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Apr 26 2012

What do you need to know about stress

Stress is often labelled the “bad guy” but then, what would we do without it? Stress is an essential life force that drives our mind and body to respond to any demand made on it. Any stressful situation that we face triggers a “fight or flight response” which makes us sit, stand, walk or run. If the mind and body are unable to cope with a given situation, it culminates into feelings of frustration, anger and fear, which eventually translates into stress. As the mind and body continue to work in overdrive in an attempt to save the day, these negative emotions keep piling up unless we find a way to release them.

Stress and your health

Every individual responds to stress in a different way. High blood pressure, muscle tension, tightness in the chest  and panic attacks are some obvious physical symptoms of stress but we can’t underestimate other symptoms like digestive problems, overeating or loss or appetite, sexual incompetency, menstrual irregularity and dizziness. If you find yourself confused, anxious, aggressive or tearful very often, it may be time to step back and re-evaluate your methods of dealing with stress. Prolonged stress saps the body of its energy reserves and lowers the immunity, which makes us vulnerable to various illnesses.

Stress Control

Our careers, relationships, finances and daily chores are actually stressors that test our tolerance and our ability to adapt and readjust to a particular situation – the lower our tolerance, the greater the stress. Therefore, it is not stress that is the culprit; rather, it is our response to it that dictates whether it is going to have a positive or negative effect on our lives. This knowledge empowers and enables us to channel our energies and learn to deal with stress it in a positive way. Aromatherapy, being a holistic form of treatment, is an ideal way of dealing with stress related conditions.

Aromatherapy to the Rescue

Are you a workaholic who can’t unwind even after leaving the office? Do you tend to exaggerate your problems and worry too much over nothing? Do new places and people make you anxious and paranoid? Are you unable to control your anger and frustration when things do not go your way? All of us have moments when we feel out of control and wish we could handle things differently. Fortunately, we have nature’s essential oils, with their calming, relaxing, or uplifting qualities that not only help us cope with a stressful situation, but also improve our ability to respond to a stressful situation in a positive way.

Stress and Essential Oils

Stress Response Recommended Essential oils Why they work How to Use
Nervous tension, frustration and agitation Blue Chamomile, Mandarin, Bergamot, Sleep Time Essential Oil Relaxing and regulating Combine 3 drops of each with 1 cup Epson Salts. Take a bath at least once a week.
Worrying, obsessing  and over-thinking Vetiver, Palo Santo, Cedarwood Grounding, stabilizing and settling Put 1-2 drops on a paper towel, inhale as often as you need.  Close your eyes, and feel the earthy scent clear your mind.
Apprehension and Anxiety Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Alegria essential oil Calming, comforting and reassuring Add 3 drops of each to 1 oz bottle of Carrier Oil and massage your solar plexus area twice a day.
Anger and Frustration Bergamot, Grapefruit, Peppermint Cleansing, refreshing and peace-inspiring Keep it in your office or your house.  Use an aromatherapy burner, fill bowl with water and add 3 drops of each.  Best if used during the day.

 Stress Relieving Tips

Essential oils not only shield you from the ill effects of stress but also enable you to approach life’s challenges with a new enthusiasm.

Use Aromatherapy to Handle Stress in 3 Simple Steps:

Morning: Start your day with stimulating essential oils that nourish the adrenal glands. Combine 3 drops each of Rosemary, Pine, Spruce and Geranium with 1 oz Carrier Oil and apply to the adrenal area. Thank your adrenal glands for all the support they give you. Daytime: Use an aromatherapy spray with balancing essential oils to keep your spirits high. Combine 3 drops of Clary Sage, Litsea cubeba and Lavender with 1 oz distilled water, pour this blend in a spray bottle and spray on your face several times during the day.  Breathe deeply and feel your anxiety melt away. Evening: Mix 5 drops each of Lavender, Frankincense and Mandarin in ¼ cup of salts and add this mixture to your bath. Seize the day as you soak in this aromatic bath and let your worries drain away because tomorrow will be a new day! Try these methods of essential oil application for stress to relax and cleanse your mind of toxic thoughts – you and those around you will experience the benefits immediately. Reference: Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils, Gabriel Mojay © 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.
Jun 09 2011

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Fatigued? Sick all the time? Low sex drive? Maybe you have to take a look at your adrenal glands.

What are The Adrenal Glands?

The adrenal glands are two walnut-sized lumps that sit atop the kidneys. Their foremost function is to help you deal with stress in all its varied forms—from the slight to the extreme. The adrenal glands have close to 50 other functions, including metabolism, the sodium/potassium balance, blood sugar levels, and aiding in the production of sex hormones.  

The Fight or Flight Response

When stress hits the adrenal glands jump into action by putting you into fight-or-flight mode. The glands release adrenaline to increase your heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and secrete other hormones that instruct your digestive system and other “non-vital” systems to temporarily stop functioning.
By directing all available blood flow to your muscles at the same time, your body prepares itself to either attack (fight) or to run away from (flee) the perceived threat or challenge.

The fight-or-flight response is normal and healthy, but it becomes damaging when we react to every minor situation in a state of tremendous stress. In the fast-paced lives we lead today, just getting to work on time can be stressful; not to mention the dozens of other tasks that need we need to complete.
Problems arise if  throughout the day the adrenal glands are kept constantly stimulated. A person with overworked adrenal glands is constantly fatigued, has low sex drive, frequently catches colds and infections, is easily depressed and has trouble sleeping.

How Can Aromatherapy Help the Adrenal Glands?

There are compounds in some volatile oils that have a structural similarity to natural human hormones, and these promote efficient endocrine gland activity by natural means. For instance, the compounds found in Pine, Spruce and Rosemary oils are like cortisone. It is said that they stimulate the cortex of the adrenal glands or they mimic the action of cortisone in so far as they have a modulating effect on the activity of the adrenal cortex. [1]

Here are some strategies that you could use to integrate aromatherapy in your daily routine to help both physically and emotionally.
  • During the day, add 2 drops to a tissue with a calming essential oil, and breathe deeply, all the while visualizing a calm, positive scene. Experiment with essential oils of Clary Sage, Bergamot Litsea Cubeba and Citrus Delight
  • In the morning, start off your day with the magic of essential oils. Begin in the shower, by massaging the center of your back, where the kidneys are located. Rub the area with a washcloth to which two drops of Rosemary and Spruce oils have been added. These oils mimic adrenal hormones and, in stimulating the adrenal cortex, send a current of energy all through your body. You can also use ENERGIA Essential Oil.
  • After your shower, massage the same area with a ½ teaspoon of  carrier oil and a couple of drops of Pine, Spruce, Rosemary, essential oils. or 1/2 teaspoon of Adrenal Support Body Oil.   Feel your hands instilling restoration and balance with each loving stroke. As you massage, thank the energies of the oils for all the help they provide you.
  • In the evening,  there’s nothing better to calm and soothe than a warm bath with essential oils. Great oils to relax in the evenings are Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, and Rose. If you prefer showers, soak a washcloth a few drops of essential oil and let the hot water run through the washcloth, and inhale and soak in the fragrant steam as you unwind.
[1] Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Shirley Price, Len Price, page 117
© 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC – aromatherapy blog
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.
Jan 17 2011

I was doing my annual inventory count which involves transferring the essential oil liquids from their container into a measuring cylinder to see how many milliliters I have. I simply love this annual task because it gives me an opportunity to connect with the wonders of essential oils all over again. On regular days, when we handle small bottles of these oils, we tend to forget their origin, the plant where they came from, and their color.



This inky-blue liquid that you see here is German Chamomile (Matricaria recutica).  If you have ever had a cup of chamomile tea, you would probably remember the color to be greenish or yellowish. Now, look again at this picture – doesn’t look like chamomile by a mile, right? 
One of the main components of German Chamomile is Chamazulene which gives this oil its blue color.  This component is not present in the fresh flower but is only produced during the process of distillation.

Chamazulene, present in some volatile oils, is markedly anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic.

Just by looking at the color of the oil, one can determine its therapeutic qualities:
– Since blue is a ‘cooling’ color, think about all the ‘hot’ conditions that this refreshing oil is going to counteract.
 – On the emotional front, blue chamomile has a very strong influence in soothing the solar plexus – the major nerve center located in the stomach area.
According to Gabriel Mojay, the solar plexus is the vital center of our psychological needs and wants.  When negative or ‘hot’ feelings like frustration, chronic tension and insomnia appear, the cooling blue effect of this oil helps in restoring balance.

In the physical plane, hot conditions such as irritable bowel, inflammation and spasms, can be easily relieved with the topical application of this oil when combined with a carrier oil.


Red, the warmest of all colors, signifies passion, heat and vitality
Red is extroverted, just like the substance in this bottle.  The absolute extracted from the Jasmine flower is a bright, sensual red and helps shed inhibitions.
It helps introverts come out of their shells and helps a couple revive the ‘heat’ in their relationship. It is very effective in driving away depression and fueling passion, libido and self-esteem when a person is feeling down and low.


 This orange liquid here is Sweet Orange essential oil.  This organic oil comes from Argentina and just by looking at its bright happy color, one can’t help but smile.
Orange i
s an uplifting, joyful oil.  It has a cleansing quality that clears a saddened heart and physically too, it helps purify the liver.
I use it in severa
l blends for digestion, and detoxifying because of its digestive, lymphatic, gastric and sedative properties.

So, the next time you hold a bottle of essential oil, think of the beauty of its color and the great emotional therapeutic properties that the plant is providing
to you.

© Cristina Proano – AROMANDINA 2011– All rights reserved – aromatherapy blog. 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.

Nov 01 2010

Like the wise Hippocrates rightly said, “The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day”. I often propagate the benefits of aromatic baths in my classes and lectures. Whether it is an achy body, creaking joints, stuffy nose or a heavy head, a warm and comforting dip can boost your circulation and relax your muscles almost instantly. Aromatic baths can also heal respiratory problems, skin disorders and dryness.

Not only do these baths release toxins from your body, they also cleanse your mind and soul.

Aromatic baths have been found to be very helpful in inducing a restful sleep and alleviating symptoms of chronic depression.

Not long ago, during winter, I caught a cold that just refused to go away. The essential oils that I used would provide momentary relief from the congestion but I would wake up coughing again at night. My physician thought it was a virus and advised me to let things take their own course.

Four weeks had passed and I could feel no improvement in my condition – that’s when I realized that I had been so focused on treating my symptoms that I completely missed looking at the problem from a holistic angle!

I remembered the words of Dr Kurt Schnaubelt: Aromatherapy is not directed exclusively at bacteria, which are not even the cause of the problem, but addresses the circumstances that led to a depressed immune system.”

That evening, I trusted my intuition and chose Frankincense, Jasmine and Palo Santo. I mixed 4 drops of each one with 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of lime juice, both of which are natural cleansers. I immersed myself in the bath, took deep breaths and let the oils work on me, inside out. The combined scent of the three oils was divine and I could feel their healing powers gently embracing me. I slept beautifully  that night and the next morning, my chest was clear and the cough was gone – for good!

Why do I think this blend worked?

Frankincense Essential Oil:  A natural healer, Frankincense heals both physical and emotional wounds. It uplifts the spirit and acts as a tonic for stressed nerves. In case of congestion, the oil helps open up the chest and facilitate deeper breathing.
Jasmine Essential Oil: An all-round soul-soother, Jasmine heals the heart, calms the nerves, alleviates anxiety and combats depression. It stimulates the senses and acts as an effective remedy for coughs and chest infections.
Palo Santo Essential Oil: With its deep and strong aroma, Palo Santo is used in some South American cultures to cleanse the aura and purify the spirit. It clears the mind and is also a potent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. While essential oils can provide instant relief from symptoms, do not overlook the underlying causes of your illness deep within your soul. A “ritual bath” is often the answer to intrinsic problems that need holistic healing.

How do you enjoy your baths?

© 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.
Jun 07 2010 As much as it is gaining popularity and acceptance worldwide, Aromatherapy is still a new concept for many. Many people believe that aromatherapy is therapy using aromas or scents – but if that was the case, anything that smells pleasant would be aromatherapy! Misconceptions aside, anyone who is new to aromatherapy would naturally have many questions and doubts regarding the same.  

Here are the answers to some questions frequently put up by our clients and readers:

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy, as the name suggests, is an age-old practice of healing bodily imbalances and disorders using essential oils extracted from botanical sources.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are botanical products that may be obtained from different parts of a plant such as flower, seed, bark, leaf, root, sap or fruit. Plant oils are extracted through a lengthy process called steam distillation that requires specialized equipment and expertise. These oils are believed to contain the medicinal and therapeutic properties of plants in extremely concentrated forms.

How does it work?

Essential oils are volatile, which means they evaporate quickly when exposed to air. Vaporized droplets of these oils are inhaled into the lungs from where they make their way into the blood stream. In case of massage, they may be absorbed into the skin along with carrier oils. Essential oils are known to act upon specific body organs or systems and may produce noticeable physical, psychological and emotional effects.

Why aromatherapy?

While aromatherapy cannot be used as a substitute for conventional medicines, many users have reported positive effects in terms of wellbeing and holistic healing. When used under proper guidance, essential oils can complement medical treatment and in some cases, even speed up the healing process. Either way, there is nothing to lose!

How soon can I expect results?

Since aromatherapy is a completely natural and organic mode of treatment, it may not produce instant results. The healing process is gradual, multi-faceted and holistic. The outcome of aromatherapy will largely depend on the nature and degree of the health problem, lifestyle factors and individual response.

Is aromatherapy safe for me?

Essential oils, when used as indicated, can be safe to use even on children and pets. They should however, never be ingested or applied directly on the skin and around the eyes. Some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy or by those with asthma, epilepsy, or with other health conditions.

How can aromatherapy benefit me?

Essential oils are known to affect the mind and body in profound ways. Some oils may have a relaxing effect while others are energizing and stimulating. Some may detoxify the body while others may help restore hormonal balance. Essential oils may be used in everyday routines to help you feel fresh, cheerful, energized and healthy.

I am new to aromatherapy. Which oils are good to start with?

Here are some basic and versatile essential oils that are good for everyday use: Lavender – A potent antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, sedative and anti-depressant. Lemon – It’s refreshing and energizing scent can uplift moods and detoxify the body. Its works as a natural antiseptic and promotes clarity of thought. Eucalyptus – Possesses antibacterial, antiviral and immunity boosting properties. It is an effective remedy for cold, congestion and respiratory disorders. Rosemary – Works as a tonic for the central nervous system, improves circulation and restores mental and physical balance.

How do I use essential oils?

Essential oils may be used in any of the following ways:
  • Massage The recommended essential oil is blended with carrier oil and massaged all over the body. This method facilitates the penetration of oil into the skin and also improves blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.
  • Diffusion The physical environment is impregnated with the aroma of essential oils for a long-lasting and sustained effect. You may use a traditional aromatherapy burner or an electrical plug-in diffuser.
  • Inhalation Some oils may be directly inhaled from the bottle or a tissue while some are more effective when taken in with steam.
  • Baths –Fill your bath with warm water and add 10 drops of essential oil to it along with ½ cup unscented salt. This is one of the most important and effective forms of treatment in aromatherapy.
Want to use this article in your ezine, blog or website? You are welcome to use this article anytime, just be sure to include the following author/copyright information: Cristina Proano-Carrion, aromatherapist.  She helps holistic practitioners, spa owners, massage therapist and the general public use nature’s essential oils to obtain optimal health and a balanced state of mind. Find more about her work and get more aromatherapy tips by visiting www.aromandina.com © 2010, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC   Related Articles Keep Your Bathroom Clean and Aromatic with Essential Oils Aromatherapy for Babies Emotions Got You Down? Essential Oils are Proven to Help! How to use Essential Oils -Part 1 How to use Essential Oils -Part 2 Do not let respiratory infections catch you unawares  
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