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Sep 23 2014

Aromatherapy for MenopauseFor women, the experience of menopause can be as individualistic, unique and varied as our fingerprints. Some women sail through it without any major bumps, while others grapple with annoying and unpredictable symptoms for as long as a decade. Any woman who has battled hot flashes, loss of libido, weight gain and mood swings will know what I am talking about.

Menopause is a significant phase in any woman’s life, and not only because it signals the end of the reproductive period, but also because it comes at a time when most of us have a demanding life to lead and responsibilities to deal with. Therefore, staying fit and active should be a top priority. 

There are several supplements and dietary recommendations that are known to ease the symptoms, but a little known secret is the use of essential oils for menopause. 

Which essential oils to use for menopause? 

  • Some oils like Geranium and Clary Sage support the female reproductive system by balancing hormones and regulating menstrual cycles.
  • During menopause, the level of estrogens in the body comes down, leading to physiological and psychological changes. Fennel contains natural plant estrogens that can fill in the void so that these changes feel less dramatic.
  • Depression is another side effect of menopause. The fresh citrusy scent of Grapefruit lifts away the depression and dullness, while Cypress helps build inner strength during this period of transition.

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Oct 31 2013

Aromatherapy for Success
All successful people have one thing in common – they never lose track of their priorities and are incredibly focused.  Sadly enough, that is not true for most of us.

We often start out a new project with passion and enthusiasm, only to lose steam midway. Sometimes we give in to distractions and at other times, poor health holds us back.

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Dec 01 2012 Essential oils have always been used as part of Alternative and Natural Medicine but with several scientific studies validating their therapeutic properties, it won’t be long before they find a place in mainstream healthcare. I have often recommended aromatherapy blends for clients who had a history of hypertension and it has helped them immensely – they felt much more relaxed and healthy from within. Therefore, I was rather pleased when the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology recently published a study that stated that essential oils are effective in alleviating symptoms of hypertension such as increased blood pressure and heart rate. To test the effect of essential oils on cardiovascular function, researchers measured the resting heart rate, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure of 100 young, healthy non-smoking spa workers  before and after exposure to essential oil vapors in controlled conditions. Before each participant entered the study room, 100% pure bergamot essential oil was vaporized for 1 hour. The results showed a significant drop in blood pressures and heart rate within 15 minutes of exposure. Interestingly enough, a reverse effect was observed when the study group was exposed to essential oil vapors for more than an hour. This may appear to be a flip side of using essential oils as a mode of treatment for hypertension but in fact, it just reinstates the fact that essential oils are powerful botanical compounds which have a significant impact on the body’s physiological functions. People who use aromatherapy products usually do so for stress-relief and relaxation. However, with this piece of research, it certainly looks like the role of aromatherapy in managing lifestyle ailments is going to grow manifold in coming times. If you would like to read the complete research report, please visit this link. Reference: Short-Term Exposure to Essential Oils Lowers Blood Pressure and Heart Rate… but Only When Exposure Is Less Than One Hour   © 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.
Apr 06 2012 Bergamot Essential Oil  

What is Bergamot?

Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia) is a citrus fruit that is native to southern Italy, tropical parts of Asia and the Ivory Coast. This citrus  fruit probably gets its name from the town of Bergamo in Lombardy, Italy, where it was commercially grown for the first time. Bergamot is rarely consumed as a fruit or fruit juice. It is primarily cultivated for its essential oil, which is obtained through cold compression of the fruit’s rind. Apart from its medicinal and therapeutic applications, the oil is widely used in perfumes, cosmetics as a flavoring agent for Earl Grey Tea.

Bergamot Essential Oil – Uses in Aromatherapy

Bergamot essential oil, with its clean and refreshing citrus fragrance, is an effective antidote against depression, anxiety, urinary tract infections and nervous indigestion. The oil has a balancing and toning effect on the nervous system which makes it effective against psychological disturbances as well as painful spasms. Bergamot is also used in the treatment of all kinds of infections owing to its strong antiseptic properties.

Bergamot Essential Oil for Nervous Indigestion:

Some people respond to emotional turmoil with overeating while others tend to starve themselves sick. The former results in flatulence, indigestion and colic, while the latter results in weakness and loss of immunity.
Dr. Jean Valnet mentions the use of Bergamot for loss of appetite, but Patricia Davis cites that “its effect on the appetite is more regulating rather than stimulating”. 
Therefore, Bergamot is just as useful for anorexia nervosa as it is for compulsive eating.
Use Bergamot oil for indigestion, gas and flatulence.
Follow this recipe:
Combine 1 teaspoon carrier oil with 2 drops of Bergamot essential oil 2 drops of German Chamomile essential oil 2 drops of Fennel essential oil.
Massage the entire abdominal area with this blend, preferably at night just before going to bed.

Bergamot Essential Oil for Urinary Tract Infections:

UTI or Urethritis is characterized by immense burning and discomfort during urination and a constant urge to urinate. If left untreated, the infection may spread upwards of the urethra to the bladder and even the kidneys.
For individuals who are prone to recurrent bouts of Urinary Tract Infection, Bergamot is an effective remedy owing to its natural antiseptic properties.
Bergamot essential oil blends amazingly well with Lavender and Tea Tree oils, which are powerful disinfectants by themselves.
Mix 3 drops each of these oils to 1 cup of organic, plain yoghurt and prepare a sitz bath by filling a tub with enough warm water to cover your hips.
Add the mixture to it, swish it well and sit in the bath for about 10 minutes.
Repeat this everyday for at least a week to get rid of the nasty symptoms.

To prevent recurrence, prepare a genital rinse by mixing 3 drops each of Bergamot and Lavender oils to a teaspoon of salt and dissolving this in an 8oz bottle of filtered water.
Use a bit of this rinse every time you go to the bathroom to keep infection at bay.

It is recommended that you drink lots of water to flush out the microbes and cut down on sugary and processed foods as these encourage the growth of bacteria and yeast in the urinary tract.

Please note that these treatments may complement, but not substitute a medical prescription. If the infection does not show signs of improvement or is accompanied by fever or blood in the urine, consult a physician immediately.

Bergamot Essential Oil for Depression and Anxiety

According to Gabriel Mojay, “Bergamot oil helps us to relax and “let go””. This means that Bergamot encourages the release of locked-up emotions that eventually lead to depression, anxiety and insomnia.

The coolness of citrus also negates “hot” emotions like anger, frustration and irritability.

To kick start your day on a positive note, put 5 drops of Bergamot oil on a dry washcloth and place this on your chest while taking a hot shower.

Inhale the vapors and feel the positive energy charge up your body. With each deep breath, all those feelings of depression, anger and frustration will simply melt away.

Even when you are not at home, keep a bottle of Bergamot essential oil handy. Place a few drops on a piece of paper towel (it works better than a tissue) and sniff it from time to time to refresh your mind.

Once a week, add 3 drops each of Bergamot, Frankincense and Lavender essential oils to your bath water and soak in this rejuvenating aromatic bath.

Whenever you are feeling down and out, the fresh, citrus burst of Bergamot will help relieve stress and promote a positive outlook towards life.  By re channeling negative emotions, Bergamot helps restore optimism, motivation and hope.

How do you use your Bergamot essential oil? Do write in to share how it has worked for you!

 Caution: Do not apply to skin to be exposed to sunlight or ultraviolet light; it increases the skin’s photosensitivity.  it may irritate sensitive skin.

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  © 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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