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Sep 09 2014

Eucalyptus essential oil
If there is anything clean, refreshing and energizing at the same time, it has to be Eucalyptus Essential Oil. I suggest everyone should have a bottle in their cabinet because it is so versatile and has SO MANY USES! 

I have personally used it in many of my aromatherapy products such as the Winter Blend, Fiesta, BUZZ-OFF Insect Repellent Aromatherapy Spray, Immune Support Essential Oil and Body Oil, RESPIRO Andean Bath Soak. It’s probably easy for you to guess that I am really, really fond of Eucalyptus.

What is Eucalyptus?
 

Eucalyptus, which derives its name from two Greek words, “eu” (well) and “kalyptos” (covered), is one of the tallest trees growing up to a height of 100 meters. There are around 700 species of Eucalyptus but the most popular ones for oil yielding are E.globulus, E.radiata, and E.citriadora. The oil is extracted from the blue-green leaves of the tree through the process of steam distillation. Eucalyptus is native to Australia although it is now widely cultivated across Europe, Africa and South East Asia. Its multiple health benefits and ability to fight infections have also earned it the name of “Fever Tree”.

In Aromandina we use Eucalyptus radiata for its versatility and safety.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Uses in Aromatherapy

The health and medicinal benefits of the oil are widely known, it is being used in numerous natural remedies, conventional medicine, personal care and commercial products.

Eucalyptus oil is a powerful antiseptic, analgesic, antipyretic, antiviral, decongestant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. Its primary active ingredient, cineole, is used in rubs, pain balms and inhalers. Few people know this, but Eucalyptus essential oil works wonderfully as a safe and natural insect repellent – especially for babies and pets.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil for Respiratory Problems

As a decongestant and expectorant, Eucalyptus helps clear mucus from respiratory passages. It is the first oil of choice when you suffer from sinusitis, laryngitis, bronchitis or nasal congestion. Its antibacterial and antiviral properties fight against infections and prevent them from spreading, thus supporting the immune system.
A few drops of Eucalyptus oil inhaled with steam or rubbed across the chest and back (diluted in carrier oil), can work wonders.
If you have a painful sore throat, gargle with 5 drops of eucalyptus oil diluted in warm water for instant relief.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil for Muscular and Rheumatic Pains

You will often find Eucalyptus as an active ingredient in many OTC pain ointments. This is because the oil’s anti-inflammatory, analgesic and warming qualities make it an effective remedy for muscular and joint pains. Massage over affected areas to get relief from aches, sprains, ligament injuries, muscular fatigue, rheumatic arthritis, fibrosis and nerve pains.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil for Skin and Personal Care

Eucalyptus essential oil can help combat acne and other skin infections. It is often used to treat burns, blisters, insect bites, wounds and cuts because of its germicidal action. You can add a few drops to your bath every day or even dilute it in water to make your own mouthwash because it helps fight plaque, cavities and gingivitis.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil for Domestic Use

Eucalyptus essential oil works fabulously as an all-natural floor/surface cleaner and air freshener. It deodorizes the house and kills disease-causing organisms to keep your house smelling fresh and squeaky-clean all the time. Just plug it into an electrical diffuser or add some to your cleaning water. You may even add a few drops to your laundry for heavenly smelling clothes.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil for Emotional Healing

The cool, refreshing scent of Eucalyptus has a positive and uplifting effect on the mood. On the other hand, its “cleansing” nature purges all negative emotions, particularly those that make us feel constricted or limited in our surroundings. It is recommended for those who haven’t let gone of grief because it helps release repressed feelings and encourages one to be more open and “move out” of a negative state.

Once you use Eucalyptus essential oil, you will fall in love with it – just like I did!

 

 © 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.




Aug 04 2014

essential oils for meditation 

The multiple health and spiritual benefits of meditation have been known to mankind since centuries, and now there are scientific studies to prove it.

Ever wonder why meditation is so refreshing?

The reasons are simple and straightforward. Meditation

  • Slows down the pulse rate
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Regulates the physiological functions of the body
  • Brings brain activity to a “sleep-like” state

 Why you should meditate?

  • Meditation requires you to block out all your thoughts and internal chatter. These few moments of stillness lend clarity to your mind and facilitate inner calmness.
  • It helps connect your mind, body and soul.
  • The physical health benefits of meditation in controlling hypertension and stress are well documented.

 Procedure for effective meditation

You don’t have to spend hours on meditation – just 10 minutes each day is enough!

  1. Switch off your phones, computers, television and any other gadget that may distract you.
  2. Choose a quiet place where you can be by yourself for a while.
  3. Seat yourself in a comfortable position, but try to keep your back straight, as this facilitates the flow of energy through the centers along the spine.
  4. If you are not comfortable sitting, lie down on your back on a flat surface. Relaxation is the key to effective meditation.
  5. Before starting, flex your toes and then release them, then do the same with your calves, thighs, buttocks, tummy, arms, shoulders, neck, head, and face.

Using essential oils for meditation

Aromatics have been an integral part of spiritual and religious practices since time immemorial. Every religion, be it Eastern or Western, uses incense and aromas in its sacred rituals. The reasons for this go far beyond the pleasant smell. Botanical oils:

  • Help “prepare” the environment for meditation by demarcating the space for spiritual use.
  • Their psychological effects block out intrusive thoughts and day-to-day stresses so that the meditator can immerse fully in the exercise.
  • Slow down the pulse rate and breathing to induce relaxation and a deeper consciousness.
  • Improve mental clarity and concentration. Helps the meditator focus on the “NOW”.
  • The fragrance provides a focal point and keeps thoughts from straying away.

Which essential oils to use for meditation?

You can use oils individually or in blends depending on the benefits you are looking for. Here are some that I find particularly helpful:

Frankincense: Widely used for its spiritual qualities, Frankincense deepens the breathing, bringing about a calm and meditative state.

Lavender: Calming and sedative, Lavender relaxes and balances the mind. It blends well with Rosemary.

Rose Maroc: Oil of the heart, Rose Maroc encourages creativity and feelings of love, both for the self and others. Assists visualization.

Rosemary: Stimulating and energizing, Rosemary promotes mental clarity. Use in a blend to balance its stimulant properties.

Vetiver: Calming and grounding. Great for restoring balance.

Cedarwood: Relaxing and calming without inducing drowsiness.

Palo Santo: Sacred and deeply spiritual, it grounds the mind and enriches the thoughts.

How to use essential oils for meditation?

While choosing an oil, be conscious of its special qualities and focus on the effect you hope to achieve by using it. This positive affirmation multiplies the benefits of aromatherapy manifold.

It is best to use essential oils in a burner but you can also place a few drops on a tissue and inhale from it.

Which are your favorite oils for meditation and prayer?

References:
Subtle Aromatherapy, Patricia Davis
The Fragrant Mind

 © 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.
Aug 04 2014
Natural relief for headachesWhen I first started learning aromatherapy, my family members became my guinea pigs. I would try out various concoctions on them to see how essential oils really worked.
My husband used to have frequent bouts of headaches, which ranged from mild heaviness to severe migraines. One of my major goals as an aromatherapist (and a wife) was to find something that could help him.

What causes a headache?


A headache can stem from a million causes. Some of the more common ones are:
• Physical or emotional stress
• Hypertension
• Blocked Sinuses
• Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar)
• Food allergies
• Changes in weather
• Hormonal fluctuations
• Injury to the head
Certain essential oils, owing to their analgesic, anti-inflammatory, relaxant and stimulating properties, are very effective in providing relief from headaches. So much so that they can even eliminate the need for any painkillers.

Aromatherapy for headaches


While trying out various essential oil combinations (Lavender and Marjoram were my favorites) on my husband, I found that if the pain was caught on time, essential oils provided almost immediate relief.
If the pain was severe, I would perform a compress along with the blend to accelerate the healing process.

Along the years, I have come to realize that essential oils not only provide physical relief from headaches, but also diminished their frequency over time.
My husband, who would suffer from debilitating headaches almost everyday, now barely has one every few months!

I shared this knowledge with many of my clients and they too saw similar results. Later on, when I created my aromatherapy line, I developed an easy to use roll-on that can be used by anyone, anytime.

Headache BegoneWhich essential oils to use for headaches?


The most effective oils for headaches – Lavender, Mandarin, Birch, Peppermint, Lavandin and Cardamom – are all contained in the Headache Begone Roll On.
At the first hint of discomfort, rub some onto your temples, sinuses, back of the neck and massage gently.

Aromatherapy compress for headaches


If pain persists, follow up with a hot-cold compress.   Here’s how to do it:
  1. Take 2 empty bowls
  2. Add a teaspoon of salt to each bowl
  3. Add the following essential oils to each bowl
    - 2 drops Lavender (analgesic, anti-inflammatory)
    - 2 drops Marjoram (analgesic, vasodilator)
    - 1 drop Peppermint (analgesic, anti-inflammatory, stimulant)
    - 2 drops Rosemary (improves circulation, analgesic)
  4. Add hot water to one bowl and iced water to the other
  5. Use one small towel for each bowl and do alternate compresses on the forehead. Compresses should be changed frequently for best results.
  6. Leave one hot compress on the back of the neck – this will increase the flow of blood to the head.
Note that we are combining 2 sedative oils and 2 stimulating oils. Most over-the-counter painkillers combine analgesics with a stimulant (usually caffeine) to counter the mild sedative effect of the former. However, by using a blend of sedative and stimulant oils, we can achieve a similar effect without having to rely on potentially harmful synthetic drugs.

Do try this out if you are looking for a natural home remedy for headaches. And don’t forget to tell us how it helped you.

© 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.
Jul 23 2014

Natural remedy for cystitis
Those who suffer from cystitis know how painful and debilitating it can be. Cystitis can be described as an inflammatory condition that affects the bladder and sometimes the urethra. You probably have cystitis if you face:

  • A frequent urge to pass urine
  • Sharp pain and burning sensation while urinating

The worst part about cystitis is that if not treated properly, it keeps coming back!

Most conventional treatments for cystitis involve antibiotics. While antibiotics help curb the infection, they also destroy the “good bacteria” in the vagina that are so essential for women’s reproductive health. Antibiotics may also give rise to “resistant strains” and cause the infection to recur frequently, leading to a chronic condition. This creates a dreadful cycle of cystitis – antibiotics – cystitis that is extremely traumatic.

If you are prone to frequent attacks of cystitis, you can stop the next one right in its track. Here’s what to do at the first sign of irritation:

  • Drink plenty of Chamomile tea (which has anti-inflammatory properties) at frequent intervals and avoid caffeinated drinks.
  • Increase your intake of fluids to flush out the bacteria from the bladder.
  • Use COOLING ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND to prevent a full-blown attack.

COOLING essential oil blend is specially formulated to provide relieve from inflammatory conditions like Cystitis. It combines Bergamot, Lavender, Tea Tree and Niaouli, all of which have strong antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. I particularly love this blend because it is so safe, effective and easy to use.

Here’s how you can use it at home:

1)   Sitzbath:




  1. Mix 6 drops of COOLING with 1 cup of plain yogurt (be sure it does not contain any sugars or starches)
  2. Fill a bath up to hip level, add this mixture and sit in it for least 15 minutes.

 2)   Sea Pearls or Tampons




  1. Add 6 drops of COOLING to 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda and dilute this in 2 ½ cups of warm water.
  2. Soak a Sea Pearl in it and insert into the vagina.
  3. Do this daily in the morning, and change the sponges every 6 hours.
  4. You can also use an organic tampon.

3)  Massage

  1. Combine 3 drops of COOLING and 3 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil with 1 tablespoon of Carrier Oil.
  2. Massage your lower back an lower abdomen twice a day 
While this blend will give you instant relief from symptoms, it is important to remember that infections don’t go away so easily. Continue using the blend for at least ten days to get long-lasting relief.

FIND OUR COOLING BLEND HERE:

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COOLING ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND

Note: If your condition is severe and taking antibiotics becomes necessary, you can still use this blend alongside medical treatment. Not only is it safe, it will actually ease the inflammation and help restore the natural flora of your body.


© 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.
Jun 30 2014

Buzz Off Insect Repellent
Summer is full of outdoor fun – camping, hiking, picnics, barbeques…and pesky little bugs. An insect bite can sure ruin the most perfect summer day – not to mention the host of diseases that these critters carry. So what are you doing to keep yourself and your family safe this summer?

There are loads of insect repellants available off the shelves but most of them contain DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide), which is known to irritate the skin and pose a risk of toxicity, especially in young children and pets.

As a parent and pet-owner, you are probably looking for all all-natural, chemical-free solution that is safe, effective and hypoallergenic.

Well, BUZZ-OFF  Aromatherapy Spray is all that and more!

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  • Active ingredients such as Lemongrass, Rosemary, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Catnip, Peppermint and Sweet Lavandin are super-effective on mosquitoes, flies and fleas.
  • Aloe Vera soothes and nourishes the skin.
  • 100% DEET-free – use it as much and as often as you like.
  • Perfectly safe for babies and pets.
  • Convenient spray bottle allows for easy, mess-free application.
  • Smells better than most insect repellents you have used before!

You don’t have to scratch and swat your way through the summer, and neither do you have to subject yourself to harmful chemicals.

Try out BUZZ-OFF  Aromatherapy Spray today – our clients have loved it and you will love it too!

© 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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