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Feb 17 2014

Natural air freshner
From that garlic you cooked last night, to the dog’s muddy feet, it doesn’t take much for strange smells to pop up around your home.  But whether you’re fighting a certain odor or you simply want to get rid of that stale smell, synthetic air fresheners AREN’T the way to go.

I know… the commercials make them seem like little gifts from the heavens.  A few sprays, and your home smells fresh and vibrant.  Unfortunately, what those commercials DON’T mention is that these air fresheners are full of dangerous chemicals that can cause everything from migraines to asthma attacks.  Plus, synthetic air fresheners don’t remove odors.  They only mask them!

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Oct 17 2012

Coconut Oil Benefits
I absolutely love virgin coconut oil — so much, in fact, that I use it to cook my food and even as a supplement for my entire family. All three of us use it on a daily basis! The great thing about coconut oil is that you can use it on both the inside and outside of your body. You can use it all by itself, or you can mix it with other essential oils to get even more benefits. If you haven’t jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon yet, here’s why you should:

1. It’s got antibacterial properties

When you use it on your skin, coconut oil can even get rid of the bacteria that cause acne. In fact, two of its main ingredients — Capric Acid and Lauric Acid — form a protective layer over your skin and prevent bacteria from invading your pores in the first place!
Combine 1/4 cup coconut oil with 5 drops of Tea Tree, 5 drops of Bergamot and 5 drops of Lavender.  After washing your face with a mild soap, take a small amount of this blend and apply with your fingertips all over your face.  Apply this oil only in the evening, Bergamot is phototoxic.

2. It’s got a ton of other skin benefits, too

Even if you don’t have acne, you can use coconut oil to promote your natural beauty. Start by mixing 1/4 cup coconut oil with 10 drops of Rose absolute, 5 drops of Geranium, and 5 drops of Lavender, and use it as your daily moisturizer. It won’t take long for your skin to look more supple and firmer!

Got really dry skin? Combine 1/4 cup coconut oil with 15 drops of Lavender, 10 drops of Frankincense, 5 drops of Geranium, and 2 drops of Lemongrass (for a nice fresh scent), and you’ll end up with the ultimate in moisture!

You can also use coconut oil to tackle more serious skin problems, like eczema. Simply mix ¼ cup coconut oil with 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Blue Chamomile (both oils are natural anti-inflammatories), and rub it onto the affected area twice a day. Soon, you’ll look and feel a whole lot better!

3. It’s great for your hair

Coconut oil is a great scalp treatment for people who are suffering from things like head lice, dandruff, or seborrehic dermatitis.

Just mix 1/4 cup of coconut oil with two drops each of Tea Tree, Lavender, Geranium, and Lemon. Then, take one teaspoon of this blend, slather it all over your scalp, put on a shower cap, and sit around for about two hours. When you wash it off, be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo. That way, you won’t have to worry about undoing all of the good stuff the oils left behind! If you want to see the biggest scalp boost, leave the mixture on overnight. Just be sure to put a towel on your pillow case so that it doesn’t get stained!

Even if your scalp is otherwise-healthy, coconut oil can give you hair a much-needed boost by making it really shiny! That’s because it creates a protective shield around each strand that protects against dry air, humidity, and other environmental toxins.

4. It contains antioxidants

You’ve probably heard how great antioxidants are. They can do everything from fight off the tell-tale signs of aging (like wrinkles and age spots), to eliminate free radicals in your system. But did you know that coconut oil is chock full of antioxidants?! In fact, virgin coconut oil has extremely high levels of antioxidants.

Recent studies show that people who consume coconut oil have a lower chance of developing heart disease. And if you’re worried about using so much oil in your cooking, don’t be. Coconut oil is considered one of those “healthy fats” that you’re supposed to incorporate into your diet. After all, everyone needs SOME fat in their diet — just not the kind you get from potato chips and candy bars!

5. It doesn’t have any yucky side effects

Coconut oil is completely natural — so you won’t have to worry about dealing with any uncomfortable side effects. It simply does what it’s supposed to do, without creating any additional problems along the way! Now that you know some of the ways it can help you, take some time to use coconut oil for yourself. It won’t take long for you to love it as much as I do!

© 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.

Aug 22 2012 As an aromatherapy expert, people are constantly asking me which is better — burners or diffusers.  Personally, I’ve always worked with burners and had great results. However, all of these questions made me wonder if I was missing out on something.  Is it possible that I could have made my aromatherapy experiences even better over the years by using a diffuser instead of a burner? That’s when I decided it was time to set out on a quest for the truth!

Here’s what I already knew:

An aromatherapy diffuser (also called a “nebulizer”) spritzes a mist of essential oils around the room.  A burner, on the other hand, heats up the essential oils so that they evaporate and fill the room. Look around the web, and you’ll see lots websites that claim diffusers are better because they break down the molecules in essential oils and make them smaller. However, this isn’t true — and this was only the first important piece of information I learned from my research! What really happens is that the diffuser takes a liquid that’s chock full of essential oils and turns it into tiny droplets so that it has an easier time floating through the air in your room.  But just because the droplets are physically smaller doesn’t mean that the molecules inside of them are smaller.  The truth is, their molecular structure doesn’t change one bit! So, what about the burners? Aromatherapy burners are two –tier objects, with a top bowl –like section for putting the water and essential oil, and a lower section for the teal-light candle which heats the water above.  As the candle heats the water, the essential oils and water evaporate. Essential oils don’t burn.
“Inhalation does not have to be complicated. As a matter of fact, the easier one keeps the procedure the more likely it will have benefits.Kurt Schnaubelt – The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils

So, which is better — a burner or a diffuser?

Both offer similar therapeutic benefits.  The main purpose of a burner or diffuser is to dispense a therapeutic aromatherapy treatment to a number of people at the same time. It is an excellent way to administer the uplifting, relaxing or energizing effects of the essential oils you chose. Did you know that diffusing essential oils in rooms and houses can lower the count of airborne germs?  This is great to reduce the risk of infections especially in public spaces! Both the burner and the diffuser provide a peaceful and uplifting atmosphere in the room where you have them. Bottom line, what is more important is the quality of the essential oils or essential oil blends that you use, more than the method of diffusing their wonderful properties. In the end, whether you use a burner or a diffuser all comes down to your personal preference. Don’t let sales copy fool you!  You don’t need a certain piece of designer equipment to see the benefits of aromatherapy!

References:

Are aromatherapy nebulizers more therapeutic because they break down the molecular structure of the oil better than other diffusers? NAHA National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy – Myths & Misconceptions in Aromatherapy Kurt Schnaubelt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy © 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.
Aug 10 2012 If you’ve taken a look around Aromandina.com, then you know I credit aromatherapy for giving me my greatest gift — my son.  But getting a fertility boost isn’t the only thing you can get from aromatherapy.  It’s also a great mood booster! If you’re looking for an all-natural way to improve your emotional well-being, read on.  You’ll be amazed at what aromatherapy can do for you! Instead of going through a detailed description of the science behind each essential oil, I’m going to share something much more powerful (and much more interesting!) with you — my own experiences with Aromandina products.

A happy store clerk

Take, for example, the woman who works at my local Office Max.  I was simply trying to stay refreshed during a run-of-the-mill afternoon errand, so I spritzed some Exulto Body Mist on my face and body. A few minutes later, a kind store employee offered to help me find the recycled paper I was looking for.  After that, she offered to make some copies for me — even though there were plenty of other employees in the copy department that could have helped me. As the copy machine was humming along, I noticed that this employee couldn’t stop smiling at me.  Finally, she asked me what scent I was wearing.  Before I could even open my mouth, this sweet employee threw her arms up in the air, walked around a bit, and told me that my scent reminded her of a walk in the forest! Funny, that’s exactly how I feel when I use Exulto, too! It was amazing to me how quickly this woman’s mood improved.  Even though she hadn’t spritzed herself, just getting a whiff of the essential oils in my Exulto Mist was enough to boost her emotional well-being — even if only for the few minutes she was talking to me! But that’s not the only memorable experience I’ve had with Exulto!

Better work relationships

I was talking to a lady one day about an upcoming missionary trip she was going on.  While she was looking forward to helping people, she wasn’t looking forward to working with her pastor — since he always seemed to disagree with her and belittle her ideas. I could see how anxious she was, so I handed her a bottle of Exulto and told her to spritz it on every time she was going to be near him.  I wasn’t sure if it would give him a change of mood, but I knew it would help her psychological well-being during the trip. After the trip was over, this woman told me that not only was the pastor nice to her, but he even told everyone to listen to her ideas because she knew what she was doing!

Grumpy old man

In my travels around town, I’ve even seen aromatherapy give marriages a boost! Not long ago, I was at a spa showing a woman different Aromandina products.  Out of the blue, she asked me how to handle a grumpy old man who never smiles… Sure enough, there was her husband, standing right behind her, and he looked anything but happy! Talk about feeling awkward! I grabbed a bottle of Alegria Blend, screwed off the lid, and told the man to sniff it.  “Grumpy” complied, and I asked him what he thought of the scent.  He didn’t say a word — because he was too busy smiling!  His wife was amazed! I wasn’t, though.  I’ve seen what aromatherapy can do for people’s emotional well-being.  I’ve seen it impact their hearts and minds.

What on earth makes these two products such a powerful way to boost people’s moods?

Both are made with a unique blend of three ingredients — Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, and Litsea Cubeba. Clary Sage is an essential oil that’s known for boosting moods and easing tensions.  It’s often given to people suffering from depression and mental breakdowns.  Because it has euphoric qualities, it can create sudden mood changes! Ylang Ylang is the perfect complement to Clary Sage because it has “cooling” properties that work perfectly with Clary Sage’s “heating” properties.  Instead of creating euphoria, Ylang Ylang squashes strong negative emotions — like anger, frustration, and irritability. When you add Litsea Cubeba into the mix — a sharp citrus scent — it creates a refreshing aroma that instantly relieves stress and depression.

So, how can you take full advantage of Exulto Body Mist and Alegria Essential Oil?

When you’re having one of “those” days, have your bottle of Exulto close by.  That way, you can spritz some on your face and body anytime the stress, pressure, and frustration start to get overwhelming.  Don’t be afraid to use this product liberally!  Since it’s all-natural, it won’t create the side effects that prescription mood boosters do. You can use Alegria to boost the energy around you.  When things start to get rough at the office, put 5 drops of Alegria onto your aromatherapy burner, fill the bowl with water, and light a tea candle.  As the scent works its way around the room, you’ll notice a definite change in your coworkers’ attitudes! Alegria can also make you a great host.  The next time you’ve got guests coming over, have a few aromatherapy burners on hand.  You’ll be amazed at how much fun people have! Remember — you may not be able to keep “little things” from popping up and sending you into a bad mood.  However, you don’t have to live with those negative feelings!  Instead, you can completely change your mood and uplift your emotional well-being quickly and easily with aromatherapy. Now THAT’S powerful stuff! © 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.
Jul 31 2012

1. AROMATHERAPY BURNER

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.

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2. QUICK INHALATION 

Place 3-4 drops of essential oil on a piece of paper towel. Place under nose and inhale. Great for a quick calming or energizing effect. For Focus and Concentration For a Quick Pick Me Up  For Appetite Control

3. BATHS

One of the most important and effective forms of treatment in aromatherapy.

Especially beneficial for stress, insomnia and tired, sore muscles. Fill bath with warm water, add ¼ cup of the Andean Bath Soak of choice. Let the tension melt! Under the weather? Muscle and Join Pain? Need Emotional Balance? Can’t Sleep, Too Much Stress? Related Articles: How to use essential oils  on the skin How to use essential oils Part 1 Shower method of application © 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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