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Sep 20 2012

We have received multiple requests to publish a Chakra – Essential Oil Chart Enjoy!

CHAKRA

COLORS

ESSENTIAL OILS

# 7 Crown Chakra

Violet

Frankincense, Rosewood, Jasmine, Rose, Neroli

# 6 Third Eye Chakra

Indigo

Rosemary, Juniper, Lemon, Pine, Helichrysum, Thyme, Clary Sage

# 5 Throat Chakra

Blue

Blue Chamomile, Myrrh, Cypress, Basil, Hyssop, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood

# 4 Heart Chakra

Green

Geranium,Rose, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Mandarin, Jasmine, Lavender

# 3 Solar Plexus Chakra

Yellow

Juniper, Cedarwood, Black Pepper, Hyssop, Marjoram, Cardamom,  Lemon, Grapefruit, Vetiver

#2 Sacral Chakra

Orange

Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Ginger, Clary Sage, Fennel, Cardamom

# 1 Base Chakra

Red

Myrrh, Patchouli,Vetiver, Rosewood, Thyme,  Frankincense, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang
Resources:

Aromatherapy Scent and Psyche by Peter and Kate Damian

Vibrational Healing by Deborah Eidson

Aromatherapy for the Soulby Valerie Ann Worwood

Subtle Aromatherapy by Patricia Davis

Sep 13 2012 Being a teenager is tough.  Between dating, driving, and the pressures of school, today’s teenagers have a lot on their minds!  When you throw in all of the physical changes they’re going through — like growth spurts, acne, and the fact that the teenage brain isn’t even fully-developed yet — it’s a lot to deal with! If you’re looking for a way to help your teenager handle all of it in stride,  look no further than aromatherapy. I know just how effective aromatherapy can be in a teenager’s life.  I’ve got a 15 year-old son who sees all kinds of benefits from it! Of course, Juan-Martin is a lot more stubborn about trying new essential oils than he was a few years ago.  But, that’s to be expected.  After all, teenagers know everything — just ask them. Teenage stubbornness aside, even Juan Martin can’t ignore the perks he gets from aromatherapy.  Here’s how your teen can benefit, too:

If your teenager can’t seem to stay healthy:

My son always gets a cold a couple of weeks after school starts.  You can practically set your watch by it!  No matter how many Vitamins and Probiotics he loads up on to try to prevent it, it always shows up. Here’s what I do to make sure he’s all better in less than a week: –          When he gets in the shower, I give him a washcloth that’s got five drops of Eucalyptus essential oil on it.  I tell him to put the washcloth on his chest, allow the heat of the shower to release the vapors, take a few deep breaths, and relax.  Then, when his shower is over, I tell him to use that same washcloth to rub his body — especially on his arms and legs — with all of the motion going towards his heart.  That helps his circulation and lymph movement and gives his immune system a boost. –          Before he goes to bed, I grab a vaporizer, put 10 drops of Immune Support Essential Oil in it, and put it in his room. Immune Support Oil has Tea Tree, Ravensara, Niaouli, Lavender and Pine essential oils.

If your teenager can use a brain boost:

Aromatherapy can do a whole lot more for teenagers than just help them heal.  In fact, Juan-Martin uses it to help stay focused! After all, look at what teenagers have to distract them these days — everything from smartphones, to text messages, to video games.  It’s a wonder any of them can focus long enough to get good grades! So, when it comes time for Juan Martin to study, I give him a paper towel with two drops of Memoria Essential Oil Blend on it.  Because he’s stubborn and won’t always take the time to sniff it in while he works, I double-team him with an aromatherapy burner that’s got three drops of the same aromatherapy blend in it.  He likes the scent, so he doesn’t complain. On test days, I send him to school with another Memoria paper towel.  I tell him to sniff it while he’s taking his test, but, of course, he doesn’t!  (After all, “that’s awkward, Mom!”)  Instead, I settle for having him sniff it during breakfast. Memoria blend is made of Peppermint, Rosemary, Cardamom and Spearmint essential oils. Why am I so insistent about this? Our olfactory memory is much stronger than our visual or audio memories are.  By smelling the same scent during the test (or right before) as when he was studying, it’s like flipping a switch — he’ll be able to remember what he was studying the last time he smelled it!

If you’d like to strengthen your relationship with your teenager:

Aromatherapy has been a great way for my son and I to connect emotionally.  You know how it is when you try to talk to teenagers… “How was school?” “Fine.” “Do you have a lot of homework?” “Kinda.” “Do you have any plans for the weekend?” “Sorta.” That’s why, at least once a week, I’ll sit down with Juan-Martin while he’s watching TV.  Since he still loves the foot massages I gave him as a little kid, he’ll let me rub his feet.  In order to make the most out it, I use a blend of Lavender, Marjoram, Mandarin, and Palo Santo — calming oils that will help him sleep better.  When you combine them with Mom’s soothing massage, it’s the perfect way to release pain, anger, joy, and any other emotions that never come out during our normal conversations! During our foot massages, I learn all about his current challenges and the good things he has experienced recently.  It’s a great emotional health boost for both of us!

If your teenager is battling physical pain:

Aromatherapy can help more than your teenager’s emotional pain.  It can also help him fight through physical pain. If you’re the parent of a teenage athlete (Juan Martin loves tennis!), you know how much muscle tension can pop up.  Sometimes, Juan-Martin crashes down on my bed and asks for help! In order to give him some much-needed relief, I massage his legs, calves, and back with my Pain Begone Body Oil, made of  Birch, Lavender, and Peppermint.  It helps soothe his muscles, and it gives me another chance to show him just how much I love him! Even though they may “know it all”, a teenager’s life can be awfully tough sometimes.  If you want to make things a little bit easier, you can’t go wrong with aromatherapy.  Your teenager may not always thank you for it, but it’s a great way to give him some support! © 2012, 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.  
Sep 06 2012

People are always asking me if the products at Aromandina are “therapeutic grade”. I’m proud to say that they’re NOT. Huh? Why would I brag about that?!
Because that “therapeutic grade” label isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Here’s why:

1. There’s no official definition of “therapeutic”

There is no central aromatherapy organization that sits down and decides what makes up a “therapeutic grade” product.
There is no set of characteristics that defines something as “therapeutic”. Manufacturers don’t have to meet any standards or pass any tests to get their essential oils deemed “therapeutic”. It is a brilliant marketing term, but that’s it. Just because you see it listed somewhere doesn’t mean that the product is any better.

2. Aromatherapy products aren’t regulated by anyone

Since essential oils aren’t ingested or used in any kind of food for flavoring, they’re not regulated by the FDA. As a result, any supplier can claim that their products have a “therapeutic” benefit — without having to answer to anyone for it.

3. It’s becoming a scary trend

Because aromatherapy does so many great things for so many people, certain vendors are trying to up the ante by calling their products “therapeutic”. The term “therapeutic” has turned into a marketing ploy. For people who sell legitimate aromatherapy products, labels like these simply aren’t necessary.

So what is my take on this?

After reading my blog articles, you may have realized that aromatherapy is my passion, therefore my interest in providing Genuine, Aromatherapy Grade Essential Oils. I’m not just interested in selling products.  Instead, I personally live and breathe aromatherapy every day of my life.  It’s had an amazing effect on myself, my family and hundreds of satisfied clients! Personally, I believe in living an organic, sustainable life — and that belief extends into my aromatherapy. Because I work directly with small suppliers who share my concern for  providing only aromatherapy grade essential oils  from organic and wild-grown plants, I know where all of my essential oils come from.  As a result, I know that they meet my organic and sustainable needs. As far as I’m concerned, all of that makes the products here at Aromandina “therapeutic”, but you won’t catch me using that word!  Instead, I let my products do the talking! Want to learn more about the “therapeutic” trend?
For further articles on this issue go to: http://www.aromamedical.org/articlesarchive.html


© 2012, 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 20 2012

 

One of the most common questions I get is how to use aromatherapy to relieve sore muscles and joints.  Luckily, aromatherapy can be a powerful, all-natural painkiller — but only if it’s used the right way.  Since pain and inflammation can be caused by so many things and affect so many different areas, your specific aromatherapy blend will depend on where it hurts! Some essential oils — like Peppermint, Chamomile, Marjoram, just to name a few — are great at localized pain relief.  All you have to do is rub them over the affected area, (always diluted in a carrier oil), and they’ll give you instant relief.  They can be a great remedy for things like arthritis, gout, tendinitis, and muscle soreness. In fact, many of these essential oils contain some of the same ingredients as the common over the counter pain relievers.  The only difference is that essential oils aren’t mixed with a bunch of chemicals!  Because they’re all-natural, you won’t have any of the nasty side effects that can come with traditional painkillers. Other essential oils — Lavender, Birch, Ginger being just a few examples — are great at making their way through your skin and working deep inside your body to get rid of the inflammation and toxins that are leaving you in severe pain.

So, how can you reap the benefits of these painkilling essential oils at home?

Make your own hot and cold compresses following this recipe: –        Start with two empty bowls –        Put one teaspoon of salt in each bowl –        Add 2 drops each of Blue Chamomile, Lavender, and Helichrysum to both bowls –        Fill one bowl with hot water; the other with iced water –        Soak a small towel in each bowl, and squeeze out the excess water –        Apply the hot compress for 1 minute –        Apply the cold compress for 1 minute –        Keep alternating compresses for 15 minutes

Want another way to take advantage of pain relief aromatherapy at home?

Massage the area where it hurts.  That way, you can boost your circulation and chase out toxins.  All you need to do is pick the right oil for your specific needs, and massage it into your skin every day.  Luckily, we’ve got two popular (and powerful) blends that can give you the relief you need: –        If you’re dealing with localized pain and inflammation, Pain Begone Body Oil is a great blend.  With a mixture of Birch, Peppermint, Ravensara, and Lavender, you’ll get a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory. –        If you’ve got circulation problems — especially if you’re stuck standing all day at work — try Circulation Body Oil.  A combination of Cypress, Geranium, Ginger, and Niaouli will stimulate your blood flow and prevent uric acid from building up in your joints. And remember — muscle pain isn’t always caused by physical labor!  Sometimes, you can wind up in severe pain when you’re in the middle of a stressful situation or when you’re feeling anxious. I’ve found that the best way to calm down after a rough day (and to soothe aching muscles that are sore from all of that pent-up anxiety) is to soak in a hot bath with 1/4 cup of our Alivio Bath Soak.  This aromatic blend is specially-designed to relax your muscles and take pressure off your joints so that you can say goodbye to your pain in a matter of minutes.  It also helps detoxify your system so that you can feel better both inside and out. That’s why aromatherapy is so powerful — it addresses the physical and emotional causes of pain.   That way, you can benefit from holistic healing, no matter what’s causing your pain! If you’re sick of traditional painkillers and want a natural pain reliever that really works, try our Pain Relief Package! Related Articles:
Jul 05 2012   Whether your summer travel plans include time on the beach, camping with the kids, hiking with your sweetie, or a long car trip, all of summer’s heat and humidity can leave you feeling… well… yucky.  In addition to sweat and grime, you’re dealing with sticky suntan lotion, stinky smoke from your grill, and residue from all of that bug spray you keep having to slather on! So, how do you take full advantage of your summer holiday and still feel clean and fresh? By tapping into the power of aromatherapy! Forget about all of the complicated travel tips.  Instead, with the right blend of essential oils, you can feel cool and refreshed — even on the hottest of days!  Before you head out on that next summer trip, be sure to follow these 5 tips:

1. Invigorate yourself with mint

Spearmint and Peppermint essential oils both have natural cooling properties, so these essential oils will make you feel fresh and alert. Whether you’ve just finished a long hike or spent the day in the car, all you have to do is add 5 drops of oil with a bowl of ice water and use a towel to rub it on your skin. You’ll instantly feel cool, calm, and collected. And, if you’re planning on being out in the hot sun for a prolonged period, infuse a towel with either of these oils and wrap it around your neck. All you need to do is get a bowl full of ice water, add 5 drops of oil, and stir. Then, just give your towel a good dunking, wring out the excess water, and you’re good to go! Combine that mint-infused towel with plenty of fluids to drink, and you’ve got an instant prevention tool against things like heat exhaustion and heat stroke!

2. Clean off with Lavender

 

If all of that heat and humidity leaves you feeling sticky and gross, you’re not alone. Luckily, Lavender essential oil can help! It’s got antibacterial properties, so you’ll be able to get rid of any germs you’ve picked up during your summer travels. You can actually make your own antibacterial wipes with some water, some oil, and a towel. Just add 5 drops of Lavender to a bowl of ice water, stick your towel in, wring out the excess water, and you can clean off your hands, face, or neck. Plus, you’ll get a nice cool down in the process! To keep clean on the go, infuse some towels ahead of time, and stick them in a plastic bag. That way, you’ll have an antibacterial wipe anytime you need it! And unlike those antibacterial gels and wipes you see in the store, lavender actually smells good! It has a clean floral scent, instead of that toxic chemical smell that you get from most other antibacterial products. No matter how sticky or grimy you feel, lavender will make you feel much better!

3. Get some sunburn relief with a moisturizing blend 

 

  A summer sunburn can leave you looking and feeling absolutely awful. Not only is it terrible for the long-term health of your skin, but the pain and discomfort from a sunburn can ruin your entire summer holiday! Luckily, aromatherapy fans can get some relief with the right blend of essential oils. Start with 1 ounce of Jojoba Oil. Since it’s a great moisturizer, it will keep your skin from drying out — meaning you won’t have to deal with as much itching and peeling as you normally would with a sunburn. Then, add 5 drops of cooling  Blue Chamomile essential oil, so that your sunburn won’t burn quite as badly. And, finally, top it all off with 10 drops of Lavender. Since they have anti-inflammatory properties, Lavender and Blue Chamomile can prevent the aches and pains that come with sleeping or even sitting with a bad sunburn. This blend won’t just make you feel better; it will also make you smell better! Instead of dousing your skin in traditional sunburn remedy creams and sprays — and smelling like a medicine cabinet — this blend can leave you smelling fresh and floral!

4. Use essential oils to tame your tummy

If you’ve accidentally downed some foreign water during your summer travels, drank too much of the spiked punch at your friend’s barbecue, or eaten too many summertime treats, it can leave your stomach feeling downright awful. Luckily, when you rub essential oils like CardamomGinger, and Fennel essential oils over your stomach, it can help relieve stomach cramps and spasms associated with diarrhea, food poisoning, and other tummy troubles. Combine 5 drops of each essential oil with 1 oz Carrier Oil and massage your abdomen with circular movements. Just remember to drink plenty of fluids to prevent your stomach issues from turning into dehydration. If plain water doesn’t sound good to you, check out my recipe for Ginger-infused iced tea!

5. Fight off bugs with our own BUZZ OFF  Natural Bug Spray

Buzz Off has Eucalyptus Citriadora. This essential oil is actually approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to keep bugs at bay. Like those traditional bug sprays, BUZZ OFF can keep you from swatting and scratching. But unlike traditional bug sprays, it’s gentle enough to use on even the youngest members of your family. Plus, it smells much better than all of those chemical-laden bug sprays! Ready to make the most out of your summer holiday? You can find all of the essential oils listed here — and so much more — by logging onto www.aromandina.com!   © 2012, 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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