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Jul 05 2011 Follow these 3 steps to get a restful sleep all through the night: 1) Put 2 drops of  SERENO Sleep Time  Essential Oil on a cotton ball and tuck it under the pillow case. 2) Fill bathtub with warm water; add a 1/4 cup of  SERENO Bath Soak to bathwater. Feel the tension melt and leave worries behind. 3) Pamper yourself with a gentle massage on the soles of your feet and the back of your neck with one teaspoon of SERENO Sleep Time Body Oil These aromatherapy products are intelligently and intuitively formulated with essential oils that specifically address the issues associated with stress, insomnia, anxiety and the intensity that seems to be inherent to daily life. Essential oils in all the SERENO products:
  • Lavender essential oil : Sedative, calms nervous anxiety; calms the heart and soothes a restless, hyperactive state. Helps to counteract anxiety, irritability, nightmares, restlessness.
  • Mandarin and Mandarin Petitgrain essential oils: Sweet and loving; ideal for children’s restlessness, anxiety and lack of sleep.
  • Marjoram essential oil: Relaxing, warming, comforting. Very effective for chronic insomnia. Calms the mind. Indicated for palpitations, tachycardia, hypertension.
  • Sandalwood essential oil: It has a cooling and calming effect on the nervous system. Effective in states of obsessive worry. Useful to ease recurrent nightmares and irritability.
  • Palo Santo essential oil: It invokes a feeling of sacredness as in entering a temple; quiets the mind from mundane thoughts; and has a purifying effect on the mind.
Photo by: *L*u*z*A
© 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.
May 08 2010 I finally finished translating this very interesting blog post written by master German aromatherapist Eliane Zimmerman. I ‘m very thankful I met her through the magic of the Internet, she is such a well of knowledge and I’m honored that she took the time to write about my Ecuadorean Palo Santo.

PALO SANTO – Holy Wood by Eliane Zimmerman

I love the Internet (when neither the line, nor the computer gets crazy). After a short “conversation” through Facebook and e-mail with Cristina, she sent me on December 29th some essential oil samples.  Today were they delivered, despite the black ice on our sloping streets.  It must have smelled a lot because as soon as I opened the box came to me a balsamic eucalyptus scent.

Cristina comes from Ecuador, between Colombia and Peru, where she went to the German School (in order to be able to read this article!!! 😉 and now lives in USA were she sells essential oils from the Andean region.

During our “electronic conversation” I told her that I had been born in the Andes.

She asked me if I knew about Palo Santo.  I had surely heard about it before, it is known as Räucherware, but until now I didn’t know that oil. The popular name Palo Santo is given in the Spanish speaking world to different varieties of trees, therefore we must first come to an understanding of the scientific name. The tree Bursera graveolens is related to Frankincense and Linaloe tree. The genus name Bursera comes from bursa, (the pouch, the pocket) and it relates to the receptacles in the plant where the aromatic substances are found.  We know the nomenclature Graveolens for instance from Pelargonium, the aromatic geranium and it means “strong odor/scent” (gravis=strong and olere=odor)

It grows in rather dry forests and it looks kind of gnarled. These pictures come from the Galapagos Islands that belong to Ecuador and became famous because of Charles Darwin.  The essential oil from the chopped wood has a very unusual composition: Limonene, beta-Bisabolol, Carvon, trans- and cis-Carveol and four until now unknown substances: (-)-Juneol, Dihydrojuneol, as well as an exceptional eudesmane bond (Sesquiterpenoide). The scent is somehow indescribable; it reminds me of the smells in South American homes, probably a part of the furniture produced by this much sought-after wood; some lavender, some sandalwood, some caraway, some cedarwood.

Who has had experiences with this essential oil?   Eliane Zimmerman is the author of several aromatherapy books- her text book is one of the ‚bibles’ of German clinical aromatherapy now that it is in its 4th. Eliane  frequently travels to German language countries Austria, Switzerland and Germany to teach this fascinating subject. If you would like to learn more about Eliane  you can go to her blog Aromatherapy & Aromapraxis or visit her Facebook Page.
Apr 30 2010 Spring Cleaning copy

It’s springtime and there are changes happening all around us – the weather is warming up and life is undergoing a process of awakening and renewal.
Although spring is always associated with positivity and freshness, the season does have a considerable impact on our mind, body and emotions.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), spring is represented by the wood element and it is that time of the year when our body is most susceptible to wind-cold imbalances that mostly affect the liver and gall bladder.

Problems like depression, hepatitis and vernal catarrh (allergic conjunctivitis or ‘pink eye’) are believed to stem from these imbalances.

The liver is the primary cleansing and detoxifying organ of the body that regulates blood circulation, hormones, metabolism, digestion and subsequently our emotions too.
In women, it may affect the menstrual cycle and reproductive health. The function of the gall bladder is to secrete bile and assist the liver in all its functions to ensure the smooth flow of energy throughout the body.
Experts believe that the health of the liver and gall bladder can affect our decision-making abilities and have an impact on the quality of life.
TCM also theorizes that anger and depression are the dominant emotions during spring that are fanned by rapid changes in the weather, environment and length of the days. It is said that these changes interfere with the levels of the hormone melatonin in our body resulting in mood swings and temper problems.
You may be suffering from an imbalance if you experience one or more of the following signs and symptoms: Inadequate sleep or disturbed sleep patterns

  • Dry, watery or itchy eyes

  • Irregular bowel movement

  • A feeling of fullness or bloating

  • Chest congestion

  • Menstrual irregularities or severe PMS symptoms

  • Mild to severe depression

  • Anger

  • Frequent emotional outbursts and restlessness

Keeping all causes and their effects in mind, a wellness regimen during the spring season should aim at strengthening immunity, purging the body of toxins and maintaining emotional balance. Essential oils, when carefully chosen and correctly used, can help achieve this goal. Here are some essential oils that are perfect for the season:

DIGESTION, CRAVINGS  AND HELP WITH TRANSITIONS:

Fennel, Grapefruit and Spearmint Essential Oils are my first options.

Fennel aids digestion and helps an individual cope with lifestyle and environmental changes.

Grapefruit acts like a tonic for the lymphatic system and the gall bladder and helps dispel negative emotions like anger and irritability.

Spearmint has a refreshing and purifying scent that uplifts the spirits.

This blend can help you resist food cravings and emotional eating.

Aromandina Recommends: CLARO Essential Oil

DETOXING AND PURIFICATION:

Essential oils  like Atlas Cedarwood , Rosemary and Fennel promote lymphatic drainage, improve circulation and release excess fluids and toxins. This takes care of any water retention and you feel lighter and more energized.
Orange Essential Oil enhances the function of the liver, encourages the flow of bile and aids fat metabolism. 
Massage all over your body twice a day for best results.
Aromandina Recommends: Detoxing Body Oil  

FEELING UNDER THE WEATHER?
The uplifting scent of citrus essential oils is just what you need when you need that quick pick me up. 
Bergamot Essential Oil restores a positive state of mind and wards away feelings of depression, anxiety and under-confidence.
The zesty notes of Lemon Essential Oil energize and rejuvenate the senses while the fruity scent of Grapefruit Essential Oil helps maintain mental, physical and emotional balance.
Aromandina Recommends: Citrus Delight

HORMONAL IMBALANCES: Geranium Essential Oil supports the adrenal cortex and helps take care of hormonal imbalances.
Clary Sage Essential Oil has a calming effect on the mind and alleviates depression and irritability during PMS.
Lavender Essential Oil helps to maintain a positive state of mind and keep your mood cheerful and upbeat.

Aromandina Recommends: RADIARE

Spring is nature’s way of celebrating a new beginning – keep your health up and your spirits high so that you may enjoy the season in all its glory.    

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© 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.
Mar 12 2010 When I used to walk through the colonial streets of my hometown Quito, the sweet woody smell of the Palo Santo sticks sold outside the temples and churches immediately would lift up my spirit and invite me to quiet my mind from mundane thoughts.

Origin

Palo Santo, or “Holy Wood”, is a tree that grows in the dry coastal areas in Ecuador. The wood has been used for centuries by the natives in my country as a spiritual remedy for purifying, cleansing, dispelling evil spirits, misfortune and calamity.

Why it is so special

It is said that the true value of this tree comes after its life, which can be up to 90 years. The tree does not release its essence, or essential oil, until is has lain on the ground for 4-10 years after having died of natural causes. At this point the tree gives freely of its essential essences.

Therapeutic properties

 
  • It is a decongestant to reduce nasal mucus production and swelling
  • It has a purifying effect on the mind, especially beneficial for cases of grief and inability to let go
  • Nervous system tonic, sedative
  • Anti-inflammatory for muscles and joints
  • Aromatherapy for sinus infection. Aromatherapy for Insomnia
ENJOY PALO SANTO ESSENTIAL OIL  IN THE FOLLOWING AROMANDINA PRODUCTS: RESPIRO Allergy Calm Roll-On RESPIRO Allergy Calm Essential Oil EXULTO Andean Bath Soak EXULTO Fiesta Essential Oil SERENO Sleep Time Line
© 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.
Feb 17 2010 Taken from Guide 2 Athens Posted on 02/16/2010 by Cheri Leavy The product junkie strikes again! In love w/Aromandina aromatherapy from STUDIO In Athens – Guide 2 Athens Blog

EXULTO Citrus Delight-This fruity and citrusy essential oil blend combats the wintertime blues! In the meantime til springtime!

Today I brought home something to cure my winter blues from STUDIO In Athens. (The Leathers Building 675 Pulaski Street, suite 1600) I had my first incredible session of pilates with Sarah Schmitt that left me feeling invigorated and maybe a little taller. Is that possible after one apparatus session to feel taller? Anyway, it feels like it to me! And that is saying a lot when you are 5’2″ (more on the pilates in my blog post tomorrow) I left with Aromandina’s EXULTO Citrus Delight Oil Blend to combat my winter time blues. I am so so so ready for sunshine and warmer days and outdoor activities! I bought the Soapstone Essential Oil Burner and just added water in the glass bowl and 7 drops of the oil and lit a tea light candle and I am feeling revived! The brochure suggests numerous ways to use the oil such as on a cotton pad in your pillow case, I might get the SERENO calming one for that as the EXULTO I bought might keep you up. Sarah has brochures and is knowledgeable as she has used several of the scents and products. They have body mists and bath Soaks and more. Read more… Posted using ShareThis

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