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Jul 06 2011

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I am a big fan of using essential oils in the shower and I know you are going to enjoy this method of application as much as I do because it is:

  • Effective

  • Safe

  • Practical

  • Pleasant

All you need is the essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice and a clean washcloth.  

Here is how you use essential oils in the shower and derive the maximum benefits:

  1. Before you get into the shower, think about the therapeutic properties and positive effects of the essential oil that you are going to use.
  2. Put 3 to 5 drops of the essential oil on the washcloth.
  3. While showering, place the washcloth on your chest and allow the heat of the shower to release the vapors of the essential oil.
  4. Breathe deeply, relax your mind and visualize the wonderful changes that the essential oils are bringing about in your mind and body.
  5. Once you turn the shower off, use the same washcloth to rub your body, specially arms and legs, with movements pointing towards the heart. This  helps stimulate circulation, lymph movement and your immune system

Which essential oils to choose?

  • For sinus congestion or blocked respiratory passages:

Eucalyptus Radiata, Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica), Pine (Pinus silvestris), Cypress (cupresus sempervirens), IMMUNE SUPPORT Essential Oil Blend

  • To wake up, clear a foggy brain and buckle up for the day. Essential oils for energy:

Spearmint (Mentha spicata), Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinale)

  • To start the day with energy and stimulate the adrenal glands:

Black Spruce (Picea mariana) , Rosemary(Rosmarinus officinale), Pine (Pinus silvestris), VIGOR Energia Essential Oil Blend

  • To have a happy, fun day filled with positivity and enthusiasm. Essential Oils for Depression and Anxiety:

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Lemon (Citrus limon), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisii), ALEGRIA Essential Oil Blend

  • To help you relax at bedtime and have a restful sleep. Essential Oils for Stress and Insomnia:

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Marjoram (Origanum marjorana), Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Frankincense (Boswelia carterii), SERENO SLEEP TIME Essential Oil Blend  

© 2011, 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.
 
Nov 22 2010

This aromatherapy treatment  is intended to encourage deep relaxation and peace. The essential oils, application of products, and massage strokes all are designed to assist in alleviating strain, struggle and emotional turmoil associated with insomnia and stress. This treatment uses very gentle sensory input designed to soothe and relax. The essential oils promote deep relaxation and a sense of peace. Gentle mist and warm compresses alleviate physical and mental strain.

Products in the treatment:

Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend
Sleep Time Body Mist
Sleep Time Body Oil

Room Set Up:

Crockpot filled with water on low setting Place 1 TBS of table salt mixed with 5 drops of of Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend in crockpot water.
Have hand towel soaking in crockpot water

Table Set Up:

Place 1 drop of Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend on face cradle

Supplies on Hand:

2 Hand Towels

Home Care Products:

Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend
Sleep Time Body Mist
Sleep Time Body Oil

Procedure: Mist, Compress and Massage
1.   Mist your client’s body using Sleep Time Body Mist. Hold the bottle 2 – 3 feet from client with the nozzle facing toward the ceiling and spray the mist upward. The mist will fall gently on the skin and feel like the mist in a rain forest.
2.   Wring out the hot water from the hand towel that is in the crockpot and lay over the body area you just misted. With a flat hand press the hot water into the body tissue. Using your thumb you can press firmly into Trigger and Shiatsu points for deeper release.
3.   Massage your client with Sleep Time Body Oil using very firm, flat and slow strokes. Maintain a spirit of assurance as you massage your client, communicating to them in your touch that all is well and they are safe to let go and deeply relax.

Note: Starting your client prone or supine is the therapist’s choice depending on preference. In this treatment it is better to mist, compress and then massage a section of the body at a time.

Related Articles:

Aromatherapy Use in The Spa Environment
Four Steps To A Successful Spa Session
Massage Treatment For Pain Relief With Aromatherapy
 Women’s Joy – Massage Treatment
Massage Treatment for Adrenal Support    

© 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.

Oct 20 2010

Do you often find yourself tossing and turning in bed at night? Have you tried all possible remedies for insomnia but nothing worked? I would often have trouble sleeping even after sprinkling a few drops of Lavender oil on my pillow case. But that was until I discovered the magic of foot baths. At my spa in Ecuador, most clients would not comply easily if I asked them to take a full bath, but would readily agree to try a relaxing foot bath.  Aromatic foot baths are extremely relaxing and since the skin on the soles absorbs essential oils very effectively, they are a great way to get oils into the body.   One of my clients, Fanny, was a 60 year old woman who had suffered from insomnia for years. The sleeping pills were doing her no good and she had lost her energy and ability to focus.  I suggested a simple, three- step protocol and asked her to come back a month later.  On her next visit, Fanny looked 10 years younger and was happy, bright and energetic. She had finally found sweet slumber! This simple step by step guide helped Fanny and could help you too:
    • Fill a foot pan with warm water and add 1 tablespoon of Sleep Time Bath Soak. Immerse your feet up to the ankles in this water, relax and breathe deeply for 10 minutes.
    • Pat your feet dry and massage them with 1 teaspoon of Sleep Time Body Oil. Don’t rush the process and enjoy your “me” moment.  Massage the back of your neck and the solar plexus feel all tensions melt away.
Popping a sleeping pill might seem like an easier option but have you researched the side effects?
Natural and holistic therapies may take a bit more time, but isn’t it worth the while if it aids a restful sleep well and helps you feel better?

© 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.

Aug 30 2010 As much as we love essential oils and all the wonderful things they can do for us, it certainly helps to know how they work within our bodies to enable us to use them optimally. The mechanism also forms a scientific basis to establish their myriad positive effects on the body, mind and soul. The aim of this article is not to confuse the reader with complex theories and jargon but to put across facts about aromatherapy in a simple and easy-to-understand manner. Essential oils can enter the body via two routes – the nose (inhalation) and the skin (topic application, massage, baths).

INHALATION:

  • Essential oil particles are quickly picked up by the tiny hairs in our nostrils (cilia) and are absorbed into the mucous lining from where the aroma reaches the ‘smell center’ in the brain (olfactory bulb).
  • The olfactory center converts the aroma into a neural code which is relayed across to the ‘emotion center’ (limbic system) and further to the ‘short-term memory center’ (hippocampus) and the ‘long term memory center’ (hypothalamus).
  • The information is then passed on to the ‘master gland’ (pituitary gland)  and other endocrine glands to secrete ‘feel good’ hormones and  to restore hormonal balance.
To put it straight, here is how it goes: Nose —-> Smell center —-> Emotional center —-> Short term memory —-> Long term memory —-> Master gland —-> Endocrine system In this simple way, the brain establishes a strong connection between certain smells, emotions and memories and responds to it in a predictable way. For instance, if your partner professes his love for you with a bunch of red roses, your brain will associate the smell with a romantic emotion and fragrance will make you feel nostalgic and romantic for a long time to come. Inhalation is especially helpful in alleviating emotional problems like stress, anxiety and depression. Oils like Eucalyptus, Ravensara, Tea Tree, Pine, Rosemary and Niaouli can be directly transported to the lungs within seconds to help with respiratory difficulties. Inhalation is an easy, effective and inexpensive mode of administration that can be carried out anywhere at any time.
  • Place 2-3 drops of an essential oil  or essential oil blend on a tissue and inhale deeply.
  • You may also place a few drops of the oil on the insides of your shirt so that the heat from your body can send aromatic vapors up to your nose all through the day. It also acts as an organic alternative to perfumes.

TOPICAL APPLICATION

Until a few decades ago, the skin was thought to be almost impermeable but modern research changed all that. It is interesting how components of essential oils can be detected in exhaled air after 20-60 minutes of topical application!* All essential oils undergo a process of distillation where the finest and smallest molecules remain. These molecules are small enough to penetrate the outer layer of the skin (epidermis) and the smaller they are, the faster they are absorbed. The molecules pass through the deeper layers of the skin (dermis) and enter the blood stream through the capillaries from where they are taken to various parts of the body. Owing to their specific biochemical characteristics, the oil molecules bind to cell receptors in the target organ and work as a tonic for the same.  While traveling in the body, the oils also act to revitalize and detoxify organs involved in metabolism and drainage (kidneys, liver and lymphatic network). Skin (outer layer) —-> Skin (inner layer) —-> Capillaries —->Blood stream —-> Target organs —-> Cell receptors —> Metabolized and excreted The topical method of administrations is therefore, more holistic in nature as it seeks to balance out all systems of the body. Since they are all-natural compounds, essential oils do not deposit themselves in the cells and are expelled from the body through sweat, urine and exhalation within 24 hours. The absorption of oils into the skin depends on several factors:
  • Skin diseases and wounds may interfere with the rate of absorption.
  • A warm bath hydrates the skin and opens up the pores thus facilitating penetration to a large extent.
  • Compresses increase the surface temperature and prevent loss of molecules through evaporation.
  • Thinner carrier oils are more effective for penetration than thicker, viscous oils.
  • Essential oils with a higher molecular weight take longer to get absorbed.
  • Warm temperatures cause capillary dilatation and promote faster penetration and absorption.

References:

Aromatherapy For Health Professionals, Shirley Price, Len Price THIRD EDITION ‘How does Aromatherapy Work in the Body’ (http://www.altmd.com/Articles/How-does-Aromatherapy-Work-in-the-Body)  
© 2011, 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.
Aug 16 2010 You eat healthy and exercise well but the scales refuse to budge? Sleep deprivation could be the reason! Medical research has established a strong link between sleep patterns and weight management. Turns out that improper and inadequate sleep can send your hormones and metabolism in a tizzy causing you to feel hungrier than usual and keeping your body from burning fat reserves. Here’s how a lack of sleep will affect your weight loss efforts: 1.- More cravings Physical and emotional stress is directly associated with higher levels of cortisol (also called the ‘stress hormone’) in the blood. This hormone interferes with the satiety center in the brain and makes you feel hungry even after you’ve had a meal. So the next time you reach out for some comfort food, you know what to blame. 2.- Slow metabolism Fewer hours of deep sleep can also result in lower levels of the growth hormone – the one that develops muscle mass and metabolizes fatty tissue. It doesn’t take a nuclear scientist to figure out where that will take you. Also, a tired body is ill-equipped to metabolize carbohydrates and tends to store them as fats. Slow metabolism increases blood sugar which may lead to insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes. 3.- Low energy levels Lack of sleep can rrestrict your performance and productivity in all areas of life. A fatigued body responds dully to fitness plans and makes you less alert, focused and sharp. Doesn’t that give you enough reasons to grab some zzzz ? Here are some of my favorite essential oils with natural sedative properties: If you have been dealing with a sleep disorder or just plain old stress, here are some aromatherapy solutions that can help you get some sweet slumber. For best results use a combination of 2 or more of the above mentioned oils:
    1) Put a drop or 3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and tuck it under your pillow case.
    2) Add 10 drops of essential oils to a ¼ cup of Epsom salts and mix it in your bath water. Think relaxing thoughts and feel all your worries just melt away.
      3) Mix 1 oz of
Carrier Oil
    with a total 15 drops of sedative essential oils. Take ¼ teaspoon of this body oil blend and massage onto your solar plexus area, the area where all your worries and negative feelings reside. As you massage that area, you will free yourself from all stress and negative emotions.

Good night and sleep tight!

Aromandina recommends: Sereno line, a perfect combination of sedative oils: Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Petitgrain, Sandalwood and Palo Santo. Photo by Kodomut
© 2010 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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