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Apr 28 2015 aromatherapy-for-hands
Think about all the things your hands do in a day.  Between washing dishes, carrying groceries, covering up coughs, digging around in the garden, and braving the cold, is there any wonder why your hands get rough, dry, cracked, and sore?! 

Luckily, though, you don’t have to change your life to have soft, smooth hands.  All you need to do is add a few essential oils to your daily routine!

No matter what you’ve subjected your hands to, the right essential oils can help.  The skin on your hands is thick, which is perfect for preventing germs and other dangers from penetrating it.  However, your body’s natural protection mechanisms aren’t enough to fend off all the stress, dirt, and chemicals your hands are subjected to on a daily basis.  Essential oils are a safe, effective way to supplement the work your body does naturally.  For example, lemon oil is a great cleanser, while geranium, lavender, and rose all help nourish the skin on your hands.  Chamomile and lavender are great for relieving eczema and contact dermatitis, or if you’re dealing with lots of roughness or scrapes, frankincense can provide an extra dose of TLC.

Want to take your hand care routine a step further?  The right oil blends can work wonders!  Here are some of my favorites:

Hand Care Scrub

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. 

Simply combine:

1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 drops of frankincense
2 drops of lemon
1 teaspoon of sea salt. 

Rub the scrub on your hands, and rinse.  That’s it!
 

Hand Care Oil

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. 

Just mix:

1 ounce jojoba oil
8 drops lavender 
4 drops rose maroc
2 drops blue chamomile
Rub it in, and both the scent and the soothing moisture will instantly make you feel more relaxed!

Antifungal Nail Oil

Your nails are exposed to a lot — even more than your hands, because they’re the first sensory contact point with the environment around you.  They should be elastic, have a dull shine, and be slightly curved.  If yours don’t look that way, they need a pick-me-up. 
Simply mix:
1 ounce carrier oil
8 drops tea tree
3 drops patchouli
3 drops lemon

  Massage it into your nail bed 3 times each day for cleaner, healthier nails. 

Aromatic Nail Conditioning Soak

If your cuticles are dry or torn, the right essential oils can make them look healthy and vibrant. 
All you have to do is mix:
4 tablespoons of olive oil,
5 drops lemon 
2 drops rosemary
3 drops lavender

Buff your nails with a nail buffer. Buffing will boost your circulation and make your nails shinier.  Then soak your nails in this mixture for 10 minutes.  This mixture will soften your cuticles, keep fungus at bay, and make break-prone nails stronger.

Remember, it’s important to take good care of your hands.  Not only will healthier hands look and feel younger, but your hands are also chock full of reflex points and pressure points.  So, the better you treat your hands, the better you’ll feel all over!

Your hands will love the vast collection of essential oils and blends 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.

Apr 23 2015

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Even if people are already raving about your spa treatments, it’s easy to make them even better with aromatherapy!

Why bother?

First and foremost, you can incorporate aromatherapy into any spa treatment you can dream up — from facials, to massages, to manicures, to pedicures. So no matter what you specialize in, you can take advantage of a quality aromatherapy regimen.

But this isn’t the only benefit. As soon as you start working with different essential oils, you’ll be able to:

  •  Give your guests an easy way to immediately relax

  • Go beyond physical needs. For example, if a physical symptom is being caused by an underlying emotional issue, the right scent can help you tackle it.

  • Stimulate feelings of euphoria and happiness

  • Use scent to make a good impression on your guest’s subconscious, which is where most decisions come from. In turn, this can make your guests more loyal to you.

  • Set yourself apart from competing spas

But how exactly do you incorporate essential oils into each spa treatment?

There are 3 easy ways to do it:

  1. Get an aromatherapy burner or diffuser for each of your treatment rooms
  1. Use an aromatherapy mist during your treatments
  1. Use a special aromatherapy massage oil that’s got essential oils in it

If you want to reap the biggest possible benefits from these 3 things, follow these 6 tips. I’ve personally tested them out, and my guests absolutely love the experience I’ve created for them!

1. Put your favorite essential oil in your aromatherapy burner/diffuser

After all, you’re going to be in the treatment room all day long, so you’ve got to have a scent you love!  Whether you use one essential oil or a blend, tell your guests why you made the selection you did.  They’ll appreciate knowing that you’ve gone the extra mile to choose something great.

2.  Use your aromatherapy mist right at the beginning of the treatment

Combine 3 drops of orange essential oils, 3 drops of frankincense and 2 drops of lavender with 1 oz of distilled water. This mist will create a feeling of instant relaxation, which is exactly why your guests are there in the first place — to relax!  A quick squirt or two will also encourage your guests to trust your caring hands.  For best results, tell your guest to close her eyes, breathe deeply, and point the nozzle upwards, so that the mist falls gently onto her face.

3.  Use a drop of lavender or mandarin with your eye pillows

Both of these oils offer a calming scent that will make your treatments even more powerful.  Place the drop on a tissue, then wrap it around your eye pillow.  (Just make sure the oil isn’t touching your guest’s face!)

4.  Add a massage into the mix

Combine some essential oils with a carrier oil to create your own massage oil.  Then, use it to massage your guests’ legs during pedicures.  Or, use the oil to massage your guests’ arms, hands, and décolletage during facials.  These aromatherapy massage oils can also replace your traditional oils during your massage treatments.

Dilute a total of 15 drops with 1 oz of Carrier oil such as jojoba, fractionated coconut oil or macadamia oil.

5.  Make things personal

Lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint all create great feelings, but they’re not the only essential oils you can use during your spa treatments.  A great way to mix things up is to ask each guest how they’re feeling when they arrive and then choose the oil that best suits their mood.  Just like that, you’ve made each treatment more personal, and your guests will love that special one-on-one attention!

How do you know which oil is right for each guest?

–  If your guest is stressed out, use Palo Santo, Frankincense, or Bergamot to help her calm down. 

–  If your guest has some aching muscles, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Pine will all help boost her circulation and relieve the pain. 

–  If your guest is fighting off an illness, tap into the natural antibacterial properties of Eucalyptus, Ravensara, or Tea Tree.

–  If your guest is feeling a little depressed, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, and Litsea Cubeba are all powerful mood boosters.

–  If your guest is tired, Rosemary, Peppermint, Pine, and Cardamom will all stimulate the adrenal glands and fight off fatigue.

–  If your guest is feeling sluggish or bloated, Fennel, Grapefruit, and Cedarwood will all help get the lymph system working, while also helping to break down fatty deposits in the cells.

–  If your guest is suffering from PMS, Geranium, Clary Sage, Rose, and Jasmine will help balance everything out.  You can even dilute these oils with a carrier oil, apply the mixture directly to the skin, and cover with a hot towel.  That will definitely chase those cramps away!

6.  Encourage your guests to buy their own essential oils to use at home

That way, they can experience all of the good feelings you’ve created for them anytime they want.  That will definitely encourage them to tell their friends about you!

Incorporating aromatherapy into your spa treatments is easy when you tap into the expert advice and high-quality products 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.


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.

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