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May 23 2016

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Ahhh summertime…

Between fun days at the beach, evening barbecues with the family, and nighttime camping trips with friends, is there any wonder why we look forward to this season all year long?

But there’s something about summer that we definitely don’t look forward to — bugs.  Mosquitoes and other insects thrive during the warm summer months.  They’re not just annoying, though.  They’re also capable of spreading infections and other dangerous diseases.  If you really want to enjoy your summer, you’ve got to figure out a way to win the battle over bugs. 

Luckily, the right blend of essential oils can be your best weapon!

Most people assume that you’ve got to slather yourself with stinky, chemical-laden sprays to truly fight off bugs.  However, I’ve come up with a special bug repellent recipe that smells as great as it works.  Best of all, when you make some of this special blend at home, you can rest easy knowing that everyone will be protected, without relying on toxic ingredients.

Here’s your DIY recipe:

  • 1 oz plastic spray bottle (travel size empty bottle, can be found at any supermarket)

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Aug 14 2012

Beets Dip with Goat Cheese and Walnuts

  I made this scrumptious dip for our afternoon snack and thought about my readers.  It is a recipe I saw at the I know you will enjoy it as much as my family did.

Ingredients

3 medium beets 1/3 cup Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 clove garlic 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme 1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon maple syrup GARNISH: 1 tbsp crumbled goat cheese 1 tbsp chopped walnuts Preheat the oven to 350°.  In a roasting pan add 1/4 cup of water and put the beets.  Cover with foil, bake for 1 hour. Let the beets cool and peel them. In a food processor combine all the ingredients except goat cheese and walnuts. Serve in a bowl.  Garnish with goat cheese and hazelnuts and serve with crudites and gluten free crackers   Original recipe Za’atar – Spiced Beet Dip with Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts Food and Wine magazine   © 2012, 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 05 2012   Whether your summer travel plans include time on the beach, camping with the kids, hiking with your sweetie, or a long car trip, all of summer’s heat and humidity can leave you feeling… well… yucky.  In addition to sweat and grime, you’re dealing with sticky suntan lotion, stinky smoke from your grill, and residue from all of that bug spray you keep having to slather on! So, how do you take full advantage of your summer holiday and still feel clean and fresh? By tapping into the power of aromatherapy! Forget about all of the complicated travel tips.  Instead, with the right blend of essential oils, you can feel cool and refreshed — even on the hottest of days!  Before you head out on that next summer trip, be sure to follow these 5 tips:

1. Invigorate yourself with mint

Spearmint and Peppermint essential oils both have natural cooling properties, so these essential oils will make you feel fresh and alert. Whether you’ve just finished a long hike or spent the day in the car, all you have to do is add 5 drops of oil with a bowl of ice water and use a towel to rub it on your skin. You’ll instantly feel cool, calm, and collected. And, if you’re planning on being out in the hot sun for a prolonged period, infuse a towel with either of these oils and wrap it around your neck. All you need to do is get a bowl full of ice water, add 5 drops of oil, and stir. Then, just give your towel a good dunking, wring out the excess water, and you’re good to go! Combine that mint-infused towel with plenty of fluids to drink, and you’ve got an instant prevention tool against things like heat exhaustion and heat stroke!

2. Clean off with Lavender

 

If all of that heat and humidity leaves you feeling sticky and gross, you’re not alone. Luckily, Lavender essential oil can help! It’s got antibacterial properties, so you’ll be able to get rid of any germs you’ve picked up during your summer travels. You can actually make your own antibacterial wipes with some water, some oil, and a towel. Just add 5 drops of Lavender to a bowl of ice water, stick your towel in, wring out the excess water, and you can clean off your hands, face, or neck. Plus, you’ll get a nice cool down in the process! To keep clean on the go, infuse some towels ahead of time, and stick them in a plastic bag. That way, you’ll have an antibacterial wipe anytime you need it! And unlike those antibacterial gels and wipes you see in the store, lavender actually smells good! It has a clean floral scent, instead of that toxic chemical smell that you get from most other antibacterial products. No matter how sticky or grimy you feel, lavender will make you feel much better!

3. Get some sunburn relief with a moisturizing blend 

 

  A summer sunburn can leave you looking and feeling absolutely awful. Not only is it terrible for the long-term health of your skin, but the pain and discomfort from a sunburn can ruin your entire summer holiday! Luckily, aromatherapy fans can get some relief with the right blend of essential oils. Start with 1 ounce of Jojoba Oil. Since it’s a great moisturizer, it will keep your skin from drying out — meaning you won’t have to deal with as much itching and peeling as you normally would with a sunburn. Then, add 5 drops of cooling  Blue Chamomile essential oil, so that your sunburn won’t burn quite as badly. And, finally, top it all off with 10 drops of Lavender. Since they have anti-inflammatory properties, Lavender and Blue Chamomile can prevent the aches and pains that come with sleeping or even sitting with a bad sunburn. This blend won’t just make you feel better; it will also make you smell better! Instead of dousing your skin in traditional sunburn remedy creams and sprays — and smelling like a medicine cabinet — this blend can leave you smelling fresh and floral!

4. Use essential oils to tame your tummy

If you’ve accidentally downed some foreign water during your summer travels, drank too much of the spiked punch at your friend’s barbecue, or eaten too many summertime treats, it can leave your stomach feeling downright awful. Luckily, when you rub essential oils like CardamomGinger, and Fennel essential oils over your stomach, it can help relieve stomach cramps and spasms associated with diarrhea, food poisoning, and other tummy troubles. Combine 5 drops of each essential oil with 1 oz Carrier Oil and massage your abdomen with circular movements. Just remember to drink plenty of fluids to prevent your stomach issues from turning into dehydration. If plain water doesn’t sound good to you, check out my recipe for Ginger-infused iced tea!

5. Fight off bugs with our own BUZZ OFF  Natural Bug Spray

Buzz Off has Eucalyptus Citriadora. This essential oil is actually approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to keep bugs at bay. Like those traditional bug sprays, BUZZ OFF can keep you from swatting and scratching. But unlike traditional bug sprays, it’s gentle enough to use on even the youngest members of your family. Plus, it smells much better than all of those chemical-laden bug sprays! Ready to make the most out of your summer holiday? You can find all of the essential oils listed here — and so much more — by logging onto www.aromandina.com!   © 2012, 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 25 2011 Here’s a very healthy low calorie antioxidant smoothie to enjoy every day. I like to prepare the pumpkin the night before so that it is ready to use in the morning

Ingredients:

¼ small pumpkin baked 1 cup plain yogurt 1 scoop protein powder 2 drops fresh ginger essential oil cinnamon powder Stevia or brown sugar to taste Blend together pumpkin, protein powder, yogurt, stevia and ginger essential oil. Enjoy. How to bake the pumpkin
  1. Preheat the oven on 350 F.
  2. Seed and cut 1 small pumpkin in 4.
  3. Place pumpkin, face up, in a shallow baking dish.  Sprinkle with a little cinnamon
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until pumpkin is very tender.
  5. You can put the pumpkin pieces in a container and store it in the refrigerator; you will only need 1 quarter pumpkin for each smoothie.

Health benefits of ginger essential oil in your smoothie

  •  Antioxidant – Free radical scavenger (can prevent cancer)
  • Immune stimulate because it can stimulate the activity of Glutathione producing enzymes
  • Digestive
  • General tonic
  • Anti-inflammatory

 Health benefits of pumpkin

The distinctive bright orange color of pumpkin clearly indicates that it’s an excellent source of that all-important antioxidant beta-carotene. Research shows that people who eat a diet rich in beta-carotene are less likely to develop certain cancers than those who fail to include beta-carotene-rich foods in their diet. Pumpkin also has another carotenoid, beta-cryptoxanthin, which may decrease the risk of lung cancer in smokers.*   *Source http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/natural-foods/natural-weight-loss-food-pumpkin-ga.htm   © 2011, 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 01 2011

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Along with your heart, your respiratory system is responsible for some of the most vital functions of your body. A decreased level of respiratory function – whether minor or serious – can have adverse effects on your physical and mental health. Although nothing can substitute a healthcare provider’s diagnosis and treatment of major respiratory issues, there is a wealth of natural strategies available to heal minor ailments. One such strategy is the use of aromatherapy: a system in which natural essential oils are used to alleviate, heal, and protect against respiratory troubles.

Essential Oils for Respiratory Conditions

Essential oils, used in aromatherapy, work in two ways:1) Being antibacterial and antiviral, they can directly attack germs and kill them at the root.2) They stimulate our immune systems to be better prepared at fighting off disease before they have a chance to set up shop in our bodies. When it comes to respiratory conditions, some essential oils work better than others.
The use of essential oils is a sure way of avoiding the phenomenon of developed resistance in microbes as experienced with antibiotics, because the aromatic essences are able to destroy even the resistant strains selectively.” [1]
Respiratory infections which include throat, lung and nose problems respond positively to essential oils.

Antibacterial essential oils for sore throats, flu, colds etc. include:

Antispasmodic essential oils for asthma, coughs etc. include:

Expectorant essential oils for coughs and catarrh include:

It is wise to avoid any possible resistance on the part of a germ by always prescribing the use of three or four essential oils in combination. This multimix approach will tend to minimize any risk of acquired resistance to any one oil and it is unlikely that bacteria will be resistant at the same time to the other oils in the mix.” [2]
Stress and insomnia often accompany respiratory illnesses – and aromatherapy is a great way to unwind. To relax your body and mind, add 3 drops each of Frankincense , Palo Santo and Lemon essential oils to half a cup of salts in your bathwater, and take a restoring, soothing bath before bed.
When acute stages of a disease are dealt with successfully by implementing natural medicine treatments, it marks a turning point in the underlying illness”. Dr Daniel Pénoël [3]

Methods of Application:

Vaporizer An effective method of use with a sick child. Add a total of 10 drops of chosen essential oil or oils to water, run overnight. Note, there’s a slight risk essential oils may damage a humidifier.

Steam Inhalation Add a total of 3 drops of essential oils to a bowl of warm water and inhale for around 10 minutes to ease blocked sinuses, chest complaints and colds. Close eyes and cover head with towel. Care should be taken to ensure not to burn with water or steam. Not to be used by asthma or allergy sufferers.

Baths: Fill bath with warm water. Mix a total of 10 drops of essential oil with ½ cup unscented salt. Avoid: basil, cinnamon, clove, orange, oregano, peppermint, fennel, black pepper, thyme

Skin application Combine 3 drops of essential oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.Aromatherapy for respiratory conditions.

[1], [2] Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Shirley and Len Price

[3] Natural Home Health Care Using Essential Oils, Daniel, M.D. Penoel

© 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC – aromatherapy blogThis 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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