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May 23 2016

stop-the-mosquito-blog
Ahhh summertime…

Between fun days at the beach, evening barbecues with the family, and nighttime camping trips with friends, is there any wonder why we look forward to this season all year long?

But there’s something about summer that we definitely don’t look forward to — bugs.  Mosquitoes and other insects thrive during the warm summer months.  They’re not just annoying, though.  They’re also capable of spreading infections and other dangerous diseases.  If you really want to enjoy your summer, you’ve got to figure out a way to win the battle over bugs. 

Luckily, the right blend of essential oils can be your best weapon!

Most people assume that you’ve got to slather yourself with stinky, chemical-laden sprays to truly fight off bugs.  However, I’ve come up with a special bug repellent recipe that smells as great as it works.  Best of all, when you make some of this special blend at home, you can rest easy knowing that everyone will be protected, without relying on toxic ingredients.

Here’s your DIY recipe:

  • 1 oz plastic spray bottle (travel size empty bottle, can be found at any supermarket)

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May 16 2016
aromatherapy-and-exercise-blog

You’ve heard all about my passion for aromatherapy, but there’s something else that I absolutely love — Zumba™.  I actually teach a Zumba™ class six times a week, and on top of that, I also make time for Barre classes and weight training.  On average, I spend about 10 hours of every week exercising, and I love it!

But I couldn’t do it without my essential oils.

Most people don’t think to combine aromatherapy with exercise, but once you try it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!  Best of all, no matter what kind of exercise you love — running, lifting weights, competitive sports, dancing — aromatherapy can help you bring your “A game” every time.

How can the right essential oils boost your fitness routine?

–  They provide pain relief

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Apr 27 2016

aromatherapy-for-travel-blog
As much as I love where I live, I also love getting out and seeing as many corners of the world as I can.  I’ve been really lucky this year.  So far, I’ve already been to Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and South Florida, and I’ve got plans to visit New York, New Orleans, and maybe even Peru.

Whether you’re traveling for work or for fun, there’s one thing you’ve got to bring along with you — the right essential oils!  With just a little bit of knowledge under your belt, you can turn your essential oils into the perfect traveling companion.

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Mar 15 2016
Aromatherapy for Allergies
Well, not really, but once Spring comes with its beautiful weather, for many the dreaded allergy season starts too.

And we all know the symptoms, right? Runny nose, watery/itchy eyes, constant sneezing.  The allergy alarm bells go off thanks to the dry, fine and powdery pollen coming from trees like oak, birch and ash. 

Also very important to consider is that stress is known to play a very important role in predisposing people to respond allergically. 

The aromatherapy approach to allergy is to employ essential oils that have a noticeable physical relieving effect and that at the same time are calming and soothing.  While this treatment will not cure the susceptibility to the allergen, the symptoms can be minimized or they can be more bearable.

My favorite oils for allergies are Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Blue Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)and Niaouli (Melaleuca viridiflora) and they are all carefully put together in Aromandina’s Allergy Calm essential oil and Allergy Calm Roll On.

Just follow these steps:

  • Put 3 drops of Allergy calm Essential Oil on a washcloth.  Take the washcloth to the shower.While showering, place the washcloth on your chest and allow the heat of the shower to release the vapors of the essential oil.
  • After the shower, mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil with 6 drops of Allergy Calm Essential Oil and apply with massage in the hollow below the collarbone next to the breastbone and your arms, from the wrist to the shoulder in upper movements.

  • Roll Allergy Calm Roll On on the face: the sinus area, the side of each nostril, the bottom of the cheekbones and the base of the skull.  Press these points with your fingertips. 

You can keep your Allergy Calm Roll On at hand and use it freely during the day.

While this treatment will not cure the susceptibility to the allergen, the symptoms can be minimized or they can be more bearable.

Enjoy!

Cristina

© 2016, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC

This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Mar 02 2016
aromatherapy-bath-for-better-health-ctct-blog
I came so close to making it through all of 2015 without getting sick. And then as luck would have it, a nasty cold hit me like a ton of bricks at the beginning of the year.

I should have seen it coming. After all, I had been the hostess for Christmas dinner AND a New Year’s party. I had family members flying in from all over the place. And to top it all off, business at Aromandina was booming.
Unfortunately, my body could only take so much. All of the stress took its toll on my immune system, and I paid the price!

Of course, I followed my own advice and immediately grabbed some cold-busting essential oils, but my poor body wanted something more. After everything I’d put it through, it was begging for some “me time”, and I knew just what to give it — an aromatherapy bath.

It only took two of these baths to make me feel like a brand new person. Not only were my cold symptoms diminished, but I felt completely relaxed!

Before you dive into your own bath, there is one important thing to remember — dilute your essential oils first with a simple emulsifier: heavy cream. That way, they’ll mix into the bath water instead of just floating on top of it!

So which oils work best in an aromatherapy bath?
There are plenty of choices, which is why I created this chart. No matter which combinations you go with, combine a total of 10 drops with two tablespoons of heavy cream.
Here are some of blends I suggest:

Worries Down The Drain: use this when stress and anxiety build up
3 drops Vetiver
2 drops Frankincense
5 drops Lavender

Flower Vacation: use this feminine floral scent to boost your self-esteem and overall mood
5 drops Geranium
3 drops Lemon
2 drops German Chamomile

Grounded and Pampered: use this to get rid of those erratic, wandering thoughts
5 drops Cedarwood Atlas
2 drops Palo Santo
3 drops Bergamot

Walk in the Woods: use this to fight exhaustion, stimulate your circulation, and help you breathe easier
5 drops Bay Laurel
5 drops Black Spruce

A few final tips:
– Sprinkle in 1/4 cup of Epsom salts to help alleviate pain
– Play some relaxing music
– Light some (unscented!) candles
– Have a thick towel, a comfy robe, and cozy slippers waiting for when you’re done
– Drink some chamomile tea as your tub fills up
– Use one of Aromandina’s Body Oils after you pat yourself dry

Ready to experience the power of an aromatherapy bath? Get everything you need at Aromandina!

© 2016, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC

This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

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