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Oct 31 2011 So, you bought an essential oil and you don’t know what to do with it? I hear you. There are many ways to take the best advantage of the benefits of essential oils. Here are some simple tips for you:

How to use essential oils:

Two main ways essential oils work are by inhalation and absorption through the skin. Though some authors say that inhalation is the only method that truly deserves the name aromatherapy, topical application is also very effective.

What method of application to use?

Well that depends on the problem needing help. I am going to show you how to choose:

Methods of Inhalation

For treatment of emotional problems such as stress, depression, and anxiety, inhalation is the quickest and most effective. Did you know that your nose has direct contact with the brain?
“In the nose the endothelium is thin and the site is close to the brain molecules, therefore it must be assumed that essential oil molecules reach the local circulation and the brain fairly easily and quickly.”(Le Price 2007)
The inhalation method of application is also useful for respiratory conditions such as colds, the  flu, and congested sinuses.

Using a Tissue:

Put 3 to 4 drops of your essential oil or essential oil blend on a firm tissue such as a paper towel (it holds the aroma longer than facial tissue or handkerchief) breathe deeply two or three times.  You can keep the tissue inside your shirt or blouse to get continued benefits.  

Using an Aromatherapy Burner – diffuser:

Fill the bowl with water and add 5-15 drops of the Essential Oil or Essential Oil Blend light candle and enjoy. Not only will you benefit from the positive emotional effects of this method of application, but so will all of those in the room where you have the oils diffusing. As I always say, is not so much the container as what is inside of it, any ceramic diffuser will help transform the atmosphere for all in the room. Essential oil blends that are wonderful for use during the day are any of the blends in the EXULTO line: Alegria, Fiesta, and Citrus Delight also great to uplift are Clary Sage, Litsea Cubeba, Cardamom,  Bergamot, or Ginger essential oils.

Using a Pillow:

Add 2 drops of your essential oil blend to a tissue or a cotton pad and tuck it under your pillow case. This is a great method to help you sleep better or if your nose is congested.  For a better night’s rest try Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend, Lavender, Mandarin, or Sandalwood essential oils. To relieve congestion use Immune Support Essential Oil Blend , Eucalyptus, Pine, or Tea Tree essential oils.

Steam Inhalation:

Add about 3 drops of essential oil 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. For frequent allergies and chronic sinus congestion use Allergy Calm Blend, Lavender or Niaouli. Reference: Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Shirley and Len Price Up next:  Topical Applications of Essential Oils   For more information on © 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.
 
Oct 04 2011

Respiratory infections can catch us unawares but that does not imply that we overreact.  We would rather prepare ourselves adequately and make use of nature’s wisdom than panic unnecessarily! For centuries our ancestors have counted on the immunity-boosting benefits of natural essential oils. Some essential oils used in aromatherapy have been scientifically proven to ward of infections and disease causing organisms.

Our RESPIRO Immune Support essential oil blend has been carefully formulated to be safely effective used. It can safeguard the health of your family by strengthening the immune system and alleviating symptoms of respiratory disorders:

RESPIRO Immune Support is a unique blend of highly effective essential oils that perform diverse functions and may help protect the respiratory system from infectious assault:

  • Eucalyptus Globulus and Eucalyptus Radiata: have powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  • Niaouli: Powerful antibacterial and antiseptic. Excellent immune system booster and allergy aide.
  • Tea Tree: has natural bactericidal, antiviral and fungicidal properties and are known to have a stimulating effect on the immune system.
  • Ravensara: can be extremely helpful in relieving symptoms of whooping cough and sinusitis.
  • Pine: is a natural expectorant and a very powerful pulmonary antiseptic.
  • Lavender: is a natural antiseptic and analgesic which makes it an effective remedy for colds, coughs, catarrh and influenza.
Here’s how you can use it, combine at least two methods of application for more effectiveness:
  • Add 10 drops of the essential oil to 2 tbsp. of salt and mix it in your bath water.
  • Add 10 drops of essential oil to a vaporizer and keep it on all day.
  • Pour a couple of drops on your palm and inhale deeply, especially before entering a public place or flying.
  • Place a couple of drops of the oil on a tissue and wipe surfaces like door knobs, steering wheel, etc.
Click here to read a testimonial © 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.
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.
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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