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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.
 
Apr 28 2014 Mothers day massage protocol
 

Women deserve a special kind of pampering, especially because they often forget to look after themselves as life takes over.  A spa is an ideal place where women can bond and spend quality time with each other, in the lap of luxury. 

The Sweet Serenity is a super-indulgent aromatherapy spa treatment that uses precious essential oils and offers your guests the perfect opportunity to escape life and celebrate their feminity. 

The essential oils in our Sweet Serenity Blend are Rose Maroc, Lavender and Lemon that beautify the skin and evoke feelings of love and feminine confidence. 

The Sweet Serenity has a fairly simple protocol that can be easily implemented in any spa environment. Here is a step-by-step guide to the treatment:

ROOM SET UP:   

Crock-Pot

1 warmed Bath Sheet

1 warmed Bath Towel

1 Body Bowls   

1 Dry Brush

4 Hand Towels 

PRODUCTS:

1 oz. Jojoba Oil in a glass or plastic bottle

8 drops of Sweet Serenity Blend

10 drops of Lavender essential oil for the crockpot

Add Sweet Serenity essential oil blend to Jojoba oil

Place bottle with blend in hot towel cabby

Fill crock pot ¾ full of water, add 10 drops of Lavender essential oil and set aside 2 hand towel for the compresses.

Put 1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil on tissue and place on face cradle bar.

Place 2 terry mitts, 1 bath towel, 1 bath sheet and 2-hand towels in the hot towel cabby.

Make sure room is warm. Create a relaxing atmosphere by dimming the lights, lighting the aromatherapy burner and playing soft music.

 PROCEDURE:

     1.            Start guest prone.  

    2.            Begin dry brushing – starting at foot and moving towards the chest. When you reach the top of the hamstrings, scoop in toward the inguinal node.

    3.            Apply compresses on the leg with a lavender soaked hand towel. 

    4.            Take the Sweet Serenity and jojoba blend and apply a small amount on legs, using light, soothing strokes.

    5.            Repeat Dry Brush, Compress and Massage for the other leg and re-drape.

    6.            Undrape the back and shoulders and repeat Dry Brush, Compress and Massage for these areas.

Ask the guest turn over on their back. Place a warmed neck bolster under the neck and a bolster under the knees.

    7.            Repeat Dry Brush, Compress and Massage for the front, starting with legs, and moving up to the abdomen and décolletage. Redrape.  

    8.            Place warmed hand towels over décolletage, neck and shoulder.

    9.            Cover the body like a cocoon with a plastic wrap and a heated blanket.

Perform a scalp massage. (10 mins).

Replace towel drape with dry warm bath sheet. 

Assist client in sitting up and blot the back dry.

Wrap client with warm towel around back.

Cristina Proaño-Carrión AROMANDINA 2014 – Aromatherapy blog  – All rights reserved This information on this blog 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 ith a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

Apr 26 2014

Did you know that such a day exists? Neither did I!

The Storytelling Manager of Ford Motor Company contacted me on Friday and told me about this day.  The conversation that followed was so interesting that I though it would be great to share it with my readers:

Good morning, Cristina

My name is Dan Mazei, and I work in the communications team at Ford Motor Company. I realize an e-mail from Ford may sound strange, but I swear I have a good reason to be reaching out today.

I’m not sure if you know, but this Saturday is National Sense of Smell Day. As odd as that may sound to most people, I’m sure you can appreciate a day that recognizes our built-in ability to improve our lives through smell (like with essential oils and aromatherapy). 

With this in mind, Ford partnered up with the world’s foremost experts on scent, ScentAir, to come up with the Top 7 Aromas for a Less Stressful Drive – the little things we can do to make our commutes, errand runs, road trips and family vacations more relaxing and comfortable.

I’d love to send you the full list, if you’re interested. These are not products, but rather general scents your readers could go out and apply on their own. I think they’d really enjoy seeing this. 

Please let me know your thoughts when you can.

This obviously got me very curious as I wanted to find out more about those scents and what they are for.  Dan sent me the complete list and although I am not a fan of artificial scents, I was very pleased a big company like Ford Motor Company would be interested in making that connection for drivers, pleasant scents that can help them have a pleasant drive. 

After reading the draft, I did send him some suggestion and noted that Mahogany for instance is not a natural scent, and that I would not use Vanilla and Sandalwood for an evening drive as I would fall asleep on the wheel.  I also mentioned to him that I am not a fan of artificial scents and I would definitely not enjoy driving with those scents.

I think that we could use the same concept using natural essential oils and I  would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on how would you replace this scents with natural aromatherapy essential oils.

Driving. It’s a daily imperative for the vast majority of us; a function that’s as ingrained into our routines and getting dressed or making breakfast.

In fact, Harvard Medical School once postulated that the average American spends up to 614 hours a year driving. If we spent the same amount of time – almost 12 hours every week – sitting in our living rooms or laying in our beds, we’d want that time to be as comfortable as possible. Right?

Driving is impacted by a lot more than the car in front of you, or the construction on the expressway. Like most other aspects of our daily lives, we have the power to make every one of those hours driving more pleasant and enjoyable – and one simple solution is right in front of (or, between) our eyes.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is National Sense of Smell Day. While the day may not be circled in red on your calendar, it’s a reminder that smell is one of the most important senses we have.
In honor of this occasion, Ford Motor Company has tapped into the unique expertise of ScentAir, the largest scent marketing company in the world, to help drivers – and your readers – take full advantage of their good ol’ fashioned…olfaction…with the Top 7 Aromas for a Less Stressful Drive, no matter where they’re going:  
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  • Mahogany: The aroma of this durable, tropical tree species comforts the mind, while imbuing a sense of productivity that will help drivers feel more empowered – whether on their commute to work, or simply running to pick up some takeout food

  • Ocean: The smell of the ocean not only helps to make every trip feel like a vacation, but the light and soft aroma also brings to mind cleanliness and freshness – two feelings that contribute to a more positive outlook. How does that sound for that stressful drive home?

  • Vanilla and Sandalwood: The combination of these warm and rich classics will create an environment of warmth and comfort, perfect for an evening drive with that special someone or for a weekend getaway road trip

  • Fig: It’s not just the centerpiece of a time-tested cookie, but an ancient delicacy that helps every moment to feel like a journey – an especially useful scent for running errands or other trips that may otherwise seem mundane and tedious

  • Basil: From pizza and pasta to summertime drinks, basil never fails to deliver. It’s equally as useful in the car, inspiring the mind to wander for those long holiday drives or lengthy vacation road trips

  • Summer Grass: This familiar scent offers a refreshing and invigorating quality that can liven up those drives to the gym, the office or an evening event, when you could use a little boost to stay on your A-game

  • Eucalyptus and Mint: The partnership of these stunning, fresh aromas make for a perfect morning drive. Whether it’s a bumper-to-bumper dance with commuters, or cruising through the quiet streets at sunrise, the scents will make for a softer and deeper experience

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