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Nov 13 2013

Geranium Essential Oil
I have always loved Geranium Essential Oil for its sweet flowery fragrance, and because of its versatility, it is undoubtedly among my favorite essential oils.

The best thing about Geranium essential oil is that it can be used for so many things, and suits everyone. Women in particular will love Geranium for its beauty-enhancing and balancing properties. I discovered them long ago, which is why I have used it in several of my women-centric products such as Alivio Circulation Body Oil, Hair Elixir For Dry Hair, Radiare Essential Oil Blend and  Woman’s Help Body Oil.

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Jan 02 2013

Stress, fatigue, frustration and lethargy – does any of this sound familiar to you? 
If so, you are among the millions of people who battle 40-hour workweeks, stuffy cubicles and long hours in front of the computer screen almost every day.
As a working person, you probably spend a larger part of the day at your workplace and yet, you have little or no control over your work environment.
While you can’t do much to change the structure of your workplace of the nature of your job, you can certainly make your office surroundings more pleasant, conducive and supportive with the help of aromatherapy.

Here, we address how stress can affect our performance and explain how aromatherapy can help alleviate these problems.  All it takes is a few vials of essential oils and a few minutes of your time.

Mental and Emotional Stress

Every job comes with its own set of stressors. There are deadlines to meet, targets to achieve and that inherent sense of competitiveness that pushes us to perform better . While “positive stress” leads to motivation, creativity and increased productivity, “negative stress” can erode a person’s spirit and results in:

  • chronic frustration

  • lack of energy

  • inability to cope with pressure

If you ever find yourself leaning towards the latter, you can always count on essential oils to bail you out. Mental stress can often be attributed to anguish over unfinished tasks or financial worries.

Recommended essential oils for Mental Stress:

Start with a healing combination of calming, stimulating and balancing essential oils. 
Combine 4 drops each of Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium and Cardamom essential oils with 1 Oz of carrier oil.
Apply this blend on the back of your neck, the solar plexus area and the soles of your feet twice a day to relax the mind, release the tension from tightened muscles and inspire you to take on new challenges with renewed enthusiasm.
You can also put 1 drop of each essential oil on a tissue and inhale directly during the day. 
Emotional stress may be borne out of relationship problems, conflicts with co-workers, lack of self-esteem, parental guilt or failure to strike the perfect work-life balance.

Recommended essential oils for emotional stress:

The nurturing scent of Sweet Orange, the warmth of Ginger and the uplifting properties of Clary Sage come together to form the perfect tonic for the soul.
Combine four drops of each with 1 Oz of carrier oil and massage the solar plexus, back of the neck and pulse points on the insides of your wrists with this blend twice a day.
Using 4 drops each of these oils in a diffuser or aromatherapy burner in your office is a great way to stay relaxed, happy and positive throughout the day
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Lethargy

The next time you feel drained-out or drowsy when there is a whole lot of work lined up, don’t reach out for caffeine – give yourself a wake-up call with natural essential oils instead.
Fill a 1 Oz spray bottle with distilled water and add five drops each of Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils. Keep this bottle handy in your office and spray your face with eyes closed every time you find yourself slacking or losing focus.
The invigorating and stimulating properties of these oils will help you stay alert and active even during the infamous “after-lunch slump”.

Using essential oils in the workplace is effective, inexpensive and an all-natural way to boost your productivity and make the most of your work hours. It is also one of the few stress-busting remedies that your boss won’t object to and your co-workers will thank you for.

Aromandina Recommends: Energia Blend for Mental Stress, Fiesta Blend for Emotional Stress, Memoria Blend for Lethargy

Related articles:

How to Lower Stress with Essential Oils  

© 2013, 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.
Jul 20 2012

 

One of the most common questions I get is how to use aromatherapy to relieve sore muscles and joints.  Luckily, aromatherapy can be a powerful, all-natural painkiller — but only if it’s used the right way.  Since pain and inflammation can be caused by so many things and affect so many different areas, your specific aromatherapy blend will depend on where it hurts! Some essential oils — like Peppermint, Chamomile, Marjoram, just to name a few — are great at localized pain relief.  All you have to do is rub them over the affected area, (always diluted in a carrier oil), and they’ll give you instant relief.  They can be a great remedy for things like arthritis, gout, tendinitis, and muscle soreness. In fact, many of these essential oils contain some of the same ingredients as the common over the counter pain relievers.  The only difference is that essential oils aren’t mixed with a bunch of chemicals!  Because they’re all-natural, you won’t have any of the nasty side effects that can come with traditional painkillers. Other essential oils — Lavender, Birch, Ginger being just a few examples — are great at making their way through your skin and working deep inside your body to get rid of the inflammation and toxins that are leaving you in severe pain.

So, how can you reap the benefits of these painkilling essential oils at home?

Make your own hot and cold compresses following this recipe: –        Start with two empty bowls –        Put one teaspoon of salt in each bowl –        Add 2 drops each of Blue Chamomile, Lavender, and Helichrysum to both bowls –        Fill one bowl with hot water; the other with iced water –        Soak a small towel in each bowl, and squeeze out the excess water –        Apply the hot compress for 1 minute –        Apply the cold compress for 1 minute –        Keep alternating compresses for 15 minutes

Want another way to take advantage of pain relief aromatherapy at home?

Massage the area where it hurts.  That way, you can boost your circulation and chase out toxins.  All you need to do is pick the right oil for your specific needs, and massage it into your skin every day.  Luckily, we’ve got two popular (and powerful) blends that can give you the relief you need: –        If you’re dealing with localized pain and inflammation, Pain Begone Body Oil is a great blend.  With a mixture of Birch, Peppermint, Ravensara, and Lavender, you’ll get a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory. –        If you’ve got circulation problems — especially if you’re stuck standing all day at work — try Circulation Body Oil.  A combination of Cypress, Geranium, Ginger, and Niaouli will stimulate your blood flow and prevent uric acid from building up in your joints. And remember — muscle pain isn’t always caused by physical labor!  Sometimes, you can wind up in severe pain when you’re in the middle of a stressful situation or when you’re feeling anxious. I’ve found that the best way to calm down after a rough day (and to soothe aching muscles that are sore from all of that pent-up anxiety) is to soak in a hot bath with 1/4 cup of our Alivio Bath Soak.  This aromatic blend is specially-designed to relax your muscles and take pressure off your joints so that you can say goodbye to your pain in a matter of minutes.  It also helps detoxify your system so that you can feel better both inside and out. That’s why aromatherapy is so powerful — it addresses the physical and emotional causes of pain.   That way, you can benefit from holistic healing, no matter what’s causing your pain! If you’re sick of traditional painkillers and want a natural pain reliever that really works, try our Pain Relief Package! Related Articles:
Jul 05 2012   Whether your summer travel plans include time on the beach, camping with the kids, hiking with your sweetie, or a long car trip, all of summer’s heat and humidity can leave you feeling… well… yucky.  In addition to sweat and grime, you’re dealing with sticky suntan lotion, stinky smoke from your grill, and residue from all of that bug spray you keep having to slather on! So, how do you take full advantage of your summer holiday and still feel clean and fresh? By tapping into the power of aromatherapy! Forget about all of the complicated travel tips.  Instead, with the right blend of essential oils, you can feel cool and refreshed — even on the hottest of days!  Before you head out on that next summer trip, be sure to follow these 5 tips:

1. Invigorate yourself with mint

Spearmint and Peppermint essential oils both have natural cooling properties, so these essential oils will make you feel fresh and alert. Whether you’ve just finished a long hike or spent the day in the car, all you have to do is add 5 drops of oil with a bowl of ice water and use a towel to rub it on your skin. You’ll instantly feel cool, calm, and collected. And, if you’re planning on being out in the hot sun for a prolonged period, infuse a towel with either of these oils and wrap it around your neck. All you need to do is get a bowl full of ice water, add 5 drops of oil, and stir. Then, just give your towel a good dunking, wring out the excess water, and you’re good to go! Combine that mint-infused towel with plenty of fluids to drink, and you’ve got an instant prevention tool against things like heat exhaustion and heat stroke!

2. Clean off with Lavender

 

If all of that heat and humidity leaves you feeling sticky and gross, you’re not alone. Luckily, Lavender essential oil can help! It’s got antibacterial properties, so you’ll be able to get rid of any germs you’ve picked up during your summer travels. You can actually make your own antibacterial wipes with some water, some oil, and a towel. Just add 5 drops of Lavender to a bowl of ice water, stick your towel in, wring out the excess water, and you can clean off your hands, face, or neck. Plus, you’ll get a nice cool down in the process! To keep clean on the go, infuse some towels ahead of time, and stick them in a plastic bag. That way, you’ll have an antibacterial wipe anytime you need it! And unlike those antibacterial gels and wipes you see in the store, lavender actually smells good! It has a clean floral scent, instead of that toxic chemical smell that you get from most other antibacterial products. No matter how sticky or grimy you feel, lavender will make you feel much better!

3. Get some sunburn relief with a moisturizing blend 

 

  A summer sunburn can leave you looking and feeling absolutely awful. Not only is it terrible for the long-term health of your skin, but the pain and discomfort from a sunburn can ruin your entire summer holiday! Luckily, aromatherapy fans can get some relief with the right blend of essential oils. Start with 1 ounce of Jojoba Oil. Since it’s a great moisturizer, it will keep your skin from drying out — meaning you won’t have to deal with as much itching and peeling as you normally would with a sunburn. Then, add 5 drops of cooling  Blue Chamomile essential oil, so that your sunburn won’t burn quite as badly. And, finally, top it all off with 10 drops of Lavender. Since they have anti-inflammatory properties, Lavender and Blue Chamomile can prevent the aches and pains that come with sleeping or even sitting with a bad sunburn. This blend won’t just make you feel better; it will also make you smell better! Instead of dousing your skin in traditional sunburn remedy creams and sprays — and smelling like a medicine cabinet — this blend can leave you smelling fresh and floral!

4. Use essential oils to tame your tummy

If you’ve accidentally downed some foreign water during your summer travels, drank too much of the spiked punch at your friend’s barbecue, or eaten too many summertime treats, it can leave your stomach feeling downright awful. Luckily, when you rub essential oils like CardamomGinger, and Fennel essential oils over your stomach, it can help relieve stomach cramps and spasms associated with diarrhea, food poisoning, and other tummy troubles. Combine 5 drops of each essential oil with 1 oz Carrier Oil and massage your abdomen with circular movements. Just remember to drink plenty of fluids to prevent your stomach issues from turning into dehydration. If plain water doesn’t sound good to you, check out my recipe for Ginger-infused iced tea!

5. Fight off bugs with our own BUZZ OFF  Natural Bug Spray

Buzz Off has Eucalyptus Citriadora. This essential oil is actually approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to keep bugs at bay. Like those traditional bug sprays, BUZZ OFF can keep you from swatting and scratching. But unlike traditional bug sprays, it’s gentle enough to use on even the youngest members of your family. Plus, it smells much better than all of those chemical-laden bug sprays! Ready to make the most out of your summer holiday? You can find all of the essential oils listed here — and so much more — by logging onto www.aromandina.com!   © 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.    
Feb 15 2012

Boost your Bottom Line With Aromatherapy! – Part II

Aromatherapy, is easy to implement in all your spa treatments. Try these following ideas to enhance your facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and all your spa  treatments. Not only will the use of Aromatherapy address more of the needs of your clients it will also feel absolutely divine and set you and your spa apart from the others.

What are the Benefits of Aromatherapy in Spa Treatments?

  • Immediate relaxation
  • Address conditions hard to reach at other levels, for instance emotional conditions that may underlie a physical symptom
  • Increases guest loyalty, scents access the deep parts of the subconscious where a great deal of decision making is done
  • Stimulates feelings of euphoria and happiness

 Easy Ways to Implement Aromatherapy in Your Spa Treatments

I have outlined some steps I have personally used and tested that use Essential Oils in spa treatments. They have always produced the WOW factor and bring clients back again and again.

STEP 1 Have your room prepared – your Aromatherapy burner or diffuser should have your favorite Essential Oil or Essential Oil blend, remember, you are the one in that treatment room all day, so think about yourself, your guest will enjoy your choice.

STEP 2 Create a relaxing Aromatherapy Mist to set the stage for relaxation. Have you noticed how some guests can’t stop talking as they come into your room? Maybe they are afraid of losing their control, with this mist you can gently let them know that they can relax and trust in your caring hands.

Here is the recipe:

  • 1 oz Bottle with Mist Sprayer
  • Fill it with distilled water
  • Add 5 drops of  each these calming Essential Oils
  • You can blend up to 5 calming oils
  • Before the treatment begins ask your client to close their eyes, breathe deeply and enjoy the mist.  Point the nozzle upwards so that the product falls on their face as a gentle rainforest mist.
STEP 3 – While they are facing upwards either during a massage, body treatments or while they have a mask on, use an eye pillow. First wrap the pillow with a tissue and put one drop of lavender or mandarin on the side of the pillow that won’t touch the face.  This calming scent will disconnect them and send them to nirvana.

STEP 4 Combine some Essential Oils with a carrier oil so that you can massage their legs while you do a pedicure. You can also use the blend during a facial to massage your client’s arms, décolletage and hands while they have on a mask.
Also use the blend as the oil for an Aromatherapy massage.
For a full body massage you will need 3 tablespoons carrier oil and up to a total of 10 drops of Essential Oil. For a leg massage use 1 teaspoon carrier oil  and 2 or 3 drops of Essential Oil.

For hands, arms and décolletage massage use 1 tablespoon carrier oil to 4 drops Essential Oil.
Please remember that One Size Does Not Fit All – Don’t use just lavender, eucalyptus or peppermint. Be creative, and remember that your guests like to feel special and that you have listened to them and addressed their needs.

How to Customize your Spa Treatment

Always ask your client: How are you feeling TODAY?
Addressing the answer to this question will set you and your spa apart from the crowd and give all of your treatments that special customization.
When you have asked the critical question “How Are You Feeling TODAY?”, here are some Essential Oils you can use to address their needs they tell you in their answer.


Under the weather?  Use some Eucalyptus RavensaraTea Tree – these are antibacterial, antiseptic and can help boost their immune system.

Sore Muscles?  Peppermint, Rosemary, Pine – to improve circulation and for pain relief.

Stress levels getting too high Palo Santo, Frankincense, Bergamot – to help them be calmer and more relaxed.

In need of emotional balance?  Clary SageYlang YlangLitsea Cubeba – perfect for those who are sad, suffer from depression and are going through hard times in their lives.

Sluggish, trying to lose some weight?  Fennel, Grapefruit, Cedarwood – to help move the lymph, help decongest and break down deposits of fat and water in the cells.

Tired all the time? Rosemary, Peppermint, Pine, Cardamom – as a tonic to  their adrenal glands, great for guests who need to keep going after treatment
.

Need some feminine balance? Geranium, Clary Sage, Rose, Jasmine – for those women days, if they suffer from PMS tell them to come every month for a relaxing treatment.  You can apply a thin layer of these oils diluted in carrier oil and cover with a hot towel.
Can you imagine the feeling of relief?
And lastly:

STEP 5 – Help them use Essential Oils at home. Give them a couple of oils to start with, not only will they feel better but those who live and work with your guests will also notice the difference.
Your word of mouth marketing is at work!

Call Aromandina at
(678) 897-4869 or go to www.aromandina.com to order your Essential Oils today and start using them in your spa treatments!

 Related Articles:

Aromatherapy Use in The Spa Environment  Four Steps To A Successful Spa Session Massage Treatment For Pain Relief With Aromatherapy  Women’s Joy – Massage Treatment  Massage Treatment for Adrenal Support  Massage Treatment for Anxiety and Stress Relief with Aromatherapy © 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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