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Jun 09 2010 Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn have offered me the great opportunity to meet wonderful people. Through Twitter I met Dina an experienced aromatherapist, a WAHM, and co- founder of Family Reviews who firmly believe “when mama’s happy everyone is happy!”. She was very generous to review my Aromandina Products.  I invite you to read this review and to visit her page, it’s loaded with fantastic information to keep us mamas sane! Family Sanity Reviews “One of the things I love most about blogging is having the chance to work with amazing companies, the women that own them, and getting a chance to review the products. I met Cristina Proano-Carrion founder and owner of Aromandina on Twitter. Cristina is a highly trained aromatherapist and has brought the unique plants of Ecuador into her wonderful blends of essential oils. I highly encourage you to go to her website and read her blog where she provides a lot of education on aromatic medicine and will be hosting some upcoming webinars. Cristina graciously sent me 9 essential oil samples to test and review. When I received the package in the mail I could smell the aromatics before I even opened the box which told me immediately they were of a very high quality. Because several blends contain plants I have not worked with before I was thrilled that I would be testing something unique and powerful. Cristina has created products call the 7 Solutions Sets, each of the seven serve a different healing purpose and each set has different products containing the blends. Because I am an experienced aromatherapist she sent me the pure essential oils not the final products such as bath salts or massage oils blended for immediate use on the body. I will talk of my experience with the blends but I encourage readers to buy her end result products if you are not familiar with mixing the correct amounts of essential oils. Respiro Set- For respiratory and immune issues. The guinea pigs had the opportunity to try the Allergy Calm and the Immune Support. I am fortunate enough to not have allergies but my husband does, we blend it with a carrier oil and he massages it into his chest and back as well as his feet. If he feels an attack coming on he inhales it. He has not taken allergy medicine since he began using it. My son was showing the signs of a cold and cough, we started to massage in the Immune Support at the first sign and it was gone after a day. We have also been diffusing it in the air and putting some on our hands after being out in public. I got to use the Sereno Sleep Time Oil, I normally have no problem sleeping but leading up to my dance performance I was constantly going over the routine in my head and could not fall asleep. I massaged some into my feet and my head and I was sent to never-never land. Cristina sent me two oils from the Exulto set, the first Alegria is designed to uplift, help with depression and grief. While I am not depressed it is very uplifting and the scent of May Chang (part of the blend) is so unique. I diffuse this one in my home and in the car and everyone is happy! The second Fiesta makes you the life of the party and helps with sluggishness which for me always sets into my system in mid-afternoon. My son is a morning kid and by 2 pm I am ready for a nap before the evening activities begin. But like most moms I rarely make the time for it. Fiesta diffused in the house for about an hour between 1-2 really helps me get over that hump. This may be my favorite of all the oils. She also sent me Vigor Energia which is also an energizing blend but specific to mental fatigue and adrenal fatigue so I used this on as a massage oil on the adrenal points on the feet. The adrenals become fatigued when we are under high amounts of stress and feel our adrenaline pumping. During the time of rehearsals and performances I was feeling this kind of fatigue. I highly encourage my readers to check out these products and Cristina’s blog. I also had the opportunity to interview her: 1. How were you introduced to aromatherapy and what about it stirred a passion in you? I was a travel agent in Ecuador, I met someone who was distributing Australian essential oils in Colombia. When I smell them they transformed me, I asked her if I could sell those oils in Ecuador and I placed my first order. Little did I know that was going to change my life. Once I had the oils I bought tons of books and started to study and to put in practice what I was studying and the oils never disappointed me. Maybe what stirred my passion was the day after 4 years of trying to get pregnant my husband and I have given up, but we started to give each other massages with a blend of oils that I created to balance the hormonal system and help our bodies come back to balance. The result: I got pregnant of Juan Martin, he is 13 now and is my “aromatic” boy, I have never used antibiotics, he doesn’t remember his last fever and is a happy boy surrounded by the oils. 2. What inspires you to come up with a new blend? Do you have a lot of trial and error before it is a final product? I have a big library of aromatherapy books and I read them daily, morning and evening, there’s always so much to learn. So books inspire me to try new things, but I first think about the blend in my head, I know already the outcome and very seldom I have to do an adjustment. It’s a little difficult to explain, I let the oils talk to me. 3. Do you visit Ecuador frequently…and is there always something new to learn from what the plants there have to offer? Have you ever had a profound moment when you knew you had to explore a native plant in more detail and incorporate it into your work? Unfortunately when I go home it’s for such a short time that all I want to do is be with my parents, I miss them a lot, so I don’t have much time to do research. There’s a lot of wisdom there related to medicinal plants (not aromatic plants) that are used for so many things. My doctor in Ecuador is an expert and he prescribes herbs, not extracts, not bottled and processed herbs, but the actual herb that is carefully dried by him. It’s such an experience! 4. How do you balance the art of aromatics and creating a new blend with the business of manufacturing? Right now I’m mostly dedicated to manufacturing and writing articles on my blog. I create new things for myself and if I like the effects and how it smells I keep that record for future uses, but the bulk of my creation is in the 7 Solutions Line 5. Do you have any career advice for an aspiring Aromatherapist? Aromatherapy is about practicing with you and your “guinea pigs”, get to know your oils by using them consistently, do you have a headache? Try lavender, peppermint, rosemary. Do you have menstrual cramps? Do some warm compresses with geranium, clary sage, and fennel. 6. What is on the horizon for Aromandina? Every day I have new projects, I can’t stop thinking and creating, right now I have started an online aromatherapy certification for the Spanish speaking people around the world, there’s a need in that area and I’m very pleased with the response I’ve had so far. Disclosure: My experience with the oils is mine, this is not meant to diagnose or treat. consult your aromatherapist, herbalist or doctor before using essential oils. If you are pregnant please refer to Aromandina’s Pregnancy page. I was not paid for these review but did receive complementary samples. In addition, I became  a proud affiliate of Aromandina after experiencing the oils.”
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.
Mar 16 2010 Eucalyptus is one of the more widely recognized essential oils. Perhaps it is best known as a decongestant inhalation for colds and respiratory congestion but is also useful in many more ways. Thirteen different species were introduced in Ecuador in 1865, and have been used for their multiple medicinal properties since then. Eucalyptus grows well and abundantly in Ecuador because of the unique climate. Eucalyptus is cooling, refreshing and energizing. Traditional folk medicine has used its cooling effect to ease feverish conditions. Breathe in Eucalyptus deeply and feel your chest open, your posture become more erect and experience the ease of seeing things from a different perspective. “My grandfather used to have a huge property where he planted hundreds of Eucalyptus trees. We used to run through the woods and liked to  hold the eucalyptus leaves in our hands and breathe deeply. We always cut big branches of Eucalyptus and put them under our beds to protect us from catching a cold. This was specifically useful during the cold weather. (Yes, Ecuador has cold weather in the mountains).  If we were sick, my mom would put the Eucalyptus leaves directly on our chests and backs and covered with a warm sweater before going to sleep, the next day we always felt a lot better. At Aromandina, we import the Eucalyptus essential oil that is produced in small batches from communities in Ecuador, the scent, the purity always brings me back to my childhood and now I can help many people with Eucalyptus healing properties.” Benefits: Eucalyptus is an immune stimulant which assists people who are tired, run down and/or prone to frequent colds.  Aromatherapy for Immune System. Aromatherapy for Colds and Flu. ENJOY ECUADOREAN EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL IN THE FOLLOWING AROMANDINA PRODUCTS: RESPIRO Immune Support Essential Oil RESPIRO Andean Bath Soak EXULTO Fiesta Essential Oil
© 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.
Jan 24 2010 It’s a cold day here in North Georgia and I’m craving my mom’s yummy Quinoa Soup.  I remember that soup was one of my favorites specially during cold days. This soup is  a staple food of the “sierra”, the high mountain areas in Ecuador.  According to author Sally Fallon, “Quinoa contains 16 to 20 percent protein and is high in cystine, lysine and methione-amino acids that tend to be low in other grains. It contains iron, calcium and phosphorus, B vitamins and vitamin E.” I’m delighted to share with you this traditional homemade soup. Soak Quinoa for around 8 hours or rinse it several times to remove bitter flavor Ingredients 1 Tablespoon minced garlic 1/3 teaspoon ground cumin 1 tomato finely chopped 1 green pepper, finely chopped 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped 1 red onion, finely chopped 2 Tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon ground annatto (available at Latin American markets) (optional) 1 cup of Quinoa 4 cups water or organic chicken stock 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 1 cup crumbled cheese (look for Queso Fresco at the Ethnic area in your supermarket) 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro First prepare the Refrito (Ray-fee-toe): Sauté in butter garlic, cumin, tomato, green pepper, onions and annatto for around 5 minutes. Add quinoa and water or stock; cover and boil for 15 minutes.  Add potatoes and salt and simmer uncovered for around 20 minutes more or until potatoes are soft. Before serving stir in cheese and cilantro. Buen Provecho!     Related Articles Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie with Ginger Essential Oil Iced Tea with Ginger Essential Oil Love-ly Chocolate Lavender Truffles Decadent Chocolate-Rose Mousse  
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