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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

References:
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 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.
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.
Jul 11 2014

Did you know that essential oils have a profound effect on the brain’s limbic system, which is responsible for our moods, thoughts and hormone production? 

Whether you want calmness, clarity or balance, essential oils can help you achieve the desired mental state in a safe and natural way.

You can use these oils to: 

  • Reduce stress levels
  • Help your kids prepare for a test
  • Be more alert at work
  • Concentrate on an important task
  • Get restful sleep
  • Beat depression and anxiety
  • Maintain a positive frame of mind

 ….and a lot more. Here’s an easy reference chart that tells you the what, when and how of using essential oils for the mind.

Just print and paste this on your medicine cabinet and you have aromatherapy solutions for the entire family right when you need them!

Chart Essential Oils Mind and EmotionsNote: 

  1. Remember that essential oils are not meant to be ingested – just place a few drops of the chosen oil on a tissue and inhale deeply.
  1. If you are using essential oils topically, don’t forget to dilute them in carrier oil. Combine 5 drops of essential oil with 1 tbs of Carrier Oil

© 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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