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Oct 29 2014 DeStressSmall
Stress bombards us on a daily basis.  Whether you’re stressed out over that big work project, something your kids did, or the mess in the kitchen, it’s a miserable way to live.  You wind up feeling exhausted, getting a headache, and even suffering tummy troubles.

Luckily, though, there’s an easy way to knock stress right out of your life — aromatherapy!

People are constantly asking me which essential oils are best at combating stress, and the truth is, there’s no one-size-fits-all recipe that will combat every single type of stress you encounter during the day.  That’s why I came up with three different essential oil blends that can help you eliminate stress throughout the day — without making you feel groggy or foggy.

Here are 3 easy ways to incorporate stress-busting aromatherapy into your daily routine:

  1. –  Start your day with the ENERGIA blend.  Simply squeeze a drop onto the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and breathe in this invigorating scent.  It’s made with rosemary, litsea cubeba, and pine — all of which will make you feel alert and focused.

  2. Give yourself a mid-day boost with the ALEGRIA blend.  The mixture of clary sage, ylang ylang, and litsea cubeba will calm you down and put a smile on your face — without the side effects that you get from sedatives.  I like to use this blend in either a burner or diffuser, but you can also squeeze a few drops into a tissue and breathe it in that way.

  3. Ease your way into the evening with the SLEEP TIME blend.  Made with Lavender, Marjoram, Mandarin, and Palo Santo, this blend will stop all of the racing your mind has been doing and leave you feeling calm, relaxed, and ready for a great night’s sleep.  I love to squeeze a couple of drops onto a tissue and place it under my pillow.  By morning, I feel incredibly refreshed!

–  If you really want to pamper yourself, I’ll mix 10 drops of SLEEP TIME with a cup of Epsom salts, mix it with a tub-full of warm water and soak in it. 

–  If you don’t have time for a long, leisurely bath, squeeze four drops of SLEEP TIME onto a washcloth, close your eyes, and press it up against your chest while standing in a hot shower.  After a few deep breaths, you’ll be able to feel your stress going right down the drain!

It’s easy to bid bon voyage to stress… All you have to do is buy Aromandina’s De-Stress Aromatherapy Kit!  Or, buy it for a loved one and give the gift of relaxation!



© 2014, 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.

More articles about Palo Santo: A Sacred and Spiritual Scent- Palo Santo
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Palo Santo Essential Oil from Ecuador
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.
Aug 08 2011
For ages, Palo Santo has been a sacred part of Ecuadorian culture and has been used for several purposes. My memories take me back to Christmas time at home when Palo Santo was burned as incense to foster the feeling of family, spiritually and peace. Also, the old colonial churches in Quito believe that burning the wood sticks may be able to help us lift our spirits.

The role of Palo Santo in traditional healing:

Traditionally, people living in coastal areas use its smoke to keep away mosquitoes and cleanse the house of “negative spirits”.  Since ancient times, shamans and folk healers (curandero) have used it to alleviate colds, allergies, headaches and rheumatic pain.  In their spiritual-religious rituals, shamans use Palo Santo as a tool to attract good luck, repel negative energies and communicate better with the spirits.

What makes Palo Santo so special?

Palo Santo essential oil is composed of around 112 chemical compounds which make it antibacterial (alfa-pinene), antiseptic (terminen-4-ol), sedative and insecticide (carvones). But the most important element, limonene (62.88%) is said to have chemotherapeutic properties. The Palo Santo tree grows in the dry forest of the coastal Manabi province in Ecuador. While the growth of the tree is slow owing to hibernation in the dry season, it may live up to 90 years. It’s important to note, however, that the wood of Palo Santo is of no use unless the tree has died of natural causes.  If we cut a live Palo Santo tree, we won’t obtain any benefit and it will have to undergo at least three years of a natural, alchemical process of breaking down before it releases the precious oil.  There is a type of white termite that builds its nest on a living tree. When the tree dies, the termite feeds on it until only the skeleton of the tree is left behind.  This natural process allows the essence to be absorbed slowly in the skeleton of the tree.

With members of the community that produces Palo Santo Essential Oil for AROMANDINA

Native cultures say that the spirits of the Palo Santo trees materialize themselves in the essential oil and are responsible for its potency and healing qualities.

The history of Palo Santo – The Legend of Cosakait

According to a folk legend, when the world was in its embryonic phase and there were very few human beings, Cosokait, the most handsome and virtuous of men fell in love with a young maid. The young girl didn’t reciprocate his feelings and sadness made him seriously ill.  On his death bed he called for the young woman several times to see her one last time, but she didn’t go. “Please tell her that I don’t want to die, but Yago (God) is taking my life away.  I’ll be always with her, I will ornate her head with perfumed flowers. I will frighten insects away from her. I will give fragrance to the water that her lips drink.  I will go to heaven in the aromatic smoke during the NAREG ceremony.  And I will be wherever she is and will give her whatever she asks for…” After these words, he was consumed by fever and died invoking her name.  Where he was buried, a tree grew. Its wood had a soft fragrance that when it was burned would release a deep sweet aroma.  It was the Palo Santo tree, the symbol of love, kindness and longing for an impossible love. For its elevated value and nobility, the Tobas tribe consider Palo Santo a sacred tree and call it Cosakait in honor of the legend. And for its virtues and values, and its connection to my home, and this legend, Palo Santo oil will always be the fragrance of my spirit.

Benefits of Palo Santo Essential Oil

  • As an anti-inflammatory for muscles and joints
  • As a decongestant to reduce nasal mucus production and swelling
  • As a nervous system tonic, sedative
  • Helpful for allergies
Enjoy it in the following products: Allergy Calm Essential Oil Blend and Roll On EXULTO Andean Bath Soak Fiesta Essential Oil Blend SERENO Essential Oil, Body Oil and Body Mist  Palo Santo Essential Oil — neat More articles about Palo Santo: How to Use Palo Santo Essential Oil 3 STEPS TO A GOOD NIGH’T SLEEP! Palo Santo Essential Oil from Ecuador Essential Oils to Uplift the Spirit German Aromatherapist Eliane Zimmerman writes about Palo Santo Essential Oil
© 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.
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.
 
Jul 01 2011

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Along with your heart, your respiratory system is responsible for some of the most vital functions of your body. A decreased level of respiratory function – whether minor or serious – can have adverse effects on your physical and mental health. Although nothing can substitute a healthcare provider’s diagnosis and treatment of major respiratory issues, there is a wealth of natural strategies available to heal minor ailments. One such strategy is the use of aromatherapy: a system in which natural essential oils are used to alleviate, heal, and protect against respiratory troubles.

Essential Oils for Respiratory Conditions

Essential oils, used in aromatherapy, work in two ways:1) Being antibacterial and antiviral, they can directly attack germs and kill them at the root.2) They stimulate our immune systems to be better prepared at fighting off disease before they have a chance to set up shop in our bodies. When it comes to respiratory conditions, some essential oils work better than others.
The use of essential oils is a sure way of avoiding the phenomenon of developed resistance in microbes as experienced with antibiotics, because the aromatic essences are able to destroy even the resistant strains selectively.” [1]
Respiratory infections which include throat, lung and nose problems respond positively to essential oils.

Antibacterial essential oils for sore throats, flu, colds etc. include:

Antispasmodic essential oils for asthma, coughs etc. include:

Expectorant essential oils for coughs and catarrh include:

It is wise to avoid any possible resistance on the part of a germ by always prescribing the use of three or four essential oils in combination. This multimix approach will tend to minimize any risk of acquired resistance to any one oil and it is unlikely that bacteria will be resistant at the same time to the other oils in the mix.” [2]
Stress and insomnia often accompany respiratory illnesses – and aromatherapy is a great way to unwind. To relax your body and mind, add 3 drops each of Frankincense , Palo Santo and Lemon essential oils to half a cup of salts in your bathwater, and take a restoring, soothing bath before bed.
When acute stages of a disease are dealt with successfully by implementing natural medicine treatments, it marks a turning point in the underlying illness”. Dr Daniel Pénoël [3]

Methods of Application:

Vaporizer An effective method of use with a sick child. Add a total of 10 drops of chosen essential oil or oils to water, run overnight. Note, there’s a slight risk essential oils may damage a humidifier.

Steam Inhalation Add a total of 3 drops of essential oils to a bowl of warm water and inhale for around 10 minutes to ease blocked sinuses, chest complaints and colds. Close eyes and cover head with towel. Care should be taken to ensure not to burn with water or steam. Not to be used by asthma or allergy sufferers.

Baths: Fill bath with warm water. Mix a total of 10 drops of essential oil with ½ cup unscented salt. Avoid: basil, cinnamon, clove, orange, oregano, peppermint, fennel, black pepper, thyme

Skin application Combine 3 drops of essential oil with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.Aromatherapy for respiratory conditions.

[1], [2] Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Shirley and Len Price

[3] Natural Home Health Care Using Essential Oils, Daniel, M.D. Penoel

© 2011, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC – aromatherapy blogThis 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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