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Apr 28 2014
Mothers day massage protocol

Women deserve a special kind of pampering, especially because they often forget to look after themselves as life takes over.  A spa is an ideal place where women can bond and spend quality time with each other, in the lap of luxury. 

The Sweet Serenity is a super-indulgent aromatherapy spa treatment that uses precious essential oils and offers your guests the perfect opportunity to escape life and celebrate their feminity. 

The essential oils in our Sweet Serenity Blend are Rose Maroc, Lavender and Lemon that beautify the skin and evoke feelings of love and feminine confidence. 

The Sweet Serenity has a fairly simple protocol that can be easily implemented in any spa environment. Here is a step-by-step guide to the treatment:



1 warmed Bath Sheet

1 warmed Bath Towel

1 Body Bowls   

1 Dry Brush

4 Hand Towels 


1 oz. Jojoba Oil in a glass or plastic bottle

8 drops of Sweet Serenity Blend

10 drops of Lavender essential oil for the crockpot

Add Sweet Serenity essential oil blend to Jojoba oil

Place bottle with blend in hot towel cabby

Fill crock pot ¾ full of water, add 10 drops of Lavender essential oil and set aside 2 hand towel for the compresses.

Put 1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil on tissue and place on face cradle bar.

Place 2 terry mitts, 1 bath towel, 1 bath sheet and 2-hand towels in the hot towel cabby.

Make sure room is warm. Create a relaxing atmosphere by dimming the lights, lighting the aromatherapy burner and playing soft music.


     1.            Start guest prone.  

    2.            Begin dry brushing – starting at foot and moving towards the chest. When you reach the top of the hamstrings, scoop in toward the inguinal node.

    3.            Apply compresses on the leg with a lavender soaked hand towel. 

    4.            Take the Sweet Serenity and jojoba blend and apply a small amount on legs, using light, soothing strokes.

    5.            Repeat Dry Brush, Compress and Massage for the other leg and re-drape.

    6.            Undrape the back and shoulders and repeat Dry Brush, Compress and Massage for these areas.

Ask the guest turn over on their back. Place a warmed neck bolster under the neck and a bolster under the knees.

    7.            Repeat Dry Brush, Compress and Massage for the front, starting with legs, and moving up to the abdomen and décolletage. Redrape.  

    8.            Place warmed hand towels over décolletage, neck and shoulder.

    9.            Cover the body like a cocoon with a plastic wrap and a heated blanket.

Perform a scalp massage. (10 mins).

Replace towel drape with dry warm bath sheet. 

Assist client in sitting up and blot the back dry.

Wrap client with warm towel around back.

Cristina Proaño-Carrión AROMANDINA 2014 – 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 ith a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

Apr 26 2014

Did you know that such a day exists? Neither did I!

The Storytelling Manager of Ford Motor Company contacted me on Friday and told me about this day.  The conversation that followed was so interesting that I though it would be great to share it with my readers:

Good morning, Cristina

My name is Dan Mazei, and I work in the communications team at Ford Motor Company. I realize an e-mail from Ford may sound strange, but I swear I have a good reason to be reaching out today.

I’m not sure if you know, but this Saturday is National Sense of Smell Day. As odd as that may sound to most people, I’m sure you can appreciate a day that recognizes our built-in ability to improve our lives through smell (like with essential oils and aromatherapy). 

With this in mind, Ford partnered up with the world’s foremost experts on scent, ScentAir, to come up with the Top 7 Aromas for a Less Stressful Drive – the little things we can do to make our commutes, errand runs, road trips and family vacations more relaxing and comfortable.

I’d love to send you the full list, if you’re interested. These are not products, but rather general scents your readers could go out and apply on their own. I think they’d really enjoy seeing this. 

Please let me know your thoughts when you can.

This obviously got me very curious as I wanted to find out more about those scents and what they are for.  Dan sent me the complete list and although I am not a fan of artificial scents, I was very pleased a big company like Ford Motor Company would be interested in making that connection for drivers, pleasant scents that can help them have a pleasant drive. 

After reading the draft, I did send him some suggestion and noted that Mahogany for instance is not a natural scent, and that I would not use Vanilla and Sandalwood for an evening drive as I would fall asleep on the wheel.  I also mentioned to him that I am not a fan of artificial scents and I would definitely not enjoy driving with those scents.

I think that we could use the same concept using natural essential oils and I  would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on how would you replace this scents with natural aromatherapy essential oils.

Driving. It’s a daily imperative for the vast majority of us; a function that’s as ingrained into our routines and getting dressed or making breakfast.

In fact, Harvard Medical School once postulated that the average American spends up to 614 hours a year driving. If we spent the same amount of time – almost 12 hours every week – sitting in our living rooms or laying in our beds, we’d want that time to be as comfortable as possible. Right?

Driving is impacted by a lot more than the car in front of you, or the construction on the expressway. Like most other aspects of our daily lives, we have the power to make every one of those hours driving more pleasant and enjoyable – and one simple solution is right in front of (or, between) our eyes.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is National Sense of Smell Day. While the day may not be circled in red on your calendar, it’s a reminder that smell is one of the most important senses we have.
In honor of this occasion, Ford Motor Company has tapped into the unique expertise of ScentAir, the largest scent marketing company in the world, to help drivers – and your readers – take full advantage of their good ol’ fashioned…olfaction…with the Top 7 Aromas for a Less Stressful Drive, no matter where they’re going:  

  • Mahogany: The aroma of this durable, tropical tree species comforts the mind, while imbuing a sense of productivity that will help drivers feel more empowered – whether on their commute to work, or simply running to pick up some takeout food

  • Ocean: The smell of the ocean not only helps to make every trip feel like a vacation, but the light and soft aroma also brings to mind cleanliness and freshness – two feelings that contribute to a more positive outlook. How does that sound for that stressful drive home?

  • Vanilla and Sandalwood: The combination of these warm and rich classics will create an environment of warmth and comfort, perfect for an evening drive with that special someone or for a weekend getaway road trip

  • Fig: It’s not just the centerpiece of a time-tested cookie, but an ancient delicacy that helps every moment to feel like a journey – an especially useful scent for running errands or other trips that may otherwise seem mundane and tedious

  • Basil: From pizza and pasta to summertime drinks, basil never fails to deliver. It’s equally as useful in the car, inspiring the mind to wander for those long holiday drives or lengthy vacation road trips

  • Summer Grass: This familiar scent offers a refreshing and invigorating quality that can liven up those drives to the gym, the office or an evening event, when you could use a little boost to stay on your A-game

  • Eucalyptus and Mint: The partnership of these stunning, fresh aromas make for a perfect morning drive. Whether it’s a bumper-to-bumper dance with commuters, or cruising through the quiet streets at sunrise, the scents will make for a softer and deeper experience

Apr 10 2014

aromatherapy for stress
No matter where you work, you know how stressful the office can be!  Phones that never stop ringing, bosses that never stop criticizing, and deadlines that never seem to be long enough turn your workplace into a haven for stress.

Despite what you might think, though, stress isn’t “all in your head”.  In addition to frustration and feeling like you’re in a pressure cooker, stress can actually cause physical problems, too, like fatigue, headaches, and sore muscles.

So, how do you stop the stress at work from taking over your entire life?

With the right aromatherapy regimen!

As long as you’ve got the right products, you can stop stress before it starts.  OK, so aromatherapy may not get rid of that overbearing boss you hate, but it can help you deal with him a whole lot better.  And, because it’s so easy to take a quick sniff or spray an oil mixture into the air at your desk, you won’t have to sacrifice productivity for sanity!

How exactly will aromatherapy combat mental stress?

aromatherapy for lack of energy
If you constantly roll out of bed feeling tired, sluggish, and wondering how you’re going to deal with yet another day at the office, two spritzes of Alerta Body Mist in your face will work wonders.  Because it’s made with Peppermint, Rosemary, and Cardamom, you’ll be ready to face the day.

Once you’re actually at work, grab your Citrus Delight Essential Oil whenever stress builds.  This essential oil blend is a natural mood-booster, so squeeze a couple of drops onto a tissue and breathe in.  As soon as all of those sunny citrus oils make their way into your nasal passages, you’ll feel more relaxed and ready to tackle whatever hits your desk next!

But what about those physical problems?  How do you get rid of them?

Headaches and other stress-related aches and pains can ruin your entire life.  So, before you suffer any longer, tap into the power of aromatherapy!  Not only is it easy to take advantage of the right essential oils, it’s also a whole lot better than popping a pill every time something starts to hurt.

If all of that stress makes your head throb, simply rub some Headache Roll On onto your temples, forehead, and the back of your neck.  The ingredients in it are natural analgesics and anti-infammatories, so they’ll be able to relieve even the strongest of stress headaches.  (As an added bonus, these ingredients are just as helpful in getting rid of the sore wrists you get from spending hours typing on the computer!  Just roll onto your wrists, and you’ll immediately feel better.)

Unfortunately, aches and pains aren’t the only physical problem you can suffer from at work.  With all of those employees cooped up inside the office, it’s impossible to avoid air-borne germs.  And, when you’re constantly stressed, your immune system gets weaker — meaning you’re even more likely to wind up feeling congested and downright icky!

If the sniffles creep up at work, squeeze one drop of Immune Support essential oil into your hands, and breathe in.  It will clear up clogged nasal passages AND act as a hand sanitizer!

To sanitize the environment around you, fill a 4oz glass bottle with distilled water, add 5 drops of Eucalyptus oil and 10 drops of Peppermint oil, and use the mixture as a disinfectant for your desk, your phone, or anything else you have to touch.  You can even spray some into the air when someone nearby sneezes!

For a bigger boost, rub 1/2 teaspoon of Immune Support body oil onto your chest after a hot shower to clear out your sinuses.

Never knew there were so many ways aromatherapy could offer stress relief, did you?  Now that you’re armed with knowledge, tap into Aromandina’s products to keep your work life from ruining your personal life!

Cristina Proaño-Carrión AROMANDINA 2014 – 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 ith a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina. 


Apr 02 2014

7 solutions set

How many times have you:

  • Woken up with a sore throat or congested sinuses?

  • Sat in front of the computer all day only to have a headache by the evening?

  • Tossed around sleeplessly through the night because there is so much going on in your head?

  • Given in to unhealthy food cravings?

  • Found yourself procrastinating because you are unable to focus on a task?

  • Felt down and depressed because things didn’t go according to plan?

Fairly common scenarios, aren’t they?  That’s why we have developed our ‘Seven Solutions Kit’ containing a combination of versatile essential oils to help with day-to-day problems.  This set of oils is a must-have effective solution for your cabinet.

Why Should You Have It?

Years of experience has taught us that the one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work in Aromatherapy. We have formulated our blends such that there is something you can turn to, no matter what the scenario.

This set of 7 blends is:

  • Effective
  • Conveniently packaged
  • Easy to use
  • Very versatile (everyone in the family can use it)

Hundreds of satisfied clients vouch for the effectiveness of these blends – you should try them too!

What Is In It?

The  Seven Aromatherapy Solutions Kit contains seven sample-sized bottles of our top-selling blends. 

eob_immune_support_smImmune Support Essential Oil Blend

 A refreshing blend of Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Ravensara essential oils can help provide symptomatic relief from sinusitis, laryngitis and respiratory congestion. Always keep this decongestant blend handy in your medicine chest.

headache_roll_onHeadache Begone Roll On

 A practical aromatherapy roll on containing Lavender, Peppermint, Birch and Cardamom relieves headaches and sore muscles.  A perfect fix for carpal tunnel pain too!

exulto_alegria_eob_smAlegria Essential Oil Blend

Bright and cheerful oils like Clary Sage, YlangYlang and Litsea Cubeba make sure that elements like grief, dejection and depression don’t come anywhere near you. With this happy blend, happiness is just a sniff away.

sereno_sleep_time_eob_smSleep Time Essential Oil Blend

Chase stress and insomnia away with calming and soothing oils like Lavender, Mandarin, Palo Santo. Just keep a bottle by your bedside and breathe deeply before closing your eyes.

claro_appetite_control_eob_smClaro Essential Oil Blend

Stop food cravings in their tracks with Fennel, Grapefruit and Spearmint essential oils. The feeling of satiety will curb emotional eating and help you manage your food portions as well.

vigor_energia_eob_smEnergia Essential Oil Blend

Stay at the top of your game with a blend of stimulating essential oils like Rosemary, Pine and Litsea Cubeba. Say goodbye to dull days and say hello to a fresh, energetic new you.

radiare_eob_smRadiare Essential Oil Blend

 Right from hormonal mood swings to menstrual cramps, this floral blend comprising Lavender, Clary Sage, Grapefruit and Geranium will ensure that you feel your best at any time of the month.

The Seven Aromatherapy Solutions Kit is like an emergency medicine box that you should keep handy at all times because you never know what may crop up next. With these magical and super-effective oils at home, you can at least be sure that you are prepared to deal with it.

Buy your set now!

Cristina Proaño-Carrión AROMANDINA 2014 – 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. 


Mar 12 2014

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I have outlined some steps I have personally used and tested that use Essential Oils in spa treatments. They have always produced the WOW factor and bring clients back again and again.

  • Use an Aromatherapy burner or diffuser in your treatment room  
  • Use an Aromatherapy mist during any of your treatments  
  • Use Aromatherapy massage oil in any of your treatments
STEP 1 – Have your room prepared – your Aromatherapy burner or diffuser should have your favorite Essential Oil or Essential Oil blend, remember, you are the one in that treatment room all day, so think about yourself, your guest will enjoy your choice.

STEP 2 – Use   Sleep Time Aromatherapy Mist to set the stage for relaxation.

Have you noticed how some guests can’t stop talking as they come into your room? Maybe they are afraid of losing their control, with this mist you can gently let them know that they can relax and trust in your caring hands.

Before the treatment begins ask your client to close their eyes, breathe deeply and enjoy the mist.  Point the nozzle upwards so that the product falls on their face as a gentle rainforest mist.

STEP 3 – While they are facing upwards either during a massage, body treatments or while they have a mask on, use an eye pillow. First wrap the pillow with a tissue and put one drop of Sleep Time Essential Oil on the side of the pillow that won’t touch the face.  This calming scent will disconnect them and send them to nirvana.

STEP 4 – Use aromatherapy massage oils for all the spa treatments you offer:   

  • For foot treatments and pedicures: massage legs and feet with the blend of your choice  
  • During a facial massage your guest’s arms, décolletage and hands while they have on a mask.
  • Whole body massage: mix essential oils with your favorite lotion or use the body oils mentioned below 

Please remember that One Size Does Not Fit All – Don’t use just lavender, eucalyptus or peppermint. Be creative, and remember that your guests like to feel special and that you have listened to them and addressed their needs.

STEP 5 - Help them use Essential Oils at home. Recommend them a couple of oils to start with, not only will they feel better but those who live and work with your guests will also notice the difference. Your word of mouth marketing is at work!

Cristina Proaño-Carrión AROMANDINA 2014 – 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. 

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