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Jun 18 2015

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How great does it feel to soak in a warm bath?! The warm water cradles your body, and all of the stress and anxiety seem to just wash away.

A warm bath can provide so many big benefits that there’s actually a scientific name for it — Balneotherapy. Specifically, balneotherapy is a type of water therapy that’s been used for centuries to combat everything from inflammation to immune system issues. During one of these baths, your skin absorbs the minerals in the water, which in turn, help you feel and look better. The warm water not only cleanses your body and mind, but also refreshes and relaxes. It acts as a liquid suspension, meaning that you can literally stop feeling like the world is dragging you down.

But what does all of this have to do with aromatherapy?

I like to say that balneotherapy is aromatherapy’s best friend. Mix the two together, and you end up with some amazing results!

I like to combine some essential oils and some salt (Epsom, sea salt, or Himalayan — your choice) in my aroma baths. That way, you can get benefits from the oils and the minerals in the salt, in addition to just the water.

Aromatherapy baths are incredibly powerful because they allow you to interact with essential oils in two ways — they get absorbed through your skin while you inhale the powerful scent. In fact, science has shown that essential oils can penetrate the skin very quickly, even faster than the ions of sodium and chloride in the salt. As a result, you don’t have to spend hours in the tub. Even if you only have 10 minutes to spare, you’ll notice a difference!

But my favorite thing about an aroma bath is its versatility. There are a number of essential oils you can use — although, I don’t recommend using essential oils that can be irritating, like basil, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, lemongrass, orange, fennel, and peppermint. Whether you use one oil or several, you can customize your aromatherapy bath to meet your exact needs and desires. Simply fill the tub with warm water, and then add your favorite essential oils right (diluted first in salts or one of the carriers mentioned below) before you get in. You’ll only need 8-10 drops of oil (any more than that is simply a waste!).

If you want to give your skin some added moisture, mix your essential oils with vegetable oil first. (As an added benefit, that will also reduce your chance of the oils irritating your sensitive skin.) For best results, gently move around in the tub so that your entire body can soak up the oils. You won’t need to rinse off after you’re finished. Just slip into a comfy robe, and let the oils continue to work their magic.

In addition to essential oils, you can also include things like apple cider vinegar, honey, and milk in your aroma bath. Each will give your skin an even bigger boost. Or, if you’re dealing with a specific skin issue, there are special recipes that can relieve it.

But your skin isn’t the only thing that will benefit from combining aromatherapy and balneotherapy. Depending on the oils you use, you can fight muscle pain, insomnia, PMS, fluid retention, colds, anxiety, circulatory problems, headaches, and rheumatism. And, depending on the oils you use, your bath can be relaxing, stimulating, warming, cooling, or even an aphrodisiac. The possibilities are endless!

Here are some of my favorite recipes:

– Detoxing Bath

Combine:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
5 drops cedarwood essential oil
5 drops grapefruit essential oil

– After-Sun Bath

Combine:
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons roll oats
3 tablespoons honey
7 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops blue chamomile essential oil

– For Dry Skin

Combine:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 drops frankincense essential oil
2 drops rose absolute
3 drops geranium essential oil

– Pain Relief Bath

Combine:
1 cup Epsom Salts
5 drops fir essential oil
5 drops cypress essential ol

Give it a try, and you’re sure to fall in love with balneotherapy as much as I have!

It’s easy to combine the power of balneotherapy and aromatherapy when you’ve got expert advice and high-quality essential oils from Aromandina!

© 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.
Apr 28 2015 aromatherapy-for-hands
Think about all the things your hands do in a day.  Between washing dishes, carrying groceries, covering up coughs, digging around in the garden, and braving the cold, is there any wonder why your hands get rough, dry, cracked, and sore?! 

Luckily, though, you don’t have to change your life to have soft, smooth hands.  All you need to do is add a few essential oils to your daily routine!

No matter what you’ve subjected your hands to, the right essential oils can help.  The skin on your hands is thick, which is perfect for preventing germs and other dangers from penetrating it.  However, your body’s natural protection mechanisms aren’t enough to fend off all the stress, dirt, and chemicals your hands are subjected to on a daily basis.  Essential oils are a safe, effective way to supplement the work your body does naturally.  For example, lemon oil is a great cleanser, while geranium, lavender, and rose all help nourish the skin on your hands.  Chamomile and lavender are great for relieving eczema and contact dermatitis, or if you’re dealing with lots of roughness or scrapes, frankincense can provide an extra dose of TLC.

Want to take your hand care routine a step further?  The right oil blends can work wonders!  Here are some of my favorites:

Hand Care Scrub

The only way to get softer, smoother hands is to exfoliate on a regular basis.  That way, you can slough off dead cells and make it easier for your skin to soak up valuable nutrients.  My Hand Care Scrub is gentle enough to be used once a day, but strong enough to get rid of all the build-up that’s making your hands rough. 

Simply combine:

1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 drops of frankincense
2 drops of lemon
1 teaspoon of sea salt. 

Rub the scrub on your hands, and rinse.  That’s it!
 

Hand Care Oil

Whether you’ve been digging in the dirt or handling detergents and other harsh cleaners, your hands need a little extra TLC.  This Hand Care Oil will give your hands some much-needed moisture. 

Just mix:

1 ounce jojoba oil
8 drops lavender 
4 drops rose maroc
2 drops blue chamomile
Rub it in, and both the scent and the soothing moisture will instantly make you feel more relaxed!

Antifungal Nail Oil

Your nails are exposed to a lot — even more than your hands, because they’re the first sensory contact point with the environment around you.  They should be elastic, have a dull shine, and be slightly curved.  If yours don’t look that way, they need a pick-me-up. 
Simply mix:
1 ounce carrier oil
8 drops tea tree
3 drops patchouli
3 drops lemon

  Massage it into your nail bed 3 times each day for cleaner, healthier nails. 

Aromatic Nail Conditioning Soak

If your cuticles are dry or torn, the right essential oils can make them look healthy and vibrant. 
All you have to do is mix:
4 tablespoons of olive oil,
5 drops lemon 
2 drops rosemary
3 drops lavender

Buff your nails with a nail buffer. Buffing will boost your circulation and make your nails shinier.  Then soak your nails in this mixture for 10 minutes.  This mixture will soften your cuticles, keep fungus at bay, and make break-prone nails stronger.

Remember, it’s important to take good care of your hands.  Not only will healthier hands look and feel younger, but your hands are also chock full of reflex points and pressure points.  So, the better you treat your hands, the better you’ll feel all over!

Your hands will love the vast collection of essential oils and blends at Aromandina!

© 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.

Apr 23 2015

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Even if people are already raving about your spa treatments, it’s easy to make them even better with aromatherapy!

Why bother?

First and foremost, you can incorporate aromatherapy into any spa treatment you can dream up — from facials, to massages, to manicures, to pedicures. So no matter what you specialize in, you can take advantage of a quality aromatherapy regimen.

But this isn’t the only benefit. As soon as you start working with different essential oils, you’ll be able to:

  •  Give your guests an easy way to immediately relax

  • Go beyond physical needs. For example, if a physical symptom is being caused by an underlying emotional issue, the right scent can help you tackle it.

  • Stimulate feelings of euphoria and happiness

  • Use scent to make a good impression on your guest’s subconscious, which is where most decisions come from. In turn, this can make your guests more loyal to you.

  • Set yourself apart from competing spas

But how exactly do you incorporate essential oils into each spa treatment?

There are 3 easy ways to do it:

  1. Get an aromatherapy burner or diffuser for each of your treatment rooms
  1. Use an aromatherapy mist during your treatments
  1. Use a special aromatherapy massage oil that’s got essential oils in it

If you want to reap the biggest possible benefits from these 3 things, follow these 6 tips. I’ve personally tested them out, and my guests absolutely love the experience I’ve created for them!

1. Put your favorite essential oil in your aromatherapy burner/diffuser

After all, you’re going to be in the treatment room all day long, so you’ve got to have a scent you love!  Whether you use one essential oil or a blend, tell your guests why you made the selection you did.  They’ll appreciate knowing that you’ve gone the extra mile to choose something great.

2.  Use your aromatherapy mist right at the beginning of the treatment

Combine 3 drops of orange essential oils, 3 drops of frankincense and 2 drops of lavender with 1 oz of distilled water. This mist will create a feeling of instant relaxation, which is exactly why your guests are there in the first place — to relax!  A quick squirt or two will also encourage your guests to trust your caring hands.  For best results, tell your guest to close her eyes, breathe deeply, and point the nozzle upwards, so that the mist falls gently onto her face.

3.  Use a drop of lavender or mandarin with your eye pillows

Both of these oils offer a calming scent that will make your treatments even more powerful.  Place the drop on a tissue, then wrap it around your eye pillow.  (Just make sure the oil isn’t touching your guest’s face!)

4.  Add a massage into the mix

Combine some essential oils with a carrier oil to create your own massage oil.  Then, use it to massage your guests’ legs during pedicures.  Or, use the oil to massage your guests’ arms, hands, and décolletage during facials.  These aromatherapy massage oils can also replace your traditional oils during your massage treatments.

Dilute a total of 15 drops with 1 oz of Carrier oil such as jojoba, fractionated coconut oil or macadamia oil.

5.  Make things personal

Lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint all create great feelings, but they’re not the only essential oils you can use during your spa treatments.  A great way to mix things up is to ask each guest how they’re feeling when they arrive and then choose the oil that best suits their mood.  Just like that, you’ve made each treatment more personal, and your guests will love that special one-on-one attention!

How do you know which oil is right for each guest?

–  If your guest is stressed out, use Palo Santo, Frankincense, or Bergamot to help her calm down. 

–  If your guest has some aching muscles, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Pine will all help boost her circulation and relieve the pain. 

–  If your guest is fighting off an illness, tap into the natural antibacterial properties of Eucalyptus, Ravensara, or Tea Tree.

–  If your guest is feeling a little depressed, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, and Litsea Cubeba are all powerful mood boosters.

–  If your guest is tired, Rosemary, Peppermint, Pine, and Cardamom will all stimulate the adrenal glands and fight off fatigue.

–  If your guest is feeling sluggish or bloated, Fennel, Grapefruit, and Cedarwood will all help get the lymph system working, while also helping to break down fatty deposits in the cells.

–  If your guest is suffering from PMS, Geranium, Clary Sage, Rose, and Jasmine will help balance everything out.  You can even dilute these oils with a carrier oil, apply the mixture directly to the skin, and cover with a hot towel.  That will definitely chase those cramps away!

6.  Encourage your guests to buy their own essential oils to use at home

That way, they can experience all of the good feelings you’ve created for them anytime they want.  That will definitely encourage them to tell their friends about you!

Incorporating aromatherapy into your spa treatments is easy when you tap into the expert advice and high-quality products at Aromandina!

© 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.


Apr 14 2015 sweet-orange-essential-oil-aromandina
Orange has been a wildly popular scent ever since Portuguese explorers brought sweet oranges from Asia to Europe in the 1520’s. Christopher Columbus loved them so much that he brought them with him to the New World.

But did you know that you can make this scent part of your aromatherapy routine?

Sweet orange is one of my go-to essential oils! I keep it in my medicine cabinet because it instantly brings a smile to my face. I also love blending it with other oils. In fact, it’s a main ingredient in some of my most popular blends — including Autumn Blend, Spring Blend, Citrus Delight, Holiday Bliss, Digestive Body Oil, and Detoxing Body Oil.

What makes sweet orange oil different?

When you think of an orange, you probably think of the juicy, tasty, fleshy insides. However, sweet orange oil actually comes from the outer peel, thanks to a special cold pressing technique. Just like its fleshy counterpart, orange oil has a sweet, warm, rounded aroma.

Orange oil — uses in aromatherapy

In addition to its great scent, aromatherapy experts love orange oil because it’s so versatile. You can literally use it from head to toe!

Sweet orange oil for digestion

Whether you’re battling abdominal distention and pain, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, constipation, irritable bowel, or simply poor eating choices, orange oil can help. It’s a hepatic stimulant and cholagogue — meaning it can help bile flow better, making it easier for your body to digest fatty foods. It can also help normalize the peristaltic action in your intestines — meaning your gastrointestinal muscles will contract more smoothly — so that you don’t have spasms and cramps.

Simply mix 7 drops of orange with 7 drops of ginger, and 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage your abdomen with it.

Sweet orange oil for skin care

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Feb 09 2015

Just because it’s almost Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to run out and get the same ol’ boring roses and sugary chocolate you get every year. Luckily, though, you don’t have to be a creativity wizard to come up with a great gift. I’ve done all the thinking for you, and I’m more than willing to let you take the credit for it!

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If you want to give your sweetie a special Valentine’s surprise, tap into the power of these products:

  1. Romance Essential Oil

This blend will push all the stress out of your sweetie’s mind and invigorate the senses so that you can both take full advantage of every single second of Valentine’s Day. Romance Essential Oil

  1. Romance Massage Oil

Why not kick up the sensory stimulation with a nice massage?! This sensual massage oil offers the same essential oils as Romance Blend, but it can be applied directly to the skin. That way, your sweetie gets to be pampered, and you both get to enjoy the invigorating scent. Romance Massage Oil

  1. Roses and Chocolate Perfume Oil

This is the ONLY way you should be using roses and chocolate this Valentine’s Day! This perfume blend smells sweet and elegant — making it the perfect way for your sweetie to feel a little more glamorous on the most romantic day of the year. Roses and Chocolate Perfume Oil

  1. Wise Woman Perfume Oil

A truly wise woman knows how great it is to be pampered, and the essential oils in this perfume blend will make her feel that way. The combination of exotic oils will make your sweetie feel more passionate, more in touch with her senses, and more relaxed — the perfect combination for a great Valentine’s Day! Wise Woman Perfume Oil

  1. Mr. Romantic Perfume Oil

The right scents don’t just work wonders for women; they’re a great mood booster for men, too! Whether you want your sweetie to feel strong enough to sweep you off your feet, or you want to give a single guy friend some added confidence this Valentine’s Day, this will definitely do it. Mr. Romantic Perfume Oil

If you’d rather focus your efforts on one specific essential oil — instead of a pre-prepared blend — here are my Valentine’s favorites:

  1. Jasmine Absolute

The sweet scent will instantly chase away any anxious thoughts so that you can concentrate fully on your sweetie.   It’s also a great aphrodisiac! Jasmine Absolute

  1. Rose Absolute

The essential oil will come with a much stronger scent than a bouquet of roses will, and that’s a good thing! After all, the scent of rose makes you feel more passionate and more willing to open your heart — the perfect feelings for Valentine’s Day. Rose Absolute

  1. Ylang Ylang

Whether your sweetie is stressed out, anxious, frustrated, or cranky, ylang ylang essential oil will chase all of the bad emotions away and leave your sweetie feeling downright euphoric and ready to enjoy a fun day. Ylang Ylang

  1. Patchouli

It has a strong scent, but it also creates some strong emotions. Specifically, patchouli eliminates stress and anxiety and replaces them with sensual, passionate feelings. If you’re looking for a strong aphrodisiac, this is it! Patchouli

  1. Cardamom

I love cardamom because the scent just makes you enjoy life. If you’re looking for a great way to help your sweetie stop sweating the small stuff, this essential oil is the perfect Valentine’s gift. That’s a gift any hard-working Valentine will appreciate! Cardamom

Luckily, you don’t have to search all over the place to incorporate these essential oils into your Valentine’s Day. Thanks to Aromandina, they’re all just a click away! And, for a limited time, you can take advantage of a special promotion, buy one get $10 off.

VALENTINE’S PROMOTION: Buy One, Get One $10 off.

Enter Romance code during checkout – Offer ends February 26th 2015 – retail clients only

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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.



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