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Apr 14 2015 sweet-orange-essential-oil-aromandina
Orange has been a wildly popular scent ever since Portuguese explorers brought sweet oranges from Asia to Europe in the 1520’s. Christopher Columbus loved them so much that he brought them with him to the New World.

But did you know that you can make this scent part of your aromatherapy routine?

Sweet orange is one of my go-to essential oils! I keep it in my medicine cabinet because it instantly brings a smile to my face. I also love blending it with other oils. In fact, it’s a main ingredient in some of my most popular blends — including Autumn Blend, Spring Blend, Citrus Delight, Holiday Bliss, Digestive Body Oil, and Detoxing Body Oil.

What makes sweet orange oil different?

When you think of an orange, you probably think of the juicy, tasty, fleshy insides. However, sweet orange oil actually comes from the outer peel, thanks to a special cold pressing technique. Just like its fleshy counterpart, orange oil has a sweet, warm, rounded aroma.

Orange oil — uses in aromatherapy

In addition to its great scent, aromatherapy experts love orange oil because it’s so versatile. You can literally use it from head to toe!

Sweet orange oil for digestion

Whether you’re battling abdominal distention and pain, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, constipation, irritable bowel, or simply poor eating choices, orange oil can help. It’s a hepatic stimulant and cholagogue — meaning it can help bile flow better, making it easier for your body to digest fatty foods. It can also help normalize the peristaltic action in your intestines — meaning your gastrointestinal muscles will contract more smoothly — so that you don’t have spasms and cramps.

Simply mix 7 drops of orange with 7 drops of ginger, and 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage your abdomen with it.

Sweet orange oil for skin care

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Apr 01 2015 safety-use-essential-oils-aromandina
Aromatherapy can give you some big-time benefits, but only if you approach it the right way. Things like Facebook and Pinterest have given everyone a platform to share information — but, unfortunately, most people aren’t aromatherapy experts. That means they may be giving you advice that’s downright dangerous!

I’ve got formal aromatherapy training, and I’ve spent more than 15 years practicing as a certified aromatherapist. As a result, I know that some of the advice you see floating around out there can come with serious consequences.

Like what?

Take lemon oil as an example. You’ve probably seen people spouting off all the benefits of it, but if you add even just a few drops into your water glass and drink it on a daily basis, it can burn your mouth, esophagus, and digestive tract! Yes, essential oils are all-natural, but their chemical composition can be toxic if you don’t use them the right way.

So, what IS the right way to use essential oils?

If you want to make sure you’re using your essential oils safely, stick to these 5 rules:

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Mar 18 2015 Springtime Spa Treatments

It’s that time of year again…

The flowers are starting to bloom, the temperatures are starting to warm up, and it’s finally time to bid bon voyage to those winter blues.  Your guests probably want to look and feel as refreshed and rejuvenated as possible this Spring, but how do you kick your Springtime treatments up a notch?

Add aromatherapy!
The essential oils used are extracted from plants, so they’re completely natural.  Luckily, they’re also completely free of side effects when they’re blended and applied the right way.  Whether your guests want to soothe achy joints, make their skin more vibrant, or eliminate stress, the right essential oils will give you the power to help them do it.
Here’s how you can incorporate aromatherapy into your existing spa treatments:

body treatment

This treatment detoxifies, assists with circulation and lymph flow, and pushes toxins out, allowing for a healthier body.   It’s excellent for both sedentary and athletic individuals since it will allow for more movement in the knees, hip joints, and ankles, and it will also assist with edema.

Set up your room with:
–  A crock-pot filled with warm water and 10 drops of lemon Oil
–  A hand towel soaking in the crock-pot
–  A dry brush

Have 2 tablespoons of Detoxing Body Oil ready

Here are some of the ingredients in the Detoxing Body Oil and why they work:
Fractionated coconut oil is a moisturizer, so it’s a great way to soothe skin that’s been blasted by cold air all winter.

Fennel Oil is a natural diuretic and lymphatic decongestant, so it will help eliminate toxins, stagnant fluids, and fats. 

Orange Oil is both uplifting and calming, and it also eliminates excessive fluids and toxins.  Cedarwood Oil counteracts both water and lipid retention, which are common causes of weight gain.

The procedure:

1.  Do your consultation.  

2.  Start your guest face down.  Dry brush starting at the foot, using swift, upward strokes, and end at the buttock.  Then, repeat the process on the other leg.

3.  Wring out the hand towel and compress onto the back of the leg and buttock.

4.  Apply the massage oil onto the leg and buttock, and proceed to massage.  Start your strokes at the feet and move upward.  Then, repeat on the other leg.

5.  Turn your guest onto her back and undrape her leg.  Then, repeat the procedure.

6.  Wrap both legs in plastic and cover with top sheet.  

7.  Undrape the torso (make sure to breast drape if guest is a woman) and repeat the procedure.

8.  Compress the torso, massage oil, and wrap.

9.  Leave her in the wrap for 15 minutes.  During that time, massage her scalp and face.

spring facial treatment

For this treatment, you’ll need to mix a special Spring Mist.  Simply fill a 1 oz spray bottle with distilled water and add:
–  2 drops of German Chamomile
–  2 drops of Helichrysum Oil
–  5 drops of Lavender

Both the German Chamomile and the Lavender have natural anti-inflammatory properties and are suitable for all skin types.  Helichrysum Oil has cicatrisant and cytophilactic properties and is also great for all skin types.

You’ll also need to mix a special facial oil for this treatment.  Fill a 1 oz amber glass bottle with jojoba oil and add:
–  2 drops of German Chamomile
–  2 drops of Rose absolute
–  2 drops of Orange

Jojoba is an anti-aging, skin-revitalizing unscented facial oil. 

Rose absolute is toning, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating, and it’s particularly good for dry, sensitive and mature skin. 

Orange is slightly astringent and used for general skin care.  It has a very refreshing and stimulating effect on the skin, while the German Chamomile will help accelerate the skin’s healing process.

The procedure:
1.  Hold the bottle of Spring Mist 2 – 3 feet from your guest, with the nozzle facing toward the ceiling, and spray the mist upward.  Ask your guest to close her eyes and breathe deeply.   

2.  Put one drop of Bergamot Essential Oil onto a corner of a warm towel. Place the warm towel around your guest’s neck and décolletage.

3.  Perform your facial treatment as usual.  You can use the facial oil to perform a hand and arm massage while your guest has her mask on, or you can use this oil to do your facial massage.

4.  At the end of the treatment, use the Spring Mist to gently wake up your guest.  Again, hold the bottle 2 – 3 feet away, with the nozzle facing toward the ceiling, and spray the mist upward.   Ask your guest to close her eyes and breathe deeply.

aromatherapy pedicure

–  Combine 1 cup of Epsom salts with 3 drops of Spearmint Oil and 5 drops of Grapefruit Oil, and add this mixture to the foot bath water.

–  Combine 1 tablespoon of your preferred foot massage lotion with 2 drops of Spearmint Oil and 2 drops of Grapefruit Oil and massage.

Spearmint’s aroma is milder than Peppermint, so it will rejuvenate your guest without overwhelming her.  It will stimulate her senses, which makes it the perfect oil to help her feel refreshed on a sunny Spring day.  The clean, fresh scent of the Grapefruit Oil is also an instant stimulant, and it will push away any anxious thoughts.  It also has antiseptic properties that will make your guest’s feet clean and ready to show off in those Springtime sandals.

Aside from the emotional and physical benefits we’ve already talked about, the best part about using essential oil blends is the ease.  It’s easy to make them a part of your spa’s regular treatment routine.  In the end, you’ll wind up with guests who are more satisfied — without having to put in a ton of extra time, money, and training.  It simply doesn’t get any better than that!

© 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.

Feb 09 2015

Just because it’s almost Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to run out and get the same ol’ boring roses and sugary chocolate you get every year. Luckily, though, you don’t have to be a creativity wizard to come up with a great gift. I’ve done all the thinking for you, and I’m more than willing to let you take the credit for it!

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If you want to give your sweetie a special Valentine’s surprise, tap into the power of these products:

  1. Romance Essential Oil

This blend will push all the stress out of your sweetie’s mind and invigorate the senses so that you can both take full advantage of every single second of Valentine’s Day. Romance Essential Oil

  1. Romance Massage Oil

Why not kick up the sensory stimulation with a nice massage?! This sensual massage oil offers the same essential oils as Romance Blend, but it can be applied directly to the skin. That way, your sweetie gets to be pampered, and you both get to enjoy the invigorating scent. Romance Massage Oil

  1. Roses and Chocolate Perfume Oil

This is the ONLY way you should be using roses and chocolate this Valentine’s Day! This perfume blend smells sweet and elegant — making it the perfect way for your sweetie to feel a little more glamorous on the most romantic day of the year. Roses and Chocolate Perfume Oil

  1. Wise Woman Perfume Oil

A truly wise woman knows how great it is to be pampered, and the essential oils in this perfume blend will make her feel that way. The combination of exotic oils will make your sweetie feel more passionate, more in touch with her senses, and more relaxed — the perfect combination for a great Valentine’s Day! Wise Woman Perfume Oil

  1. Mr. Romantic Perfume Oil

The right scents don’t just work wonders for women; they’re a great mood booster for men, too! Whether you want your sweetie to feel strong enough to sweep you off your feet, or you want to give a single guy friend some added confidence this Valentine’s Day, this will definitely do it. Mr. Romantic Perfume Oil

If you’d rather focus your efforts on one specific essential oil — instead of a pre-prepared blend — here are my Valentine’s favorites:

  1. Jasmine Absolute

The sweet scent will instantly chase away any anxious thoughts so that you can concentrate fully on your sweetie.   It’s also a great aphrodisiac! Jasmine Absolute

  1. Rose Absolute

The essential oil will come with a much stronger scent than a bouquet of roses will, and that’s a good thing! After all, the scent of rose makes you feel more passionate and more willing to open your heart — the perfect feelings for Valentine’s Day. Rose Absolute

  1. Ylang Ylang

Whether your sweetie is stressed out, anxious, frustrated, or cranky, ylang ylang essential oil will chase all of the bad emotions away and leave your sweetie feeling downright euphoric and ready to enjoy a fun day. Ylang Ylang

  1. Patchouli

It has a strong scent, but it also creates some strong emotions. Specifically, patchouli eliminates stress and anxiety and replaces them with sensual, passionate feelings. If you’re looking for a strong aphrodisiac, this is it! Patchouli

  1. Cardamom

I love cardamom because the scent just makes you enjoy life. If you’re looking for a great way to help your sweetie stop sweating the small stuff, this essential oil is the perfect Valentine’s gift. That’s a gift any hard-working Valentine will appreciate! Cardamom

Luckily, you don’t have to search all over the place to incorporate these essential oils into your Valentine’s Day. Thanks to Aromandina, they’re all just a click away! And, for a limited time, you can take advantage of a special promotion, buy one get $10 off.

VALENTINE’S PROMOTION: Buy One, Get One $10 off.

Enter Romance code during checkout – Offer ends February 26th 2015 – retail clients only

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© 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.



Feb 03 2015

Have you figured out what to do for Valentine’s Day yet?

This holiday can be tricky!  Getting a card and some flowers seems so cliché, but you have no idea what to do to be original.  People are always asking me how to use aromatherapy for romance and sexuality, and I figured this is the perfect time of year to share some tips with you!!

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basil

This is a great essential oil for your libido, because it awakens your senses.  It will make you forget all about how tired and weary you are so that you can concentrate all of your efforts on a night of sensuality: Basil Essential Oil

black pepper

Just like it spices up your food, it also spices up your sex life!  This oil is warm and spicy, making it perfect for rekindling lost passion.  If you feel like you and your partner have fallen into a sexual rut, this aphrodisiac will make you remember all of those hot sparks you had at the beginning of your relationship — back when everything was new and exciting. Black Pepper Essential Oil

ginger and cardamom

Ginger and Cardamom are warm, arousing, and inviting. They are also spicy oils.  In fact, the great physician Avicenna was singing Ginger’s praises more than a thousand years ago!  He said it was perfect for increasing circulation and, thus, creating more powerful erections. Ginger Essential Oil Cardamom Essential Oil

clary sage

If you’re looking for an erotic essential oil that can help you relax and enjoy a sensual night, look no further!  Clary sage will eliminate all of your stress, help you calm down, and even lower your inhibitions so that you have the courage to try out something new in the bedroom. Clary Sage Essential Oil

jasmine absolute

You’ve probably smelled Jasmine flowers before.  They bloom at night and create a sweet scent that’s a perfect aphrodisiac.  When used in essential oil form, Jasmine can make you remember all of those old romantic feelings you once had.  It will soothe your anxiety, make you feel calm, and make both you and your partner more seductive. Jasmine Absolute

patchouli

With its musky, earthy scent, Patchouli rose in popularity during the 1960’s — back when hippies were all about free love.  Patchouli has a strong scent, so test it out first to make sure you and your partner both like it.  If you do, you’ll find that your inhibitions are lowered, your mind will be clearer, and you’ll feel confident enough to discuss all of your physical and emotional desires. Patchouli Essential Oil 

Interestingly, Patchouli can create an entirely different mood depending on how you use it.  A small amount will have a sedative-like effect, while larger amounts will do the exact opposite and stimulate your senses.

rose absolute

Ever watch your partner when you give her a bouquet of roses?  One sniff, and she’s more emotional, more tender, and more filled with love.  Legend has it that Cleopatra first made love to Mark Anthony on a carpet buried one inch deep in rose petals, and amazingly, Rose oil can have an even more intense effect!  It’s a powerful aphrodisiac that eliminates any painful feelings, while making you feel warmer and more intimate. Rose Absolute

Rose an especially potent essential oil for the female libido, so if you want to help your wife relax and get in the mood, this is a great tool to do it!

ylang ylang

If you’re looking for a sweet essential oil that increases your libido, Ylang ylang is the perfect choice!  It’s long been a favorite of honeymooners because it eliminates anxiety and performance issues.  In addition to stimulating your senses, Ylang ylang will also open up your heart — making you more willing to express your emotions and your deepest thoughts. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Have you picked out a few favorites?

Good!  Now let’s talk about putting them to good use!

You’ve got two options for using these essential oils to boost your romance and sexuality — you can diffuse them in an aromatherapy burner, or you can use them to make your own massage oils.

Here are some massage oil recipes that I love, because each one creates a distinct mood.  

CALIENTE

PLAYFUL

EUPHORIC

See?  Giving your sex life a boost doesn’t have to hard!  Best of all, you can get all of these erotic oils from Aromandina… Consider it your one-stop shop for romance! 

Read more about essential oils for libido here:

Aromatherapy for Romance
Increasing libido with essential oils and a sensual bath
Mr. Romantic – A charming and sensual blend for men
Cardamom for Sense and Sensuality 
Celebrate love with aromatherapy

 



© 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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