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Jul 23 2013

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When it comes to essential oils, it is always a case of “different strokes for different folks”.  Indeed, the therapeutic properties of essential oils are so varied and diverse that it can be difficult to decide which ones to stock in your cabinet. Some oils are versatile, while others are known to work on specific systems. Some are gentle, while others are strong. Some work on the muscles, while others work on the mind.

Download this chart and paste it somewhere near your medicine cabinet for a quick reference the next time you need some aroma healing: Benefits of Essential Oils

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A glossary of terms is provided at the bottom of the chart.

To learn how to safely use these essential oils click here:

How to Use Essential Oils – Inhalation Method
How to Use Essential – Topical Application Method

Benefits of essential oils chart


Analgesic
: this is pain-relieving, for mild and sever pain, for shoulder pain, knee pain,back problems, muscle pain: BasilBay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus radiata, Fennel, Fir, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree.

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Nov 11 2011 Essential Oils: Learn how and when to apply on the skin.

Did you know that “the majority of essential oils and their components pass through the skin and the organism and can be detected in exhaled air within 20-60 minutes?” Price (2007)One of the most effective ways essential oils get into the body is through application on the skin:

Here are some ideas for you:

Compresses
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This is my favorite method of application for acute pain.
I prefer to do alternate compresses, first a hot one, then a very cold one.
As evaporation is reduced, absorption of essential oils may be increased.

With 2 empty bowls:

•  Add a teaspoon of regular salt to each
•  Add a total 6 drops of the essential oil of choice to each bowl
•  Fill one with warm water
•  Fill the other with iced cold water

Use one small towel for each bowl and alternate compresses onto the painful area.


For menstrual cramps use RADIARE Essential Oil Blend, or blend Clary Sage, with Geranium.

For migraines and headaches use MEMORIA Essential Oil Blend, or just Lavender and Peppermint essential oils.

For muscle cramps and strains use Blue Chamomile and Ginger essential oils.

For dyspepsia and digestive cramps use CLARO Essential Oil Blend or Peppermint and Lemon essential oils.

In the Shower

aromatherapy in the shower
This method has both a physical and emotional positive effect and allows you to use your oils on a daily basis to achieve the best results.

1) Put 3 to 5 drops of the essential oil on a washcloth.

2) While showering, place the washcloth on your chest and allow the heat of the shower to release the vapors of the essential oil.

To wake you up and get alert for your day use Energia Essential Oil Blend, or Rosemary, and Spruce essential oils.

To open your sinuses and to help you breathe better use Immune Support Essential Oil Blend or Eucalyptus essential oil.

At night, for a great restful sleep, use Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend, or Lavender combined with Mandarin.

In the Bath

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This valuable method involves water and inhalation.

This is one of the most important and effective forms of treatment in aromatherapy!

First, fill a bath with warm water, then add ¼ cup of Andean Bath Soak.

To help you restore and replenish during the cold and flu season use RESPIRO Bath Soak, created with antiseptic, antibacterial essential oils.

To help your muscles relax after a stressful day use ALIVIO Bath Soak, created with analgesic essential oils.

To help  uplift up your mind and heart use EXULTO Bath Soak created with happy, euphoric essential oils.

To help you sleep better use SERENO Bath Soak, created with sedative, calming essential oils.

As the perfect prelude to your date use ROMANCE Bath Soak, created with sensual, exotic essential oils.

To create your own bath salts, mix a total of 10 drops of essential oil with ½ cup of unscented salt and add it to the bath water.

Remember that skin penetration in the bath is increased by 100 times so the following essential oils should be avoided: basil, cinnamon, fennel, orange, peppermint and the essential oil blends: Memoria and Claro, as they may be irritating to the skin.


Massage with Essential Oils
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For this method, essential oils should be diluted in a Carrier oil, or vegetable oil base.
The carrier oil in our Aromandina products is a combination of fractionated coconut oil, golden jojoba and Tamanu oil and we have different Body Oils for different problems and conditions.


For acute or chronic pain, apply Pain Begone Body Oil liberally onto the painful areas.

For varicose veins apply Circulation Body Oil very gently, locally to varicose areas with light strokes in an upward direction.

To help relax the muscles before bed apply Sleep Time Body Oil behind your neck, on the soles of your feet, and on your solar plexus.

To break down unwanted fat in tissue and release retained water apply Detoxing Body Oil on the areas you need to lose weight.  Apply twice a day for better results.

To increase your energy levels during the day and support your adrenal glands apply Adrenal Support Body Oil every morning focusing on kidney area.

To relive menstrual cramps and provide a feeling of well-being to any feminine imbalance apply Woman’s Help Body Oil on your womb and lower back area.

If you prefer to create your own body oils, add a total of 60 drops of your preferred essential oils to a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil, be creative!

© 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.
Oct 31 2011 So, you bought an essential oil and you don’t know what to do with it? I hear you. There are many ways to take the best advantage of the benefits of essential oils. Here are some simple tips for you:

How to use essential oils:

Two main ways essential oils work are by inhalation and absorption through the skin. Though some authors say that inhalation is the only method that truly deserves the name aromatherapy, topical application is also very effective.

What method of application to use?

Well that depends on the problem needing help. I am going to show you how to choose:

Methods of Inhalation

For treatment of emotional problems such as stress, depression, and anxiety, inhalation is the quickest and most effective. Did you know that your nose has direct contact with the brain?
“In the nose the endothelium is thin and the site is close to the brain molecules, therefore it must be assumed that essential oil molecules reach the local circulation and the brain fairly easily and quickly.”(Le Price 2007)
The inhalation method of application is also useful for respiratory conditions such as colds, the  flu, and congested sinuses.

Using a Tissue:

Put 3 to 4 drops of your essential oil or essential oil blend on a firm tissue such as a paper towel (it holds the aroma longer than facial tissue or handkerchief) breathe deeply two or three times.  You can keep the tissue inside your shirt or blouse to get continued benefits.  

Using an Aromatherapy Burner – diffuser:

Fill the bowl with water and add 5-15 drops of the Essential Oil or Essential Oil Blend light candle and enjoy. Not only will you benefit from the positive emotional effects of this method of application, but so will all of those in the room where you have the oils diffusing. As I always say, is not so much the container as what is inside of it, any ceramic diffuser will help transform the atmosphere for all in the room. Essential oil blends that are wonderful for use during the day are any of the blends in the EXULTO line: Alegria, Fiesta, and Citrus Delight also great to uplift are Clary Sage, Litsea Cubeba, Cardamom,  Bergamot, or Ginger essential oils.

Using a Pillow:

Add 2 drops of your essential oil blend to a tissue or a cotton pad and tuck it under your pillow case. This is a great method to help you sleep better or if your nose is congested.  For a better night’s rest try Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend, Lavender, Mandarin, or Sandalwood essential oils. To relieve congestion use Immune Support Essential Oil Blend , Eucalyptus, Pine, or Tea Tree essential oils.

Steam Inhalation:

Add about 3 drops of essential oil 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. For frequent allergies and chronic sinus congestion use Allergy Calm Blend, Lavender or Niaouli. Reference: Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Shirley and Len Price Up next:  Topical Applications of Essential Oils   For more information on © 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.
 
Aug 29 2011
“… Because it is straightforward and effective in its application, aromatherapy returns the power of healing back to the individual, especially to the individual woman…” ~ Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt

Women’s healing wisdom

When I was little, we used to live with my grandmother Carmelita.  When we couldn’t sleep at night she would heal us of “espanto or susto”*.

I still remember vividly the smell of the cotton soaked in Eau de Cologne that she passed behind my neck, behind my ears, and on every joint while she calmly and quietly said the Father Prayer.

When I was sick, I remember that the first thing my mom would do was to put her hand on my forehead.  The warmth and feeling of reassurance I had from that gesture represented half of my healing.  Then she would use oregano leaf tea for an upset stomach, or apply a cabbage leaf on my cheek after a tooth extraction. She also used to lay branches of eucalyptus under our beds when we had a cold to disinfect the environment and help us get better.

I think many of you can relate to these stories, where the women of the family were the primary health care providers, and who would use nature, tradition and common sense to treat common ailments.   Healing was the dominion of women where they combined the art of healing with tenderness, skills and motherly instinct. 

We could say that aromatherapy brings back these traditions in a concentrated way, with the distilled essences of the aromatic plants. 

Every week I teach and train different groups, which are usually composed of 99% women (another telling statistic).  One common thing in these discussions is that women always ask me questions not for themselves, but for people they want to help, their parents, partners, children, and friends. 

Aromatherapy brings out MOM

Nurturing and caring with Aromatherapy:

Here are some examples to help you start working with essential oils:

Aromatherapy for Fevers

In an empty bowl put ½ tsp regular salt and 2 or 3 drops of Peppermint essential oil. Mix well and add cold water.  Soak a few face towels in the solution for a while and wring out the excess water. Apply compresses on forehead, abdomen and feet. This will help control the fever.

Aromatherapy Remedy for Stomach Ache

Digestive essential oils like Cardamom, Ginger, Orange and Spearmint are great for indigestion and abdominal pain.  Mix a drop of each with a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage the abdomen and the soles of the feet using circular movements. Cover abdomen with a warm towel or water bottle to help the healing process.

Aromatherapy Treatment for Headaches

Use cephalic essential oils like Cardamom, Basil, Rosemary and Peppermint.  Combine a total of 3 drops with 1 tsp of carrier oil and massage temples, back of the neck and sinus area.

Aromatherapy solution for poor sleep and anxiety

The calming Lavender essential oil , together with the sedative Mandarin and the grounding Palo Santo create a fantastic combination to help you sleep better. 

Add 1 drop of each on a cotton pad and tuck it under the pillow case. 

This is useful for babies who can’t sleep well, hyperactive children, adults with anxiety and elderly people who are losing their sleep. All of these recipes show us that essential oils are indeed nature’s gift to us.

From what my experiences have taught me, I think that it is the nurturing instinct of a woman that adds much strength to any medication. The true power of aromatherapy lies in its ability to harness your femininity.

How about you – do you feel the same compulsion to heal and nurture those you love? What successful stories do you have? Let us know about it in the comments.
© AROMANDINA 2011 – 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 with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
Aug 08 2011
For ages, Palo Santo has been a sacred part of Ecuadorian culture and has been used for several purposes. My memories take me back to Christmas time at home when Palo Santo was burned as incense to foster the feeling of family, spiritually and peace. Also, the old colonial churches in Quito believe that burning the wood sticks may be able to help us lift our spirits.

The role of Palo Santo in traditional healing:

Traditionally, people living in coastal areas use its smoke to keep away mosquitoes and cleanse the house of “negative spirits”.  Since ancient times, shamans and folk healers (curandero) have used it to alleviate colds, allergies, headaches and rheumatic pain.  In their spiritual-religious rituals, shamans use Palo Santo as a tool to attract good luck, repel negative energies and communicate better with the spirits.

What makes Palo Santo so special?

Palo Santo essential oil is composed of around 112 chemical compounds which make it antibacterial (alfa-pinene), antiseptic (terminen-4-ol), sedative and insecticide (carvones). But the most important element, limonene (62.88%) is said to have chemotherapeutic properties. The Palo Santo tree grows in the dry forest of the coastal Manabi province in Ecuador. While the growth of the tree is slow owing to hibernation in the dry season, it may live up to 90 years. It’s important to note, however, that the wood of Palo Santo is of no use unless the tree has died of natural causes.  If we cut a live Palo Santo tree, we won’t obtain any benefit and it will have to undergo at least three years of a natural, alchemical process of breaking down before it releases the precious oil.  There is a type of white termite that builds its nest on a living tree. When the tree dies, the termite feeds on it until only the skeleton of the tree is left behind.  This natural process allows the essence to be absorbed slowly in the skeleton of the tree.

With members of the community that produces Palo Santo Essential Oil for AROMANDINA

Native cultures say that the spirits of the Palo Santo trees materialize themselves in the essential oil and are responsible for its potency and healing qualities.

The history of Palo Santo – The Legend of Cosakait

According to a folk legend, when the world was in its embryonic phase and there were very few human beings, Cosokait, the most handsome and virtuous of men fell in love with a young maid. The young girl didn’t reciprocate his feelings and sadness made him seriously ill.  On his death bed he called for the young woman several times to see her one last time, but she didn’t go. “Please tell her that I don’t want to die, but Yago (God) is taking my life away.  I’ll be always with her, I will ornate her head with perfumed flowers. I will frighten insects away from her. I will give fragrance to the water that her lips drink.  I will go to heaven in the aromatic smoke during the NAREG ceremony.  And I will be wherever she is and will give her whatever she asks for…” After these words, he was consumed by fever and died invoking her name.  Where he was buried, a tree grew. Its wood had a soft fragrance that when it was burned would release a deep sweet aroma.  It was the Palo Santo tree, the symbol of love, kindness and longing for an impossible love. For its elevated value and nobility, the Tobas tribe consider Palo Santo a sacred tree and call it Cosakait in honor of the legend. And for its virtues and values, and its connection to my home, and this legend, Palo Santo oil will always be the fragrance of my spirit.

Benefits of Palo Santo Essential Oil

  • As an anti-inflammatory for muscles and joints
  • As a decongestant to reduce nasal mucus production and swelling
  • As a nervous system tonic, sedative
  • Helpful for allergies
Enjoy it in the following products: Allergy Calm Essential Oil Blend and Roll On EXULTO Andean Bath Soak Fiesta Essential Oil Blend SERENO Essential Oil, Body Oil and Body Mist  Palo Santo Essential Oil — neat More articles about Palo Santo: How to Use Palo Santo Essential Oil 3 STEPS TO A GOOD NIGH’T SLEEP! Palo Santo Essential Oil from Ecuador Essential Oils to Uplift the Spirit German Aromatherapist Eliane Zimmerman writes about Palo Santo Essential Oil
© 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC – Aromatherapy blog 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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