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!
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.
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
Everyone wants to be as healthy as possible, so if someone told you that applying essential oils directly to your skin would help flush out toxins, you’d probably try it, right? But what if someone told you that anything odd you experience — like a rash, itchiness, inflammation, or even outright pain — was just your body’s way of detoxifying? Would you believe it?
If you did, you’d be putting your skin at serious risk!
There’s a major myth that’s been going around the aromatherapy world for years. It’s called “Detox Theory”, and it says that any reaction you see on your skin is really your body’s way of purging toxins. This myth has led countless people to apply essential oils directly to their skin — and putting up with painful results — under the guise of becoming healthier.
What most people don’t know is that Detox Theory is proved wrong by science!
To help you make sense of it all, I’m sharing an article that summarizes evidence-based research. In order to truly detoxify your body, the essential oils would have to come into contact with your elimination systems. Simply rubbing them into your skin won’t work because your skin isn’t in charge of eliminating toxins and other waste from your body. In science-speak, detoxifying is an elimination process, while applying essential oils (or anything else) to your skin is an additive process. Because you’re dealing with two different processes, simply rubbing in some essential oils won’t purge all of the toxins floating around in your system!
(You can read the entire article HERE, and share it with your friends so that we can prevent as much unnecessary suffering as possible!)
Does this mean you shouldn’t apply essential oils to your skin at all?
No! The key, though, is to use them the right way. That means diluting them first. The rule of thumb among aromatherapy experts is to use a 2 % dilution rate — meaning that the essential oils themselves only make up 2 % of the liquid that you’re applying to your skin.
Here are a few easy ways to create that 2 % dilution rate:
– If you’re using 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, add 6 drops of essential oils to it
– If you’re using 4 ounces of carrier oil, add 48 drops of essential oils to it
However, for pregnant women, elderly people, and children, you want to dilute your essential oils even more — to a 1% dilution rate. You can create it by combining:
– 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and 3 drops of essential oils
– 1 ounce of carrier oil and 6 drops of essential oils
– 4 ounces of carrier oil and 24 drops of essential oils
The most important advice I can give you (other than these dilution recipes) is to act quickly. If you EVER develop a rash, itchiness, or some other kind of irritation, STOP! Each essential oil has its own natural chemical composition, meaning that any one of them can cause issues for certain skin types. So, be gentle and sparing. There really can be too much of a good thing!
The best way to keep your skin safe is to tap into the expert advice and high-quality essential oils at Aromandina. In this case, knowledge is power that your skin will thank you for!
Reference: Essential Oils and the “Detox” Theory
© 2015, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
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:
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
5 drops Ginger essential oil
5 drops Cypress essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
The only way to get softer, smoother hands is to exfoliate on a regular basis. That way, you can slough off dead cells and make it easier for your skin to soak up valuable nutrients. My Hand Care Scrub is gentle enough to be used once a day, but strong enough to get rid of all the build-up that’s making your hands rough.
Rub the scrub on your hands, and rinse. That’s it!
Whether you’ve been digging in the dirt or handling detergents and other harsh cleaners, your hands need a little extra TLC. This Hand Care Oil will give your hands some much-needed moisture.