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Oct 28 2015
essential oils for breasts

If you’re like most women, there are several things you don’t like about your breasts. And, unfortunately, even the toughest workout won’t change them. After all, your breasts are glands — not muscles.

Luckily, whether you want your breasts to look more toned, feel softer, or have fewer stretch marks, the right essential oils can work wonders!

Yes, the overall shape and size of your breasts is determined by genetics. However, incorporating some essential oils into your regular routine can make you much more appreciative of what nature gave you.

I love using an oil blend that combines rose absolute and geranium. Not only are these very floral, feminine scents, they’re also great at making skin more supple and helping to eliminate clogged pores. Even better, geranium can actually help balance your hormones, so it’s perfect for the achy breasts you always seem to get right before your period starts!

The best way to take advantage of this blend is to give yourself an aromatic massage. Combine 4 oz of jojoba oil with 10 drops of rose absolute and 20 drops of geranium. 

HOW TO DO A BREAST MASSAGE:

  • Spread the blend all over your chest, and then get your hands working!
  • Press your fingers down in a circular motion to help improve the circulation to your breasts and to work out any tension.
  • Move your fingertips down and massage your entire rib cage the same way.
  • Move up to your shoulders, and squeeze them between your fingertips and the heel of your hand.
In addition to relieving tense muscles and improving your skin’s texture, these massages can help eliminate stretch marks. Because they boost your circulation, your body will be able to deliver nutrients to your breasts faster — meaning your skin can heal faster.

It’s also important to breathe deeply while you do these massages. The more you expand your lungs, the more oxygen they’ll be able to hold — and the more oxygen that’s in there, the better you’ll feel overall!

Want to kick those good feelings up a notch?

Combine this aromatherapy regimen with an improved diet and exercise plan. And while you’re at it, work on improving your posture. Simply sitting up straighter can lift your pectoral muscles, which can make your breasts look more toned and defined.

But I’ve saved the best for last…

The chest area is one of the most erogenous zones on your entire body, so if you want to shake things up in the bedroom, use these massages as foreplay. You and your partner will love them!

You’ll find all of the quality essential oils you need to take care of your breasts — and every other part of your body! — 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.
Oct 19 2015

Meditation aromatherapy blend
Be honest — how much time do you spend in a day scrolling through your smartphone and staring at your computer screen? How often do you get a chance to simply sit back, take a deep breath, and truly seize the day?

If you’re like most people, not often enough!

I’ve spent years offering expert aromatherapy advice and answering countless questions, and after I published a blog post about using essential oils for meditation, people were dying to know when I was going to create a special blend of oils that could be used to help them meditate.

I’m happy to report that it’s finally here! I carefully crafted my special Meditation Blend with a synergy of essential oils that can help you achieve a calmer, slower, more relaxed state of mind.

What’s in it?

Frankincense

Used to deepen breathing, Frankincense can help tackle everything from depression, to anxiety, to nagging mental chatter. It’s got soothing qualities that will help you break free of negative emotions, allowing you to focus on — and appreciate — the current moment. Frankincense is a popular choice among spiritual experts because it helps enable the mind focus more clearly on prayer, meditation, and deep thinking.

Rose Absolute

Called “the oil of the heart”, Rose Absolute encourages feelings of love and creativity. By using it to open up your heart energy, you can overcome negative emotions like guilt, sorrow, and self-righteousness and be more open to affection, intimacy, and determination.

Lavender

Lavender is a popular sedative oil that’s used by a number of people at bedtime. However, it’s not just good for sleeping! Lavender is aromatherapy’s version of a “stress-buster”. Not only can it help you relax , but it can also help open your mind to newer, calmer perspectives. In the end, you’ll wind up with a much greater sense of inner-peace.

Lemon

This vibrant oil is perfect for turning pessimism into optimism. It creates a warm feeling that can make you feel nurtured, hopeful, and encouraged.

Palo Santo

This is a sacred and deeply spiritual essential oil. It’s perfect for people who feel lonely, depressed, or abandoned. Not only can Palo Santo give you a clearer understanding of your specific situation, it can help you detach from a painful past that’s holding you back.

How do you use this blend?

Simply place a few drops in a tissue, and breathe it in. (I suggest visualizing your troubles leaving your body every time you exhale!) It will only take you about 5 minutes to feel your mind quiet down.

It’s also easy to incorporate Mediation Blend into your yoga routine. Simply bring the tissue with you, and place it on your chest during Shavasana.

Or, if you’d rather enjoy this blend at bedtime, put the tissue under your pillow. That way, you’ll sleep better all night long, and you’ll be able to bid bon voyage to the nightmares that are preventing you from getting the rest you need.

Want to combine this soothing feeling with a warm bath? Just combine 10 drops of Meditation Blend with 1/4 cup of sea salts, and pour the mixture into the tub. The warm water will help infuse your entire bathroom with the calming scent!

Or, combine 60 drops of Meditation Blend with 4 ounces of Therapeutic Carrier Oil to make a special body oil that you can use as a daily moisturizer or an end of the day treat.

You can purchase this Mediation Blend — along with a variety of other high-quality essential oil 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.

Oct 13 2015

Background-Autumn
Head to your local grocery store or flip on the TV, and you’ll see a definite shift. Autumn is in the air, and retailers want you to be well aware of it! That’s why you’re seeing endless commercials and endless in-store displays of pumpkin-spiced everything, apple cider, and warm teas.

It’s natural to want to warm up this time of year. As Mother Nature starts to cool things off, that glass of iced tea doesn’t seem so appealing. Instead, a warm cup of tea or a spicy glass of warm cider feels heavenly.

And, luckily, you can warm up your energy just like you warm up your beverages!

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, several essential oils create a special warming energy. In addition to a spicy scent, they’ll actually give your lungs a boost — which will help you breathe easier, help you feel more alert and awake, help you develop a more positive attitude, and help enhance your immune system.

Here are the essential oils you should be taking full advantage of this Autumn:

Cardamom
Cinnamon
Cedarwood
Eucalyptus
Fennel
Ginger
Juniper
Laurel
Marjoram
Pine
Rosemary
Tea Tree
 
Best of all, you can use them in a variety of ways. Combine a few of them to use in your aromatherapy burner or diffuser to give your entire home a warm energy boost.
Or, create your own Autumn massage oil by mixing 45 drops of your favorite essential oil with 4 ounces of Therapeutic Carrier Oil.

Want to take the spa-like treatment a step further? Add a few drops of your favorite oil to a warm bath that will soothe your senses and your stress level. (Just avoid Cinnamon, Fennel, Ginger, and Marjoram, because they can irritate your skin!)

If you want to blend a few scents together, consider adding Orange or Mandarin to the mix. These uplifting scents have a more neutral energy, so they won’t overpower the warmth you’re getting from your Autumn oils.

Or, if you want to leave the blending to someone else, get a bottle of Aromandina’s Autumn Blend. Carefully blended with spicy warming oils like Cardamom and Ginger, this blend will warm up your entire environment, protect you from the colds and infections that always seem to be lurking this time of year, and allow you to fully enjoy everything that Autumn has to offer!

No matter what time of year it is, you’ll find the perfect assortment of quality essential oils 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.
Aug 05 2015

essential-oil-blending
In all my years of being an aromatherapist, one thing has remained the same — blending oils is one of the most rewarding things I get to do!

Part of why I love it so much is that it’s always different. One client may want a special blend after their massage, while a giant resort may want me to blend a special signature scent that they can give away to all their guests.

To me, coming up with these blends is an art — no different from the “regular” artists you see out there!

How so?

Today, I was listening to an interview with Argentinian composer Gustavo Santaolalla. He has created music for giant films like Brokeback Mountain, Babel, and 21 Grams. In the interview, he said that he’s not a “trained musician” because he doesn’t actually read music! Instead, all of his compositions come from his heart. In many cases, he reads the movie script, and before a single scene is filmed, he taps into his intuition and creates the score for the movie. Pretty amazing, right?!

As I listened to him explain this process, I could totally relate to him. When I sit down to create an essential oil blend, I listen to my heart. I know that there are endless possibilities that I can create, so I wait for the oils to “talk” to me. They’ll tell me how best to serve that single massage client or that giant resort. All I have to do is listen.

If you pick up your favorite aromatherapy books, you’ll see plenty of “rules” for blending essential oils. However, my blending process is a little different, which is why I want to share it with you. You won’t see any fancy science listed here. In fact, my process may sound entirely too simple! But this is how I work — the same way I always have, after countless hours of formal aromatherapy training and more than 20 years of experience.

My biggest tip? Follow your intuition.

Of course, I consider all of the therapeutic properties of each oil in the blend, because different oils help different physical and emotional imbalances. However, I don’t go on logic alone. I allow my intuition to fill in some of the gaps that my intellect didn’t consider.

For example, if a spa comes to me and says they want a signature scent, the first thing I ask them is what kind of emotions do they want their scent to evoke? Then, I ask them which individual scents they like — and don’t like — so that I have a better idea of what they’re looking for.

For a personal blend, I’ll ask my client how she’s feeling today. What specific concerns does she have right now? How is she dealing with her stress? How is she sleeping? And, again, I’ll ask if there are any specific scents that she doesn’t like. After all, if she hates florals or citrus, I know not to include them!

When it comes to the blends in Aromadina’s line, I start by addressing specific physical AND emotional imbalances. For example, I may create a blend that provides relief for respiratory conditions. But then I’ll take it a step further and include oils that will help the sufferer feel better emotionally, too.

The end result? By letting my mind and my heart work together, I can create blends that smell good, that make you feel better physically, and make you feel better emotionally. It’s all about synergy!

Here’s an example of this synergy in action:

When it gets hot outside, I (and many of you!) feel a little lazy. It’s hard to sit down and work when you could be cooling off at the pool or relaxing on the beach.

My solution to this problem? A stimulating essential oil that will help your mind focus, get rid of that sluggish feeling, and boost your mental energy. And, of course, it needs to have a light and refreshing scent to combat the physical heat you’re dealing with.

Here’s what’s in it:

– 50 drops of laurel (a stimulating oil)

– 50 drops of cardamom (a neurotonic oil that boosts creativity and curiosity)

– 50 drops of lemon (a light citrus oil)

This blend works great in an aromatherapy burner or even just by putting a few drops on a tissue and breathing it in anytime you need a boost.

Want even more specific blending details? They’re coming! My next blog post will have a detailed step-by-step guide that can help you blend exactly the way I do. In the meantime, go check out all of the unique blends that Aromandina has to offer!

© 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.
Jul 01 2015

Busting the detox myth
Everyone wants to be as healthy as possible, so if someone told you that applying essential oils directly to your skin would help flush out toxins, you’d probably try it, right? But what if someone told you that anything odd you experience — like a rash, itchiness, inflammation, or even outright pain — was just your body’s way of detoxifying? Would you believe it?

If you did, you’d be putting your skin at serious risk!

There’s a major myth that’s been going around the aromatherapy world for years. It’s called “Detox Theory”, and it says that any reaction you see on your skin is really your body’s way of purging toxins. This myth has led countless people to apply essential oils directly to their skin — and putting up with painful results — under the guise of becoming healthier.

What most people don’t know is that Detox Theory is proved wrong by science!

To help you make sense of it all, I’m sharing an article that summarizes evidence-based research. In order to truly detoxify your body, the essential oils would have to come into contact with your elimination systems. Simply rubbing them into your skin won’t work because your skin isn’t in charge of eliminating toxins and other waste from your body. In science-speak, detoxifying is an elimination process, while applying essential oils (or anything else) to your skin is an additive process. Because you’re dealing with two different processes, simply rubbing in some essential oils won’t purge all of the toxins floating around in your system!

(You can read the entire article HERE, and share it with your friends so that we can prevent as much unnecessary suffering as possible!)

Does this mean you shouldn’t apply essential oils to your skin at all?

No! The key, though, is to use them the right way. That means diluting them first. The rule of thumb among aromatherapy experts is to use a 2 % dilution rate — meaning that the essential oils themselves only make up 2 % of the liquid that you’re applying to your skin.

Here are a few easy ways to create that 2 % dilution rate:

– If you’re using 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, add 6 drops of essential oils to it

– If you’re using 1 ounce of carrier oil, add 12 drops of essential oils to it

– If you’re using 4 ounces of carrier oil, add 48 drops of essential oils to it

However, for pregnant women, elderly people, and children,  you want to dilute your essential oils even more — to a 1% dilution rate. You can create it by combining:

– 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and 3 drops of essential oils

– 1 ounce of carrier oil and 6 drops of essential oils

– 4 ounces of carrier oil and 24 drops of essential oils

The most important advice I can give you (other than these dilution recipes) is to act quickly. If you EVER develop a rash, itchiness, or some other kind of irritation, STOP! Each essential oil has its own natural chemical composition, meaning that any one of them can cause issues for certain skin types. So, be gentle and sparing. There really can be too much of a good thing!

The best way to keep your skin safe is to tap into the expert advice and high-quality essential oils at Aromandina. In this case, knowledge is power that your skin will thank you for!

Reference: Essential Oils and the “Detox” Theory

© 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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