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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.

Oct 13 2015

Background-Autumn
Head to your local grocery store or flip on the TV, and you’ll see a definite shift. Autumn is in the air, and retailers want you to be well aware of it! That’s why you’re seeing endless commercials and endless in-store displays of pumpkin-spiced everything, apple cider, and warm teas.

It’s natural to want to warm up this time of year. As Mother Nature starts to cool things off, that glass of iced tea doesn’t seem so appealing. Instead, a warm cup of tea or a spicy glass of warm cider feels heavenly.

And, luckily, you can warm up your energy just like you warm up your beverages!

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, several essential oils create a special warming energy. In addition to a spicy scent, they’ll actually give your lungs a boost — which will help you breathe easier, help you feel more alert and awake, help you develop a more positive attitude, and help enhance your immune system.

Here are the essential oils you should be taking full advantage of this Autumn:

Cardamom
Cinnamon
Cedarwood
Eucalyptus
Fennel
Ginger
Juniper
Laurel
Marjoram
Pine
Rosemary
Tea Tree
 
Best of all, you can use them in a variety of ways. Combine a few of them to use in your aromatherapy burner or diffuser to give your entire home a warm energy boost.
Or, create your own Autumn massage oil by mixing 45 drops of your favorite essential oil with 4 ounces of Therapeutic Carrier Oil.

Want to take the spa-like treatment a step further? Add a few drops of your favorite oil to a warm bath that will soothe your senses and your stress level. (Just avoid Cinnamon, Fennel, Ginger, and Marjoram, because they can irritate your skin!)

If you want to blend a few scents together, consider adding Orange or Mandarin to the mix. These uplifting scents have a more neutral energy, so they won’t overpower the warmth you’re getting from your Autumn oils.

Or, if you want to leave the blending to someone else, get a bottle of Aromandina’s Autumn Blend. Carefully blended with spicy warming oils like Cardamom and Ginger, this blend will warm up your entire environment, protect you from the colds and infections that always seem to be lurking this time of year, and allow you to fully enjoy everything that Autumn has to offer!

No matter what time of year it is, you’ll find the perfect assortment of quality essential oils 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.
Jun 18 2015

balneotherapy
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.

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