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May 19 2010 On our Facebook Page we asked our friends if there was any new tip they would like to learn, here’s a very appropriate question for this time of the year: “I’d like to hear more about traveling with Aromatherapy. Home is taken care of, but when I travel out of town, all I know to do is bring my diffuser. Any other tips/tricks/gadgets that work well for us travelers?”

Helpful Essential Oils:

  • Eucalyptus Radiata: antiseptic, antibacterial, great to open the sinuses and to help you breathe better
  • Lavender: calming, antiseptic, refreshing, great for burns and cuts
  • Lemon: refreshing, uplifting, nourishes your heart
  • Tea Tree: will help us keep bugs at bay
  • Peppermint: great for jet lag, motion sickness, bad breath, headaches
Here are some simple tips for you:

1) Keep germs and contagious diseases at bay:

Before you travel, either by car, train or plain, put 2 drops of Eucalyptus, Lavender and Tea Tree on a tissue and insert it in a plastic bag.  Keep it handy and breathe from it as often as you like. Place under nose and inhale. I love this method because it’s not aggressive and it won’t bother the person sitting next to you.

2) Create a clean and cozy atmosphere at the hotel room.

I’m sorry but the idea that a stranger slept at the hotel room before me makes me nervous.  As soon as I arrive I use this very unconventional method of scent diffusion. I like to use any of my  favorite oils (sometimes just a citrus oil, sometimes one of my blends, sometimes just lavender). If you want to pick one of them I’d recommend lemon essential oil, it’s clean, refreshing and happy and it will send you the message that you are home!

3) Headaches, jet lag:

Compresses are a great way to use essential oils and this method is great for headaches and jet lag. Put 3 drops of lavender essential oil and 3 drops of peppermint essential oil in a bowl of cold water, soak a piece of cloth, wring it out and cover the the forehead. Repeat this process for 5 to 15 minutes, as needed. What are  your favorite essential oils for traveling?   Related Articles My Trip to Ecuador, the Middle of the World Summer Solutions with Aromatherapy Traveling Made Easy with Essential Oils
© 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.
Jan 17 2010

Aromatherapy Tip

Natural Carpet Cleanser

DID YOU KNOW?

According to Author Jean Valnet there are  5 pathogenic organisms 1 cubic meter of the Forest of Fontainbleu and 20.000 in a Paris flat.
Now, here’s the scary part…

How many pathogenic organisms does a square meter of carpet have?
a) 500.000
b) 2 million
c) 9 million

That’s right, you guessed it!

A carpet has around 9 million microbes per square meter.

Another great factor is that essential oils have highly antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial properties. 

Choose the scent of preference,  I personally like Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Ravensara, Pine, Lemon, Bergamot, Lavender, sometimes Cinnamon, sometimes some Spruce.

Here’s an example of a yummy carpet blend. Feel free to be creative and use the oils you prefer.

1 cup of baking soda

10 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops Ravensara essential oil
10 drops Bergamot essential oil

Put baking  soda in a widemouthed glass jar, add the oils, one by one and shake it very well. 

Tighten the cap.  Let it rest for 24 hours  so that the essential oils permeate the powder. 

Before vacuuming sprinkle over the carpet and leave it for 1 hour.

This recipe can cover up to 2000 square feet.


© AROMANDINA – All rights reservedThis 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.
Dec 10 2009

Winters are beautiful – only if we could get ourselves out of bed! As the mercury dips, it brings along with it a host of winter blues like colds and flu, laziness and a general sense of gloom. It is easy to tackle problems head-on once you put a finger on the cause. Here are some factors that contribute to health and wellness problems during the cold months:

  • The temperature and the dry atmosphere are not optimum conditions for the body’s natural immune system function.
  • Winter also means a decline in physical and outdoor activity which results in laziness and lethargy. A sedentary lifestyle directly affects immunity.

Don’t let the temperatures dampen your spirits this year and embrace the sunshine with essential oils and aromatherapy.

Stop the cold right in its tracks!

You don’t need to pump in antibiotics and strong drugs to protect yourself from microbes when you can do it the natural way. If you sense a cold coming up, stop it right there with a hot aromatherapy foot bath. Fill up a tub with hot water (be careful not to scald yourself) and add 5 drops of Lavender essential oil, 5 drops of Pine essential oil along with 2 tablespoons of regular salt to it. Stand in the tub for about 20 minutes with the water reaching up to your ankles.

Warm up your paws!

Don’t let cold feet prevent you from having a good time during the holiday season. Mix a teaspoon of Jojoba oil with 3 drops of Cypress essential oil and rub onto the soles of your feet. Pull on a pair of warm socks and place your feet on a hot water bottle at bedtime.

Rubbing a blend of Geranium and Lavender oils in a teaspoon of Jojoba Oil will relieve dry, cracking heels and keep your footsies silky soft through the winter.

Breathe in the life!

Proper breathing is absolutely necessary if you have to keep your immune system going. Lack of oxygen in the blood stream lowers immunity and prevents the release of endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormones that produce emotional well-being. Make a conscious effort to take deep breaths several times a day. If you feel lethargic and lazy because of the cold weather, rub 3 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil between the palms of your hands and inhale deeply. 7 – 10 deep inhalations are enough to give your body an instant boost of energy. This oil is known for its strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It is a great choice for people who are prone to frequent colds and infections.

Spruce up your shower!

Make your own aromatherapy blend at home with 10 drops of Black Spruce essential oil and 5 drops of Pine essential oil mixed in a 4 oz bottle of  Carrier oil. Spruce has an uplifting scent while Pine is very effective against sore throats, chest congestion, joint pains and respiratory distress. Keep this blend handy in the shower and rub it all over your body just after a shower. Lack of sunlight and physical activity during harsh winter months can lower the body’s immune function and induce malaise. These essential oils collectively work towards fighting infections, supporting the adrenal glands and improving lymphatic drainage. While using the oil, make sure that you pay special attention to the abdomen as that area has a dense concentration of lymphatic tissue. After a brief massage, practice deep breathing for about 30 seconds. It has been found that people who practice this method in the shower every morning stay more healthy and active during winters.

Relax your body and soul!

Health tips are no good if your mind and body are busy battling stress. Stress can really strangle the body’s natural immunity and make you more susceptible to illnesses and infections, especially when the weather is down. The simple act of using Lavender essential oil in an aromatherapy burner when you are home can calm your senses and prepare your body to fight against the oddities.

If you have a little bit of extra time, soak in a warm bath laced with 5 drops of Pine essential oil, 5 drops of Lavender essential oil and a tablespoon of Epsom Salts. This will relax your muscles and rejuvenate your soul. Alternatively, mix a drop each of Pine essential oil and Lavender essential oil in a teaspoon of Jojoba oils and massage your feet and the back of your neck with this blend.

Liven up your mood!

Bring back the fresh, summery feel with citrus oils. Oils like Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Litsea Cubeba and Lemon are known to uplift the senses and induce a positive atmosphere. Use any of these in an aromatherapy burner on a regular basis to brighten up your day.

  • The comforting scent of Cinnamon essential oil is enough to warm up the senses and make you feel cozy.
  • Fir essential oil is a natural mood enhancer and its woody aroma can take the sting out of winters.
  • Palo Santo essential oil has a calming property that can eliminate every bit of anxiety, stress, nervousness and irritability out of your life for good.

However chilly the weather, there is no escaping parties and get-togethers during the holiday season. Essential oils like Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage induce a feeling of sociability and helps one shed any inhibitions. You may use these oils in a diffuser when you have guests coming over for a lively, cheerful atmosphere.

Unclog your sinuses!

Mucus membranes, our body’s natural defense system, need an optimum temperature of 65 -85 degrees and a clean, moist environment to function well. Apart from the chilly outdoors, our bodies have to bear the brunt of heating systems, trapped pollutants and closed windows. Dry, particle-laden air irritates the mucous membranes thus lowering their defense mechanism and making us more susceptible to infections.

Add a teaspoon of regular salt along with two drops of Immune Support to a bowl of steaming hot water, cover your head with a towel and deeply inhale the vapors.

Look and feel soft!

Harsh, dry weather can send your skin screaming for help. As your skin loses moisture, it ends up looking dull, flaky and lackluster. Keep your skin plump and glowing by massaging your face and body with nourishing essential oils like Frankincense, Sandalwood and Patchouli. These oils can be mixed with rich carrier oils Jojoba Oil. The massage will improve blood circulation under the skin and restore your natural glow.

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© 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.
Apr 29 2009   Respiratory infections can catch us unawares but that does not imply that we overreact.  We would rather prepare ourselves adequately and make use of nature’s wisdom than panic unnecessarily! For centuries our ancestors have basked in the immunity-boosting benefits of natural essential oils. Some essential oils used in aromatherapy have been scientifically proven to ward of infections and disease causing organisms. Here are some of the essential oils that can be safely used and are very effective. They can  safeguard the health of your family by strengthening the immune system and alleviating symptoms of respiratory disorders:
  • Eucalyptus Globulus and Eucalyptus Radiata have powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  • Niaouli and Tea Tree possess natural bactericidal, antiviral and fungicidal properties and are known to have a stimulating effect on the immune system.
  • Ravensara can be extremely helpful in relieving symptoms of whooping cough and sinusitis.
  • Pine is a natural expectorant and a very powerful pulmonary antiseptic.
  • Lavender is a natural antiseptic and analgesic which makes it an effective remedy for colds, coughs, catarrh and influenza.
Here's how you can use them, I always recommend to at blend at least two of them for more effectiveness:
  • Add 10 drops of essential oil to 2 tbsp of salt and mix it in your bath water.
  • Add 10 drops of essential oils  to a humidifier and keep it on all day.
  • Pour a couple of drops on your palm and inhale deeply, especially before entering a public place or flying.
  • Place a couple of drops of the oil on a tissue and wipe surfaces like door knobs, steering wheel, etc.
Why worry when Mother Nature has a solution for every problem? Aromandina Recommends: RESPIRO Immune Support is a unique blend of highly effective essential oils that perform diverse functions and may help protect the respiratory system from infectious assault.     Related Articles How to Use Essential Oils Part 1 Do Not Let Respiratory Infections Catch You Unawares Essential Oils for the Immune System
© 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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