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Oct 03 2016

Essential oils for the fall
As fall comes around the corner, it brings with it a number of changes both to the environment and our bodies. As the weather starts cooling down, our immune system defenses begin to deteriorate and we become more vulnerable to inconveniences such as colds and constant coughs. Luckily, we have the tools needed to naturally prepare our bodies for the changes in the season and to maintain our health at a comfortable level until spring comes around.

Warming Oils

There’s a reason pumpkin-spice is so popular in the fall.  It’s natural to want to warm up this time of year. As Mother Nature starts to cool things off, that glass of iced tea doesn’t seem so appealing. Instead, a warm cup of tea or a spicy glass of warm cider feels heavenly.

And, luckily, you can warm up your energy just like you warm up your beverages! Essential oils extracted from spices are warming for the body and the heart: cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger.

Autumn Blend

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Jan 30 2011

History of Aromatherapy and Romance

For thousands of years, people have used scents and aromas for love and sensuality. In ancient Egypt and Rome, bathing with essential oils was part of the ritual of preparation for lovemaking. Cleopatra, one of the most renowned lovers of all time, is reputed to have scented the sails of her royal barge with rose water to seduce Mark Antony as she sailed to meet him. Today, the perfume industry is a multibillion- dollar business based on the notion that fragrance makes us more attractive to each other. Nature’s essential oils have been used to heal the body, enhance life, evoke memories and seduce.

How Essential Oils Work

The aromatic molecules are inhaled and carried to the olfactory membrane, the place from which millions of nerve endings send signals to the brain. The scents are analyzed in different centers of the brain for memories and emotional and sexual responses. There’s a logical explanation for scent’s powerful effect on romance: there are studies that show that essential oils can act directly on the limbic system of the brain, the center of our emotions, memories and sexual behavior. Essential oils can affect your mood, emotional well-being and desires. The use of essential oils can help enhance self-confidence, radiate vibrancy, and increase sensitivity. Some essential oils can be stimulants, others aphrodisiacs, others euphoric or sedative. Their scents stimulate the mood and psyche creating erotic sensations and awakening desire.

Essential Oils for Romance:

  • PATCHOULI – Voluptuous, evident, suggestive, sensual. Reaches deep into the emotions and helps to decrease inhibition and to enable the release of emotions.
  • YLANG YLANG – Exotic, intense and exciting. it’s believed that its stimulating and healing properties can help in cases of impotence and frigidity. It can help dispel feelings of anger, jealousy and envy.
  • CARDAMOM Its aroma helps clear the mind and stimulates the appetite for love. Spicy and profoundly sensual in nature.
  • CLARY SAGESeductive, sensual and mildly intoxicating, exhilarating and euphoric. Soothes stress and anxiety and helps to remove fears and emotional blocks allowing for a deeper communication between partners.
  • GRAPEFRUIT – Instills self-confidence and positivity. It’s tart scent invites playfulness and brightens up the day.
  • MANDARIN – Fresh, young and playful. Mandarin adds joy and lightness to any aromatherapy blend. Enhances emotional well-being.
  • LEMON Stimulant, refreshing, restores the nervous system. Applied through massage, it can help to improve circulation. Adds joy and lightness to any aromatherapy blend.

Setting the stage for romance:

Romantic Ambiance:

Preparing your space carefully can help ensure a peaceful and romantic evening or afternoon, one that is certain not to be forgotten for some time to come. Fill essential oil burner with water and add up to 10 drops of essential oils.

Romantic Bath:

A soothing bath is the perfect prelude to your date. Fill bath with warm water, add 1/4 cup of sea salts or mountain salts mixed with up to 10 drops of essential oils and bathe by candlelight.

Romantic Massage:

Massage is a gift of intimacy that will help to enhance communication, love and care. It’s the perfect time to listen carefully to the needs and wishes of your partner. Mix 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil with up to 4 drops of essential oils.  Apply small amounts of blend to the areas of the body you want to work, and enjoy.
© AROMANDINA – All rights reserved – aromatherapy blog 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.
Oct 27 2010

Depression is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign that you have been strong for too long” ~ Author anonymous

Considering the complexity of the human mind, it comes as no surprise that the problems and disorders associated with it are just as bewildering. For decades, scientists have been struggling to understand the numerous  causes, trigger factors and manifestations of depression. The cause of depression may be different for each individual and the disorder often presents with varied, and sometimes contradictory, symptoms. On researching the existing literature, I knew I had to adopt a holistic approach as an aromatherapist and devise different and custom-made answers  for the same problem.

Depression and Chronic Stress

Problems at work or relationship conflicts slowly eat away your insides without you even realizing it. That is why it is so common to see successful professionals just fall apart because they are unable to deal with their anxieties and frustrations. Loss of motivation, drive and hope are some of the early signs of depression. Citrus essential oils like Bergamot, Orange, Grapefruit, and Lemon have refreshing and cleansing qualities that ease depressive stress. Their warm, fresh and fruity aromas are inherently joyful and harmonizing, particularly where tension has bred a narrow, negative outlook.  Have you noticed how positive and refreshed you feel after eating a citrus fruit? It’s scent releases repressed emotions and feelings of grief, shame, abandonment and anger. Our recommendation: Citrus Delight Essential  Oil Blend Put 2 drops on a tissue, close your eyes and inhale deeply three times. The fresh scents cleanse your heart of all negativity and promise hope for a better future.

Depression and Loss of Motivation

Ever seen a warm and friendly person change into a cold and apathetic one? Traumatic experiences like personal or financial losses can make people withdraw into a shell and stop experiencing joy altogether. Such individuals lack inspiration and enthusiasm even in the happiest of situations. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, with its sensual and soothing aroma,helps restore self-confidence and allows you to express and appreciate your inner beauty. Clary Sage Essential Oil, helps us let go of inhibitions and do what we have always wanted to do. When you get to be spontaneous and ‘yourself’, it is not so difficult to have fun! Let the earthy sweetness and euphoric nature of this oil set you free. Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil, has a spicy-citrusy scent that adds some zing to a dull and boring life. Apart from being refreshing and energizing, it can help alleviate fear of emotional involvement. Our recommendation: Alegria (Joy) Essential Oil Blend Put 2 drops on a tissue, close your eyes and inhale deeply three times. Fill you mind and heart with gratitude and embrace the joy of being alive.

Depression and Powerlessness

Setbacks can at times leave people feeling helpless against the circumstances. This feeling of ‘victimization’ leads to chronic despair, dejection and a negative outlook towards life. Ginger Essential Oil  boosts the morale and its spicy scent sparks the will and awakens the senses. Cardamom Essential Oil provides the much needed ‘kick’ to keep you going and encourages you to be proactive. Eucalyptus Essential Oil opens up the chest and facilitates breathing. Deep breathing puts you at ease and allows you to view problems from a fresh perspective. There is always a way out – you just have to find it! Palo Santo Essential Oil has a woody aroma that is comforting and reassuring.  It promotes stability and helps you maintain your composure in difficult times. Our recommendation: Fiesta Essential Oil Blend Put 2 drops on a tissue, close your eyes and inhale deeply three times. Let the scents penetrate your mind and fill it with hope and confidence for better times to come. Photo By D Sharon Pruitt
© 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.
Feb 17 2010

Aromatherapy Tip

Today I woke up dragging my feet to get out of bed, wishing I could stay there and sleep and dream and forget about the day. But staying in bed is not a possibility, neither being sad or depressed.  There are so many good things to do today, so many great people to talk to and to meet that I could not afford to keep a dark cloud over my head. I know essential oils are there to help me. ..  Now, which one of them do I choose?  Rather than choosing an oil, I let them choose me. I just open my box of oils and take one of them, without looking at the label and it has always worked for me! So today, EXULTO Fiesta chose to be my helper, and boy, as soon as I opened the bottle to smell it my heart immediately started to quiet down.  Each blend has a story, each blend is the result of an experience either with myself, with my family, with my dear clients or my dear aromatherapy students.  Each blend comes with a specific combination of essential oils, and each oil has a story to tell. How EXULTO Fiesta was created My process of creation starts in my mind and in my heart, before the nose smells it. The name: I wanted to convey a spirit of celebration and the name Fiesta imprints that feeling of being in the now, dancing to the rhythm of life, just enjoying oneself and the company of others. The oils: my first choice were the spices Ginger and Cardamom to add that extra heat, to awaken the senses, and encourage you to keep moving.  Then came Eucalyptus Globulus, this special essential oil that I bring from Ecuador, maybe because it grows in altitudes as high as 10’000 feet, it has such a special aroma. Put a drop of Eucalyptus between your hands, breathe deeply and feel your chest opening, your perspective changes, your view of the world changes; your chest is no longer squeezed, rather open to new possibilities.  Finally I added just a hint of Palo Santo. I consider this very special oil a healer of the heart, a tree that calms the soul and lets us rest and lean on it without complaining and feeling overwhelmed.  Palo Santo in this blend provides that emotional and physical strength that we need to handle the many things we need to handle during the day. Just a whiff of Fiesta and these very special oils, with their wisdom and their love put my heart at rest.  I have also added 10 drops of the oil to my aromatherapy diffuser, now I’m ready for the day! Next time you feel down or depressed, know that essential oils are always there to help you. Disclaimer: This post has been written without proofreading. I apologize for my grammar and spelling mistakes since English is not my first language.
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