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Nov 01 2010

Like the wise Hippocrates rightly said, “The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day”. I often propagate the benefits of aromatic baths in my classes and lectures. Whether it is an achy body, creaking joints, stuffy nose or a heavy head, a warm and comforting dip can boost your circulation and relax your muscles almost instantly. Aromatic baths can also heal respiratory problems, skin disorders and dryness.

Not only do these baths release toxins from your body, they also cleanse your mind and soul.

Aromatic baths have been found to be very helpful in inducing a restful sleep and alleviating symptoms of chronic depression.

Not long ago, during winter, I caught a cold that just refused to go away. The essential oils that I used would provide momentary relief from the congestion but I would wake up coughing again at night. My physician thought it was a virus and advised me to let things take their own course.

Four weeks had passed and I could feel no improvement in my condition – that’s when I realized that I had been so focused on treating my symptoms that I completely missed looking at the problem from a holistic angle!

I remembered the words of Dr Kurt Schnaubelt: Aromatherapy is not directed exclusively at bacteria, which are not even the cause of the problem, but addresses the circumstances that led to a depressed immune system.”

That evening, I trusted my intuition and chose Frankincense, Jasmine and Palo Santo. I mixed 4 drops of each one with 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of lime juice, both of which are natural cleansers. I immersed myself in the bath, took deep breaths and let the oils work on me, inside out. The combined scent of the three oils was divine and I could feel their healing powers gently embracing me. I slept beautifully  that night and the next morning, my chest was clear and the cough was gone – for good!

Why do I think this blend worked?

Frankincense Essential Oil:  A natural healer, Frankincense heals both physical and emotional wounds. It uplifts the spirit and acts as a tonic for stressed nerves. In case of congestion, the oil helps open up the chest and facilitate deeper breathing.
Jasmine Essential Oil: An all-round soul-soother, Jasmine heals the heart, calms the nerves, alleviates anxiety and combats depression. It stimulates the senses and acts as an effective remedy for coughs and chest infections.
Palo Santo Essential Oil: With its deep and strong aroma, Palo Santo is used in some South American cultures to cleanse the aura and purify the spirit. It clears the mind and is also a potent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. While essential oils can provide instant relief from symptoms, do not overlook the underlying causes of your illness deep within your soul. A “ritual bath” is often the answer to intrinsic problems that need holistic healing.

How do you enjoy your baths?

© AROMANDINA – All rights reserved The 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.
Jun 04 2010 In  1996 my husband and I had been trying to get pregnant, we saw different doctors and we felt that they didn’t necessarily know what was going on but they tried different things that really didn’t work with us as a couple or with me as a person and that was very exhausting. There are many reasons why somebody can’t have children and sometimes they can be understandable from the medical standpoint and many times there is a lot of guesses, maybe it’s this or maybe that. In our case, there was no real explanation. In 1996 I was reading and studying about the many benefits of essential oils at the same time I was introducing aromatherapy and essential oils to the Ecuadorian market and I was very eager to learn more about the different benefits it had. Here are the different benefits of aromatherapy and how they applied to my case:
  1. Aromatherapy can be help to calm down, relax, live in the moment. ~ This is such an important factor, because when a couple is going through an infertility problem it is very difficult to just relax and enjoy.
  2. There are certain essential oils that can help men and women balance their hormonal and reproductive systems.~ After years of conventional fertility treatments, we sure needed some help in that department!
  3. Whenever essential oils come into your body they can stimulate the different ducts of drainage. Some will stimulate the skin, some others will stimulate your kidneys or the lungs. Whenever they come into your body they will leave and release or take toxins with them. ~ After four years of toxins, it was important for us to remove them.
  4. In general, essential oils tune up your body!
So  I decided to do an aromatherapy blend of essential oils and we started to play with each other, to give each other massages on a daily basis and instead of focusing on having babies, we focused on restoring our bodies, on reinventing our relationship. The result: Juan Martin was conceived a month later! What are the oils I used? I’m glad you asked! Cristina’s blend: fennel, clary sage, geranium, lavender, grapefruit.  This actually is a blend that I currently sell in my Aromandina line as Woman’s Help Body Oil. Martin’s blend: the same, plus 4 drops each of  basil and spruce essential oil. I don’t promote fertility treatments, I always tell my clients that this is a step to restore your body, to bring it back to balance and that eventually it may bring results. Eventually at least 20 couples have seen results since my first experience. What about giving it a try?     Related Articles Aromatherapy a Natural Choice for Women – Webinar Recording Can’t Get Pregnant? The Must-Read for EVERY Man and Woman Essential Oils for Fertility. I’d like to share my personal story.
© 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.
My story begins in 1996.  My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for 4 years. We were trying to have babies and had gone through lots and lots of fertility treatments. We didn’t do the invitro-fertilization as we thought that would be the last resort. Basically, we had decided already for about 2 or 3 months that we wouldn’t do anything else to try and get pregnant. That is a very difficult process, because you see different doctors and all of them see you not really as a person, but as a uterus or ovaries or as sexual organs more than as a person. They work only on the physiology of the infertility problem.  In my experience the doctors didn’t necessarily know what was going on but they tried different things that really didn’t work with us as a couple or with me as a person and that was very exhausting.  You may have experienced something similar.
Mar 10 2010 Owing to stress and stagnant lifestyles, more and more couples are falling prey to infertility every day. What follows is a rigorous treatment involving hormones and other medication which causes a lot of stress to the mind and body. Being unable to conceive causes immense anxiety and frustration which only grows with time – this worsens the hormonal imbalance and further reduces a woman’s chances of becoming a mother. I can relate to the feeling as I have been through the same dilemma 16 years ago when I was trying to get pregnant.  After 4 years of incessant but failed attempts, I created an essential oil blend based on my knowledge of aromatherapy.  My husband and I used this fertility aromatherapy blend during couple massage sessions. The essential oils played an important role in restoring our hormonal balance and within a month, I was on my way to motherhood!  Essential oils have helped me in every phase of pregnancy and for many years after that.  I have only aromatherapy to thank for blessing us with a healthy and cheerful child like Juan Martin. Juan Martin, my aromatic son   I am glad to say that I have been able to help many women overcome their infertility problems and become happy and proud mothers. The underlying causes of infertility in these women may be varied but the one common denominator was their anxiety to get pregnant and their disappointment when they tested negative month after month. Some of them combined my fertility aromatherapy blend and advice with other treatments – holistic, allopathic or both and some of them just used my oils. There may be several physiological factors that can explain why essential oils could have helped to conceive- their relaxant properties, their ability to promote circulation, their phytohormonal properties or all of the above. My personal experiences inspired me to formulateWoman’s Help Body Oil, a special massage oil that incorporates the goodness of 4 highly effective essential oils that work on a woman’s body in different ways.
  • Geranium Essential Oil :  Balances out the hormones and stimulates the adrenal cortex. Works as an uterine and ovarian tonic. ¹
  • Clary Sage Essential Oil : Helpful in relieving feminine problems, stress, depression and anxiety. It’s also said that it imitates estrogen, the feminine hormone.
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Calms and relaxes the mind. Extremely beneficial for people who are in an unbalanced emotional state. ²
  • Fennel Essential Oil: Has been known for thousands of years for its effects on the female reproductive system.  Helps regularize menstrual cycle, specially scanty and painful periods. ³
Other very effective essential oils for infertility are: Cypress, Basil,  Niaouli and Rose Maroc. Just add 5 drops of each oil to the Woman’s Help Body Oil.  It’s important to know that the above mentioned essential oil blend works for women and for men. I would like to share my beautiful experience with all couples out there who suffer from different causes of infertility. Although it may not be the ultimate cure, it certainly helps in more ways than one. A relaxing aromatherapy massage concentrating on the abdomen and limbs has a physical as well as emotional benefit. The massage relaxes your mind and stimulates the reproductive organs while the essential oils do their job.
  • Involving your partner in the process can bring you closer on a physical and emotional level. Indulge in couple massages to detoxify your bodies and build up intimacy.
  • The use of essential oils does not interfere with any other treatments that you may be undergoing for infertility; in fact, it complements them.
  • Instead of focusing on the end result, focus on the opportunity to enjoy this time of rediscovering as a couple.
  • Feel good about your body and enjoy the process rather than worrying about the results.
The secret to success lies in cultivating a positive attitude towards yourself and your relationship with your partner.

References:  ¹ ³ Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy An A-Z. Essex, England: The CW Daniel Company Ltd. 1992 ² Worwood, Valerie Ann. Aromantics.  New York, NY. Bantam Books. 1994 Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Novato, CA: New World Library.1991     Related Articles How My Son Was Conceived with Aromatherapy Can’t Get Pregnant? The Must-Read for EVERY Man and Woman       © AROMANDINA 2011 – 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.

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