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.


Lavender, Top Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
October 16, 2014

Lavender essential oil is the most basic oil to have in your home because it is extremely effective in treating burns and scalds, heals minor wounds, scrapes and scratches, soothes insect bites, and is great for problem skin. Lavender can be put directly on the affected area straight from the bottle because it is powerful but gentle.

Lavender’s properties of antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, detoxifier and sedative allow healing to occur more quickly and prevent scarring. It also accelerates the immune system and speeds the healing process because it stimulates the wound’s cells to rejuvenate more quickly. The next time you burn yourself in the kitchen, or cut yourself shaving, put a drop or two of lavender on the wound two to four times a day until it is healed.

Lavender essential oil is also extremely helpful for you when you are under stress of any kind. If it is the only essential oil in your medicine cabinet it can help to relieve stress from fatigue, over achievement, taking exams, anguish over procrastination, financial worries, overexertion, too much caffeine, etc. by itself. When synergistically blended with other essential oils, lavender becomes even stronger in your quest against stress.


Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid

Author: Dr. Larita
October 15, 2014

In the U.S., personal care ingredients are not required to go through FDA approval, health studies, or market testing. The result is that there are some of the not so friendly ones ending up in your skincare products. We have listed  some of the more common harmful chemicals that you may find in your products:
Lauryl Sulfate. This can result in kidney and liver damage, and even eye damage leading to cataracts. It is a foaming agent found in toothpaste and shampoo, and it’s already banned in Europe and Central America.
Paraben Preservatives. Parabens disrupt hormones and have been linked to skin rashes and breast cancer. This germicide and preservative is found in a variety of products ranging from body lotions to hair dye.

If you are as concerned as I am about your family’s health, then you should carefully read the label on your make up, toothpaste, shampoo, body lotion and bath and shower products. Only purchase bath and shower gels, shampoos and body lotions, that are free of sodium lauryl sulfate and dangerous paraben preservatives.


Geranium Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
October 14, 2014

Geranium is an essential oil that should be in everyone’s home because it works  intently on the emotions, is helpful with many medical conditions, and it smells incredible while it’s working. Most essential oils come directly from the plant of the same name but geranium oil is not extracted from the brightly colored flower. It comes from the species Pelargonium –  Geranium Robertianum.

Geranium makes chilblains disappear overnight and is used in skin care to bring a radiant glow. It is a fundamental ingredient in the treatment of endometriosis, very effective in treating menopausal problems, diabetes, blood disorders, throat infections, nervous disorders, and it works well as a sedative. Geranium is reported to help in cases of uterine and breast cancer but if nothing else, it will definitely help the sufferer to relax and cope with the illness.


Basic Essential Oil Kit

Author: Dr. Larita
October 13, 2014

Many people are interested in using essential oils in their home because they are finding out that essential oils are the powerful medicines nature created to keep us healthy instead of the high priced chemically enhanced products we get from the drug store. If you want to start using natural essential oils in your home medicine cabinet as a natural alternative to chemicals, the ones I suggest for your basic kit are lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, thyme, lemon, and clove. These essential oils are chosen for their medical properties first and second for their ability to take care of a broad range of health problems. We will discuss all of these oils eventually but today, let’s look into peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint has been used by many cultures (Egyptians, Chinese, and American Indians) for thousands of years because of its healthful properties. It is a superb digestive, it helps the respiratory system and promotes circulation, it is an anti-inflammatory and it is an antiseptic. These qualities make peppermint oil an excellent choice to use in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, bad breath, headaches and migraines, skin irritations, toothache, and fatigue. Peppermint oil is very strong so if you’re going to rub it on your skin, always use a carrier oil and do not ingest it. I have put ONE drop of peppermint oil in my green tea when I didn’t have any peppermint tea bags and I liked it just as well as the tea bag but it might be something you have to work up to. I’ve used it many times for upset stomach too but I never take it neat, always mixed in water or tea. Lastly, if you put 5 drops of peppermint oil on a cottonball and put it in strategic places in your home, it can help to keep pests like mice, fleas, and ants away. Talk about a versatile essential oil!


Anti-Cellulite Massage Formulas

Author: Dr. Larita
October 10, 2014

toweling offWhen you finish your anti-cellulite bath, you are ready for an anti-cellulite massage. It is important to use the correct base oil for the anti-cellulite massage oil formulas below. You will need 2 tablespoons of almond oil plus 5 drops of carrot oil and 5 drops of jojoba oil. You can always multiply your recipe  for the carrier and essential oils.

ANTI-CELLULITE MASSAGE OIL FORMULAS

Formula 1

  • 14 drops juniper
  • 10 drops lemon
  • 6 drops oregano

Formula 2

  • 8 drops fennel
  • 10 drops lemon
  • 12 drops grapefruit

Formula 3

  • 10 drops basil
  • 8 drops thyme
  • 12 drops grapefruit

 


Anti-Cellulite Bath Formulas

Author: Dr. Larita
October 9, 2014

Today water methodwe have four anti-cellulite essential oil synergistic blends.  You can try two oils that you already have or two that you wish to try. I usually use the blend that smells the best to me. My favorite of these blends is the rosemary and juniper blend but sage and patchouli are also nice. Whichever you choose, remember to massage your cellulite areas while they are under water. For all of these blends, use the following proportions for use in the future or use the quantity below for two baths. Use only 6 drops per bath.

ANTI-CELLULITE BATHS

Blend 1

  • 8 drops thyme
  • 4 drops lemon

Blend 2

  • 8 drops sage
  • 4 drops patchouli

Blend 3

  • 6 drops rosemary
  • 6 drops juniper

Blend 4


Cellulite 3

Author: Dr. Larita
October 8, 2014

bath2We talked about using essential oils in the bath so they can penetrate your skin by osmosis. You can use any of the following oils in your bath to fight cellulite:

ESSENTIAL OILS TO FIGHT CELLULITE

  • oregano
  • juniper
  • grapefruit
  • lemon
  • cedarwood
  • fennel
  • cypress
  • thyme
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • basil
  • patchouli

TOXIN ELIMINATOR BATH

Place 2 handfuls of epsom salts and 1 handful of rock salt in your bath. Now run the water and add 8 drops of the following synergistic blend:

  • 6 drops each oregano and juniper
  • 10 drops each lemon and grapefruit
  • 8 drops basil

Blend this mixture together well in the tub. Massage the cellulite problem areas while they under the water. In the next couple of blogs, I have some anticellulite bath blends for you.


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