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Mar 30 2011 One of the things I love about aromatherapy is that it uses the two senses that are most connected to the heart – the sense of smell and the sense of touch. Being from Latin America, I’m quite used to greeting friends with kisses and hugs, to touch and be touched, without feeling awkward or uncomfortable about it. That’s why moving to the United Sates came as sort of a culture shock. It took me some time to get accustomed to the more formal social etiquette and I had to sometimes stop myself from jumping to hug the person I was greeting. I have always been amazed with the power of our tactile senses and its incredible healing qualities. These qualities increase in potency when combined with the application of essential oils. I recently read an article on CNN that describes the benefits of touch for better mental, physical and emotional health. Scientific studies have proven that the simple massage can increase the number of white blood cells in our blood and help our bodies fight infection. The act of hugging, being hugged or holding hands is not only comforting and reassuring, it also stimulates the release of Oxytocin, the feel good hormone, that uplifts our mood and brings about a general feeling of wellbeing. Intimacy with a loved one is known to alleviate stress, anxiety, loneliness and depression. Our sense of touch is a divine gift that we must use towards our wellbeing as well as that of our loved ones. You can read the complete article here:

  http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/05/touching.makes.you.healthier.health/index.html?iref=allsearch
© AROMANDINA 2011 – 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 16 2010 You eat healthy and exercise well but the scales refuse to budge? Sleep deprivation could be the reason! Medical research has established a strong link between sleep patterns and weight management. Turns out that improper and inadequate sleep can send your hormones and metabolism in a tizzy causing you to feel hungrier than usual and keeping your body from burning fat reserves. Here’s how a lack of sleep will affect your weight loss efforts: 1.- More cravings Physical and emotional stress is directly associated with higher levels of cortisol (also called the ‘stress hormone’) in the blood. This hormone interferes with the satiety center in the brain and makes you feel hungry even after you’ve had a meal. So the next time you reach out for some comfort food, you know what to blame. 2.- Slow metabolism Fewer hours of deep sleep can also result in lower levels of the growth hormone – the one that develops muscle mass and metabolizes fatty tissue. It doesn’t take a nuclear scientist to figure out where that will take you. Also, a tired body is ill-equipped to metabolize carbohydrates and tends to store them as fats. Slow metabolism increases blood sugar which may lead to insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes. 3.- Low energy levels Lack of sleep can rrestrict your performance and productivity in all areas of life. A fatigued body responds dully to fitness plans and makes you less alert, focused and sharp. Doesn’t that give you enough reasons to grab some zzzz ? Here are some of my favorite essential oils with natural sedative properties: If you have been dealing with a sleep disorder or just plain old stress, here are some aromatherapy solutions that can help you get some sweet slumber. For best results use a combination of 2 or more of the above mentioned oils:
    1) Put a drop or 3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and tuck it under your pillow case.
    2) Add 10 drops of essential oils to a ¼ cup of Epsom salts and mix it in your bath water. Think relaxing thoughts and feel all your worries just melt away.
      3) Mix 1 oz of
Carrier Oil
    with a total 15 drops of sedative essential oils. Take ¼ teaspoon of this body oil blend and massage onto your solar plexus area, the area where all your worries and negative feelings reside. As you massage that area, you will free yourself from all stress and negative emotions.

Good night and sleep tight!

Aromandina recommends: Sereno line, a perfect combination of sedative oils: Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Petitgrain, Sandalwood and Palo Santo. Photo by Kodomut
© 2010 AROMANDINA – 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.
Jan 28 2010

Cooking (check) Lunch with friends (check) Board meeting (check) Take kids out for a movie (check) Surf the net(check) Watch TV (check) Grab shut-eye (uh oh!) Does this sound like a typical day in your life? If it does, it’s anything but good news! Most of us conveniently trade off our sleeping hours for ‘more important’ stuff. The result? A huge chunk of population that is chronically sleep deprived, stressed out and on the brink of a nervous breakdown. Not surprisingly, women make up for a large fraction of this population. Most modern women juggle their hours between kids, household chores and careers. Since they hardly have any time left for themselves, sleep for them comes as a rare indulgence on weekends and vacations. This is especially true for single moms and career-driven women. The adult human body needs a minimum of 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep in order to regenerate and revitalize itself. There is enough research to show that sleep deprived individuals are more prone to illness, accidents and disorientation [1]. It is anybody’s guess that erratic sleeping patterns mess with our judgment, creativity, and decision making abilities. In fact, some studies have even established insomnia as one of the major factors contributing to obesity and weight gain! Isn’t that reason enough to stop treating our bodies like machines? If you experience symptoms of insomnia and have trouble going to sleep, take the safe and natural route instead of popping harmful pills. The efficacy of aromatherapy in the treatment of insomnia has been established by scientific research [2] and the regular use of essential oils has helped millions of sleep deprived people all over the world. Here are some essential oil suggestions: Lavender acts as a natural sedative and has a calming effect on the mind and body. Good for stress and anxiety. Mandarin has a comforting scent that helps maintain emotional well-being. Clary Sage Restores and relaxes. Its antispasmodic effect makes it very helpful in relieving muscle tension that comes from emotional or mental stress. Helps to relief anxiety. Palo Santo invokes a feeling of sacredness and frees the mind of disturbing thoughts. Provides a general sense of wellness. Aromatherapy tips:
  1. Put 5 to 10 drops essential oils of choice in a diffuser to create a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom.
  2. For stress and restlessness, combine up to 10 drops of essential oils with a cup of Epson Salts.  The mineral content in the salts will help relieve muscular tension and the oils will induce a state of deep relaxation. Let your body loose and let go of all your worries – just seize the moment and make it yours.
  3. Put a drop of lavender essential oil and drop of mandarin essential oil on a cotton pad and tuck it under your pillow case.
  4. Massage the back of your neck in circular movements and the solar plexus with ¼ teaspoon of carrier oil mixed with 2 drops of your essential oils of choice. Your solar plexus is  the storehouse of all negative emotions, this massage will help those emotions go away.
What’s more, these oils are safe and effective for children too. To keep nightmares and restlessness at bay, give your children an all-over massage with a blend of carrier oil and your calming essential oils of choice. The aroma will help them have a restful night and the gentle touch of a loved one will make them feel comforted and secure. Specially formulated products from Aromandina, the SERENO range help you do that and more. References: [1] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/sleep-challenge-2010-wome_b_409973.html [2] http://wlnaturalhealth.com/aromatherapy-articles/aromatherapy-stress-insomnia.htm     Related Articles Why Sleeping is so Important 3 Steps to a Good Night’s Sleep The Healing Power of an Aromatherapy Bath Can’t Sleep? Try a Footbath Tonight
© AROMANDINA – 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.
Jan 06 2010 Natural essential oils can help shape up your body in many ways but they can do so only when coupled with an appropriate diet and exercise plan. Essential oils accelerate the weight loss process by eliminating toxins and toning up the body so that you see faster and better results. OBSTACLE 1: Low immunity, chest congestion and inability to breathe well
  • Solution: Immune Support Essential Oil
  • Why: Supports and strengthens the immune system by fighting off germs and stimulating the activity of the organs and cells involved.
  • How: Rub 2 drops between the palms of your hands and breathe deeply.
OBSTACLE 2: Muscle pain and cramps
  • Solution: Pain Begone Body Oil and ALIVIO Andean Bath Soak
  • Why: Maintains muscle tone, alleviates pain caused by muscle cramps or swelling and improves circulation and lymphatic flow, pain relief.
  • How: For warming up the muscles, gently massage the limbs with ½ teaspoon of Pain Begone Body Oil in the direction of the heart.  After exercise, take a bath with ¼ cup of ALIVIO Andean Bath Soak and feel all your pains melt away. After bath, massage sore areas with Pain Begone Body Oil.
OBSTACLE 3: Apathy, discouragement and boredom
  • Solution: EXULTO Body Mist
  • Why: Most of us go through a lot of stress and fatigue each day. This blend of essential oils enlivens, rejuvenates and harmonizes the mind. Essential oils also support emotional well-being during difficult times and infuse mental strength and positivity to help us battle all adversities and handle stress.
  • How: When you feel down and troubled, just spray some mist over your face and body, breathe deeply and SMILE!
OBSTACLE 4: Restlessness, insomnia, stress, nervous tension and anxiety
  • Solution: Sleep Time Essential Oil
  • Why: Adequate sleep is very essential to maintain a healthy weight. Anxiety, stress and lack of sleep result in the release of a hormone called cortisol that makes us want to binge on sugary foods and promotes the accumulation of fats in our body. Cortisol also destroys muscle tissue and weakens the brain, bones and immune system.
  • How: Induce an atmosphere of peace and relaxation in your bedroom. Keep your essential oil diffuser next to your bed and breathe deeply before closing your eyes.
OBSTACLE 5: Poor muscle tone, food cravings and poor lymphatic drainage
  • Solution: CLARO Essential Oil and Detoxing Body Oil
  • Why: It is not the stomach that lets you know that you are full but your hypothalamus. Inhaling the CLARO Essential Oil Blend induces the hypothalamus to send a message to the stomach that you are no longer hungry and also triggers positive reactions in the brain. The essential oils in the Detoxing Body Oil are very effective in soothing the skin and eliminating excess water and fat in the tissues.
  • How: When you are hit by a food craving or feel like over-eating, take three sniffs of CLARO Essential Oil blend through each nostril. Massage CLARO Detoxing Body Oil over your body in a circular motion twice a day.
OBSTACLE 6: Low energy levels, fatigue and lack of concentration
  • Solution Energia Essential Oil Blend
  • Why: Essential oils in this blend infuse health, energy and vitality in the body by providing adrenal support enhancing memory and cleansing the system of toxins.
  • How: Place 3-4 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale for a great energizing effect.
OBSTACLE 7: Hormone imbalances, mood swings, low self -esteem and lack of body awareness
  • Solution: RADIARE Essential Oil
  • Why: A soothing, uplifting, calming and restorative blend of floral oils that make us feel beautiful and confident from within.
  • How: Place 3-4 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale every time you need to uplift your senses.
© AROMANDINA – 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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