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Apr 14 2015
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Orange has been a wildly popular scent ever since Portuguese explorers brought sweet oranges from Asia to Europe in the 1520’s. Christopher Columbus loved them so much that he brought them with him to the New World.

But did you know that you can make this scent part of your aromatherapy routine?

Sweet orange is one of my go-to essential oils! I keep it in my medicine cabinet because it instantly brings a smile to my face. I also love blending it with other oils. In fact, it’s a main ingredient in some of my most popular blends — including Autumn Blend, Spring Blend, Citrus Delight, Holiday Bliss, Digestive Body Oil, and Detoxing Body Oil.

What makes sweet orange oil different?

When you think of an orange, you probably think of the juicy, tasty, fleshy insides. However, sweet orange oil actually comes from the outer peel, thanks to a special cold pressing technique. Just like its fleshy counterpart, orange oil has a sweet, warm, rounded aroma.

Orange oil — uses in aromatherapy

In addition to its great scent, aromatherapy experts love orange oil because it’s so versatile. You can literally use it from head to toe!

Sweet orange oil for digestion

Whether you’re battling abdominal distention and pain, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, constipation, irritable bowel, or simply poor eating choices, orange oil can help. It’s a hepatic stimulant and cholagogue — meaning it can help bile flow better, making it easier for your body to digest fatty foods. It can also help normalize the peristaltic action in your intestines — meaning your gastrointestinal muscles will contract more smoothly — so that you don’t have spasms and cramps.

Simply mix 7 drops of orange with 7 drops of ginger, and 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage your abdomen with it.

Sweet orange oil for skin care

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Apr 01 2015
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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.

Mar 02 2015
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Patchouli has one of the most distinct scents in all of aromatherapy. It’s strong, earthy, and musky, so a little bit goes a long way. Luckily, though, a little bit is all you need to see big-time results!

what is patchouli?

It’s a bushy perennial herb that’s native to the tropical climates in Southeast Asia. Legend has it that King Tut loved Patchouli oil so much that he demanded to have ten gallons of it buried with him. More recently, Patchouli was the scent of choice for hippies back in the 1960’s because it was strong enough to mask the smell of marijuana smoke.

how do you use patchouli?

If you’ve got the pure essential oil, there are a number of things you can do with it. However, because it’s such a strong scent, I always combine it with other oils — like bergamot, grapefruit, or lemon — by mixing nine parts of the other oil with one part patchouli. Then, put it in your aromatherapy burner to spread the scent throughout your room. Or, place 1 drop on your pillow or onto a tissue, and breathe deeply. You can also put a few drops in your bath or footbath after a long day.

patchouli essential oil — uses in aromatherapy

Patchouli is so popular because it can provide so many benefits. Its anti-inflammatory properties can relieve everything from arthritis, to gout, to fevers. It also has antiseptic properties, so it’s an effective way to treat wounds.

patchouli essential oil as a mood-booster

If you’re overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, or stress, Patchouli can have life-changing results. Its sedative properties will help you get a better night’s sleep and chase away all of those negative feelings you experience when you’re tired. And, because the scent stimulates the production of your body’s so-called “feel good hormones”, Patchouli will quickly eliminate anger, sadness, and anxiety.

It can even eliminate feelings of indifference. After all, it’s impossible for your senses to ignore this strong scent! The next time you feel mentally “stuck”, tap into the mental power of Patchouli.

patchouli essential oil for romance

Its strong musky scent makes Patchouli a wonderful aphrodisiac. It will lower your inhibitions, so you’ll feel more comfortable expressing your desires. And, because it’s so good at chasing away negative thoughts and fatigue, it’s the perfect oil to help you get ready for a romantic evening. All of your thoughts will be focused on your sweetie and your magical night!

For a sensual massage oil combine 1 drop of Patchouli, 5 drops of Jasmine and 4 drops of Orange with 1 oz carrier oil.

patchouli essential oil for skin care

Another great way to use Patchouli is to dilute it with a carrier oil (like coconut or jojoba) and apply it directly to your skin. In fact, it can regenerate, disinfect, moisten, and cool tissues! In addition to the mood boost you’ll get from the scent, Patchouli can help alleviate the symptoms of a variety of skin problems — like athlete’s foot, eczema, acne, and dandruff.

If you want to use it every day, you can make your own moisturizer by mixing one drop of patchouli with five drops of lavender, three drops of frankincense, and one ounce of jojoba. Or, make your own scalp conditioner by mixing one drop of patchouli with four drops of geranium and five drops of tea tree. Or, make a massage oil with one drop of patchouli, five drops of jasmine, four drops of orange, and one ounce of carrier oil.

Are you ready to experience everything that Patchouli oil has to offer? It’s only a mouse click away 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.

Feb 09 2015

Just because it’s almost Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to run out and get the same ol’ boring roses and sugary chocolate you get every year. Luckily, though, you don’t have to be a creativity wizard to come up with a great gift. I’ve done all the thinking for you, and I’m more than willing to let you take the credit for it!

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If you want to give your sweetie a special Valentine’s surprise, tap into the power of these products:

  1. Romance Essential Oil

This blend will push all the stress out of your sweetie’s mind and invigorate the senses so that you can both take full advantage of every single second of Valentine’s Day. Romance Essential Oil

  1. Romance Massage Oil

Why not kick up the sensory stimulation with a nice massage?! This sensual massage oil offers the same essential oils as Romance Blend, but it can be applied directly to the skin. That way, your sweetie gets to be pampered, and you both get to enjoy the invigorating scent. Romance Massage Oil

  1. Roses and Chocolate Perfume Oil

This is the ONLY way you should be using roses and chocolate this Valentine’s Day! This perfume blend smells sweet and elegant — making it the perfect way for your sweetie to feel a little more glamorous on the most romantic day of the year. Roses and Chocolate Perfume Oil

  1. Wise Woman Perfume Oil

A truly wise woman knows how great it is to be pampered, and the essential oils in this perfume blend will make her feel that way. The combination of exotic oils will make your sweetie feel more passionate, more in touch with her senses, and more relaxed — the perfect combination for a great Valentine’s Day! Wise Woman Perfume Oil

  1. Mr. Romantic Perfume Oil

The right scents don’t just work wonders for women; they’re a great mood booster for men, too! Whether you want your sweetie to feel strong enough to sweep you off your feet, or you want to give a single guy friend some added confidence this Valentine’s Day, this will definitely do it. Mr. Romantic Perfume Oil

If you’d rather focus your efforts on one specific essential oil — instead of a pre-prepared blend — here are my Valentine’s favorites:

  1. Jasmine Absolute

The sweet scent will instantly chase away any anxious thoughts so that you can concentrate fully on your sweetie.   It’s also a great aphrodisiac! Jasmine Absolute

  1. Rose Absolute

The essential oil will come with a much stronger scent than a bouquet of roses will, and that’s a good thing! After all, the scent of rose makes you feel more passionate and more willing to open your heart — the perfect feelings for Valentine’s Day. Rose Absolute

  1. Ylang Ylang

Whether your sweetie is stressed out, anxious, frustrated, or cranky, ylang ylang essential oil will chase all of the bad emotions away and leave your sweetie feeling downright euphoric and ready to enjoy a fun day. Ylang Ylang

  1. Patchouli

It has a strong scent, but it also creates some strong emotions. Specifically, patchouli eliminates stress and anxiety and replaces them with sensual, passionate feelings. If you’re looking for a strong aphrodisiac, this is it! Patchouli

  1. Cardamom

I love cardamom because the scent just makes you enjoy life. If you’re looking for a great way to help your sweetie stop sweating the small stuff, this essential oil is the perfect Valentine’s gift. That’s a gift any hard-working Valentine will appreciate! Cardamom

Luckily, you don’t have to search all over the place to incorporate these essential oils into your Valentine’s Day. Thanks to Aromandina, they’re all just a click away! And, for a limited time, you can take advantage of a special promotion, buy one get $10 off.

VALENTINE’S PROMOTION: Buy One, Get One $10 off.

Enter Romance code during checkout – Offer ends February 26th 2015 – retail clients only

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© 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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