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Jan 26 2015
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soak your feet

At the first sign of a cold or flu, soak your feet, up to your ankles, in hot water.  Mix 10 drops of Immune Support essential oil with ½ cup of Epsom salts and add it to the water.

rub your feet to sleep

If you are prone to insomnia, rub Sleep Time body oil onto the soles of your feet, then put on a pair of cozy socks and rest with a hot water bottle on your abdomen until you doze off

take a breath break

The best way to stay healthy is to keep breathing!  Stand with your feet a little wider than hip-width.  Put 3 drops of Winter Blend essential oil into the palm of your hand, rub hands together and breathe deeply.  Do this for 10 breaths.  It’s a quick energizer.

spruce up your shower

After you are done showering turn off the water and put 1 teaspoon of Adrenal Support Body Oil on your hands.  The essential oils in this blend – Pine, Rosemary and Litsea Cubeba, are energizing, could help protect your immune system and they support the adrenal glands, which suffer when we get tired from the winter weather and lack of light.  Spread the oil all over your skin from head to toe (except the mucous membranes).

relax from head to toe

The people who get sick in the winter are those who are stressed out.  To stay healthy, make an effort to activate the relaxation response every single day.

  • When you get home, burn 6 drops of either Alegria (JOY) essential oil in your aromatherapy burner.
  • Take a warm bath with ¼ cup of SERENO Bath Soak
  • Do meditation  at least once a week

welcome the sunshine with aromatherapy!

Put a couple of drops of Citrus Delight Essential Oil Blend (Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon) on a tissue and smell from it through the day.


© 2015, 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.

Jan 21 2015

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People are always asking me for essential oil advice, and this time of year, many of them are begging for a solution to their dry skin, hair, and nails. So, I came up with a recipe that could eliminate all of those winter weather woes.

The secret ingredient? Coconut oil!

Here’s what makes it so great:

- It’s a powerful moisturizer

Without getting too technical, coconut oil’s chemical composition gives it the power to penetrate your skin much deeper than other moisturizers can. It goes so deep that it can actually strengthen your tissues — instead of just leaving a greasy layer of film on your skin.

- It sloughs away dead skin cells

After you rub it in, your skin will look soft, smooth, and radiant — instead of dry and flaky. Best of all, it does all of this without any harsh scrubbing!

- It’s not just good for skin

Coconut oil can have the same super-hydrating effects on your nails and hair.

But as powerful as coconut oil is, my moisturizer recipe harnesses the power of a few different essential oils. That way, you can see a variety of great results.

I mix together:

1 cup organic virgin coconut oil

15 drops of rose absolute

25 drops of orange

25 drops of frankincense

Rose absolute is a great emollient, meaning that it will make your skin super soft and supple.

Orange is particularly good at soothing extra-dry skin, so it’s the perfect choice for anyone who’s dealt with a harsh winter.

Frankincense actually stimulates your skin to create new cells — and those new cells look and feel a whole lot better than the old ones! It also fights off inflammation that makes your skin look and feel uncomfortable.

Once you blend everything together (and store it in an air-tight container) here’s the best way to use it:

- Exfoliate first

Coconut oil penetrates deep into your skin, but give it a helping hand by exfoliating dead cells beforehand. Mix a tablespoon of this moisturizer with a tablespoon of sugar to create an all-natural body scrub!

- Incorporate it into your bath routine

Massage this mixture into your hair before you wash it. Then, apply it to your skin and nails after you bathe — while they’re still warm and soft — so that it absorbs even better. Feel free to use it in place of your regular facial moisturizer, too.

What are you waiting for? Turn this dream recipe into reality by purchasing all of the ingredients at Aromandina!
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© 2015, 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.



 
Dec 16 2014
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As much fun as it is to deck the halls and unwrap presents, the holiday season can also be incredibly stressful.  Between finding time to bake gooey goodies, buying budget-friendly gifts, and entertaining countless family members, it’s no wonder you’re feeling frazzled!

Luckily, though, the right aromatherapy regimen can get you through it.  Here’s what I recommend doing to eliminate all of that holiday stress:

1.  Breathe

A little bit of fresh air can go a long way — especially when you combine it with the right essential oils!  Squeeze a drop of Eucalyptus radiata or Winter Blend (with Eucalyptus, Lavender and Grapefruit essential oils) onto your scarf, and head outside for a 10 minute walk.  As you breathe deeply, you’ll start to feel more positivity.  That’s because eucalyptus physically and emotionally opens up your chest, so you’ll get even more of that awesome fresh air than you would otherwise.  And, because eucalyptus is a proven mood-booster, it will quickly knock out your stress.  It’s a powerful 1-2 punch!

2.  Take a bath

Does anything feel better after a long, stressful, cold day than a warm bath?  No way!  But to get the most out of your bath, add 1/4 cup of Aromandina’s Andean Bath Soak to the water.  Made with mineral-rich pink Andean salts, soothing Epsom salt, and relaxing essential oils, you’ll be able to soak away all of the stress.  I like to call it “cleaning your heart”!

You can take this bath time indulgence a step further by choosing an Andean “flavor” that’s right for you.  For example, ALIVIO is great for soothing sore muscles, while EXULTO is especially uplifting.  SERENO is the perfect way to help us have a restful sleep, and RESPIRO can open up your sinuses as you fight off those pesky winter germs.  Or, if you want to turn bath time into couple’s time, opt for ROMANCE.  No matter which one you choose, all of your holiday stress will go right down the drain!

3.  Keep your energy level high

Sounds easier said than done, right?!  Luckily, though, having enough energy to survive the holidays is as easy as misting your face.  I created ALERTA body mist to be a pick-me-up that works in seconds.  No matter how busy you are this holiday season, you’ve got a few spare seconds!  ALERTA is made with peppermint, spearmint, cardamom, and rosemary, so it can stimulate both mind and body.  Personally, I use it all the time — like while I’m driving, cooking, and working.  That way, I have all the energy I need, without filling my body up with caffeine-laden coffee.

Want the same success? You can use all of the stress-busting products I use by shopping at Aromandina!



© 2014, 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.
Dec 01 2014
essential oils for prosperity
People are always asking me if there’s a certain scent that will make their customers more willing to spend money. The answer I always give? There’s no such thing as a “magic potion”, but certain scents CAN make your business more welcoming — and the more welcoming your storefront is, the more comfortable people will be making purchases there.

After all, isn’t your goal to give customers a place to go where they can disconnect from the outside world and focus on products that make their lives better in some way? Exposing them to a particular scent is a great way to do that!

Additionally, studies have shown that a distinct scent can make your business more memorable. In one study, people were able to recall specific scents with 65% accuracy after an entire year had gone by. When it comes to photos and other visual images, they were only able to recall with 50% accuracy after a year had gone by. Bottom line — if you want people to remember you, you’ve got to tap into the power of scent!

So, which scents are best?

Before we talk about that, we need to address an important point — there is a HUGE difference between essential oils and synthetic fragrances! Synthetic fragrances are made with various chemicals — instead of anything that’s actually found in nature — which means they can be dangerous. The last thing you need is for a customer to have an asthma attack or break out in a rash because you sprayed some fake scent into the air!

Essential oils, on the other hand, are natural compounds that come from plants’ roots, stems, flowers, bark, and seeds. They don’t have any toxins or synthetic additives in them — meaning that if you want to tap into your customers’ sense of smell safely, you need to use essential oils.

So, which essential oils are most likely to bring you more business?

That depends on the mood you’re trying to create!

I always tell my clients that they should aim for an uplifting, relaxing atmosphere. If you select essential oils that have calming or sedative properties, your employees may feel too sluggish to do their best, and your customers may feel too listless to actually buy anything!

But by creating an environment that’s relaxing and uplifting, your customers can experience a bunch of feel-good emotions — while also feeling comfortable enough to take their time inspecting your products and making purchases. Sounds like the perfect way to make more money, right?!

Here are some essential oils that will create that perfect atmosphere:

  •  Any of the citrus oils: Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot or Aromandina’s Citrus Delight

  •  Peppermint, Rosemary or Aromandina’s Memoria Blend — all of them create a fresh, clean scent that makes customers and employees feel more alert

  •  Cinnamon — which needs to be used in moderation because it’s so powerful. I also love mixing 2 drops of Cinnamon oil with 10 drops of Orange because they complement each other so well!

  •  Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang — both of which can eliminate feelings of jealousy and envy. That way, both your customers and your employees will be in a better mood, which will lead to an all-around more positive environment. That’s a great way to boost your sales!

  •  Spruce – especially during the winter season. It will help your customers feel more grounded and slightly calmer, which comes in handy on those cold, dark days and during the holiday shopping rush!

And, as an added benefit, essential oils have antiseptic properties. So, by burning them or putting them in a diffuser, you’ll actually help ward off germs. Imagine how much better your business would perform if your employees weren’t constantly getting a case of the sniffles!

How to use them

Use an aromatherapy burner, fill the bowl with warm water and add a total of 5-15 drops.  Keep burner on for a couple of hours a day.

Ready to harness the power of essential oils in YOUR business? Aromandina’s products make it easy… Go check them out today!

© 2014, 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.



Nov 18 2014

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Thanksgiving is supposed to be a chance for all of us to take a pause from our hectic lives and give thanks for the important things in life. Unfortunately, though, Thanksgiving actually causes MORE stress for a lot of people!

When you think about it, that makes perfect sense. The weather is changing, you’re anxious about hosting a bunch of people and cooking a big meal, and your daily routine temporarily goes by the wayside. No wonder you’re stressed out!

So, how do you get rid of all that stress?

With the right essential oils!

I know how you’re feeling. I’ll be spending Thanksgiving abroad with family this year. Other years, I’m in charge of hosting. Either way, it’s stressful! That’s why I came up with an essential oil regimen that can help you in any Thanksgiving-induced situation:

- If yeob_immune_support_smou’re traveling…

Traveling either by car or plane means having to deal with confined spaces — the perfect breeding ground for germs! Plus, the change in air can send your respiratory system over the edge. If you don’t want to battle a stuffy nose while you give thanks, you need Aromandina’s Immune Support Essential Oil Blend. Made with Eucalyptus radiata, Tea Tree, Ravensara and other oils, this blend can help you fight off germs and give your respiratory system the strength it needs to adapt to changes. If you prefer to use single oils, try Niaouli, Bay Laurel or Peppermint  oils.

Personally, I love adding a few drops of this blend onto a tissue and breathing it in. Sometimes, I’ll even put a couple of drops onto a light bulb in my hotel room. The heat from the bulb will evaporate the oils and send them into the air — purifying it in the process!

- If you’re playing hostess…

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You need plenty of energy to cook a great Thanksgiving dinner and make your guests feel welcome. Luckily, that’s why I created Aromandina’s Energia Essential Oil Blend! Made with Rosemary, Litsea Cubeba and Pine, it can actually help restore your adrenal glands so that you don’t feel sluggish and exhausted. Put a few drops onto a washcloth while you’re in the shower, and hold it up to your chest. Take a few deep breaths, and you’ll instantly feel more alert!

If you want that great feeling to extend into the kitchen, tap into the power of citrus. Citrus essential oils — like Lemon, Grapefruit, and Bergamot — make you feel more relaxed, without slowing you down. That’s why I used them to create Aromandina’s Citrus Delight Essential Oil Blend.  Put 15 drops into a bowl of hot water, put the bowl on your aromatherapy burner, and you’ll literally have good vibes floating through the air! That way, you’ll feel good enough to power through all of that cooking, and your guests will feel relaxed and welcomed, too.

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Speaking of feeling welcomed, I actually created Aromandina’s Alegria Blend to help hostesses make their guests feel at home! It’s made with welcoming scents like Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang and Litsea Cubeba.  If you prefer single oils, other uplifting oils are Spearmint, Lemongrass, Cinnamon and Orange to name a few. The scents of these beautiful essential oils can actually make you feel euphoric and eliminate jealousy and envy — so no matter how obnoxious your Aunt Margie is, you won’t be stressed out!










- If you’ve eaten too much…

Hey, we’ve all been there! You want to enjoy all of the Thanksgiving goodies, but you wind up overdoing it. Instead of feeling awful while your body tries to digest everything, give yourself some relief with aromatherapy.

Certain oils — like Ginger, Orange, Cardamom, Rosemary and Spearmint — are known as “digestive oils” because they control flatulence and help eliminate that uncomfortable stuffed feeling. Personally, when I go a little overboard at the dinner table, I lightly massage a little bit of Aromandina’s Digestive Body Oil over my abdomen. It’s made with those digestive oils, so it can give you quick relief.

See? A little bit of aromatherapy can go a long way! Use Aromandina’s products to eliminate stress, and you’ll be able to have the best Thanksgiving ever!

© 2014, 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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