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Oct 13 2014
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As the weather gets colder, I feel the need to use “warming” oils that can not only help me breathe better but also make me feel more energetic. A little known oil in this regard is Black Spruce. I have been quite enamored by its soft, fresh, forest-like scent and what it can do for the mind and body.

What is Black Spruce?

A member of the Pinaceae plant family, Spruce is a close cousin of firs, pines and hemlocks. There are over 40 species of Spruce but not all offer therapeutic benefits. Black Spruce (Picea mariana) is an evergreen coniferous tree native to Canada, although it also grows in some parts of Alaska and North America. It is typically found in wet, swampy regions. The sharp, bluish-green needle-like leaves of the tree are the primary source of essential oil, which is extracted through the process of steam distillation. Black Spruce essential oil has a much milder, sweeter scent compared to other oils from the evergreen family.

Black Spruce Essential Oil: Uses in Aromatherapy

Historically, Lakota Americans have used Black Spruce for healing wounds and muscular pain. It was also an important part of their spiritual rituals because of its purifying and cleansing properties. In Europe, Black Spruce was used to treat gingivitis and stomach infections.

Black Spruce essential oil has a high content of esters, which contributes to its balancing and antispasmodic properties. This is why it is often added to saunas, hot baths and massages. However, the most remarkable quality of Black Spruce is its ability to clear “blockages”, both respiratory and emotional.

Black Spruce Essential Oil for Emotional Healing

Like most woody oils, Black Spruce is grounding and stimulating at the same time. While it has a calming effect on a nervous, hyperactive individual, it energizes someone who is feeling lethargic and melancholic. The fresh, clean scent of Black Spruce breeds feelings of harmony and goodwill, and helps people get in touch with their true feelings by clearing emotional blocks.

The fresh, calming and restoring scent of Black Spruce comes from the rich composition of monoterpenes in the oil, which makes it an ideal oil to use during meditation and yoga. To provide a fresh, relaxing atmosphere at home, add 10 drops to your aromatherapy burner or diffuser.

Black Spruce Essential Oil for Endocrine Support

According to Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, the polycyclic terpenoid compounds in Black Spruce have a tonic effect on adrenal, thyroid and pituitary glands, thus encouraging hormonal equilibrium. The most notable are its effects on the adrenal glands, which makes it a wonderful oil to combat chronic lethargy, especially in winter months. Shirley and Len Price in their Book Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, have also documented Black Spruce’s cortisone-like action and its uses in the management of hyperthyroidism.

For adrenal support, mix a few drops of Black Spruce with carrier oil and massage onto your lower back.

Black Spruce Essential Oil for Respiratory Problems

Black Spruce’s expectorant, antitussive and disinfectant properties make it helpful to support the respiratory system. In a class I took with Gabriel Mojay, I learned that Black Spruce tones and regulates Lung-Qi, and the high level of monoterpenes help strengthen the body’s natural defenses. It can help relieve tightness of chest and difficulty in breathing.

To clear bronchial congestion, add 2 drops in hot water, cover head with a towel and inhale the vapors. Alternatively, you can add 5 drops to a washcloth and place it on your chest while taking a warm shower.

Black Spruce Essential Oil for Muscular and Rheumatic Pains

As an analgesic and rubefacient, Black Spruce supports blood flow to tired muscles and soothes muscular pain. It is often used in liniments, aerosols or with carrier oils in massage.

For tired muscles and sore joints, combine 5 drops of Black Spruce with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Massage the affected area twice a day.

Black Spruce Essential Oil for Urinary Tract Support

Black Spruce is believed to have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antispasmodic properties that can help keep the genito-urinary system healthy.

Combine 5 drops in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and massage across lower back and abdomen.

Black Spruce is non-toxic, but refrigerate it in a dark, airtight container to prevent oxidation.

Do you have any other interesting uses for Black Spruce?

Tisserand R., Young R., Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals-, 2e, Churchill Livingstone; 2 edition (November 6, 2013)  p.429
Price, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals. Churchill Livingstone; 4 edition (November 25, 2011) p. 105,119, 121, 450
Schnaubelt K. Medical aromatherapy, Frog Ltd, USA, 1999 p.187
Damian Peter and Kate, Aromatherapy Scent and Psyche. Healing Arts Press; 1995

© 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.
Sep 30 2014 When it comes to beauty and skincare, essential oils can be used in super-effective ways.

In fact, it is scientifically proven that certain plant oils have anti-aging and skin healing properties. These oils work by:

- Stimulating cell regeneration

- Detoxifying the skin

- Improving circulation

- Balancing dry or oily skin

- Combating acne-causing bacteria

- Nourishing the skin with essential nutrients

- Soothing the skin and reducing inflammation

Result – clear, healthy, glowing and youthful skin! -

We, at Aromandina, are dedicated to providing the purest and highest quality essential oils to our clients. All our essential oils come from organic or wild crafted sources which means that they are 100% free from harmful chemicals, pesticides, heavy metals and preservatives.

Confused regarding which oils to use? Just use this convenient aromatherapy for skincare reference chart to create the perfect blend for your skin type.  Enjoy this essential oil skin care guide.  Click on the chart below and print it to keep it handy.

Chart Essential Oils Skin CareSo, are you ready to create your own beauty potion? Don’t forget to tell us how it worked!


 Remember that essential oils are not meant to be ingested or applied neat – add a total of 10 drops of your chosen blend of essential oils to 1 Oz. Golden Jojoba Oil.  This oil can be used as a skin oil, moisturizer, massage oil, and bath oil.  Put some oil on your fingertips and apply through the skin with press and release motion.

Aromatherapy Reference Charts:

 Essential Oils for Mind and Emotions
Essential Oils and Their Specific Uses
Benefits of Essential Oils


© 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.


Sep 23 2014

Aromatherapy for MenopauseFor women, the experience of menopause can be as individualistic, unique and varied as our fingerprints. Some women sail through it without any major bumps, while others grapple with annoying and unpredictable symptoms for as long as a decade. Any woman who has battled hot flashes, loss of libido, weight gain and mood swings will know what I am talking about.

Menopause is a significant phase in any woman’s life, and not only because it signals the end of the reproductive period, but also because it comes at a time when most of us have a demanding life to lead and responsibilities to deal with. Therefore, staying fit and active should be a top priority. 

There are several supplements and dietary recommendations that are known to ease the symptoms, but a little known secret is the use of essential oils for menopause. 

Which essential oils to use for menopause? 

  • Some oils like Geranium and Clary Sage support the female reproductive system by balancing hormones and regulating menstrual cycles.
  • During menopause, the level of estrogens in the body comes down, leading to physiological and psychological changes. Fennel contains natural plant estrogens that can fill in the void so that these changes feel less dramatic.
  • Depression is another side effect of menopause. The fresh citrusy scent of Grapefruit lifts away the depression and dullness, while Cypress helps build inner strength during this period of transition.

I have used all these oils in my Women’s Help Body Oil, which I formulated for my female clients who complained of hot flushes, night sweats, restlessness, anxiety, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, dizziness, lower backache and insomnia. Applying this blend all over the body twice a day, with emphasis on groins, lower back and abdomen has definitely helped with their symptoms.

I recently reformulated the blend to add Vitex Agnus Cactus because of its proven ability to maintain the delicate estrogen-progesterone equilibrium in the body.

Aromatherapy blends for menopause

There are many other blends that can target specific symptoms of menopause. Here are some suggestions:

For loss of libido and confidence:  

It is common for menopausal women to experience loss of libido and a general lowering of body confidence. This is where Rose Absolute and Jasmine help. Rose Absolute is a nurturing oil that restores “feminine balance” and self-confidence, while Jasmine is a natural aphrodisiac which boosts your desires.

For depression, anxiety and mood swings:

Place 1 drop of Rose Absolute and 1 drop of Radiare essential oil blend on a tissue, close your eyes and take three deep breathes.
This technique is always more effective when you are mindful of the properties of the oils. Feel your heart healing, and imagine all your worries fade away.

I also recommend Bergamot for its cooling, refreshing and uplifting qualities because that’s just what you need when your hormones are wrecking havoc within.

For Water Retention and Bloating:

Massage the abdominal area with Detoxing Body Oil which contains Fennel, Orange, Rosemary and Cedarwood which are known to cleanse the body and improve lymphatic flow.

For Edema and Poor Circulation

Massage your legs with Circulation Body Oil using upward strokes in the direction of the heart. This will reduce the swelling and make your feel more energetic.

Menopause doesn’t have to be a horror story. Make yours pleasant and comfortable with aromatherapy. These oils, along with a healthy lifestyle, will take care of most menopausal problems so that you can enjoy this new facet of womanhood.

Related Articles: The Magic Jasmine!
Aromatherapy for Menopause
The Feminine Nature of Aromatherapy

Davis Patricia.  Aromatherapy: An A-Z. 2nd edn, The C.W. Daniel Company Limited, Great Britain, 1999
Worwood Valerie Ann. The Complet Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. New World Library, USA, 1991
Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. 2nd edn, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003

 © 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.
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 component, 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 may 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 1 glass of 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. Combine 3 drops of Eucalyptus with 1 tablespoon carrier oil and 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!

 Mojay G. Aromatherapy for healing the spirit, Hodder and Stoughton, UK, 1996
Schnaubelt K. Medical aromatherapy, Frog Ltd, USA, 1999.
Lawless J. The encyclopedia of essential oils. Element Books Limited, Great Britain, 1992.
Davis P. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. 2nd edn. The C.W. Daniel Company Limited, Great Britain, 1999.

 © 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?

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.

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