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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

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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

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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.
Sep 15 2011

What is a “heart softener” and why is it called so?

Years ago, I was giving a class to a group of women in Ecuador. One of the ladies in her 50s was very beautiful in her looks, make up and clothes.  She told us that her husband would ask her why she puts on make-up when she was so ugly anyways.  He would be verbally abusive with her and she needed something to “calm him down”.

I made a blend using Geranium oil, Clary Sage oil , Lavender oil  and Grapefruit oil  and she bought 5 bottles of that blend!

For your information, 5 bottles of 10ml each of a blend means around 1000 drops of oils!

Since essential oils are used in small quantities, I knew that 5 bottles of the blend were going to last her for a while.  And they did. 

Around a year later, I met her at the airport when both of us were traveling from Quito to Miami.  She asked me, “Do you remember me, and my story?”“Yes, I do remember!” I replied.“Well”, she said, “as soon as I came back home I started to put the blend in diffusers all over the house.  Religiously!  In the beginning my husband reacted negatively, rather angry at the smell. He was yelling that something was going on in the house. Nevertheless, I kept ‘perfuming’ the house quietly.”

She told me that it took a few months before her husband began to change his attitude. He became less angry and finally, she showed me her air ticket.  Her husband was waiting for her in Miami – they were going together on their second honeymoon to Europe and then to Israel, which had always been her dream!

Her story inspired me to share the blend with many others who benefited from it. It is called RADIARE.

I’ve told this story for years, several times everywhere. One day a client of mine told me that she had recommended this blend to one of her patients who had an aggressive teenage son. The woman used the oil at home and noticing the positive changes in her son’s behavior, began calling it “the heart softener”.

What makes this blend work?

This blend is made of essential oils that come from flowers (Clary Sage and Lavender) and a leaf essential oil with a very strong flowery scent (Geranium). 

Flowers have a feminine nature; the flowery scents appeal more to women than men. 

A flower is a representation of beauty; we keep flowers in our homes to make them look more beautiful, right? 

An essential oil with a flowery nature will help us appreciate our own beauty as well as that around us.

In the first case, I think the lady lacked self-esteem, since her husband constantly told her she was ugly.  The consistent use of these essential oils allowed her to express how beautiful she was and be more confident.  I suppose her husband could perceive that and therefore started to respect her.

We know that people have both masculine and feminine sides, and flowery scents invoke the feminine side.  In this case, when the husband’s feminine side was stimulated, he became more compassionate.

I feel the same happened with the kid.  The calming, relaxing properties of Clary Sage, Geranium and Lavender must have helped him get in touch with his feminine side and he became a calmer person.

These may be hypotheses, but I know it worked and I know that those who use this blend have conveyed to me how much it helps – especially on days when we do not know why our mood is down, or why we are grumpy for no reason.

How about giving it a try yourself?

© 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.
Aug 17 2011

The useful properties of Palo Santo essential oil are undoubtedly of interest to everyone. For those that have sensitive noses though, my experience says that less is more with Palo Santo.
It works amazingly well in combinations and blends nicely with citrus, woody and even leafy scents.
The therapeutic uses of Palo Santo essential oil can be helpful to those seeking physical as well as emotional solutions.
Its strong rooted and grounded nature makes it very useful for those looking to take charge of their lives.
Also, for those in search of spiritual awakening, its calming scent keeps the mind free of worldly worries and helps one get in touch with the inner self.
On the physical front, Palo Santo has very strong anti-inflammatory properties and because of its high limonene content, it may even help in preventing cancers. [1]

HOW TO USE  PALO SANTO FOR EMOTIONAL CONDITIONS:

Grounding Blend

Use when you tend to be distracted and need to put your feet on the ground and be more practical.

In a 1 oz bottle of Jojoba oil add the following essential oils:

5 drops Cedarwood Atlas 
4 drops Palo Santo
1 drop Patchouli
5 drops of Bergamot   (to give it a fresh tone)  Stir well.

At night, before bed, apply a couple of drops to the palm of your hands.   Rub your hands and close your eyes.   Take a deep breath and visualize the feeling of being rooted and nourished by the earth.  Experience the feeling of being stable, supported and strong.   Then open your eyes, put some more oil on your fingertips and massage your lower back and soles of your feet.

Spiritual Blend

This aromatherapy blend will help you meditate and feel more detached from worldly thoughts.

In a 1 oz bottle of Jojoba oil add the following essential oils:

3 drops Palo Santo
6 drops Lavender
6 drops Frankincense  Stir well. 

Close your eyes and apply a couple of drops to the palm of your hands. Rub your hands and close your eyes, take a several breaths.  As you breathe in, feel the scent of this blend lifting up your spirit, separating you from the worries of the day into a calm space

Use it as many times as you need to relax and reconnect with your higher consciousness.

Anti – Stress  and Anti- Anxiety Blend

Palo Santo
’s calming and soothing qualities make it a great ingredient for a sleep-well bath.

In ¼ cup of Epson salts mix the following essential oils:

4 drops of Palo Santo
4 drops of Lavender
2 drops of Mandarin

Add this preparation to your bath water. While soaking in the water visualize that all your troubles and worries of the day are flowing down the drain. 
Allow the calming qualities of Palo Santo to provide strength and wisdom, and the assurance that tomorrow will be a better day.

HOW TO USE PALO SANTO FOR PHYSICAL CONDITIONS:

Pain Relief
The combination of Palo Santo with German Chamomile is very effective for all sorts of inflammations and with arthritis pain.

In a 1 oz bottle of Jojoba oil add the following essential oils:

5 drops of Palo Santo
5 drops of Blue Chamomile
5 drops of Grapefruit

Apply topically on the affected area, as many times as you need to.



References: [1] Cancer chemoprevention and therapy by monoterpenes.  Inhibition of protein prenylation by metabolites of limonene.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Essential Oils to Uplift the Spirit
German Aromatherapist Eliane Zimmerman writes about Palo Santo Essential Oil

© 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.
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.

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