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Dec 09 2015

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Between the rooftops blanketed with snow, the icicles hanging from the trees, and the peaceful glow coming from your fireplace, winter is absolutely gorgeous.

But among all of that beauty lie some serious buzzkills — like wintertime colds and flu, frigid temperatures that make you want to stay in bed all day long, and darker days that make you feel downright gloomy.

Winter can wreak havoc on your body in several ways:

– The lower temperatures and drier air make it harder for your immune system to function the way it should. In fact, your mucus membranes work best in temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees — which you definitely won’t see during the winter!

– Because it’s so cold, you’re less likely to head outside and get the exercise you need. Instead, you feel lazy and lethargic, and you’re much more sedentary than you are during warmer seasons.

Yes, it’s harder to feel great during the winter, but if you take the right approach, you can boost your spirits so that you feel as amazing as the soft white snow looks!

How do you do it?

With the right essential oils!

If you feel a winter cold coming, treat yourself to a hot aromatherapy foot bath. Simply fill your bathtub high enough to reach your ankles and dilute 4 drops each of Spruce and Fir essential oils in 2 tablespoons of milk.  Let your feet soak for about 20 minutes.

Want another foot treat? Massage the soles of your feet with a mixture of one teaspoon jojoba oil and 3 drops of Immune Support essential oil blend. It’ll get rid of that chill you have with every step. For the best warm-up, pull on a pair of warm socks after your foot massage and place a hot water bottle over your feet. Or, if your heels are dry and cracked, massage them with a blend of 2 drops Geranium oil, 2 drops Frankincense oil, 2 drops Lemon oil, and a tablespoon of jojoba oil.

But it’s not just your feet that deserve a sweet treat during the winter! Your immune system needs some TLC, too.

Taking some deep breaths can infuse your bloodstream with more oxygen and help your body create more endorphins (the “feel-good” hormones). But if you combine those deep breaths with the right essential oils, your body will get an even bigger boost!

Rub 3 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil in your hands, and breathe it in 7-10 times. This oil has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties, and even just a few deep breaths will make you feel energized and ready to take on the day!

Need to clear up your sinuses? Simply mix two drops of Aromandina’s Winter blend, a teaspoon of salt, and a bowl of steaming hot water. Then, cover your head with a towel and breathe in the vapors.

Of course, stress can make you feel just as lifeless as a nasty cold does, so you’ve got to take a proactive stand against it, too! Even worse, extreme stress can make you more susceptible to getting sick — something you definitely don’t need this time of year.

Lavender oil is a natural stress-buster. Use some in your aromatherapy burner to calm yourself down when things get tough. Or, if you really want to kick the relaxation up a notch, take an aromatherapy bath. Fill the tub with warm water, then add 5 drops of Vetiver oil, 5 drops of Lavender oil, and a tablespoon of Epsom salt.

Prefer a massage over a bath? Take a tablespoon of jojoba oil and 2 drops each of Ylang Ylang and Lavender oils, and mix it up to create your own massage oil. Even if your sweetie isn’t around to give you a good rub, you can massage this oil into your feet and the back of your neck for some instant relief.

Unfortunately, dry, itchy, uncomfortable skin can cause some serious stress. Luckily, the right essential oils will make your skin look and feel great! Oils like Frankincense, Geranium, and Patchouli are great at nourishing your skin. Dilute 4 drops of  any of them with 1 tablespoon jojoba oil, and you’ve instantly got a treat for your entire body! Even just a light massage with this mixture will improve your blood circulation, leaving your skin with a better glow.

But if winter just has you down in the dumps overall, use aromatherapy to travel back in time to those warmer, sunnier, friendlier days of summer. Citrus oils — including Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lemon, and Bergamot — are instant mood-boosters. Choose your favorite to use in your aromatherapy burner when you feel the wintertime blues coming on.

Or, if you want to embrace all of those warm and fuzzy winter feelings, use Cinnamon, Fir, or Palo Santo oils. They’ll make you feel warm, relaxed, and ready to enjoy all of the good things that winter has to offer!

There are three essential oil blends that I really love during the winter — Winter Blend, Immune Support, and Energia. You’ll find them — along with all of the other oils we’ve talked about — 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.
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 28 2015 essential oils for breasts

If you’re like most women, there are several things you don’t like about your breasts. And, unfortunately, even the toughest workout won’t change them. After all, your breasts are glands — not muscles.

Luckily, whether you want your breasts to look more toned, feel softer, or have fewer stretch marks, the right essential oils can work wonders!

Yes, the overall shape and size of your breasts is determined by genetics. However, incorporating some essential oils into your regular routine can make you much more appreciative of what nature gave you.

I love using an oil blend that combines rose absolute and geranium. Not only are these very floral, feminine scents, they’re also great at making skin more supple and helping to eliminate clogged pores. Even better, geranium can actually help balance your hormones, so it’s perfect for the achy breasts you always seem to get right before your period starts!

The best way to take advantage of this blend is to give yourself an aromatic massage. Combine 4 oz of jojoba oil with 10 drops of rose absolute and 20 drops of geranium. 

HOW TO DO A BREAST MASSAGE:

  • Spread the blend all over your chest, and then get your hands working!
  • Press your fingers down in a circular motion to help improve the circulation to your breasts and to work out any tension.
  • Move your fingertips down and massage your entire rib cage the same way.
  • Move up to your shoulders, and squeeze them between your fingertips and the heel of your hand.
In addition to relieving tense muscles and improving your skin’s texture, these massages can help eliminate stretch marks. Because they boost your circulation, your body will be able to deliver nutrients to your breasts faster — meaning your skin can heal faster.

It’s also important to breathe deeply while you do these massages. The more you expand your lungs, the more oxygen they’ll be able to hold — and the more oxygen that’s in there, the better you’ll feel overall!

Want to kick those good feelings up a notch?

Combine this aromatherapy regimen with an improved diet and exercise plan. And while you’re at it, work on improving your posture. Simply sitting up straighter can lift your pectoral muscles, which can make your breasts look more toned and defined.

But I’ve saved the best for last…

The chest area is one of the most erogenous zones on your entire body, so if you want to shake things up in the bedroom, use these massages as foreplay. You and your partner will love them!

You’ll find all of the quality essential oils you need to take care of your breasts — and every other part of your body! — 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

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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.
Aug 05 2015

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In all my years of being an aromatherapist, one thing has remained the same — blending oils is one of the most rewarding things I get to do!

Part of why I love it so much is that it’s always different. One client may want a special blend after their massage, while a giant resort may want me to blend a special signature scent that they can give away to all their guests.

To me, coming up with these blends is an art — no different from the “regular” artists you see out there!

How so?

Today, I was listening to an interview with Argentinian composer Gustavo Santaolalla. He has created music for giant films like Brokeback Mountain, Babel, and 21 Grams. In the interview, he said that he’s not a “trained musician” because he doesn’t actually read music! Instead, all of his compositions come from his heart. In many cases, he reads the movie script, and before a single scene is filmed, he taps into his intuition and creates the score for the movie. Pretty amazing, right?!

As I listened to him explain this process, I could totally relate to him. When I sit down to create an essential oil blend, I listen to my heart. I know that there are endless possibilities that I can create, so I wait for the oils to “talk” to me. They’ll tell me how best to serve that single massage client or that giant resort. All I have to do is listen.

If you pick up your favorite aromatherapy books, you’ll see plenty of “rules” for blending essential oils. However, my blending process is a little different, which is why I want to share it with you. You won’t see any fancy science listed here. In fact, my process may sound entirely too simple! But this is how I work — the same way I always have, after countless hours of formal aromatherapy training and more than 20 years of experience.

My biggest tip? Follow your intuition.

Of course, I consider all of the therapeutic properties of each oil in the blend, because different oils help different physical and emotional imbalances. However, I don’t go on logic alone. I allow my intuition to fill in some of the gaps that my intellect didn’t consider.

For example, if a spa comes to me and says they want a signature scent, the first thing I ask them is what kind of emotions do they want their scent to evoke? Then, I ask them which individual scents they like — and don’t like — so that I have a better idea of what they’re looking for.

For a personal blend, I’ll ask my client how she’s feeling today. What specific concerns does she have right now? How is she dealing with her stress? How is she sleeping? And, again, I’ll ask if there are any specific scents that she doesn’t like. After all, if she hates florals or citrus, I know not to include them!

When it comes to the blends in Aromadina’s line, I start by addressing specific physical AND emotional imbalances. For example, I may create a blend that provides relief for respiratory conditions. But then I’ll take it a step further and include oils that will help the sufferer feel better emotionally, too.

The end result? By letting my mind and my heart work together, I can create blends that smell good, that make you feel better physically, and make you feel better emotionally. It’s all about synergy!

Here’s an example of this synergy in action:

When it gets hot outside, I (and many of you!) feel a little lazy. It’s hard to sit down and work when you could be cooling off at the pool or relaxing on the beach.

My solution to this problem? A stimulating essential oil that will help your mind focus, get rid of that sluggish feeling, and boost your mental energy. And, of course, it needs to have a light and refreshing scent to combat the physical heat you’re dealing with.

Here’s what’s in it:

– 50 drops of laurel (a stimulating oil)

– 50 drops of cardamom (a neurotonic oil that boosts creativity and curiosity)

– 50 drops of lemon (a light citrus oil)

This blend works great in an aromatherapy burner or even just by putting a few drops on a tissue and breathing it in anytime you need a boost.

Want even more specific blending details? They’re coming! My next blog post will have a detailed step-by-step guide that can help you blend exactly the way I do. In the meantime, go check out all of the unique blends that Aromandina has to offer!

© 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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