Aromatherapy – Essential Oils

Do you enjoy lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus scents?

Aromatherapy has been used medicinally for centuries.  At La Mer we are striving to help our clients with non-traditional but evidence based treatments for insomnia, anxiety and general wellbeing.  So I started experimenting on myself with Essential Oils this year.   I started here:  Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Healthcare, 3e by Jane Buckle PhD RN.  Essential Oils are small molecules that can pass through the blood brain barrier so the effect is immediate and you only need a small amount.

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Did you know the bottom of our feet are very porous and absorb the oils rapidly?

For insomnia apply 4 drops of lavender and cedar-wood essential oils to the bottom of your feet at bedtime and follow with carrier oil (jojoba, grape-seed, or coconut oil) and “voila”, sleep and really soft feet.

If you are feeling a little stressed, place a few drops of lavender and ylang-ylang essential oils on the palm of your hands, rub together and inhale deeply as often as needed. Close your eyes and enjoy the experience. 

Remember to test for skin allergies first by applying a small amount of the essential oil on the forearm. If you experience breathing problems or rash discontinue use immediately and seek medical attention if needed. 

These are just a few examples of how to use essential oils.   Enjoy.


Article written by Debbie Herrera, NP

Debbie Herrera is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and COO of La Mer Integrative & Behavioral Medical Group. After she received her degree from UCLA, she specialized in psychiatry with Dr. Jerry R. Bruns.  Her focus is with Alzheimer’s patients and developmentally delayed patients regarding behavioral management issues. Debbie is dedicated to our community.  She is a member of the Ventura County Alzheimer’s Medical Advisory Board, member of Rotary Club, and actively educates professionals in behavioral medicine.

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Add Cinnamon To Your Spice Rack

The cinnamon plant processes phenomenal qualities that include it being a potent, antimicrobial agent displaying antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties. It regulates blood sugar, hence, diabetics can benefit from consuming cinnamon. It contains cinnamic acid that decreases blood sugar levels and improves glucose intolerance in a dose dependent manner. Also, it enhances insulin secretion from pancreatic islet cells.

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It acts as a calcium channel blocker thus causing vascular relaxation. A great way to utilize cinnamon is to cut apple slices, place them in a baggy, sprinkle with cinnamon, shake up the bag to coat the apple slices. This is a healthy snack you can take anywhere. 

Cinnamon can also be used to spice up your coffee, sprinkle on oatmeal, or add to your morning breakfast smoothie.


Article written by Dr. Indarigt Singh, MD

Dr. Singh's focus is healthy living and acupuncture helps with managing chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression.  He has been board certified in Family Medicine and received extensive training in acupuncture at UCLA and at the Academy of Pain Management for Acupuncture. He incorporates auricular acupuncture, body acupuncture and scalp acupuncture and the results are complementary to western medical practice.  A well and balanced person is in a dynamic state of physical, emotional, and spiritual harmony.