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Aug 23 2016

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Ever play that game where you have to choose just a couple of things you’d want if you were stranded on a desert island?  For me, Mandarin essential oil would definitely be on the list!  I love this stuff!

I first discovered Mandarin oil about twenty years ago, and ever since, it’s been my go-to oil on stressful days, on nights that I can’t sleep, and even for my young son.  In fact, Mandarin is one of the safest and gentlest essential oils for children and pregnant women.  Kids especially seem to like it because it smells like candy!

What exactly does Mandarin oil do?

It gives your digestive system a boost

Whether you’ve got indigestion, gas, or stomach spasms, Mandarin oil can help your digestive system secrete bile and break down fats.  It’s also got antispasmodic qualities that can give you quick relief from gas pains and hiccups.  
Simply mix 20 drops of Mandarin with 4 ounces of carrier oil and massage it clockwise over your tummy.  (And, yes, this mixture is safe for young kids and the elderly!)  – For children under 2, mix 4 ounces of jojoba oil with 5 drops of mandarin oil.

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Aug 15 2016 aromatheapy-for-milennials-blog2

The Millenial

As millennials get older, the world changes and conforms to their standards. Since the majority of this generation is now reaching adulthood, they are the ones setting the trends of the early 21st century. More importantly, they have started the huge trend that is healthy living.

The way they dress tells others that they like all things natural, they eat organic, and they live an earthy lifestyle. This trend means that millennials are increasingly looking for natural scents and remedies to complement their lifestyle.

They have recently turned their attention towards aromatherapy, knowing that it has therapeutic values that can help them deal with many of their everyday tasks.

My son is a millennial, which has helped me watch every aspect of every trend that millennials have either set or followed. I have seen the trends that he and all his friends follow, and when his girl-friends come over I have seen the new trend that is the earthy girl vibe. They are always very interested in my aromatherapy and they love coming into my personal lab and smelling each and every oil I have. Many times, they’ll offer to buy some for their next bath or for their diffusers.

Essential oils can have therapeutic effects that would be essential in the life of most any millennial.

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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.
Nov 18 2015 keep-calm-and-enjoy-thanksgiving
Between the temperature dips, the mile-long grocery shopping list, and family and friends arriving from every corner of the country, it’s no wonder the Thanksgiving season can be so stressful! If you truly want to be able to give thanks this year, you’ve got to get a handle on it. Luckily, the right aromatherapy regimen can help you do it!

Even though your daily routine tends to go by the wayside this time of year, it only takes a few short minutes to use your essential oils the right way.

Here’s what I suggest…

…If you’re headed out of town

You don’t have to host the giant Thanksgiving feast to get all stressed out. Traveling this time of year — when the roads and the airports are jam-packed — can lead to a lot of stress. Plus, being packed into a crowded car or airplane is the perfect breeding ground for germs, and lord knows getting sick is going to stress you out! Or, if you’re headed to a place where the air is different than what you’re used to — like up to the mountains, for example — your respiratory system might make things difficult on you.
I created Aromandina’s Immune Support Essential Oil Blend specifically to battle those yucky symptoms! Made with Eucalyptus radiata, Tea Tree, Ravensara, and other carefully-chosen oils, this blend is designed to strengthen your respiratory system so that it can handle everything the Thanksgiving season throws at it. (Prefer to use single oils over a blend? Niaouli, Bay Laurel, and Peppermint will give you similar strength.)
All you have to do is place a few drops on a tissue and breathe in. Or, you can purify an entire room by squeezing a few drops onto a hot light bulb.

…If you’re hosting the family this year

Between cooking the perfect turkey and making sure all of your guests feel at home, being the Thanksgiving hostess is awfully stressful! To get through it, you’ll need Aromandina’s Energia Essential Oil Blend. It’s made with Rosemary, Litsea Cueba, and Pine — all of which can give your adrenal glands a powerful kick in the right direction. As a result, you’ll feel more energized and alert.
The easiest way to use this blend? Place a few drops on your washcloth, and hold it up to your chest in the shower. After just a few deep breaths, you’ll feel ready to take on the day!

You can even take advantage of your aromatherapy regimen in the kitchen. After all, that’s the most likely place to feel stressed this time of year! Luckily, citrus essential oils — like Lemon, Grapefruit, and Bergamot — are great at calming you down without making you feel tired or sluggish.
Want to use them all together? Try Aromandina’s Citrus Delight Essential Oil Blend. The easiest way to use this blend is to squeeze 15 drops into a bowl of hot water, and place the bowl on your aromatherapy burner. That way, you’ll have powerful scents floating through the air — along with that delicious home-cooked turkey scent! As an added benefit, that oil-infused air will help make your guests feel more relaxed, too!
And speaking of your guests, if you want them to feel at home in your home, try Aromandina’s Autumn Blend. Made with Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon and Orange — each of which have uplifting properties that can make you feel downright euphoric. (Or, if you prefer a single scent, try Spearmint, Lemongrass, or Orange.)

…If your eyes were bigger than your stomach

When most people think of Thanksgiving, they think of overeating! If you piled a few too many gourmet goodies on your plate, don’t panic. Essential oils like Ginger, Orange, Cardamom, Rosemary and Spearmint are actually known as “digestive oils”. Each one can make you feel a little less stuffed, while also eliminating embarrassing flatulence.
Personally, when I eat a little too much, I grab a bottle of Aromandina’s Digestive Body Oil . It’s made with those all-important digestive oils, so I can massage it right onto my abdomen for some quick relief.

© 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.
Oct 19 2015

Meditation aromatherapy blend
Be honest — how much time do you spend in a day scrolling through your smartphone and staring at your computer screen? How often do you get a chance to simply sit back, take a deep breath, and truly seize the day?

If you’re like most people, not often enough!

I’ve spent years offering expert aromatherapy advice and answering countless questions, and after I published a blog post about using essential oils for meditation, people were dying to know when I was going to create a special blend of oils that could be used to help them meditate.

I’m happy to report that it’s finally here! I carefully crafted my special Meditation Blend with a synergy of essential oils that can help you achieve a calmer, slower, more relaxed state of mind.

What’s in it?

Frankincense

Used to deepen breathing, Frankincense can help tackle everything from depression, to anxiety, to nagging mental chatter. It’s got soothing qualities that will help you break free of negative emotions, allowing you to focus on — and appreciate — the current moment. Frankincense is a popular choice among spiritual experts because it helps enable the mind focus more clearly on prayer, meditation, and deep thinking.

Rose Absolute

Called “the oil of the heart”, Rose Absolute encourages feelings of love and creativity. By using it to open up your heart energy, you can overcome negative emotions like guilt, sorrow, and self-righteousness and be more open to affection, intimacy, and determination.

Lavender

Lavender is a popular sedative oil that’s used by a number of people at bedtime. However, it’s not just good for sleeping! Lavender is aromatherapy’s version of a “stress-buster”. Not only can it help you relax , but it can also help open your mind to newer, calmer perspectives. In the end, you’ll wind up with a much greater sense of inner-peace.

Lemon

This vibrant oil is perfect for turning pessimism into optimism. It creates a warm feeling that can make you feel nurtured, hopeful, and encouraged.

Palo Santo

This is a sacred and deeply spiritual essential oil. It’s perfect for people who feel lonely, depressed, or abandoned. Not only can Palo Santo give you a clearer understanding of your specific situation, it can help you detach from a painful past that’s holding you back.

How do you use this blend?

Simply place a few drops in a tissue, and breathe it in. (I suggest visualizing your troubles leaving your body every time you exhale!) It will only take you about 5 minutes to feel your mind quiet down.

It’s also easy to incorporate Mediation Blend into your yoga routine. Simply bring the tissue with you, and place it on your chest during Shavasana.

Or, if you’d rather enjoy this blend at bedtime, put the tissue under your pillow. That way, you’ll sleep better all night long, and you’ll be able to bid bon voyage to the nightmares that are preventing you from getting the rest you need.

Want to combine this soothing feeling with a warm bath? Just combine 10 drops of Meditation Blend with 1/4 cup of sea salts, and pour the mixture into the tub. The warm water will help infuse your entire bathroom with the calming scent!

Or, combine 60 drops of Meditation Blend with 4 ounces of Therapeutic Carrier Oil to make a special body oil that you can use as a daily moisturizer or an end of the day treat.

You can purchase this Mediation Blend — along with a variety of other high-quality essential oil 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.

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