Young Looking Hands

Author: Dr. Larita
January 30, 2015

We put makeup on our faces and go to the gym to keep our bodies in shape but if we don’t take care of our hands all that is a waste of time. The first place that shows age spots is your hands and add that to loose wrinkled skin on the backs of your hands and your hands are telling everyone that you are older than your beautiful face looks! If you work with your hands a lot, this stretches the skin even more and everyone exposes their hands to dirt, grease, grime, heavy detergents, and dish soaps etc. everyday. We really should wear rubber gloves when we do this kind of work with our hands but I don’t bother with it, do you?

Essential oils can help you keep your hands looking their best. Couple your essential oils with a good hand cream and you’ll have the whole family using your hand cream very quickly. Use any of the following essential oils with your hand cream and your hands will look their best in no time: rosemary, geranium, sandalwood, patchouli, lavender, rose, lemon, lime, or carrot. You might want to price the essential oils first because you don’t have to use an expensive one.

You can also mix the hand cream as you use it by putting some cream in your hand and adding one or two drops of the essential oil of your choice as you go. I like to use geranium usually because it smells so nice but if I have a cut or scrape (I’m a klutz in the kitchen) I often use lavender essential oil. Any of the oils mentioned above will work to make your hands as beautiful as the rest of you.


Black Men Can Prevent Razor Bumps

Author: Ron
January 29, 2015

Razor bumps are common for 30 to 40 % of men with coarse or curly hair and especially common for black men. Shaving hair with a blade, can cut the hair at an angle making it sharp. Curly hair then sometimes curls back toward the skin and can puncture the skin and become ingrown. This leads to red bumps and skin irritation, which can be very painful for some men. The technical name for razor bumps is pseudofolliculitis barbae (often abbreviated PFB).

Prevention

The following steps may reduce your chance of suffering from razor bumps:

  • Make sure to get your hair very wet before shaving, ideally after taking a bath or shower. If you don’t shower first, wet your hair for at least two minutes with warm, soapy water. Wet hair cuts better and easier than dry hair, and is more likely to cut evenly (and not at an angle).
  • Use a good shaving cream to reduce friction and irritation. I suggest a  gel or moisturizing shaving cream for sensitive skin. Really work the shaving cream into your scalp or face  for at least two minutes, and save areas that tend to develop bumps for last when you’re shaving, so that the shaving cream has longer to soften the hair.
  • Shave with the grain, not against it.
  • Don’t go over the same area more than twice.
  • Don’t stretch out your skin while shaving; let is stay neutral and relaxed. Stretching your skin while you shave increases the chance that the hair will ‘snap back’ to below skin level.
  • Replace your blade regularly. Shaving with a dull blade increases the chances of hair tearing unevenly.
  • There are some good inexpensive disposable razors on the market that can be purchased at most discount grocery stores or drug stores. I recommend the Bic Advance III, it has 3 blades and a lotion or gel moisturizing strip. You should not use it any more than 3 times.
  • After shaving apply an astringent or toner like alcohol or witch hazel. To further improve your skin apply an essential oil mixture, like the one listed below:Lavender – 10 drops
    Chamomile – 10 drops
    Calendula – 5 drops
    Diluted in 4 teaspoons evening primrose oil.

Some people who suffer from razor bumps might prefer using a depilatory (like Nair or Neet) instead of a razor. Depilatories work by dissolving the hair so it can be washed off. The chemicals used in depilatories are strong, and may cause irritation, therefore we strongly discourage their use.

Treatment

If you’re already suffering from razor bumps, keep the following points in mind:

  • Before anything else, let your hair grow out for a while and give your skin a rest before shaving again (a minimum of three days).
  • Bumps can get infected fairly easily, so tend to them immediately. Wash your face using a good natural soap and using antibacterial essential oils such as lavender or tea tree oil will probably help, especially if there’s a cut.
  • Don’t pick at or squeeze bumps. That will tend to make things worse.


Sore Throat Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
January 28, 2015

My husband hardly ever gets sick but he recently came down with a sore throat. It hurt so much he thought he might have strep throat. I asked him if he had read my blog on essential oils to use for sore throat but he said his throat hurt too much for him to do anything right then and would I just please nurse him back to health.

I gave him a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of honey in it and we added 1 drop of lavender, 2 drops of lemon and 2 drops of chamomile essential oil. While he was sipping the drink, I mixed 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of lemon and 1 drop of tea tree essential oil in a teaspoon of almond oil. I massaged this blend on his throat, chest, temples, forehead and the back of his neck. When he was done drinking the tea, he went to bed. The next morning he told me he was 99% sore throat free. Now, it may not work that quickly but if you  give it a chance it will work for you too and you will not need chemical antibiotics that can cause you other problems.


Aromatherapy for the Common Cold

Author: Dr. Larita
January 27, 2015

I sneezed a couple  of times yesterday but I didn’t think too much of it. Today at work I sneezed a lot and I am still sneezing this evening. I really don’t feel like writing a blog but I am because I want to tell you what I’m going to do about all this sneezing.

First, I will put 1 drop each of thyme, tea tree, lavender and clove essential oils in a bowl of hot water. Then I will put a towel over my head and breath deeply for 5 minutes. At this point I will also drink a cup of hot water containing 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 drops of eucalyptus, 1 drop of lemon and 1 drop of tea tree essential oil.

Later tonight, I am going to take a hot bath into which I will add 2 drops of thyme, 2 drops of tea tree, 1 drop of eucalyptus and 3 drops of lemon essential oil; then I will lie back and inhale deeply. When I get out of the bath, I am going to massage my neck, chest and sinus area with 1 drop of lemon, 2 drops of eucalyptus and 3 drops of rosemary diluted in 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil.

Tomorrow I am going to carry a tissue containing 1 drop each of peppermint, eucalyptus, clove and ginger essential oil. I’ll sniff that during the day and keep the sneezes at bay. When I get back home I’m going to do it all over again. I have to go now, the teapot is whistling for my steam inhalation. I hope I feel better soon.


Essential Oils for the Office

Author: Dr. Larita
January 26, 2015

I work in an office with hundreds of other people. It is a large open building with lots of cubicles. There are lots of sneezes every day. One lady sneezes 4 times every time she sneezes. We all count them and then say, “Bless you!” The guy in the cubicle next to mine only sneezes once but, gosh, it sure does sound wet, if you know what I mean. I know he doesn’t have any tissue because he often borrows one from me. I don’t mind that, but what about when he doesn’t borrow one? I wonder if he is covering his mouth – it really doesn’t sound like it and by the time he borrows the tissue, he has already sneezed and the germs are floating in the air.

That just goes to show that working in an air conditioned office can be hazardous to your health. The “Office Environment Survey” sponsored by the Health Promotion Research Trust, reported that 80% of the 4,000 workers surveyed stated that they felt sick when they worked in a particular office. Below are some of the most common illnesses and the essential oils to use to dispel them:

  • Lethargy/sluggishness – grapefruit, eucalyptus, lemon
  • Stuffy nose – tea tree, rosemary
  • Dry throat – grapefruit, lemon
  • Dry and itchy eyes – tea tree (in a humidifier)
  • Headaches – lavender

While I can’t have a humidifier or diffuser in the office, I’ve been using a plant spray bottle with 10 drops each of  lemon, grapefruit and tea tree blended in 2 cups of water. When someone close to me sneezes, I spray one squirt in my cubicle. I don’t do it every time because I know that tea tree is not a wonderful smell but I think I will start spraying more often, now that I have read the study mentioned above.


Alternative Remedy for Earache

Author: Dr. Larita
January 23, 2015

I am a retired educator and during my years in the schools, I saw many children miss too much school because of earaches. 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

If a child in your care is prone to having earaches, these alternative remedies are very helpful and also inexpensive.


Alternative Hormone Therapy

Author: Dr. Larita
January 22, 2015

350xAre you menopausal or post menopausal? Do you have hot flashes? They are truly uncomfortable and a real nuisance. I have them too but I promised myself I would not take the estrogen replacement medicine prescribed by my doctor because I read that they have been linked to other health problems. I decided to use clary sage, a natural alternative for estrogen replacement that I already have in my aromatherapy pharmacy.

Clary sage essential oil is mostly known for its use in fragrances and as a muscatel flavoring in liquers and other alcoholic beverages. However, it has been used medicinally for centuries and it is well known in aromatherapy circles for relieving depression, anxiety and fear and in the treatment of insomnia. What may not be as well known is that clary sage contains a hormone copier that balances both male and female hormones, thus keeping one’s estrogen levels up.

Essential oils are not stimulants, they help bring balance back to the body so it can do what it is supposed to do. Clary sage is an energy oil but that doesn’t mean it gives the body a jolt of energy. It means that this oil sustains energy. You can use the following aromatherapy recipe to balance estrogen for hormonal support:

  • 10 drops clary sage
  • 5 drops sage
  • 5 drops fennel

Mix these oils into 2 tablespooons of carrier oil and massage clockwise on the abdomen.

 


Miracle Black Seed Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
January 21, 2015

egypt danceBlack seed or Nigella Sativa is cultivated in Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Arabia, Oman, Ethiopia, Middle East, India, Bangladesh, France, and Germany. It is also known as black seed oil, Kalonji or the seed of blessing. This is a specialty oil that is popular in preparations for acne, burns and wrinkles. It is dark in color with a pungent herbal scent and is often used in middle eastern cooking as a spice or a topping. I first became aware of its edible use when I tasted Naan bread, which I love, and other pastries that use this seed.

Black seeds are extremely beneficial as a food in many aspects of health, both healing and preventative. It has been used traditionally in the Middle East and Southeast Asian countries to treat ailments including asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism and related inflammatory diseases; to increase milk production in nursing mothers; to promote digestion and to fight parasitic infections. Black seed oil has been used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and boils and it is also used to treat symptoms of the common cold. More than 200 university studies conducted since 1959 have confirmed many traditional uses of this powerful seed with anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties among them.

Black seed oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids – omega 3 and omega 6, the building blocks of cells and is commonly used for the relief of acne, psoriasis, eczema and pain. It is also commonly used in joint massage and headache. Black seed oil is said by some to be “Cleopatra’s beauty secret.” The Prophet Mohammad, peace on him, stated that black seed oil cures every illness except death. The black seed was also found in the Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamen’s tomb.

 


Diverticulosis Essential Oils

Author: Dr. Larita
January 20, 2015

Diverticulosis is usually caused by unhealthy nutritional habits. Mine was caused by my habit of eating popcorn and sunflower seeds on an empty stomach. The hulls and seeds got caught in my intestines and caused me a lot of pain. I don’t eat anything with tiny seeds anymore. So no more strawberrys, raspberries, blackberries or sesame seeds for me. The pain, flatulence, inflammation, and discomfort of diverticulosis are greatly reduced by using the right essential oils but you must also examine your nutritional habits to make sure there is no recurrence of the problem.

Massage the following essential oils diluted in 1 teaspoon of liquid shea oil over your abdomen twice a day:

  • 2 drops peppermint
  • 1 drop chamomile
  • 3 drops rosemary
  • 1 drop clove

You can also mix 1 drop of peppermint essential oil with a teaspoon of honey and dilute it in a cup of hot water. Sip this drink slowly to help ease your diverticulosis syptoms.


Martin Luther King Jr

Author: Dr. Larita
January 19, 2015

Today, most of us are off from work because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Please take this time to think about the freedoms we have in America as well as the ones we don’t. Look at the voting act in your state and see how free you really are. Are restrictions being inflicted on Americans in your state? Stand up for what is right like Martin Luther King Jr. did.

Our right to vote is being threatened in the name of protection from voter fraud but there is really no substantial evidence to indicate that voter fraud exists anywhere in our nation. The right to vote is fundamental to the democratic process. We should protect this right at all costs. The United States serves as a standard and a guideline for other nations seeking to embrace democracy.

 


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