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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.
 
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
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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!

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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.
Dec 14 2011
If you are looking to give something personal and customized, there’s nothing better and easier than creating a ‘Customized Aromatherapy Body Oil’.

I received an email from a woman that participated in an Aromatherapy Workshop I gave a while back, who became a good friend of mine. As part of the workshop, I gave each participant a personal blend of Essential Oils. Here is an excerpt of the email.

Hi Cristina, Do you remember the Aromatherapy workshop you gave …? You made a ‘Personal Essential Oil Blend’ for each participant …I use (mine) all the time, especially when I need to get centered …It seems to fit who I really am.  I want to give ‘Personal Essential Oil Blends’, like the ones you gave us in the workshop, as gifts this year. Do you have any tips on how to choose a ‘Personal Blend’ for loved ones?

I thought my answer to this would be useful to everyone, especially as the Holiday Season is right around the corner.

So here is a step by step guide to create a ‘Personalized Aromatherapy Body Oil’.

1. Spend some quiet time just thinking about the person you are making the ‘Personal Blend’ for and set the intention to make them the perfect scent that is special to them.

2. After you have done that think about what part of the plant they remind you of? Not just how they look, but deep inside.

  • Are they beautiful like a flower? Then choose feminine flowery essential oils like ROSE, JASMINE, GERANIUM, or YLANG YLANG to enhance their beauty, calm them when they are stressed and raise their self esteem.

  • Are they grounded like a root or a tree? Then choose essential oils from roots and trees like PALO SANTO, CEDARWOOD or GINGER to provide stability, help them to be grounded and help them achieve their goals for the New Year.

  • Are they clean and fresh like everlasting conifers? Then choose PINE, FIR, SPRUCE or ROSEMARY essential oils to help them be healthy, focused and full of energy.

  • Or are they more sweet and fresh like citrus fruit? Any citrus fruit will do the trick in providing a fresh, relaxing and invigorating scent. You can choose SWEET ORANGE, LEMON or GRAPEFRUIT.
3. Once you choose the part of the plant they remind you of, think about the positive physical and emotional benefits that those essential oils provide.

4. People are very complex, they won’t fit in just one category, so feel free to mix and match.

5. I have found that usually a blend will have between 3 – 5 essential oils. One will stand out as dominant and there will be 2 – 4 essential oils as complementing aspects. Follow steps 2 and 3 to choose the complementing essential oils.

6. Hold the essential oils you have chosen in your hands, or if you don’t have the essential oils yet, write each one you choose on a separate piece of paper and put them in front of you.
Continue thinking about your Loved-One with the intention of giving them the perfect blend that is special to them. As you do this, you might put one of the essential oils back or think of another one. When you feel finished and complete you are done.

7. Put a total of 60 drops of essential oil in our 4 oz Carrier Oil Bottle. Use your intuition and sense of smell to get that perfect ratio of your chosen essential oils. A useful hint: citrus oils always add sweetness to a blend that can otherwise feel too strong or unappealing.

8. Lastly, hold the finished ‘Customized Essential Oil Blend’ in your hand and write your Loved-One a note about how you choose this blend especially for them. This is sure to be a memorable and special gift they will cherish.

Click here to see a list of the different single note Essential Oils you can use to make your special blends. Please let us know your stories and experiences about blending. All our readers will thank you.

© 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.
Nov 11 2011 Essential Oils: Learn how and when to apply on the skin.

Did you know that “the majority of essential oils and their components pass through the skin and the organism and can be detected in exhaled air within 20-60 minutes?” Price (2007)One of the most effective ways essential oils get into the body is through application on the skin:

Here are some ideas for you:

Compresses
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This is my favorite method of application for acute pain.
I prefer to do alternate compresses, first a hot one, then a very cold one.
As evaporation is reduced, absorption of essential oils may be increased.

With 2 empty bowls:

•  Add a teaspoon of regular salt to each
•  Add a total 6 drops of the essential oil of choice to each bowl
•  Fill one with warm water
•  Fill the other with iced cold water

Use one small towel for each bowl and alternate compresses onto the painful area.


For menstrual cramps use RADIARE Essential Oil Blend, or blend Clary Sage, with Geranium.

For migraines and headaches use MEMORIA Essential Oil Blend, or just Lavender and Peppermint essential oils.

For muscle cramps and strains use Blue Chamomile and Ginger essential oils.

For dyspepsia and digestive cramps use CLARO Essential Oil Blend or Peppermint and Lemon essential oils.

In the Shower

aromatherapy in the shower
This method has both a physical and emotional positive effect and allows you to use your oils on a daily basis to achieve the best results.

1) Put 3 to 5 drops of the essential oil on a washcloth.

2) While showering, place the washcloth on your chest and allow the heat of the shower to release the vapors of the essential oil.

To wake you up and get alert for your day use Energia Essential Oil Blend, or Rosemary, and Spruce essential oils.

To open your sinuses and to help you breathe better use Immune Support Essential Oil Blend or Eucalyptus essential oil.

At night, for a great restful sleep, use Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend, or Lavender combined with Mandarin.

In the Bath

aromatherapy in the bath


This valuable method involves water and inhalation.

This is one of the most important and effective forms of treatment in aromatherapy!

First, fill a bath with warm water, then add ¼ cup of Andean Bath Soak.

To help you restore and replenish during the cold and flu season use RESPIRO Bath Soak, created with antiseptic, antibacterial essential oils.

To help your muscles relax after a stressful day use ALIVIO Bath Soak, created with analgesic essential oils.

To help  uplift up your mind and heart use EXULTO Bath Soak created with happy, euphoric essential oils.

To help you sleep better use SERENO Bath Soak, created with sedative, calming essential oils.

As the perfect prelude to your date use ROMANCE Bath Soak, created with sensual, exotic essential oils.

To create your own bath salts, mix a total of 10 drops of essential oil with ½ cup of unscented salt and add it to the bath water.

Remember that skin penetration in the bath is increased by 100 times so the following essential oils should be avoided: basil, cinnamon, fennel, orange, peppermint and the essential oil blends: Memoria and Claro, as they may be irritating to the skin.


Massage with Essential Oils
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For this method, essential oils should be diluted in a Carrier oil, or vegetable oil base.
The carrier oil in our Aromandina products is a combination of fractionated coconut oil, golden jojoba and Tamanu oil and we have different Body Oils for different problems and conditions.


For acute or chronic pain, apply Pain Begone Body Oil liberally onto the painful areas.

For varicose veins apply Circulation Body Oil very gently, locally to varicose areas with light strokes in an upward direction.

To help relax the muscles before bed apply Sleep Time Body Oil behind your neck, on the soles of your feet, and on your solar plexus.

To break down unwanted fat in tissue and release retained water apply Detoxing Body Oil on the areas you need to lose weight.  Apply twice a day for better results.

To increase your energy levels during the day and support your adrenal glands apply Adrenal Support Body Oil every morning focusing on kidney area.

To relive menstrual cramps and provide a feeling of well-being to any feminine imbalance apply Woman’s Help Body Oil on your womb and lower back area.

If you prefer to create your own body oils, add a total of 60 drops of your preferred essential oils to a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil, be creative!

© 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.
Oct 31 2011 So, you bought an essential oil and you don’t know what to do with it? I hear you. There are many ways to take the best advantage of the benefits of essential oils. Here are some simple tips for you:

How to use essential oils:

Two main ways essential oils work are by inhalation and absorption through the skin. Though some authors say that inhalation is the only method that truly deserves the name aromatherapy, topical application is also very effective.

What method of application to use?

Well that depends on the problem needing help. I am going to show you how to choose:

Methods of Inhalation

For treatment of emotional problems such as stress, depression, and anxiety, inhalation is the quickest and most effective. Did you know that your nose has direct contact with the brain?
“In the nose the endothelium is thin and the site is close to the brain molecules, therefore it must be assumed that essential oil molecules reach the local circulation and the brain fairly easily and quickly.”(Le Price 2007)
The inhalation method of application is also useful for respiratory conditions such as colds, the  flu, and congested sinuses.

Using a Tissue:

Put 3 to 4 drops of your essential oil or essential oil blend on a firm tissue such as a paper towel (it holds the aroma longer than facial tissue or handkerchief) breathe deeply two or three times.  You can keep the tissue inside your shirt or blouse to get continued benefits.  

Using an Aromatherapy Burner – diffuser:

Fill the bowl with water and add 5-15 drops of the Essential Oil or Essential Oil Blend light candle and enjoy. Not only will you benefit from the positive emotional effects of this method of application, but so will all of those in the room where you have the oils diffusing. As I always say, is not so much the container as what is inside of it, any ceramic diffuser will help transform the atmosphere for all in the room. Essential oil blends that are wonderful for use during the day are any of the blends in the EXULTO line: Alegria, Fiesta, and Citrus Delight also great to uplift are Clary Sage, Litsea Cubeba, Cardamom,  Bergamot, or Ginger essential oils.

Using a Pillow:

Add 2 drops of your essential oil blend to a tissue or a cotton pad and tuck it under your pillow case. This is a great method to help you sleep better or if your nose is congested.  For a better night’s rest try Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend, Lavender, Mandarin, or Sandalwood essential oils. To relieve congestion use Immune Support Essential Oil Blend , Eucalyptus, Pine, or Tea Tree essential oils.

Steam Inhalation:

Add about 3 drops of essential oil to a bowl of warm water and inhale for around 10 minutes to ease blocked sinuses, chest complaints and colds. Close eyes and cover head with towel. Care should be taken to ensure not to burn with water or steam. Not to be used by asthma or allergy sufferers. For frequent allergies and chronic sinus congestion use Allergy Calm Blend, Lavender or Niaouli. Reference: Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Shirley and Len Price Up next:  Topical Applications of Essential Oils   For more information on © 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
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