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Jul 06 2011

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I am a big fan of using essential oils in the shower and I know you are going to enjoy this method of application as much as I do because it is:

  • Effective

  • Safe

  • Practical

  • Pleasant

All you need is the essential oil or essential oil blend of your choice and a clean washcloth.  

Here is how you use essential oils in the shower and derive the maximum benefits:

  1. Before you get into the shower, think about the therapeutic properties and positive effects of the essential oil that you are going to use.
  2. Put 3 to 5 drops of the essential oil on the washcloth.
  3. While showering, place the washcloth on your chest and allow the heat of the shower to release the vapors of the essential oil.
  4. Breathe deeply, relax your mind and visualize the wonderful changes that the essential oils are bringing about in your mind and body.
  5. Once you turn the shower off, use the same washcloth to rub your body, specially arms and legs, with movements pointing towards the heart. This  helps stimulate circulation, lymph movement and your immune system

Which essential oils to choose?

  • For sinus congestion or blocked respiratory passages:

Eucalyptus Radiata, Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica), Pine (Pinus silvestris), Cypress (cupresus sempervirens), IMMUNE SUPPORT Essential Oil Blend

  • To wake up, clear a foggy brain and buckle up for the day. Essential oils for energy:

Spearmint (Mentha spicata), Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinale)

  • To start the day with energy and stimulate the adrenal glands:

Black Spruce (Picea mariana) , Rosemary(Rosmarinus officinale), Pine (Pinus silvestris), VIGOR Energia Essential Oil Blend

  • To have a happy, fun day filled with positivity and enthusiasm. Essential Oils for Depression and Anxiety:

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Lemon (Citrus limon), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisii), ALEGRIA Essential Oil Blend

  • To help you relax at bedtime and have a restful sleep. Essential Oils for Stress and Insomnia:

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Marjoram (Origanum marjorana), Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Frankincense (Boswelia carterii), SERENO SLEEP TIME Essential Oil Blend  

© 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.
 
Jun 09 2011

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Fatigued? Sick all the time? Low sex drive? Maybe you have to take a look at your adrenal glands.

What are The Adrenal Glands?

The adrenal glands are two walnut-sized lumps that sit atop the kidneys. Their foremost function is to help you deal with stress in all its varied forms—from the slight to the extreme. The adrenal glands have close to 50 other functions, including metabolism, the sodium/potassium balance, blood sugar levels, and aiding in the production of sex hormones.  

The Fight or Flight Response

When stress hits the adrenal glands jump into action by putting you into fight-or-flight mode. The glands release adrenaline to increase your heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and secrete other hormones that instruct your digestive system and other “non-vital” systems to temporarily stop functioning.
By directing all available blood flow to your muscles at the same time, your body prepares itself to either attack (fight) or to run away from (flee) the perceived threat or challenge.

The fight-or-flight response is normal and healthy, but it becomes damaging when we react to every minor situation in a state of tremendous stress. In the fast-paced lives we lead today, just getting to work on time can be stressful; not to mention the dozens of other tasks that need we need to complete.
Problems arise if  throughout the day the adrenal glands are kept constantly stimulated. A person with overworked adrenal glands is constantly fatigued, has low sex drive, frequently catches colds and infections, is easily depressed and has trouble sleeping.

How Can Aromatherapy Help the Adrenal Glands?

There are compounds in some volatile oils that have a structural similarity to natural human hormones, and these promote efficient endocrine gland activity by natural means. For instance, the compounds found in Pine, Spruce and Rosemary oils are like cortisone. It is said that they stimulate the cortex of the adrenal glands or they mimic the action of cortisone in so far as they have a modulating effect on the activity of the adrenal cortex. [1]

Here are some strategies that you could use to integrate aromatherapy in your daily routine to help both physically and emotionally.
  • During the day, add 2 drops to a tissue with a calming essential oil, and breathe deeply, all the while visualizing a calm, positive scene. Experiment with essential oils of Clary Sage, Bergamot Litsea Cubeba and Citrus Delight
  • In the morning, start off your day with the magic of essential oils. Begin in the shower, by massaging the center of your back, where the kidneys are located. Rub the area with a washcloth to which two drops of Rosemary and Spruce oils have been added. These oils mimic adrenal hormones and, in stimulating the adrenal cortex, send a current of energy all through your body. You can also use ENERGIA Essential Oil.
  • After your shower, massage the same area with a ½ teaspoon of  carrier oil and a couple of drops of Pine, Spruce, Rosemary, essential oils. or 1/2 teaspoon of Adrenal Support Body Oil.   Feel your hands instilling restoration and balance with each loving stroke. As you massage, thank the energies of the oils for all the help they provide you.
  • In the evening,  there’s nothing better to calm and soothe than a warm bath with essential oils. Great oils to relax in the evenings are Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, and Rose. If you prefer showers, soak a washcloth a few drops of essential oil and let the hot water run through the washcloth, and inhale and soak in the fragrant steam as you unwind.
[1] Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Shirley Price, Len Price, page 117
© 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC – aromatherapy blog
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 2011

My little sister gave birth this week to a beautiful boy and I’m very excited.  I remember how aromatherapy made the birth of my son so magical  and how essential oils helped at every step of the way.

Since I wanted my sister’s birthing experience to be as pleasant and memorable as mine, I prepared an aromatherapy package with the basic essential oils that helped her in her journey.

Perineum:
In a 4 oz bottle  of golden jojoba oil, I have added 20 drops of Rose Maroc. I have asked her to rub a little oil along the perineum to encourage elasticity in the area and prevent tearing during childbirth.

Contractions: Once the contractions started, my sister’s husband and I took turns to give her a massage on her lower back with LABOR Blend.
The oils in this blend helped with the pain and aided the uterus in doing its job.  These essential oils also promote circulation, calm the central nervous system and alleviate anxiety.  Not only is this blend a uterine tonic that facilitates birth, it has a contractive effect, which pulls together dilated tissues, and thus is very beneficial in bringing the uterus back to its original shape after birth as well.

A lower back massage given by a her husband,  provided reassurance, renewed her energy and helped her move gracefully through the different stages of childbirth.

Anxiety:
To the pre-formulated essential oil blend called RADIARE I added 10 drops of rose essential oil for its feminine and uplifting effect.  This essential oil blend helped her maintain a positive mood during the whole process, and helped ease anxiety and nervousness.  She put a couple of drops on a tissue and breathed deeply from it.  After birth, this blend of essential oils is an excellent remedy to prevent depression and to boost self-esteem.

The delivery room:
Although hospitals may not allow a  candle diffuser, I have asked my sister to carry an electric diffuser in her hospital kit to welcome her baby with her favorite scents .Bergamot, lemon and grapefruit, which are all combined in the Citrus Delight essential oil,  provide a fresh, welcoming atmosphere, not only for the mother and the baby, but also to the husband and the doctors.

Focus:
The Alerta body mist kept my sister and her husband focused. This spray can be used as often as needed to help open the chest, breathe better and refresh her sweaty skin.

POSTNATAL CARE Breast Care:  In order to avoid cracked nipples and to prevent any type of inflammation, I have suggested my sister to  use the same Labor Blend.  This will have to be massaged thoroughly over the whole nipple and aureola area twice a day and washed off before breastfeeding.

Baby Massage: 
Massage can be very rewarding as it strengthens the parental bond, increases circulation and is said to help fortify the immune system.  A back massage is very beneficial to enable the baby to feel relaxed and comforted.
To a 4 oz bottle of jojoba oil I have added a mild and safe dilution of 5 drops of lavender and 3 of mandarin.
By personal experience, I know this will help the baby sleep well and will strengthen his immune system from the very beginning. She would start using this oil after the baby is two months old.

Baby’s room:  The electric diffuser is perfect and safe for a baby’s room.  I chose Sleep Time essential oil that combines the calming qualities of lavender, mandarin, sandalwood and palo santo.  Essential oils diffused in the room can keep germs at bay, along with all the emotional effects these essential oils have.
© AROMANDINA 2011 – All rights reserved –  aromatherapy blog 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.
   
Feb 21 2011
“Amatherapy without massage is like an orchestra without a conductor” ~ Robert Tisserand
There is no denying that human touch has a distinctive “feel good” factor attached to it. Whether it is a gentle caress of a mother to comfort a crying child or the reassuring hug of a friend in difficult times, the warmth of another human body sends positive signals throughout our body and to our brains. Since aromatherapy is all about mind-body balance and holistic healing, it is quite natural that touch should have a large role to play in it. My fascination with the sense of touch started when many years ago, I read the book ‘Aromatherapy to Heal and Tend the Body’ by Robert Tisserand. The author of the book states:
“In a study at Purdue University, Indiana, in 1986, students who took out books from the library were interviewed as they came out.  They were asked specific questions relating to their opinion of the library and whether the checkout assistant had smiled at them.  The library assistant treated everyone in exactly the same way, except that every other student was lightly touched on the hand as their library card was handed back to them.  Those who were touched formed a more positive view of the library than those who were not and often thought that the assistant had smiled at them, although the fact she had not.”
The power of touch can be gauged from the fact that it is the first sense we develop in the womb and the last one we lose before death. It helps us communicate without words, connect with our environment and share emotions. Physical contact with a loved one not only feels nice and warm, it is essential for our wellbeing as it keeps feelings of loneliness and apathy at bay. Massage and aromatherapy go hand in hand.  You can start to create a loving atmosphere at home with those you love by indulging them in a relaxing massage. Even people who are not used to being touched, usually comply when their hands and feet are massaged. I have created different massage oils for different conditions, but you can always create your own concoctions based on the purpose you want them for and the scents you prefer. Here are some guidelines: Citrus essential oils: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Mandarin, Citrus Delight Aromatherapy Blend, are always bright, happy and uplifting. They are safe to use during pregnancy and are liked by most people. Calming oils: Lavender, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, SERENO Sleep Time Body Oil Stimulating oils: Rosemary, Peppermint, Basil, Cardamom, Ginger and Adrenal Support Body Oil Romantic oils: Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Romance Body Oil Digestive oils: Ginger, Cardamom, Fennel, Orange, RosemaryBasil, Cinnamon and Digestive Body Oil Oils that can help improve circulation: Cypress, Lemon, Rosemary, Pine and Circulation Body Oil Add a total of 60 drops of your favorite essential oils to a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil and start enjoying the wonders of an aromatherapy massage. Apart from the immediate emotional benefits, massage also has several positive effects on physical health. Not only does it improve blood circulation, it also stimulates the lymphatic system, boosts immunity, relieves pain, reduces muscular tension and controls blood pressure.  Massage is also very effective against insomnia and stress-related conditions. I invite you to start today, sharing the loving touch of an aromatherapy massage.
© 2011  AROMANDINA – Aromatherapy blog  – 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.
Dec 08 2010

Parties are always something to look forward to but entertaining so many people at once can be daunting and even stressful at times.

It is not the clothes, decorations or even the food that makes a party a hit – it is the atmosphere.

A host cannot stop worrying about how the guests will get along with each other and whether they will have a good time at all. Luckily for you, we have a solution.

Take a break from the holiday stress and create a pleasant, relaxing, comforting and jovial environment for all your guests with a little help from aromatherapy.

Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang, help people shed their inhibitions and be themselves. While Clary Sage’s scent has a euphoric quality, Ylang Ylang works at eliminating negative emotions like jealousy and envy. They blend perfectly with Litsea Cubeba, a sharp citrus scent that integrates these two flowers and provide emotional well-being.

The heartwarming aroma of this blend induces a friendly and positive atmosphere and you will find your guests more spirited, relaxed and outgoing.

So the next time you are worried about awkward moments between a cousin and a colleague, you know what to turn to! How to do it? Pour a few drops in an aromatherapy burner you can also put some drops on the light bulbs. If you prefer mix the oils with some water and put them in a spray bottle and mist the area where your guests are going to be.

Spare no space for stress when it’s time to party and have fun!

Aromandina recommends: Alegria Essential Oil, a balanced combination of Litsea Cubeba, Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage.

Keep depression, grief and negative emotions at bay with this uplifting blend. This oil provides emotional well-being and work together to cheer up your mood and brighten your day. A happy mind is the key to happier relationships and success.

What’s your secret to be stress free when you host a party?

 © Cristina Proaño-Carrión AROMANDINA 2010 – Aromatherapy blog  – 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. 



 

 

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