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Oct 17 2012

Coconut Oil Benefits
I absolutely love virgin coconut oil — so much, in fact, that I use it to cook my food and even as a supplement for my entire family. All three of us use it on a daily basis! The great thing about coconut oil is that you can use it on both the inside and outside of your body. You can use it all by itself, or you can mix it with other essential oils to get even more benefits. If you haven’t jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon yet, here’s why you should:

1. It’s got antibacterial properties

When you use it on your skin, coconut oil can even get rid of the bacteria that cause acne. In fact, two of its main ingredients — Capric Acid and Lauric Acid — form a protective layer over your skin and prevent bacteria from invading your pores in the first place!
Combine 1/4 cup coconut oil with 5 drops of Tea Tree, 5 drops of Bergamot and 5 drops of Lavender.  After washing your face with a mild soap, take a small amount of this blend and apply with your fingertips all over your face.  Apply this oil only in the evening, Bergamot is phototoxic.

2. It’s got a ton of other skin benefits, too

Even if you don’t have acne, you can use coconut oil to promote your natural beauty. Start by mixing 1/4 cup coconut oil with 10 drops of Rose absolute, 5 drops of Geranium, and 5 drops of Lavender, and use it as your daily moisturizer. It won’t take long for your skin to look more supple and firmer!

Got really dry skin? Combine 1/4 cup coconut oil with 15 drops of Lavender, 10 drops of Frankincense, 5 drops of Geranium, and 2 drops of Lemongrass (for a nice fresh scent), and you’ll end up with the ultimate in moisture!

You can also use coconut oil to tackle more serious skin problems, like eczema. Simply mix ¼ cup coconut oil with 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Blue Chamomile (both oils are natural anti-inflammatories), and rub it onto the affected area twice a day. Soon, you’ll look and feel a whole lot better!

3. It’s great for your hair

Coconut oil is a great scalp treatment for people who are suffering from things like head lice, dandruff, or seborrehic dermatitis.

Just mix 1/4 cup of coconut oil with two drops each of Tea Tree, Lavender, Geranium, and Lemon. Then, take one teaspoon of this blend, slather it all over your scalp, put on a shower cap, and sit around for about two hours. When you wash it off, be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo. That way, you won’t have to worry about undoing all of the good stuff the oils left behind! If you want to see the biggest scalp boost, leave the mixture on overnight. Just be sure to put a towel on your pillow case so that it doesn’t get stained!

Even if your scalp is otherwise-healthy, coconut oil can give you hair a much-needed boost by making it really shiny! That’s because it creates a protective shield around each strand that protects against dry air, humidity, and other environmental toxins.

4. It contains antioxidants

You’ve probably heard how great antioxidants are. They can do everything from fight off the tell-tale signs of aging (like wrinkles and age spots), to eliminate free radicals in your system. But did you know that coconut oil is chock full of antioxidants?! In fact, virgin coconut oil has extremely high levels of antioxidants.

Recent studies show that people who consume coconut oil have a lower chance of developing heart disease. And if you’re worried about using so much oil in your cooking, don’t be. Coconut oil is considered one of those “healthy fats” that you’re supposed to incorporate into your diet. After all, everyone needs SOME fat in their diet — just not the kind you get from potato chips and candy bars!

5. It doesn’t have any yucky side effects

Coconut oil is completely natural — so you won’t have to worry about dealing with any uncomfortable side effects. It simply does what it’s supposed to do, without creating any additional problems along the way! Now that you know some of the ways it can help you, take some time to use coconut oil for yourself. It won’t take long for you to love it as much as I do!


Feb 27 2012

I recently read an interesting article (http://www.hivehealthmedia.com/bathroom-clean-safe/ ) that describes how your bathroom space is a potential breeding ground for germs, mold and mildew, which not only cause foul odor, but put you at a risk of infections and allergies. Even a reasonably clean-looking bathroom has disease-causing organisms hiding in inconspicuous places that often escape our attention. Most commercially available cleaning products contain chlorine and other toxic ingredients that pollute the environment and may pose a hazard for children and pets.  If you are an eco-conscious individual who likes to do things the natural way, you can try substituting some of these products with essential oils. Certain essential oils possess strong antibacterial and antifungal properties, which make them very potent disinfectants. What’s more, they are safe, affordable, environment friendly and leave your bathroom smelling clean!

Mold and Mildew

The constant moisture in bathrooms encourages the growth of fungus, especially in hard-to-reach corners – these fungal spores can cause respiratory problems and skin allergies in some people. To keep your bathroom space mold-free, make a bathroom spray: In a 16 oz spray bottle combine: 12 oz distilled water 4 oz white vinegar 10 drops each of Cinnamon Leaf, Tea Tree, Niaouli, Basil and Lemongrass essential. Shake well. Spray the area liberally with this mixture and scrub. After the areas are clean, use this versatile spray in all areas of your bathroom as a maintenance routine.

 Shower curtains

Shower curtains are a perfect place for germs and fungus to thrive because they are usually damp. Vinyl curtains even release toxins into the environment, which can be harmful if your bathroom is inadequately ventilated. Try switching over to fabric curtains and toss them in the washer at least once a month. You can add 10 drops of Tea Tree and 10 drops of Lemongrass oil as an additive to kill bacteria and fungal spores.

Shower Heads

They may look innocuous on the outside, but the minute holes on shower heads are home to bacteria and mold. These contaminate your bath water as it flows through the openings and may be ingested. Detach the shower head occasionally and give it a thorough cleaning. Mix 5 drops each of Lemongrass, Cinnamon Leaf, and Niaouli with ½ cup of baking soda. Dilute this in 1 liter water and immerse the shower head in this solution.  Let it soak for an hour to loosen the dirt particles before scrubbing it with an old toothbrush. Rinse with very hot water.


To get a squeaky-clean toilet, mix 1 cup of baking soda with 15 drops of Tea Tree and 15 drops of Lemon essential oil. Sprinkle all over the seat and bowl, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Scrub with a bowl brush. As an everyday routine, you can just sanitize the toilet seat by spraying it with the bathroom spray and wiping with a paper towel.

Bathtub and sink

The soapy scum that forms on bathtub and sink surfaces looks unsightly and can put you at the risk of injuries. A paste made with ¼ cup baking soda, 5 drops of Lemon oil, 10 drops of Basil oil and some dish washing liquid is strong enough to cut through the slick layers. Sponge the surfaces with this mixture, rinse and finish off with your multipurpose bathroom spray.   With these simple aromatherapy home recipes, your bathroom will always look and smell divine.

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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 13 2011 According to MediLexicon’s medical dictionary, dandruff is: The presence, in varying amounts, of white or gray scales in the hair of the scalp, due to excessive or normal branny exfoliation of the epidermis.  


  No one likes it when flakes of their scalp’s dead skin cells are on their shoulders. A couple of months ago my son was not happy, a dandruff problem was making a mess of his appearance and teenage life. The itching was so bad and he scratched so much that it was leaving scabs.

 What to do?!

You guessed it, I researched in my many books for a good dandruff recipe and put it to work. The itching became less and less until there was no more itching or scabs and his shoulders are now clean and free of all those nasty flakes. Not only that, his hair smells great!

What produces dandruff?

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are many causes of dandruff such as a yeast-like fungus, too much oil on the scalp, changes in your hormones; stress; illness; not shampooing often enough; and more. My knowledge and intuition of aromatherapy lead me to use a combination of essential oils that:
  • Stimulate the healing mechanism of the skin to prevent a further buildup of dandruff scales
  • Activate the skin metabolism
  • Have anti-fungal properties
  • Balance the sebum production of the hair glands
  • Relieve scalp itching
All of that can be achieved with my very famous Immune Support Essential Oil. I just combined it with some Peppermint essential oil and voilá! The healing process began almost immediately. I’m going to share with you how to make an anti-dandruff shampoo and hair tonic:

1)      Dandruff  Shampoo with Essential Oils

At your local health food store look for a Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) free shampoo, unscented is preferable. Add 40 drops of Immune Support Essential Oil and 20 drops of Peppermint essential oil  to an 8 oz bottle of natural, unscented shampoo. Shake well and use it as often as you wash your hair.

2)      Anti-Dandruff Hair Tonic with Essential Oils

12 oz boiled or distilled water 4 oz raw apple cider vinegar 20 drops Immune Support Essential Oil 10 drops Peppermint essential oil 20 drops Cedarwood Atlas essential Oil Combine and shake well. Using 1 teaspoon of this preparation massage scalp and leave it on the hair for at least 30 minutes. For better results leave this tonic on all night. This should be done the night before hair will be washed. You will notice the first symptoms, like itchiness and irritation, will go away after a couple of days, but I do recommend to use these preparations for a couple of months for a more lasting result. © 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.

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