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Jun 18 2015

How great does it feel to soak in a warm bath?! The warm water cradles your body, and all of the stress and anxiety seem to just wash away.

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:

– Detoxing Bath

1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
5 drops cedarwood essential oil
5 drops grapefruit essential oil

– After-Sun Bath

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons roll oats
3 tablespoons honey
7 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops blue chamomile essential oil

– For Dry Skin

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 drops frankincense essential oil
2 drops rose absolute
3 drops geranium essential oil

– Pain Relief Bath

1 cup Epsom Salts
5 drops fir essential oil
5 drops cypress essential ol

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

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 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.

Jan 31 2014

Aromatherapy ritual bath
You probably take a bath everyday without giving it much deliberation. But did you know that those few moments you spend by yourself in the company of water can transform you in unimaginable ways? A “ritual bath” has been a part of my life for many years and it has helped me out of many emotional problems. It is the reason I am able to stay positive through challenging situations and be more giving in my relationships. The process has helped me grow and improve as a person and I believe it is now time to share this secret tool with you wonderful readers.

From a subtle standpoint, a bath can have two connotations – it may signify “cleansing” or denote inner transformation. Immersing the body in water is also believed to calm the mind and inspire spiritual awakening.  However, a “ritual bath” need not have any religious or spiritual significance. It is just a personal experience and you may even think of it as a spa therapy.

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Jul 19 2013

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The world of essential oils is indeed very fascinating; the more you learn about them, the more you will want to make up your own concoctions. To help you with day-to-day applications of essential oils, I have compiled a list of common ailments along with recommended oils for each and their method of use.  This guide will also help you decide which essential oils are best suited for you.


Tea Tree, Geranium and Lavender Add 3 drops of each to 1 oz of Jojoba Oil .  Put some of the oil on your fingertips and apply on the face with press and release over face and neck.


Alegria Blend, Citrus Delight Blend, Rose Absolute  Put 3 drops of the either blend on a tissue, place it under the nose and inhale directly.  This method is recommended for an instant effect. Mix 10 drops of one of these blends with 1/4 cup unscented salts, to a bath and soak for 15 minutes.

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