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Jul 01 2015

Busting the detox myth
Everyone wants to be as healthy as possible, so if someone told you that applying essential oils directly to your skin would help flush out toxins, you’d probably try it, right? But what if someone told you that anything odd you experience — like a rash, itchiness, inflammation, or even outright pain — was just your body’s way of detoxifying? Would you believe it?

If you did, you’d be putting your skin at serious risk!

There’s a major myth that’s been going around the aromatherapy world for years. It’s called “Detox Theory”, and it says that any reaction you see on your skin is really your body’s way of purging toxins. This myth has led countless people to apply essential oils directly to their skin — and putting up with painful results — under the guise of becoming healthier.

What most people don’t know is that Detox Theory is proved wrong by science!

To help you make sense of it all, I’m sharing an article that summarizes evidence-based research. In order to truly detoxify your body, the essential oils would have to come into contact with your elimination systems. Simply rubbing them into your skin won’t work because your skin isn’t in charge of eliminating toxins and other waste from your body. In science-speak, detoxifying is an elimination process, while applying essential oils (or anything else) to your skin is an additive process. Because you’re dealing with two different processes, simply rubbing in some essential oils won’t purge all of the toxins floating around in your system!

(You can read the entire article HERE, and share it with your friends so that we can prevent as much unnecessary suffering as possible!)

Does this mean you shouldn’t apply essential oils to your skin at all?

No! The key, though, is to use them the right way. That means diluting them first. The rule of thumb among aromatherapy experts is to use a 2 % dilution rate — meaning that the essential oils themselves only make up 2 % of the liquid that you’re applying to your skin.

Here are a few easy ways to create that 2 % dilution rate:

– If you’re using 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, add 6 drops of essential oils to it

– If you’re using 1 ounce of carrier oil, add 12 drops of essential oils to it

– If you’re using 4 ounces of carrier oil, add 48 drops of essential oils to it

However, for pregnant women, elderly people, and children,  you want to dilute your essential oils even more — to a 1% dilution rate. You can create it by combining:

– 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and 3 drops of essential oils

– 1 ounce of carrier oil and 6 drops of essential oils

– 4 ounces of carrier oil and 24 drops of essential oils

The most important advice I can give you (other than these dilution recipes) is to act quickly. If you EVER develop a rash, itchiness, or some other kind of irritation, STOP! Each essential oil has its own natural chemical composition, meaning that any one of them can cause issues for certain skin types. So, be gentle and sparing. There really can be too much of a good thing!

The best way to keep your skin safe is to tap into the expert advice and high-quality essential oils at Aromandina. In this case, knowledge is power that your skin will thank you for!

Reference: Essential Oils and the “Detox” Theory

© 2015, 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.


 

Apr 01 2015 safety-use-essential-oils-aromandina
Aromatherapy can give you some big-time benefits, but only if you approach it the right way. Things like Facebook and Pinterest have given everyone a platform to share information — but, unfortunately, most people aren’t aromatherapy experts. That means they may be giving you advice that’s downright dangerous!

I’ve got formal aromatherapy training, and I’ve spent more than 15 years practicing as a certified aromatherapist. As a result, I know that some of the advice you see floating around out there can come with serious consequences.

Like what?

Take lemon oil as an example. You’ve probably seen people spouting off all the benefits of it, but if you add even just a few drops into your water glass and drink it on a daily basis, it can burn your mouth, esophagus, and digestive tract! Yes, essential oils are all-natural, but their chemical composition can be toxic if you don’t use them the right way.

So, what IS the right way to use essential oils?

If you want to make sure you’re using your essential oils safely, stick to these 5 rules:

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Sep 06 2012

People are always asking me if the products at Aromandina are “therapeutic grade”. I’m proud to say that they’re NOT. Huh? Why would I brag about that?!
Because that “therapeutic grade” label isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Here’s why:

1. There’s no official definition of “therapeutic”

There is no central aromatherapy organization that sits down and decides what makes up a “therapeutic grade” product.
There is no set of characteristics that defines something as “therapeutic”. Manufacturers don’t have to meet any standards or pass any tests to get their essential oils deemed “therapeutic”. It is a brilliant marketing term, but that’s it. Just because you see it listed somewhere doesn’t mean that the product is any better.

2. Aromatherapy products aren’t regulated by anyone

Since essential oils aren’t ingested or used in any kind of food for flavoring, they’re not regulated by the FDA. As a result, any supplier can claim that their products have a “therapeutic” benefit — without having to answer to anyone for it.

3. It’s becoming a scary trend

Because aromatherapy does so many great things for so many people, certain vendors are trying to up the ante by calling their products “therapeutic”. The term “therapeutic” has turned into a marketing ploy. For people who sell legitimate aromatherapy products, labels like these simply aren’t necessary.

So what is my take on this?

After reading my blog articles, you may have realized that aromatherapy is my passion, therefore my interest in providing Genuine, Aromatherapy Grade Essential Oils. I’m not just interested in selling products.  Instead, I personally live and breathe aromatherapy every day of my life.  It’s had an amazing effect on myself, my family and hundreds of satisfied clients! Personally, I believe in living an organic, sustainable life — and that belief extends into my aromatherapy. Because I work directly with small suppliers who share my concern for  providing only aromatherapy grade essential oils  from organic and wild-grown plants, I know where all of my essential oils come from.  As a result, I know that they meet my organic and sustainable needs. As far as I’m concerned, all of that makes the products here at Aromandina “therapeutic”, but you won’t catch me using that word!  Instead, I let my products do the talking! Want to learn more about the “therapeutic” trend?
For further articles on this issue go to: http://www.aromamedical.org/articlesarchive.html


© 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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