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Feb 21 2011
“Amatherapy without massage is like an orchestra without a conductor” ~ Robert Tisserand
There is no denying that human touch has a distinctive “feel good” factor attached to it. Whether it is a gentle caress of a mother to comfort a crying child or the reassuring hug of a friend in difficult times, the warmth of another human body sends positive signals throughout our body and to our brains. Since aromatherapy is all about mind-body balance and holistic healing, it is quite natural that touch should have a large role to play in it. My fascination with the sense of touch started when many years ago, I read the book ‘Aromatherapy to Heal and Tend the Body’ by Robert Tisserand. The author of the book states:
“In a study at Purdue University, Indiana, in 1986, students who took out books from the library were interviewed as they came out.  They were asked specific questions relating to their opinion of the library and whether the checkout assistant had smiled at them.  The library assistant treated everyone in exactly the same way, except that every other student was lightly touched on the hand as their library card was handed back to them.  Those who were touched formed a more positive view of the library than those who were not and often thought that the assistant had smiled at them, although the fact she had not.”
The power of touch can be gauged from the fact that it is the first sense we develop in the womb and the last one we lose before death. It helps us communicate without words, connect with our environment and share emotions. Physical contact with a loved one not only feels nice and warm, it is essential for our wellbeing as it keeps feelings of loneliness and apathy at bay. Massage and aromatherapy go hand in hand.  You can start to create a loving atmosphere at home with those you love by indulging them in a relaxing massage. Even people who are not used to being touched, usually comply when their hands and feet are massaged. I have created different massage oils for different conditions, but you can always create your own concoctions based on the purpose you want them for and the scents you prefer. Here are some guidelines: Citrus essential oils: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Citrus Delight Aromatherapy Blend, are always bright, happy and uplifting. They are safe to use during pregnancy and are liked by most people. Calming oils: Lavender, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, SERENO Sleep Time Body Oil Stimulating oils: Rosemary, Peppermint, Basil, Cardamom, Ginger and Adrenal Support Body Oil Romantic oils: Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Romance Body Oil Digestive oils: Ginger, Cardamom, Fennel, Orange, RosemaryBasil, Cinnamon and Digestive Body Oil Oils that can help improve circulation: Cypress, Lemon, Rosemary, Pine and Circulation Body Oil Add a total of 60 drops of your favorite essential oils to a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil and start enjoying the wonders of an aromatherapy massage. Apart from the immediate emotional benefits, massage also has several positive effects on physical health. Not only does it improve blood circulation, it also stimulates the lymphatic system, boosts immunity, relieves pain, reduces muscular tension and controls blood pressure.  Massage is also very effective against insomnia and stress-related conditions. I invite you to start today, sharing the loving touch of an aromatherapy massage.
© 2011  AROMANDINA – 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.
Sep 09 2010 Ginger essential oil copy

As much as it is comforting and flavorsome in food, ginger offers a gamut of health benefits when used in aromatherapy. Known for its ‘warming’ properties, ginger essential oil acts as a tonic for the digestive system, joints as well as the mind.
Aromandina Ginger Essential Oil is obtained from fresh ginger roots organically grown and harvested in Ecuador.

Pregnancy

Ginger oil is safe to use in pregnancy and may be used to curb morning sickness or nausea caused by motion and stomach upsets.

Digestive properties

Poor appetite may be a result of something as simple as indigestion or something deep-rooted as depression. Ginger oil not only balances the digestive system, it also lifts up a lonely spirit with its spicy aroma. It can be especially helpful in alleviating gastric discomfort, flatulence and acidity.

The warming oil

Ginger oil is helpful during the long, cold winter months when many people experience depression, lethargy and loneliness due to the weather.  At these times, ginger oil adds the much needed spice and zest by energizing the body, improving sexual libido and helping the mind focus. Ginger oil also boosts circulation and provides instant relief from cold extremities and dull, lifeless skin.
Combine it with a carrier oil and  massage this warm oil for an excellent remedy for tired, achy joints or rheumatic arthritis.

Psychological properties

According to author Peter Holmes, “Clearly just as ginger provides deep warmth and stimulation on the physiological level, its fragrance works deeply into the psyche bringing energy and strength to some of the deepest sources of our power”.[1]
In moments of pessimism and low morale, ginger essential oil serves to motivate the mind and help it find direction.
If you have strong plans for the future but lack willpower or confidence to go through with them, ginger essential will inspire you to be proactive and take consequential action.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine has forever used Ginger as a remedy for ‘moisture induced’ maladies like diarrhea, rheumatism and catarrh. The warming properties of ginger are believed to neutralize the ill effects of dampness and moisture which may have an intrinsic or extrinsic source.

Methods of use

  • For instant relief from nausea, depression and lethargy, take a few sniffs of the oil from a tissue.

  • Add it to hot water and use it as a compress for sore joints and achy muscles.

  • Ginger oil can be combined with carrier oil and used for massage.

  • Use it in a diffuser to spice-up your surroundings.

  • Don’t apply the oil directly to your skin and avoid going out in the sun after topical application.

Enjoy Ginger Essential Oil in the following Aromandina products:
Body Oil for Circulation
Digestive Body Oil
Fiesta Essential Oil Blend

© AROMANDINA – All rights reserved The 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.
Jul 16 2010 Aromatherapy compresses

This is one of my favorite methods of essential oil application for many acute conditions. It is very useful to allow essential oils to penetrate in a particular area of the body.
1)  Mix 6 drops of essential oil(s) and 1 tablespoon salt in an empty bowl
2) Fill bowl with hot or cold water
3) Soak a piece of cloth, wring it out and cover the affected area
4) Repeat this process for 5 to 15 minutes, as needed.

For alternate compresses fill one bowl with very warm water, and the other one with iced water .

Here are some examples:

KIDNEY STONES:

Years ago we were invited to a family party, the moment we arrived my sister started to scream out of pain, she had an awful kidney stone that started to bother right at that moment.  Luckily for her, I carried my essential oils with me.  I asked the host of the party to give me two bowls.

I mixed 3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil and 3 drops of Fennel essential oil with 1 tablespoon of regular salt and added to one bowl.

I created another mixture and added to the other bowl.  One bowl was filled with hot water, the other one with iced water.

Fennel and Grapefruit are said to be litholytic which means they can dissolve stones. [1]

She was crying and initially would not even allow me to touch her.  I applied one compress at a time, first the hot one, then the cold one for about 15 minutes. 

The pain subsided, she literally woke up and went to the bathroom, expelled the stone and went to dance!

After the party I made a massage oil with orange, grapefruit, fennel and other detoxing oils, she applied it on her lower back and lower abdomen every day and never complained about a kidney stone again. I have recommended this method to many more friends and clients, they have always reported great results.

Aromandina’s recommendation: Detoxing Body Oil

MENSTRUAL CRAMPS – DYSMENORRHEA

I’m one of those lucky women who hasn’t had a problem like that, but since I have worked in several spas I knew how my fellow coworkers felt on one of those days when they could not do a treatment out of the pain they were feeling. The essential oil  that have worked very well for me are: You can also use some Frankincense if the pain is excruciating.  I remember that every time I applied these compresses I could feel their organs moving, almost like dancing, like stretching. 
After 10 minutes, the pain was gone!
I then recommended them to use a massage oil with the same oils on a regular basis in order to not only address the symptoms but also to start regulating their bodies and hormonal system.

Aromandina’s recommendation for compresses: RADIARE Essential Oil, for massage oil: Woman’s Help Body Oil

MIGRAINES

When my husband suffered from migraines, I used cephalic and analgesic essential oils, to stimulate circulation. I applied the alternate compress method and again, it only needed 10 minutes for him to feel great again. The following  essential oils are very useful: Aromandina’s recommendation for compresses: Memoria Blend, for daily application: Headache Begone Roll On
NOTE: Headaches and migraines are usually symptoms of many other conditions.  This is just a method to help with the pain, but I highly recommend visiting a holistic practitioner who can help you get to the root of the causes.

FEVERS

I always tell my students and clients that my son, in his 13 years of life has had only  5 infections.  He doesn’t remember if he ever had a fever, and yes, his last fever was when he was 8 years old where he had an ear infection.

For fevers, think about cool oils like Spearmint and Lavender.

Apply cold compresses on the forehead, abdomen and feet.

OTHER USES

Muscle Pain: peppermint, rosemary, lavender, marjoram, birch – cold or hot compresses

Stomach Cramps: ginger, cardamom, fennel, cinnamon [1]

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© 2010, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina, LLC Disclaimer: these are effective methods that can help with the pain and discomfort but they don’t offer any diagnosis or treatment of medical,  or health issues. Please consult your licensed practitioner any medical or health.
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.
Jan 06 2010 Natural essential oils can help shape up your body in many ways but they can do so only when coupled with an appropriate diet and exercise plan. Essential oils accelerate the weight loss process by eliminating toxins and toning up the body so that you see faster and better results. OBSTACLE 1: Low immunity, chest congestion and inability to breathe well
  • Solution: Immune Support Essential Oil
  • Why: Supports and strengthens the immune system by fighting off germs and stimulating the activity of the organs and cells involved.
  • How: Rub 2 drops between the palms of your hands and breathe deeply.
OBSTACLE 2: Muscle pain and cramps
  • Solution: Pain Begone Body Oil and ALIVIO Andean Bath Soak
  • Why: Maintains muscle tone, alleviates pain caused by muscle cramps or swelling and improves circulation and lymphatic flow, pain relief.
  • How: For warming up the muscles, gently massage the limbs with ½ teaspoon of Pain Begone Body Oil in the direction of the heart.  After exercise, take a bath with ¼ cup of ALIVIO Andean Bath Soak and feel all your pains melt away. After bath, massage sore areas with Pain Begone Body Oil.
OBSTACLE 3: Apathy, discouragement and boredom
  • Solution: EXULTO Body Mist
  • Why: Most of us go through a lot of stress and fatigue each day. This blend of essential oils enlivens, rejuvenates and harmonizes the mind. Essential oils also support emotional well-being during difficult times and infuse mental strength and positivity to help us battle all adversities and handle stress.
  • How: When you feel down and troubled, just spray some mist over your face and body, breathe deeply and SMILE!
OBSTACLE 4: Restlessness, insomnia, stress, nervous tension and anxiety
  • Solution: Sleep Time Essential Oil
  • Why: Adequate sleep is very essential to maintain a healthy weight. Anxiety, stress and lack of sleep result in the release of a hormone called cortisol that makes us want to binge on sugary foods and promotes the accumulation of fats in our body. Cortisol also destroys muscle tissue and weakens the brain, bones and immune system.
  • How: Induce an atmosphere of peace and relaxation in your bedroom. Keep your essential oil diffuser next to your bed and breathe deeply before closing your eyes.
OBSTACLE 5: Poor muscle tone, food cravings and poor lymphatic drainage
  • Solution: CLARO Essential Oil and Detoxing Body Oil
  • Why: It is not the stomach that lets you know that you are full but your hypothalamus. Inhaling the CLARO Essential Oil Blend induces the hypothalamus to send a message to the stomach that you are no longer hungry and also triggers positive reactions in the brain. The essential oils in the Detoxing Body Oil are very effective in soothing the skin and eliminating excess water and fat in the tissues.
  • How: When you are hit by a food craving or feel like over-eating, take three sniffs of CLARO Essential Oil blend through each nostril. Massage CLARO Detoxing Body Oil over your body in a circular motion twice a day.
OBSTACLE 6: Low energy levels, fatigue and lack of concentration
  • Solution Energia Essential Oil Blend
  • Why: Essential oils in this blend infuse health, energy and vitality in the body by providing adrenal support enhancing memory and cleansing the system of toxins.
  • How: Place 3-4 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale for a great energizing effect.
OBSTACLE 7: Hormone imbalances, mood swings, low self -esteem and lack of body awareness
  • Solution: RADIARE Essential Oil
  • Why: A soothing, uplifting, calming and restorative blend of floral oils that make us feel beautiful and confident from within.
  • How: Place 3-4 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale every time you need to uplift your senses.
© AROMANDINA – 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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