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Sep 13 2012 Being a teenager is tough.  Between dating, driving, and the pressures of school, today’s teenagers have a lot on their minds!  When you throw in all of the physical changes they’re going through — like growth spurts, acne, and the fact that the teenage brain isn’t even fully-developed yet — it’s a lot to deal with! If you’re looking for a way to help your teenager handle all of it in stride,  look no further than aromatherapy. I know just how effective aromatherapy can be in a teenager’s life.  I’ve got a 15 year-old son who sees all kinds of benefits from it! Of course, Juan-Martin is a lot more stubborn about trying new essential oils than he was a few years ago.  But, that’s to be expected.  After all, teenagers know everything — just ask them. Teenage stubbornness aside, even Juan Martin can’t ignore the perks he gets from aromatherapy.  Here’s how your teen can benefit, too:

If your teenager can’t seem to stay healthy:

My son always gets a cold a couple of weeks after school starts.  You can practically set your watch by it!  No matter how many Vitamins and Probiotics he loads up on to try to prevent it, it always shows up. Here’s what I do to make sure he’s all better in less than a week: –          When he gets in the shower, I give him a washcloth that’s got five drops of Eucalyptus essential oil on it.  I tell him to put the washcloth on his chest, allow the heat of the shower to release the vapors, take a few deep breaths, and relax.  Then, when his shower is over, I tell him to use that same washcloth to rub his body — especially on his arms and legs — with all of the motion going towards his heart.  That helps his circulation and lymph movement and gives his immune system a boost. –          Before he goes to bed, I grab a vaporizer, put 10 drops of Immune Support Essential Oil in it, and put it in his room. Immune Support Oil has Tea Tree, Ravensara, Niaouli, Lavender and Pine essential oils.

If your teenager can use a brain boost:

Aromatherapy can do a whole lot more for teenagers than just help them heal.  In fact, Juan-Martin uses it to help stay focused! After all, look at what teenagers have to distract them these days — everything from smartphones, to text messages, to video games.  It’s a wonder any of them can focus long enough to get good grades! So, when it comes time for Juan Martin to study, I give him a paper towel with two drops of Memoria Essential Oil Blend on it.  Because he’s stubborn and won’t always take the time to sniff it in while he works, I double-team him with an aromatherapy burner that’s got three drops of the same aromatherapy blend in it.  He likes the scent, so he doesn’t complain. On test days, I send him to school with another Memoria paper towel.  I tell him to sniff it while he’s taking his test, but, of course, he doesn’t!  (After all, “that’s awkward, Mom!”)  Instead, I settle for having him sniff it during breakfast. Memoria blend is made of Peppermint, Rosemary, Cardamom and Spearmint essential oils. Why am I so insistent about this? Our olfactory memory is much stronger than our visual or audio memories are.  By smelling the same scent during the test (or right before) as when he was studying, it’s like flipping a switch — he’ll be able to remember what he was studying the last time he smelled it!

If you’d like to strengthen your relationship with your teenager:

Aromatherapy has been a great way for my son and I to connect emotionally.  You know how it is when you try to talk to teenagers… “How was school?” “Fine.” “Do you have a lot of homework?” “Kinda.” “Do you have any plans for the weekend?” “Sorta.” That’s why, at least once a week, I’ll sit down with Juan-Martin while he’s watching TV.  Since he still loves the foot massages I gave him as a little kid, he’ll let me rub his feet.  In order to make the most out it, I use a blend of Lavender, Marjoram, Mandarin, and Palo Santo — calming oils that will help him sleep better.  When you combine them with Mom’s soothing massage, it’s the perfect way to release pain, anger, joy, and any other emotions that never come out during our normal conversations! During our foot massages, I learn all about his current challenges and the good things he has experienced recently.  It’s a great emotional health boost for both of us!

If your teenager is battling physical pain:

Aromatherapy can help more than your teenager’s emotional pain.  It can also help him fight through physical pain. If you’re the parent of a teenage athlete (Juan Martin loves tennis!), you know how much muscle tension can pop up.  Sometimes, Juan-Martin crashes down on my bed and asks for help! In order to give him some much-needed relief, I massage his legs, calves, and back with my Pain Begone Body Oil, made of  Birch, Lavender, and Peppermint.  It helps soothe his muscles, and it gives me another chance to show him just how much I love him! Even though they may “know it all”, a teenager’s life can be awfully tough sometimes.  If you want to make things a little bit easier, you can’t go wrong with aromatherapy.  Your teenager may not always thank you for it, but it’s a great way to give him some support! © 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.  
May 14 2012

Books on Emotional Aspects of Aromatherapy

Our sense of smell is deeply linked to our moods, emotions and feelings. To be able to use fragrances in the management of psychological ailments resulting from stress, hormonal changes and chemical imbalances, you need to be thorough with the effect of essential oils on our minds.

Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils

I took a class with Gabriel Mojay in 2002, bought his book, and ever since, I have been using it as a reference, almost every day! Gabriel Mojay combines his great knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine with Aromatherapy and helps you understand the underlying causes of several physical and mental ailments. He gives an elaborate description of each essential oil, including its origin, botanical properties, history and its application in aromatherapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He also describes in detail a long list of psychological ailments and the “5 Element Theory” to help you formulate an integrative approach towards managing the same. I have recommended recipes from this book to many of my clients who have been battling depression, anxiety and stress, and I found that the strength of essential oil blends increases manifold when combined with acupressure and traditional massage techniques. Even if you are a stranger to Oriental medicine, you will find it quite reader-friendly owing to the high quality illustrations on massage and acupuncture.

The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood and Emotion 

This is another one of my all-time favorites from Valerie Ann Worwood. I have used this book so many times that it is already falling apart. If you want to understand the complex and intricate relationship smells and our mind, this book covers it from end to end. From addiction and anxiety to poor concentration and depression, Valerie explains how specific oils and blends work at a molecular level to change moods, improve self-esteem and bring happiness, harmony and peace into our lives. Every tip and recipe will bring you closer to a more positive frame of mind. The most interesting part of this book, however, is that helps you evaluate your particular personality type and find oils/blends that are best suited for you!

Vibrational Healing: Revealing the Essence of Nature through Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

This is an amazing resource for those who wish to complement their knowledge of aromatherapy with spiritual healing techniques such as Reiki, Reflexology and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Deborah Eidson, who is an experienced massage therapist, delves deep into the energetic properties of essential oils, and how they can be used to clear blockages, balance the chakras and regularize the flow of vital energy. I found her discussions on the spiritual powers of plants quite enchanting and she presents a convincing argument on how botanical extracts can be used for spiritual and organ healing as well as personal growth. I must say that this book has given me a fresh perspective on aromatherapy and has enabled me to help many clients who had deep-seated emotional issues or past traumas that were impinging onto their health and wellbeing.

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Quick Reference Aromatherapy Books – Book Review Part 1 © 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.
Aug 17 2011

The useful properties of Palo Santo essential oil are undoubtedly of interest to everyone. For those that have sensitive noses though, my experience says that less is more with Palo Santo.
It works amazingly well in combinations and blends nicely with citrus, woody and even leafy scents.
The therapeutic uses of Palo Santo essential oil can be helpful to those seeking physical as well as emotional solutions.
Its strong rooted and grounded nature makes it very useful for those looking to take charge of their lives.
Also, for those in search of spiritual awakening, its calming scent keeps the mind free of worldly worries and helps one get in touch with the inner self.
On the physical front, Palo Santo has very strong anti-inflammatory properties and because of its high limonene content, it may even help in preventing cancers. [1]


Grounding Blend

Use when you tend to be distracted and need to put your feet on the ground and be more practical.

In a 1 oz bottle of Jojoba oil add the following essential oils:

5 drops Cedarwood Atlas 
4 drops Palo Santo
1 drop Patchouli
5 drops of Bergamot   (to give it a fresh tone)  Stir well.

At night, before bed, apply a couple of drops to the palm of your hands.   Rub your hands and close your eyes.   Take a deep breath and visualize the feeling of being rooted and nourished by the earth.  Experience the feeling of being stable, supported and strong.   Then open your eyes, put some more oil on your fingertips and massage your lower back and soles of your feet.

Spiritual Blend

This aromatherapy blend will help you meditate and feel more detached from worldly thoughts.

In a 1 oz bottle of Jojoba oil add the following essential oils:

3 drops Palo Santo
6 drops Lavender
6 drops Frankincense  Stir well. 

Close your eyes and apply a couple of drops to the palm of your hands. Rub your hands and close your eyes, take a several breaths.  As you breathe in, feel the scent of this blend lifting up your spirit, separating you from the worries of the day into a calm space

Use it as many times as you need to relax and reconnect with your higher consciousness.

Anti – Stress  and Anti- Anxiety Blend

Palo Santo
’s calming and soothing qualities make it a great ingredient for a sleep-well bath.

In ¼ cup of Epson salts mix the following essential oils:

4 drops of Palo Santo
4 drops of Lavender
2 drops of Mandarin

Add this preparation to your bath water. While soaking in the water visualize that all your troubles and worries of the day are flowing down the drain. 
Allow the calming qualities of Palo Santo to provide strength and wisdom, and the assurance that tomorrow will be a better day.


Pain Relief
The combination of Palo Santo with German Chamomile is very effective for all sorts of inflammations and with arthritis pain.

In a 1 oz bottle of Jojoba oil add the following essential oils:

5 drops of Palo Santo
5 drops of Blue Chamomile
5 drops of Grapefruit

Apply topically on the affected area, as many times as you need to.

References: [1] Cancer chemoprevention and therapy by monoterpenes.  Inhibition of protein prenylation by metabolites of limonene.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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