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May 22 2012

Top 3 Reference Books for Aromatherapy Professionals

If you are on the way to becoming a professional aromatherapist, you will need resources that offer in-depth scientific information about plants and botanical  extracts. Here are my top three picks:

Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 4th Edition by Shirley and Len Price

I already have the third edition and I can’t wait to get my hands on the fourth one, which has just released. This book by Shirley Price is a gem for Aromatherapists and all holistic/natural health practitioners who want to learn about aromatherapy at a professional level. What sets it apart from the rest is that every piece of information is backed by research and references so you can be sure of accuracy and reliability. While most aromatherapy books offer recipes, this one teaches you the principles of aromatherapy along with specific guidelines to deal with different conditions. I personally find the language and style very reader-friendly, which is probably why I turn to it for information at least once a day if not more!

Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt

I have had the pleasure of attending an aromatherapy seminar with Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt. His teachings are inspirational and I love the way he debunks some old myths about aromatherapy. Reading his books has renewed my faith in nature’s wisdom and has reassured that my passion for aromatherapy is not only a scientific, but also a “magical” element. For anyone who wants to know the “how” and “why” behind the application of plants and essential oils in healing, this book provides a detailed scientific explanation.Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt is an organic chemist and an eminent researcher in the field of aromatherapy. He has offered invaluable perspectives on the biochemical properties of essential oils and how they work at a cellular level to heal the body. Even though this book is targeted at advanced professionals, just about anyone will find it easy to understand. This one is a must-have on any bookshelf.

Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Practice, Second Edition by Jane Buckle

Jane Buckle comes across as a very credible author and I appreciate her generosity in sharing the knowledge garnered over years of research and practice.I would recommend this book for health practitioners and students who want to gain a better scientific understanding of not only why oils work the way they do, but also how and when to use them for specific conditions. Few other books provide a holistic perspective on Aromatherapy like this one. I like the way the author has offered pointers on safety, possible side-effects, usage and dosage while explaining the biochemistry of every recipe. You will also find tons of references to recent research and advancements in the field of aromatherapy, which will equip you to deal with complex health conditions such as infections, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. This one is indeed an all-in-one information pack for aromatherapy professionals who are keen on research or simply want to stay updated.  Other health practitioners who want to enhance patient care with alternative/natural medicine will also find it very valuable.
© 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.
Oct 31 2011 So, you bought an essential oil and you don’t know what to do with it? I hear you. There are many ways to take the best advantage of the benefits of essential oils. Here are some simple tips for you:

How to use essential oils:

Two main ways essential oils work are by inhalation and absorption through the skin. Though some authors say that inhalation is the only method that truly deserves the name aromatherapy, topical application is also very effective.

What method of application to use?

Well that depends on the problem needing help. I am going to show you how to choose:

Methods of Inhalation

For treatment of emotional problems such as stress, depression, and anxiety, inhalation is the quickest and most effective. Did you know that your nose has direct contact with the brain?
“In the nose the endothelium is thin and the site is close to the brain molecules, therefore it must be assumed that essential oil molecules reach the local circulation and the brain fairly easily and quickly.”(Le Price 2007)
The inhalation method of application is also useful for respiratory conditions such as colds, the  flu, and congested sinuses.

Using a Tissue:

Put 3 to 4 drops of your essential oil or essential oil blend on a firm tissue such as a paper towel (it holds the aroma longer than facial tissue or handkerchief) breathe deeply two or three times.  You can keep the tissue inside your shirt or blouse to get continued benefits.  

Using an Aromatherapy Burner – diffuser:

Fill the bowl with water and add 5-15 drops of the Essential Oil or Essential Oil Blend light candle and enjoy. Not only will you benefit from the positive emotional effects of this method of application, but so will all of those in the room where you have the oils diffusing. As I always say, is not so much the container as what is inside of it, any ceramic diffuser will help transform the atmosphere for all in the room. Essential oil blends that are wonderful for use during the day are any of the blends in the EXULTO line: Alegria, Fiesta, and Citrus Delight also great to uplift are Clary Sage, Litsea Cubeba, Cardamom,  Bergamot, or Ginger essential oils.

Using a Pillow:

Add 2 drops of your essential oil blend to a tissue or a cotton pad and tuck it under your pillow case. This is a great method to help you sleep better or if your nose is congested.  For a better night’s rest try Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend, Lavender, Mandarin, or Sandalwood essential oils. To relieve congestion use Immune Support Essential Oil Blend , Eucalyptus, Pine, or Tea Tree essential oils.

Steam Inhalation:

Add about 3 drops of essential oil to a bowl of warm water and inhale for around 10 minutes to ease blocked sinuses, chest complaints and colds. Close eyes and cover head with towel. Care should be taken to ensure not to burn with water or steam. Not to be used by asthma or allergy sufferers. For frequent allergies and chronic sinus congestion use Allergy Calm Blend, Lavender or Niaouli. Reference: Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Shirley and Len Price Up next:  Topical Applications of Essential Oils   For more information on © 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.
 
Feb 21 2011
“Amatherapy without massage is like an orchestra without a conductor” ~ Robert Tisserand
There is no denying that human touch has a distinctive “feel good” factor attached to it. Whether it is a gentle caress of a mother to comfort a crying child or the reassuring hug of a friend in difficult times, the warmth of another human body sends positive signals throughout our body and to our brains. Since aromatherapy is all about mind-body balance and holistic healing, it is quite natural that touch should have a large role to play in it. My fascination with the sense of touch started when many years ago, I read the book ‘Aromatherapy to Heal and Tend the Body’ by Robert Tisserand. The author of the book states:
“In a study at Purdue University, Indiana, in 1986, students who took out books from the library were interviewed as they came out.  They were asked specific questions relating to their opinion of the library and whether the checkout assistant had smiled at them.  The library assistant treated everyone in exactly the same way, except that every other student was lightly touched on the hand as their library card was handed back to them.  Those who were touched formed a more positive view of the library than those who were not and often thought that the assistant had smiled at them, although the fact she had not.”
The power of touch can be gauged from the fact that it is the first sense we develop in the womb and the last one we lose before death. It helps us communicate without words, connect with our environment and share emotions. Physical contact with a loved one not only feels nice and warm, it is essential for our wellbeing as it keeps feelings of loneliness and apathy at bay. Massage and aromatherapy go hand in hand.  You can start to create a loving atmosphere at home with those you love by indulging them in a relaxing massage. Even people who are not used to being touched, usually comply when their hands and feet are massaged. I have created different massage oils for different conditions, but you can always create your own concoctions based on the purpose you want them for and the scents you prefer. Here are some guidelines: Citrus essential oils: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Citrus Delight Aromatherapy Blend, are always bright, happy and uplifting. They are safe to use during pregnancy and are liked by most people. Calming oils: Lavender, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, SERENO Sleep Time Body Oil Stimulating oils: Rosemary, Peppermint, Basil, Cardamom, Ginger and Adrenal Support Body Oil Romantic oils: Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Romance Body Oil Digestive oils: Ginger, Cardamom, Fennel, Orange, RosemaryBasil, Cinnamon and Digestive Body Oil Oils that can help improve circulation: Cypress, Lemon, Rosemary, Pine and Circulation Body Oil Add a total of 60 drops of your favorite essential oils to a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil and start enjoying the wonders of an aromatherapy massage. Apart from the immediate emotional benefits, massage also has several positive effects on physical health. Not only does it improve blood circulation, it also stimulates the lymphatic system, boosts immunity, relieves pain, reduces muscular tension and controls blood pressure.  Massage is also very effective against insomnia and stress-related conditions. I invite you to start today, sharing the loving touch of an aromatherapy massage.
© 2011  AROMANDINA – Aromatherapy blog  – 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.
Feb 07 2011


Touch has a lot to do with sensuality and vice versa. Reflexology is an ancient method of holistic healing that believes that specific ‘reflex’ points on feet, hands and ears correspond to different systems and organs in the body and that applying pressure onto these points helps in alleviating physical and psychological problems.

Reflexology is known to step up libido in men and women by:
  • Eliminating stress and inducing a state of deep relaxation
  • Boosting circulation, especially to the sexual organs
  • Restoring physical, emotional and hormonal balance
  • Ridding the body of toxins and facilitating the smooth flow of sexual energy
Reflexology focuses on overall well-being as opposed to localized or symptomatic relief. It aims to clear any blockage of energy in the body and release pent up negative emotions to promote health and healing.

Aromatherapy and Reflexology

Reflexology and Sexuality:

The areas corresponding to sexual desire and libido are the big toe and the ankle.
Applying pressure onto the big toe is believed to stimulate the release of sexual hormones while the area around the ankles is responsible for genital arousal.
You don’t need to be a professional to try this out – just massage your partner’s feet and observe his or her response. This exercise helps you understand each other on a whole new level and makes you sensitive to each others’ needs.
Reflexology is a completely natural technique which can be safely carried out at home. Even those who are not sure of its benefits wouldn’t mind some loving foot play!
Here is a romantic combination of essential oils for libido, that will make this experience complete:
Mix 1 tablespoon of carrier oil with: 1 drop patchouli essential oil 3 drops ylang ylang essential oil 2 drops orange essential oil.
Apply liberally on feet during massage.

Other reads about essential oils and libido:

How to enhance libido using essential oils
Increasing libido with essential oils and a sensual bath

© 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.


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.

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