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Dec 18 2013


scoop of brown cane sugarIf you want smooth, moist, luscious skin, you’ve got to exfoliate on a regular basis.  But forget those expensive, synthetic bath products!  Instead, you can nourish your skin AND get a mental boost from a DIY sugar scrub that’s made with essential oils.

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Dec 11 2013

Aromatherapy for Success
My latest article in Les Nouvelle Esthetiques is all about “Scents of Success”.
In it, I have described how spa owners and therapists can prepare their clients for success by helping them stay more focused, alert and productive.

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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.  
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.
Apr 23 2012   Many of my students and clients ask me about the origins and background of aromatherapy.  Is it new? How long has it been around us? Who discovered it? I thought this summary of the history of aromatherapy  can give you a better idea on how old aromatherapy is and how long humanity has been using nature’s aromatic plants. Aromatherapy is derived from two words: Aroma – meaning fragrance or smell and Therapy – meaning treatment. Aromatic plants were  used by the most ancient civilizations, we could say that aromatherapy is at least 6000 years old. An Egyptian  medical papyrus considered to date back to around 1555 BC contains remedies for all types of illnesses and the methods of application are similar to the ones used in Aromatherapy and Herbal medicine today.   The Egyptians used a method known as infusion  to extract the oils from aromatic plants and incense was probably one of the earliest ways of using aromatics. Frankincense was burned at sunrise as an offering to the sun god, Ra, while myrrh was offered to the moon. The Egyptians were experts at embalming using aromatics to help preserve flesh. The Egyptians used to be massaged with fragrant oils after bathing. The Greeks continued the use of aromatic oils and used them medicinally and cosmetically. A Greek physician, Pedacius Dioscorides, wrote  Materia Media, a book about herbal medicine and for at least 1200 years it was used as the Western world’s standard medical reference. Many of the remedies he mentions are still in use today in Aromatherapy. The Bible has several mentions to the use of aromatic substances, both in the Old and New Testaments:
Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
The Romans took much of their medical knowledge from the Greeks and went on to use and improve the ability of aromatics. Rome became the bathing capital of the world. After bathing the Romans would be oiled and massaged. The Romans started to import new aromatic products from East India and Arabia through the opening up of trade routes. During the crusades the knowledge of aromatic oils and perfumes spread to the Far East and Arabia. It was a physician called Avicenna who lived from A.D 980 to AD 1037 who is understood to have first used the process known as distillation to distil essence of rose. It probably took many years to perfect the process . The Arabs also discovered how to distil alcohol around the same time making it possible to produce perfumes without a heavy oily base. There is a strong possibility that the ancient Chinese civilizations were using some form of aromatics at the same time as the Egyptians. Shen Nung’s Herbal book is the oldest surviving medical book in China.  It is dated about 2700 BC and contains information on over 300 plants.  The Chinese used aromatic herbs and burned aromatic woods and incense to show respect to God. Traditional Indian medicine known as Ayurveda has been practiced for more than 3000 years and it incorporates aromatic massage as one of its main aspects. The invasions of South America by the conquistadores brought about the discovery of more medicinal plants and aromatic oils. The Aztecs were well known for their plant remedies and the Spanish were amazed at the wealth of medicinal plants found in Montezuma’s botanical gardens. The North American Indians also used aromatic oils and produced their own herbal remedies. It wasn’t until the 19th century that scientists in Europe and Great Britain began researching the effects of essential oils on bacteria in humans. A French chemist, René  Maurice Gattefossé, began his research into the healing powers of essential oils after burning his hand in his laboratory and applying lavender oil.  He was impressed by how quickly the burn healed. In 1937 he published the book Aromathérapie: Les Huiles Essentielles, Hormones Végétales, a book about the anti-microbial effects of the oils and coined the word Aromatherapy. He went on to set up a business producing oils for use in fragrances and cosmetics. Around the same time another Frenchman, Albert Couvreur, published a book on the medicinal uses of essential oils. A French medical doctor, Jean Valnet, discovered Gattefosse’s research and began experimenting with essential oils.  He realized the enormous potential of essential oils when he used them in treating wounds during the war.  In 1964 he published his first book  The Practice of Aromatherapy: A Classic Compendium of Plant Medicines and Their Healing Properties Around the same time, Margaret Maury, a French biochemist developed a unique method of applying these oils to the skin with massage. Micheline Arcier, now living in London, studied and worked with Maury and Valnet and their combined techniques created a form of Aromatherapy now used all over the world.    

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