as household cleaners, detergents, certain soaps and wool clothing.
  • Moisturize - Use a moisturizer like shea butter or mango body butter on your skin every day to help keep it soft and supple.
  • Don’t Scratch - Even when it itches! Scratching irritates the skin and causes it to break and crack, leading to infection.
  • Identify Your Triggers - This can help you to avoid or limit your exposure to the culprit even better. If you believe a food is causing your problems, ask your doctor about an allergy test or try an elimination diet to identify the irritating product on your own.
  • Keep Hands Dry - Be sure to dry your hands completely after you wash them and don’t forget to moisturize.
  • Wear Protective Gloves - Wear gloves when your hands will be exposed to anything that can irritate them (dish washing, house cleaning.)
  • Stress Management - Learn to manage your stress through regular exercise, breathing techniques, biofeedback, meditation and yoga.


Thyme Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
July 15, 2014

aromatherapy2I 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

 


Tea Tree Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
July 14, 2014

Tea tree oil is an oil you should have in your basic essential oil kit. It comes from the Australian Melaleuca tree and the Aborigines there have used it in their medications for thousands 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.

At work, 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. She also said that her finger was feeling a lot better.


A Facial Massage for You

Author: Dr. Larita
July 11, 2014

facial massageI truly believe giving yourself a facial massage daily or at least twice a week is highly beneficial for your skin and your well-being. The right facial massage has a multitude of benefits for the skin. It increases circulation, helps with puffiness and congestion and firms and tones the skin naturally.  Using natural skin care facial products, you can do this type of massage in your own home.

Using the right natural skin care products on our skin is only one part of good skin care. Your lifestyle plays a huge part on how your skin looks. If you do not sleep and eat well and you often feel stressed, these things can have a major impact on your skin and can be triggers for skin conditions like acne, eczema and rosacea. In fact meditation is probably the number one best thing you can do for your skin and your mental condition.


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