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Aug 05 2013 6 back to school aromatherapy tips Well, the summer break is coming to an end and it won’t be long before the schools reopen again. For me, this time of the year is particularly challenging, not to mention how challenging it is for my teenage son who has to deal with new subjects and prepare to go back to a more regimented routine (like most kids, he hates waking up early!) I know that many mothers like me would be sailing in the same boat and would find these aromatherapy “back to school” tips very helpful in dealing with the transition.

Create a Calming Environment

With a new academic year ahead of them, it is natural for children to feel fidgety and anxious. Establish a calming environment for them with Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend, which will help them wind down and get some restful sleep. You may also try a bedtime bath routine by adding 6 drops Of Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend to a cup of sea salt and mixing this in the bath water. When children sleep well, they are better prepared to face the day ahead.

Improve Concentration and Focus

After having a fun time throughout the vacations, children may find it difficult to focus on studies and homework. Spearmint, Peppermint, Cardamom and Rosemary are some oils that are known to stimulate the mind, strengthen memory and enhance concentration. I have combined these oils in my Memoria Blend and I regularly use it for my son whenever he has loads of homework or a big test coming up.

Prepare Them for the Day

Getting up early in the morning is probably the worst part about going back to school. If your child comes to the breakfast looking all groggy, help them perk up with Memoria Essential Oil Blend. This essential oil blend is tonic for the mind and the nervous system, and will help you child stay bright and alert throughout the day.

Boost Their Immunity

Back-to-school time is often associated with colds and other infections triggered by the change in routine and physical environment. You can help your child stay healthy by asking them to place a washcloth with 2 drops of Immune Support Essential Oil Blend on their chest while taking a hot shower. Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Niaouli Pine, Ravensara and Lavender are very effective in fighting infections and strengthening the body’s natural immunity. I have used them all in my Immune Support Essential Oil.

Take Away Their Pains

When you child starts a new academic year, there is a sudden burst of activity, especially sports. This can lead to muscular cramps and body aches. If you are a parent, you probably know what I am talking about. Lavanding, Peppermint and Lavender have the ability to relieve sore muscles, improve circulation and reduce inflammation. The next time, instead of handing over a harsh painkiller to your child, just try Pain Begone Body Oil.

Encourage a Positive Frame Of Mind

Stress, anxiety and nervousness are all part of student and teenage life. If you see your child undergoing bouts of restlessness and hyperactivity, help them calm down with Citrus Delight Essential Oil.   The ingredients in this blend are Bergamot, Grapefruit and Lemon.  Its fresh scent can help relieve feelings of depression, fear and anger, and can help make phases of transition easier for your child. In fact, you can combine 30 drops of Citrus Delight Essential Oil Blend with 4 oz of Carrier Oil and use it for a daily massage. Children Aromatherapy Massage Did you know that giving your child a relaxing aromatherapy massage is one of the best ways to bond with them? Children (and even adults) thrive on human touch because it is comforting and makes them feel secure. It also lets them know how much you love them and assures them that you will always be there for them. When you establish a massage routine, you and your child will look forward to spending that “quality time” with each other every day. Do you have any back-to-school tips to share? I would love to hear from you!  
© 2013, 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.
Feb 08 2012     You don’t have to be a professional massage therapist to express your love to your baby through your touch. A leisurely massage is a perfect way to spend some quality time with your little one, especially after baths or at bedtime.

Benefits of massage for babies

Babies love the warm and reassuring touch of an adult caregiver and research has shown that babies who receive more human contact grow up to be more confident and secure individuals.  Massage also creates a strong bond between parent and child because your child gets undivided attention from you.  As your baby grows into a toddler, a child and then a teenager, a regular massage routine will help him develop a healthy self-image. On the physiological front, massages can increase lung capacity, thus enhancing oxygen supply to cells, it is said that massage also boosts the immune system. For active little babies who do so much every day, massages are a fun way to assist the growing process. If your baby is tired or hyperactive, a soothing massage will calm down the nervous system and help him relax. A gentle tummy rub will stimulate baby’s digestive system and alleviate problems such as colic, flatulence, constipation or diarrhea.

Aromatherapy massage techniques for babies

It is natural for parents to touch, stroke and cuddle their babies which makes the process of massaging all the more easy. Put a few drops of the selected massage oil blend of onto warm hands and spread it across your palms.  Then carry out the following movements:

Feet and Legs: Apply firm yet gentle upward strokes on the outside of the legs (towards baby’s hips) without applying too much pressure on the delicate bones and joints. Rub some oil on the underside of the feet to warm them up.

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Tummy: Soft, circular movements across the abdomen aid digestion and are relaxing for your baby.

Scalp and forehead: Babies often have trouble sleeping even when they are very tired. Use your fingers to apply gentle circular strokes across the scalp, temples and forehead. Your baby will slowly calm down and drift off to sleep. If your baby is not very distracted, you can try doing this with your free hand while breastfeeding.

Back: Start at your baby’s buttock with your hands in a triangle shape.  Perform gently strokes moving up baby’s back. Massage shoulders and return gently down the sides of baby’s back.  Repeat three times.

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your massage time:

  • If time is a problem, you may give your baby “mini massages” throughout the day – massage the tummy at one time and do the back at another. Diaper changes are a good opportunity to rub those tiny legs that have been kicking around all day. You can encourage this habit by keeping small bottles of massage oil handy in different areas of your home.
  • While massaging your baby, be sure to maintain a complete and consistent contact between your hands and your child’s body. This will comfort your baby and encourage a bond of trust between you and him.
  • It is important that you maintain a positive state of mind as you can easily transfer negative feelings like anger, frustration and nervousness to your baby. Leave all your worries behind and lose yourself in the moments. If your baby is not in the mood for a massage, don’t force him – you can always try another time! With a little practice and patience, you will soon figure out what works best for your baby.

Which oil is best for baby massage?

Here are some ideas for you: After Bath Calming Oil: Combine 30ml (1 oz) Carrier Oil with 5 drops of Sleep Time Essential Oil and use it after an evening bath, just before tucking your baby in bed.   Tummy Taming Oil: Introduction of solid and semi-solid foods can sometimes cause flatulence and indigestion in babies. Mix 30 ml (1 oz) Carrier Oil with 3 drops of Mandarin and 3 drops of Marjoram essential oils and massage the tummy area with circular movements several times a day. To provide more comfort, apply a warm towel on the abdomen after the massage to provide quicker relief. This blend is also very helpful for colicky babies. Anti-Cold and Anti-Congestion Oil: Mix 30 ml (1 oz) Carrier Oil with 5 drops of Immune Support Essential Oil and massage baby’s feet, chest and back to relieve a stuffy nose and chest congestion. The blend also enhances the body’s natural immunity and prepares it to fight infections more effectively. Cradle Cap Clearing Oil: A blend of 30 ml (1 oz) Carrier Oil, 3 drops of Cedarwood oil and 3 drops of Lavender oil is very effective against cradle cap. Massage your baby’s scalp with this blend several times a day.   Quick Healing Oil: As babies learn to crawl and explore their surroundings, minor injuries become an everyday thing. You can keep a quick-fix handy for bumps and bruises by mixing 30ml (1 oz) Carrier Oil with 3 drops Helychrisum  Essential Oil, 3 drops Frankincense Essential Oil and 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil, Apply liberally on the affected area. By using these customized aromatherapy blends, you too can gift good health and happiness to your precious little one. After all, few things can replace the goodness of nature! Read also: How to keep your carpet clean with essential oils   References: Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child by Valerie Ann Worwood Aromatherapy for Babies and Children by Shirley and Penny Price
© 2012, 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 31 2012

Since ages, humans have tapped into nature’s abundant resources to nurture their children and help them stay healthy.

Aromatherapy is a modern, yet simple extension of this concept as it captures nature’s goodness and healing power in tiny bottles.

Aromatherapy for babies is gaining popularity because it is completely non-invasive, does not involve subjecting your little one to harsh medicines and the best of all – your baby will love the pleasant and soothing fragrances.

When it comes to using essential oils for babies, many parents have concerns regarding safety and side effects of aromatherapy. As a professional aromatherapist with 17 years of experience and a mother of a very healthy teenager, I can confidently vouch for the safety of aromatherapy for babies. Ever since my son was born, I have used only essential oils to handle common conditions that kids encounter. I am proud to say that in the fifteen years of his life, my son hasn’t had any condition that didn’t resolve with essential oils.

My sister had a beautiful baby and I have been very fortunate to take care of him every Saturday.  It is an absolute joy to have him at our home on weekends, watch him grow, learn and in turn, learn a little from him. I use this bonding time to treat my nephew to the benefits of essential oils, just as I did with my son. My personal experiences have inspired me to write this article and share useful tips not only to address common ailments, but to help parents enhance their babies’ general wellbeing with the use of nature’s essential oils.

Aromatherapy for Restful Sleep

Most new parents would give their eyes and teeth for something that would help their baby sleep soundly so that they can grab a few moments of peace for themselves. I gave my sister a special blend of Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram and Palo Santo – she just puts a couple of drops on a cotton pad and places it on one corner of my nephew’s bed, under the sheets.  The baby has been sleeping through the night since he was eight weeks old!

Aromatherapy for Boosting Immunity

Some essential oils like Lavender and Tea Tree are believed to stimulate the production of T-cells (immune cells) and strengthen the body’s immune system.  Mix 1 drop of Lavender essential oils with 1 tablespoon of unscented shower gel and add it to bath water. This recipe, when used on a weekly basis, will help your child ward off disease-causing organisms as he learns to explore the world around him.

Aromatherapy Baths for Babies

When you do not have the time for an elaborate massage, a few drops of essential oils added to your baby’s bath water will do just fine. Here’s how you can make your baby’s bathing ritual more pleasant and enriching: Fill the bath with warm water and add the chosen oil or blend. Do not use more than 2 drops of essential oils for babies under the age of 2 years. To make the oils disperse adequately in water, always mix them first with 1 tablespoon salt or a fragrance-free shampoo/ body wash. Baths should be for babies 6 months or older

  • For colds and congestion, use 2 of Frankincense essential oil.

  • For tummy troubles, use a drop each of German Chamomile and Mandarin essential oils.

  • To help your baby sleep better, mix a drop each of Lavender and Mandarin essential oils.

  •  If your baby is often restless and irritable, use 2-3 drops of Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood essential oils to help calm your baby and make him cheerful.

  • Clary Sage and Frankincense essential oils are great for an evening bath, just before tucking your little angel in bed. These oils are rejuvenating in nature and can help relieve tired muscles.

© 2012, 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.
Aug 29 2011
“… Because it is straightforward and effective in its application, aromatherapy returns the power of healing back to the individual, especially to the individual woman…” ~ Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt

Women’s healing wisdom

When I was little, we used to live with my grandmother Carmelita.  When we couldn’t sleep at night she would heal us of “espanto or susto”*.

I still remember vividly the smell of the cotton soaked in Eau de Cologne that she passed behind my neck, behind my ears, and on every joint while she calmly and quietly said the Father Prayer.

When I was sick, I remember that the first thing my mom would do was to put her hand on my forehead.  The warmth and feeling of reassurance I had from that gesture represented half of my healing.  Then she would use oregano leaf tea for an upset stomach, or apply a cabbage leaf on my cheek after a tooth extraction. She also used to lay branches of eucalyptus under our beds when we had a cold to disinfect the environment and help us get better.

I think many of you can relate to these stories, where the women of the family were the primary health care providers, and who would use nature, tradition and common sense to treat common ailments.   Healing was the dominion of women where they combined the art of healing with tenderness, skills and motherly instinct. 

We could say that aromatherapy brings back these traditions in a concentrated way, with the distilled essences of the aromatic plants. 

Every week I teach and train different groups, which are usually composed of 99% women (another telling statistic).  One common thing in these discussions is that women always ask me questions not for themselves, but for people they want to help, their parents, partners, children, and friends. 

Aromatherapy brings out MOM

Nurturing and caring with Aromatherapy:

Here are some examples to help you start working with essential oils:

Aromatherapy for Fevers

In an empty bowl put ½ tsp regular salt and 2 or 3 drops of Peppermint essential oil. Mix well and add cold water.  Soak a few face towels in the solution for a while and wring out the excess water. Apply compresses on forehead, abdomen and feet. This will help control the fever.

Aromatherapy Remedy for Stomach Ache

Digestive essential oils like Cardamom, Ginger, Orange and Spearmint are great for indigestion and abdominal pain.  Mix a drop of each with a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage the abdomen and the soles of the feet using circular movements. Cover abdomen with a warm towel or water bottle to help the healing process.

Aromatherapy Treatment for Headaches

Use cephalic essential oils like Cardamom, Basil, Rosemary and Peppermint.  Combine a total of 3 drops with 1 tsp of carrier oil and massage temples, back of the neck and sinus area.

Aromatherapy solution for poor sleep and anxiety

The calming Lavender essential oil , together with the sedative Mandarin and the grounding Palo Santo create a fantastic combination to help you sleep better. 

Add 1 drop of each on a cotton pad and tuck it under the pillow case. 

This is useful for babies who can’t sleep well, hyperactive children, adults with anxiety and elderly people who are losing their sleep. All of these recipes show us that essential oils are indeed nature’s gift to us.

From what my experiences have taught me, I think that it is the nurturing instinct of a woman that adds much strength to any medication. The true power of aromatherapy lies in its ability to harness your femininity.

How about you – do you feel the same compulsion to heal and nurture those you love? What successful stories do you have? Let us know about it in the comments.
© AROMANDINA 2011 – Aromatherapy blog  – All rights reserved This information on this blog 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 blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
May 24 2011     Dear Friends, We are happy to share with you the recording of our very successful webinar, Aromatherapy Solutions for the Summer Please click on the graphic below and feel free to share the link with your friends.

Recording of Aromatherapy Webinar

LIST OF REFRESHING ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE SUMMER

Essential oils from the citrus family:

These are helpful essential oils for indigestion, exhaustion and irritability

Essential oils from flowers, with a cooling and soothing quality for the Summer:

Lavender Rose Chamomile Ylang Ylang These essential oils are very useful for anxity and nervous tension

Essential oils from the Labiatae Family:

Peppermint Spearmint Lemongrass These essential oils can help with indigestion, flatulence, fever and heat exhaustion

Essential oils from the Burseraceae family, trees from the dessert:

Frankincense Palo Santo These essential oils are useful for tissue regeneration, sunburns, nervous exhaustion, insomnia

7 Basic Essential Oils for the Summer

1. Eucalyptus Radiata

Colds, Chills, Heat exposure, Fevers, Heat Exhaustion, Heatstroke, Infections, Jet lag, Circulation, Over-exercised muscles

2. Frankincense

Circulation, bruises, ulcers, after sun, nervousness, nervous exhaustion, stress, muscle pain, insomnia

3. Grapefruit

Car/motion sickness, Constipation, Indigestion, Nausea, Jet Lag

4.  Lemon

Circulation, Disinfectant, Physical Exhaustion, Heat Exhaustion, Refreshing, Indigestion, Jet Lag, Depression

5. Lavender

Insect bites, Blisters, Bruises, Bumps, Burns, Colds, Dry Skin, Physical Exhaustion, Heat Exposure, Fevers, Hay Fever, Headaches, Heat Exhaustion, Heatstroke, Jet Lag, Rashes, Insomnia, Sunburn, Wounds

6. Peppermint

Colds, Constipation, Physical Exhaustion, Heat Exposure, Fevers, Headaches, heatstroke, Indigestion, Jet lag, Circulation, Sunburn, Toothache, Nausea, Car/Motion Sickness

7. Tea Tree

Insect bites, Blisters,  Colds, Disinfectant, Infections, Rashes, Toothache, Wounds © 2011, 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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