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Nov 19 2013

Winter Body Wrap Aromandina

The mercury is steadily dipping and while everyone seems to be enjoying the festive season.

Have you asked your clients how they are coping with the cold weather?

Are they complaining of dry skin?

Do they fall prey to infections too often? Are they suffering from seasonal depression?

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Nov 18 2013

DIY Winter Salt Scrub
Sometime ago, I wrote an article on winter body wraps for Les Nouvelle Esthetiques.

While the article was directed at spa professionals, you too can try out a simpler, DIY version of this wrap all on your own at home.

Now that the weather is cold, many of us face annoying problems like dry skin, infections and seasonal blues. Moreover, during this time, we want something that can warm us, comfort us and lift our spirits. If you do not have the time to visit a spa, just try this easy aromatherapy recipe – it pampers the skin and gives fabulous results.

What you will need:


I recommend the Winter Blend because it contains just the right mix of ingredients that are needed to fight off winter-related problems, and all in measured quantities. Here’s how it works:

Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Boosts the immune system and protects the body against disease-causing organisms. Also energizes the body when you feel dull and run down.  

Grapefruit Essential Oil: Has a refreshing and cheerful scent that instantly brightens up the mood and chases away the blues. It’s natural diuretic properties help in curbing water retention and minimize the appearance of cellulite.

Lavender Essential Oil: A versatile oil that fights depression and germs with equal fervor. Relaxes and calms an anxious mind.

We are going to choose Jojoba oil as a base for its super skin-hydrating properties. Not only is it great for dry, flaky skin, it also cleanses the pores without blocking them. The best part about Jojoba oil is that it suits all skin types.

Sea Salt works as a natural exfoliator that is not too harsh on the skin. It removes layers of dead skin, revealing soft, youthful skin underneath. It also replenishes the skin’s natural mineral content.

What Is The Procedure:

Simply mix 1 cup of  Sea Salts with ½ cup of Jojoba Oil and 20 drops of the Winter Blend. Use this mixture as a scrub in the bathtub or shower. 

This recipe does not require too many ingredients and hardly takes up any time. You can easily work it into your routine and practice it regularly throughout the winter months. In fact, it even makes for the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones.

Do try it out and write in to share how it helped you.

 © Cristina Proaño-Carrión AROMANDINA 2013 – 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. 
Sep 29 2013 When one of my regular clients mailed me the other day, asking why I didn’t have any specific products for men, I realized how unfair I had been to all my male clients.

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Jan 02 2013

Stress, fatigue, frustration and lethargy – does any of this sound familiar to you? 
If so, you are among the millions of people who battle 40-hour workweeks, stuffy cubicles and long hours in front of the computer screen almost every day.
As a working person, you probably spend a larger part of the day at your workplace and yet, you have little or no control over your work environment.
While you can’t do much to change the structure of your workplace of the nature of your job, you can certainly make your office surroundings more pleasant, conducive and supportive with the help of aromatherapy.

Here, we address how stress can affect our performance and explain how aromatherapy can help alleviate these problems.  All it takes is a few vials of essential oils and a few minutes of your time.

Mental and Emotional Stress

Every job comes with its own set of stressors. There are deadlines to meet, targets to achieve and that inherent sense of competitiveness that pushes us to perform better . While “positive stress” leads to motivation, creativity and increased productivity, “negative stress” can erode a person’s spirit and results in:

  • chronic frustration

  • lack of energy

  • inability to cope with pressure

If you ever find yourself leaning towards the latter, you can always count on essential oils to bail you out. Mental stress can often be attributed to anguish over unfinished tasks or financial worries.

Recommended essential oils for Mental Stress:

Start with a healing combination of calming, stimulating and balancing essential oils. 
Combine 4 drops each of Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium and Cardamom essential oils with 1 Oz of carrier oil.
Apply this blend on the back of your neck, the solar plexus area and the soles of your feet twice a day to relax the mind, release the tension from tightened muscles and inspire you to take on new challenges with renewed enthusiasm.
You can also put 1 drop of each essential oil on a tissue and inhale directly during the day. 
Emotional stress may be borne out of relationship problems, conflicts with co-workers, lack of self-esteem, parental guilt or failure to strike the perfect work-life balance.

Recommended essential oils for emotional stress:

The nurturing scent of Sweet Orange, the warmth of Ginger and the uplifting properties of Clary Sage come together to form the perfect tonic for the soul.
Combine four drops of each with 1 Oz of carrier oil and massage the solar plexus, back of the neck and pulse points on the insides of your wrists with this blend twice a day.
Using 4 drops each of these oils in a diffuser or aromatherapy burner in your office is a great way to stay relaxed, happy and positive throughout the day
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Lethargy

The next time you feel drained-out or drowsy when there is a whole lot of work lined up, don’t reach out for caffeine – give yourself a wake-up call with natural essential oils instead.
Fill a 1 Oz spray bottle with distilled water and add five drops each of Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils. Keep this bottle handy in your office and spray your face with eyes closed every time you find yourself slacking or losing focus.
The invigorating and stimulating properties of these oils will help you stay alert and active even during the infamous “after-lunch slump”.

Using essential oils in the workplace is effective, inexpensive and an all-natural way to boost your productivity and make the most of your work hours. It is also one of the few stress-busting remedies that your boss won’t object to and your co-workers will thank you for.

Aromandina Recommends: Energia Blend for Mental Stress, Fiesta Blend for Emotional Stress, Memoria Blend for Lethargy

Related articles:

How to Lower Stress with Essential Oils  

© 2013, 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 27 2012

I recently read an interesting article (http://www.hivehealthmedia.com/bathroom-clean-safe/ ) that describes how your bathroom space is a potential breeding ground for germs, mold and mildew, which not only cause foul odor, but put you at a risk of infections and allergies. Even a reasonably clean-looking bathroom has disease-causing organisms hiding in inconspicuous places that often escape our attention. Most commercially available cleaning products contain chlorine and other toxic ingredients that pollute the environment and may pose a hazard for children and pets.  If you are an eco-conscious individual who likes to do things the natural way, you can try substituting some of these products with essential oils. Certain essential oils possess strong antibacterial and antifungal properties, which make them very potent disinfectants. What’s more, they are safe, affordable, environment friendly and leave your bathroom smelling clean!

Mold and Mildew

The constant moisture in bathrooms encourages the growth of fungus, especially in hard-to-reach corners – these fungal spores can cause respiratory problems and skin allergies in some people. To keep your bathroom space mold-free, make a bathroom spray: In a 16 oz spray bottle combine: 12 oz distilled water 4 oz white vinegar 10 drops each of Cinnamon Leaf, Tea Tree, Niaouli, Basil and Lemongrass essential. Shake well. Spray the area liberally with this mixture and scrub. After the areas are clean, use this versatile spray in all areas of your bathroom as a maintenance routine.

 Shower curtains

Shower curtains are a perfect place for germs and fungus to thrive because they are usually damp. Vinyl curtains even release toxins into the environment, which can be harmful if your bathroom is inadequately ventilated. Try switching over to fabric curtains and toss them in the washer at least once a month. You can add 10 drops of Tea Tree and 10 drops of Lemongrass oil as an additive to kill bacteria and fungal spores.

Shower Heads

They may look innocuous on the outside, but the minute holes on shower heads are home to bacteria and mold. These contaminate your bath water as it flows through the openings and may be ingested. Detach the shower head occasionally and give it a thorough cleaning. Mix 5 drops each of Lemongrass, Cinnamon Leaf, and Niaouli with ½ cup of baking soda. Dilute this in 1 liter water and immerse the shower head in this solution.  Let it soak for an hour to loosen the dirt particles before scrubbing it with an old toothbrush. Rinse with very hot water.

Toilet

To get a squeaky-clean toilet, mix 1 cup of baking soda with 15 drops of Tea Tree and 15 drops of Lemon essential oil. Sprinkle all over the seat and bowl, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Scrub with a bowl brush. As an everyday routine, you can just sanitize the toilet seat by spraying it with the bathroom spray and wiping with a paper towel.

Bathtub and sink

The soapy scum that forms on bathtub and sink surfaces looks unsightly and can put you at the risk of injuries. A paste made with ¼ cup baking soda, 5 drops of Lemon oil, 10 drops of Basil oil and some dish washing liquid is strong enough to cut through the slick layers. Sponge the surfaces with this mixture, rinse and finish off with your multipurpose bathroom spray.   With these simple aromatherapy home recipes, your bathroom will always look and smell divine.

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How to get rid of your carpet germs with essential oils © 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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