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Jul 11 2012 If your summer holiday is chock full of fun plans, the last thing you want is to feel under the weather.  However, all of those fun summer activities can expose you to germs, allergic reactions, and flat-out exhaustion. Luckily, it’s easy to make the most out of your summer holiday AND keep your health in tip-top shape! How?

 1. Relief for mosquito bites and allergic reactions 

Allergy Calm Roll On with anti-inflammatory essential oils like Blue Chamomile, Lavender and Hyssop, is a powerful weapon in the fight against bug bites, sunburns, rashes, and other allergic reactions. It can even help your blisters and bruises heal faster — an absolute gift from the heavens when you try out those new hiking boots or spend the day getting bumped around in whitewater rapids! All you have to do is apply it liberally to the affected areas, and you’ll instantly feel better. After all, summertime is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors — but the last thing you want is for your dream summer holiday to turn into a nightmare because of itchy or burned skin!

2. Manage motion sickness 

Even the best travel tips don’t offer much in the way of motion sickness. Unfortunately, though, whether your summer travel is by air, land, or sea, you can fall victim to motion sickness. Luckily, the essential oils in our Memoria Blend, Spearmint, Peppermint, Rosemary and Cardamom can help combat the headaches, fatigue, and sluggish feeling you get from all of that bumping, gliding, and driving. Just put 2 drops of oil on a paper towel, and inhale the scent. Or place the paper towel in the car’s air conditioning vents.

3. Reduce your chances of developing heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Want to enjoy the summer heat and stay safe? You’ll need plenty of water on hand. Another thing you need to have nearby? Essential oils with natural cooling properties — like Peppermint and Spearmint. When you spray your body and face with our Alerta Body Mist, it will lower your body temperature.  As a result, your odds of developing heat exhaustion and heat stroke go way down! You  will instantly feel refreshed, no matter how high the mercury climbs!

4.Get over jet lag

All of that summer travel can make you feel like a glamorous jet-setter. But, unfortunately, all of that jet-setting can leave you completely jet lagged — and that’s definitely not a glamorous feeling! Instead of downing a bunch of coffee or sleeping your summer holiday away, Lemon,  Grapefruit and Bergamot in our Citrus Delight Essential Oil Blend can really help. When you get to your destination, take a bath with 5 drops of this essential oil blend included to feel rejuvenated. Need some special treatment for your feet after running through the airport, standing in an endless line at security, and sitting cramped in coach? Just add 5 drops of Energia Essential Oil Blend to a bucket of warm water, and spend some time letting those poor feet soak.

5. Conquer your cold

You probably think of colds popping up during those damp, freezing winters — but a nasty cold can pop up during your summer holiday, too. If you don’t want to sniffle through your beach vacation, tap into the power of essential oils like Eucalyptus, Lavender, Ravensara, and Tea tree. All of these oils are included in our RESPIRO Immune Support Essential Oil Blend.  Put a couple of drops on a tissue and breathe deeply. 

6. Loosen up sore muscles

Outdoor activities make you work all kinds of muscles that normally don’t see much action. Instead of pumping yourself full of ibuprofen at the end of the day, a simple aromatherapy blend can give you all the relief you need. Massage your sore areas with Pain Begone Body Oil.   That way, you can feel free to take on the day — without worrying about being in excruciating pain by nightfall! If all of that muscle soreness is accompanied by physical exhaustion, the essential oils in Energia Blend, Rosemary, Pine and Litsea Cubeba can instantly make you feel alert and refreshed. As helpful as aromatherapy is during the summer, you can take advantage of it all year long.  At Aromandina, you can learn how to use aromatherapy to boost your health 365 days a year! © 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.
Jan 16 2012 There is indeed a lot that a whiff of essential oils can do for your love life. From spiking up libidos to rekindling dormant passions, aromatherapy has been used across centuries and civilizations to nurture the inner romantic. The enchanting Cleopatra probably knew what she was doing when she doused herself and the sails of her ship in Rose essence when she set out to seduce Mark Anthony. Even ancient Romans and Egyptians counted on aromatic baths to make lovemaking more erotic and enjoyable. Traditions have gradually given way to scientific research and today, we know that olfactory stimuli have a direct effect on the brain’s limbic system, which controls our emotions, moods and sexual drive. This factual piece of information pretty much forms the basis of the billion-dollar perfume industry!

Aromatherapy for Self-Love

It is a well known fact that individuals who make for great lovers are ones who are brimming with positivity, passion and self-confidence.  Essential oils work in multiple ways to affect your mood and heighten desire –  they may stimulate,  sedate or help with physical and emotional factors such as vaginal dryness, body image issues and stress that hamper sexual desire. Wearing certain scents can help people feel more self-assured and cheerful, which reflects in their stance and draws people towards them. If you are the kind that needs a little push to shed inhibitions and express yourself, the sensuous and euphoric scent of Patchouli Essential Oil can help you come out of your shell and release pent-up emotions. Ylang Ylang, on the other hand, can help warm up your mood when you feel frigid or insecure. The oil also helps dispel negative emotions like jealousy and envy.

Aromatherapy for Relationships  

If you feel that a lack of communication and clarity is coming in the way of your romance, the intoxicating scent of Clary Sage can help relieve the buildup of tensions and foster a deeper connection between partners. The oil is also an effective tonic for the female reproductive system as it helps balance out feminine hormones. Similarly, the warm and spicy nature of Cardamom helps clear thoughts and stimulates sexual appetite.

Setting the Stage for Romance

When it comes to love and romance, it helps to invest a little effort in setting up a conducive ambience. “Warming” scents such as Ginger, Cardamom and Cedarwood work perfectly when you want to make your space cozy and inviting. Ginger is especially helpful during cold winter months when depression and lethargy are more likely to set in. The invigorating aroma of this oil works at a physiological level to improve circulation, relieve aches and boost energy levels. To introduce an element of fun and playfulness to your lovemaking, try out light, citrusy scents like Mandarin, Grapefruit and Lemon – these are known to enhance emotional wellbeing and infuse positivity in relationships.

Aromatherapy as a Natural Aphrodisiac

Essential oils are believed to balance the body’s chakras (energy centers) and activate the sacral chakra, and is responsible for sexual function. Jasmine Essential Oil is a rare and exotic oil that is also revered as a powerful aphrodisiac. The sharp flowery scent helps fight feelings of listlessness, frigidity and inadequacy while freeing the mind of anxiety and nervousness. Women often experience a significant dip in sexual drive during and after pregnancy. Jasmine is effective in reviving the lost confidence and helps new mothers feel better about themselves and their bodies. Any talk of love and romance is rather incomplete without a mention of Rose, which has come to symbolize the emotion and everything associated with it. The gentle, comforting scent of Rose essential oil invokes feelings of sensuousness and makes women feel more self-assured about their feminine beauty.

 How to Use Essential Oils?

There are several ways in which you can use aromatic oils to add spice to your romantic interludes:
  • Use a traditional aromatherapy burner or plug in an electric diffuser for an instant pick-me-up.
  • If you wish to take things a notch higher, spice up your evening by offering your partner a sensual aromatherapy massage with a blend of essential oils. The intimate body contact will not only facilitate the flow of sexual energy but will also relieve stress, boost circulation and induce a state of relaxation. Mix 1 drop of Patchouli essential oil, 3 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil and 2 drops of  Orange essential oil in any carrier oil to concoct your own love potion. Be sure to massage the ankles, feet and hands as these are sensitive areas that can heighten sexual arousal. If a massage sounds like too much work, slip into a warm aromatic bath infused with sea salts and a blend of essential oils with your partner.
  • You may also sprinkle a few drops of your chosen essential oil on your bed linen and soak in the fragrance as you revel in your special moments.
Dec 08 2011

The Holidays are just around the corner. It is a time for family togetherness, joy, contemplation, letting go of the old and embracing the new. Although, spending time with family and friends, eating good food, drinking and giving gifts can be a wonderful experience, it is out of the normal routine and requires time, money and preparation. All of that is on top of the regular work, kids, school and extra-curricular activities that make up our day.
With all this stress staying healthy can also be a challenge. For some of us family may be far away, or we don’t have much family, or there has been a long standing schism with a family member. The Holiday Season tends to heighten all of those family issues we haven’t dealt with.  No doubt it can be a time of great joy and great stress.

  Here are 4 Reasons to Use Aromatherapy this Holiday Season:  



 For your health:

Ravensara and Eucalyptus essential oils:  Keep a bottle with you at all times. Just open, smell it and feel your sinuses open.

 For family gatherings:

Clary Sage and Geranium Essential Oils:  Release endorphins, the happy hormones, and make your family gatherings joyous and FUN. When your guests walk in the door they might not know why, but they will feel welcome, relaxed and joyous.

For whenever you feel anxious:

SERENO BODY MIST: Keep it with you and spray on your face whenever you feel the need. Palo Santo, Lavender and Mandarin will bring back a sense of calm and peace. Spray it on your pillow at night for a deep restoring sleep.

For the holiday blues

Here are some specific essential oils that will alleviate these Holiday Blues, the emotional challenges that often come with the Holiday Season.

ROSE – heals the heart of deep wounds, the flower of Love and compassion.

JASMINE – makes you feel beautiful, comfortable with who you are, it melts away anxieties and relaxes you.

BERGAMOT – like Rose, Bergamot helps to heal the heart, it also cleanses the mind when it is congested with thoughts that don’t allow you to grow.

PALO SANTO – helps reconnect with your higher sense of being while at the same time helps you think with a sharp, rational and analytic mind.

FRANKINCENSE – heals old wounds, deep forgiveness, relieves a tight chest and alleviates that feeling of being overwhelmed with worries and restlessness.


 Here are several very easy ways to incorporate Aromatherapy into your daily routine that can greatly alleviate these Holiday stresses. They have a beneficial physical and emotional effect.

 Use Aromatherapy in Your Daily Shower

Put 3 to 5 drops of Essential Oil on a washcloth. Place the washcloth on your chest. Allow the heat of the shower to release the vapors and breathe in deeply.

Use Aromatherapy in Your Daily Bath

Place 3-5 drops of Essential Oil in a couple of tablespoons of salt As the bath water is running pour the mixture into the bath Let the salt dissolve and soak for 15-20 minutes

Use Aromatherapy diluted in your carrier oil

Place 15 drops of the Essential Oil you need into 1oz. of body oil or lotion. Rub it on your body after showering to moisturize your skin

Use an Aromatherapy Burner and Fill a Whole Room with the Pleasant Aroma

Place water and 3-5 drops of Essential Oil in the Aromatherapy Burner holder.

 Light a candle and place that under the cup filled with your Essential Oil drops.  Let the vapors fill the room

What has worked for you? Share your stories and recommendations.    

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© 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 21 2011

Aromatherapy and the Immune System

Given its rich source of nutrients, moisture, and heat, the human body is an ideal environment for many other organisms – primarily microbes – to thrive in. However, nature has provided our bodies with a natural arrangement of cells, organs, and sub-systems whose job is to protect you. These are collectively called the immune system.

Where is the Immune System Located?

The Immune System is located throughout your body, particularly your blood, your lymphatic system, and your colon. In your blood, cells generated by the bone marrow wrap themselves around microbes to kill them, and lymph circulates to kill foreign agents as it goes along. Additionally, your colon contains millions of “good” bacteria that combat other microorganisms that are harmful to your body.

Can Stress Impair My Immune System?

Definitely!  Whether physical or psychological, stress adversely affects your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. When you are stressed, your adrenal glands work overtime, which have a detrimental effect on other systems that keep destructive microorganisms at bay.

How Do I Strengthen My Immune System?

Strategies that help improve your immune system are effective when they take into account factors such as stress reduction, supporting good intestinal bacteria, and promoting better blood and lymph quality. A particularly effective strategy is the use of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils through various mediums towards bettering your overall health.
Make your immune cells “sing and dance” every day that God gives you to live.” Dr. Daniel Pénoël

How Does Aromatherapy Work for My Immune System?

Aromatherapy works in three ways: (1)  By virtue of their antibacterial and antiviral properties, essential oils can directly attack and destroy harmful microorganisms in your body. (2)  By directly stimulating the organs of your immune system in a twofold manner: improving the production of their various immunity-boosting cells and encouraging lymph to flush out toxins. (3)  By alleviating stress and controlling the hormones secreted by the adrenal system. Which Essential Oils Help Strengthen My Immune System?

How Do I Use Essential Oils for Immune Support?

You can use these oils in a variety of ways: As a massage oil: Try this to rebalance your immune system: to 4 fl.oz. of  Carrier oil, add 20 drops each of Lemon (Citrus limonum), Frankincense, and Palo Santo (bursera graveolens) essential oils, and give it a good shake. Rub an amount between your palms to warm the oil, and spread it over your arms, legs, and abdomen.  Best to do it after the shower. In the bath or shower: You can keep a cloth soaked in essential oil under your faucet or shower head, and breathe in the vapor while you bathe.  Stimulate your lymphatic system by rubbing your skin with a washcloth to which you have added 4 drops of  Ravensara or Black Spruce.  If you prefer baths, mix 5 drops of Lavender essential oil and 5 drops of Lemon essential oil and add it to the bath water.  Relax, and feel the restoring properties of these essential oils work all over your body. Using an aromatherapy diffuser: Apart from being good for your immune system, it can lend a lovely fragrance to the entire room.  For mood enhancement and upliftment. It disinfects the air and can boost immunity through inhalation. Fill bowl with water, add 5-15 drops of essential oil, light candle and enjoy.     Reference: Natural Home Health Care Using Essential Oils by Dr. Daniel Pénoël
© 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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