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Jan 31 2014

Aromatherapy ritual bath
You probably take a bath everyday without giving it much deliberation. But did you know that those few moments you spend by yourself in the company of water can transform you in unimaginable ways? A “ritual bath” has been a part of my life for many years and it has helped me out of many emotional problems. It is the reason I am able to stay positive through challenging situations and be more giving in my relationships. The process has helped me grow and improve as a person and I believe it is now time to share this secret tool with you wonderful readers.

From a subtle standpoint, a bath can have two connotations – it may signify “cleansing” or denote inner transformation. Immersing the body in water is also believed to calm the mind and inspire spiritual awakening.  However, a “ritual bath” need not have any religious or spiritual significance. It is just a personal experience and you may even think of it as a spa therapy.

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Nov 11 2011 Essential Oils: Learn how and when to apply on the skin.

Did you know that “the majority of essential oils and their components pass through the skin and the organism and can be detected in exhaled air within 20-60 minutes?” Price (2007)One of the most effective ways essential oils get into the body is through application on the skin:

Here are some ideas for you:

Compresses
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This is my favorite method of application for acute pain.
I prefer to do alternate compresses, first a hot one, then a very cold one.
As evaporation is reduced, absorption of essential oils may be increased.

With 2 empty bowls:

•  Add a teaspoon of regular salt to each
•  Add a total 6 drops of the essential oil of choice to each bowl
•  Fill one with warm water
•  Fill the other with iced cold water

Use one small towel for each bowl and alternate compresses onto the painful area.


For menstrual cramps use RADIARE Essential Oil Blend, or blend Clary Sage, with Geranium.

For migraines and headaches use MEMORIA Essential Oil Blend, or just Lavender and Peppermint essential oils.

For muscle cramps and strains use Blue Chamomile and Ginger essential oils.

For dyspepsia and digestive cramps use CLARO Essential Oil Blend or Peppermint and Lemon essential oils.

In the Shower

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This method has both a physical and emotional positive effect and allows you to use your oils on a daily basis to achieve the best results.

1) Put 3 to 5 drops of the essential oil on a washcloth.

2) While showering, place the washcloth on your chest and allow the heat of the shower to release the vapors of the essential oil.

To wake you up and get alert for your day use Energia Essential Oil Blend, or Rosemary, and Spruce essential oils.

To open your sinuses and to help you breathe better use Immune Support Essential Oil Blend or Eucalyptus essential oil.

At night, for a great restful sleep, use Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend, or Lavender combined with Mandarin.

In the Bath

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This valuable method involves water and inhalation.

This is one of the most important and effective forms of treatment in aromatherapy!

First, fill a bath with warm water, then add ¼ cup of Andean Bath Soak.

To help you restore and replenish during the cold and flu season use RESPIRO Bath Soak, created with antiseptic, antibacterial essential oils.

To help your muscles relax after a stressful day use ALIVIO Bath Soak, created with analgesic essential oils.

To help  uplift up your mind and heart use EXULTO Bath Soak created with happy, euphoric essential oils.

To help you sleep better use SERENO Bath Soak, created with sedative, calming essential oils.

As the perfect prelude to your date use ROMANCE Bath Soak, created with sensual, exotic essential oils.

To create your own bath salts, mix a total of 10 drops of essential oil with ½ cup of unscented salt and add it to the bath water.

Remember that skin penetration in the bath is increased by 100 times so the following essential oils should be avoided: basil, cinnamon, fennel, orange, peppermint and the essential oil blends: Memoria and Claro, as they may be irritating to the skin.


Massage with Essential Oils
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For this method, essential oils should be diluted in a Carrier oil, or vegetable oil base.
The carrier oil in our Aromandina products is a combination of fractionated coconut oil, golden jojoba and Tamanu oil and we have different Body Oils for different problems and conditions.


For acute or chronic pain, apply Pain Begone Body Oil liberally onto the painful areas.

For varicose veins apply Circulation Body Oil very gently, locally to varicose areas with light strokes in an upward direction.

To help relax the muscles before bed apply Sleep Time Body Oil behind your neck, on the soles of your feet, and on your solar plexus.

To break down unwanted fat in tissue and release retained water apply Detoxing Body Oil on the areas you need to lose weight.  Apply twice a day for better results.

To increase your energy levels during the day and support your adrenal glands apply Adrenal Support Body Oil every morning focusing on kidney area.

To relive menstrual cramps and provide a feeling of well-being to any feminine imbalance apply Woman’s Help Body Oil on your womb and lower back area.

If you prefer to create your own body oils, add a total of 60 drops of your preferred essential oils to a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil, be creative!

© 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 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.
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.

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