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Apr 24 2013 Essential Oils for Memory “Oops! I forgot”, is a common refrain and a very embarrassing one too – especially when you forget a loved one’s birthday or when a seemingly important task simply skips your mind. Maybe it is our stressful lifestyles or maybe we are just not attentive and alert enough to make a mental to-do list, but forgetfulness is something that most of us experience more often than we’d like. If you have been wondering what you can do to help yourself out of this annoying tendency, here’s something that will pique your interest.

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Jun 09 2011

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Fatigued? Sick all the time? Low sex drive? Maybe you have to take a look at your adrenal glands.

What are The Adrenal Glands?

The adrenal glands are two walnut-sized lumps that sit atop the kidneys. Their foremost function is to help you deal with stress in all its varied forms—from the slight to the extreme. The adrenal glands have close to 50 other functions, including metabolism, the sodium/potassium balance, blood sugar levels, and aiding in the production of sex hormones.  

The Fight or Flight Response

When stress hits the adrenal glands jump into action by putting you into fight-or-flight mode. The glands release adrenaline to increase your heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and secrete other hormones that instruct your digestive system and other “non-vital” systems to temporarily stop functioning.
By directing all available blood flow to your muscles at the same time, your body prepares itself to either attack (fight) or to run away from (flee) the perceived threat or challenge.

The fight-or-flight response is normal and healthy, but it becomes damaging when we react to every minor situation in a state of tremendous stress. In the fast-paced lives we lead today, just getting to work on time can be stressful; not to mention the dozens of other tasks that need we need to complete.
Problems arise if  throughout the day the adrenal glands are kept constantly stimulated. A person with overworked adrenal glands is constantly fatigued, has low sex drive, frequently catches colds and infections, is easily depressed and has trouble sleeping.

How Can Aromatherapy Help the Adrenal Glands?

There are compounds in some volatile oils that have a structural similarity to natural human hormones, and these promote efficient endocrine gland activity by natural means. For instance, the compounds found in Pine, Spruce and Rosemary oils are like cortisone. It is said that they stimulate the cortex of the adrenal glands or they mimic the action of cortisone in so far as they have a modulating effect on the activity of the adrenal cortex. [1]

Here are some strategies that you could use to integrate aromatherapy in your daily routine to help both physically and emotionally.
  • During the day, add 2 drops to a tissue with a calming essential oil, and breathe deeply, all the while visualizing a calm, positive scene. Experiment with essential oils of Clary Sage, Bergamot Litsea Cubeba and Citrus Delight
  • In the morning, start off your day with the magic of essential oils. Begin in the shower, by massaging the center of your back, where the kidneys are located. Rub the area with a washcloth to which two drops of Rosemary and Spruce oils have been added. These oils mimic adrenal hormones and, in stimulating the adrenal cortex, send a current of energy all through your body. You can also use ENERGIA Essential Oil.
  • After your shower, massage the same area with a ½ teaspoon of  carrier oil and a couple of drops of Pine, Spruce, Rosemary, essential oils. or 1/2 teaspoon of Adrenal Support Body Oil.   Feel your hands instilling restoration and balance with each loving stroke. As you massage, thank the energies of the oils for all the help they provide you.
  • In the evening,  there’s nothing better to calm and soothe than a warm bath with essential oils. Great oils to relax in the evenings are Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, and Rose. If you prefer showers, soak a washcloth a few drops of essential oil and let the hot water run through the washcloth, and inhale and soak in the fragrant steam as you unwind.
[1] Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Shirley Price, Len Price, page 117
© 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.
Oct 18 2010

My busy life as an aromatherapist, business owner, wife and mother demands long hours of work and high levels of energy. For me, every minute counts and I need to keep myself alert and focused every waking hour of the day.

Rosemary essential oil is always the first choice to keep me going.  It promotes the much-needed mental clarity and helps me focus even in stressful situations. Just a whiff of Rosemary clears my head and channels the flow of my thoughts. When I created Energia Essential Oil Blend and Adrenal Support Body Oil, I thought about people like me – people who need to stay alert, awake and focused to keep up with a demanding lifestyle.  I wanted a combination of oils that could not only energize and motivate, but also work as a tonic for the adrenal glands. After taking a shower, I pour a teaspoon of Adrenal Support Body Oil onto my palm and massage it across my back (on the area corresponding to the kidneys). This is my way of saying “thank you” to my adrenals for all the hard work they do for me during the day. I always carry a bottle of the Energia Blend in my purse. 5 drops of it in an aromatherapy diffuser improves my concentration at work and direct inhalation keeps me alert and awake while driving long distances to meet my clients. Energia Blend contains essential oils of Rosemary and Pine that are said to stimulate the cortex of the suprarenal gland [1]. According to author Gabriel Mojay, Rosemary can “renew enthusiasm and bolster self-confidence” [2] and was an age-old remedy for apathy and gloom. Rosemary also helps boost blood circulation and lymphatic drainage which makes it effective for systemic detoxification. Massaging your entire body with Aromandina’s Detoxing Body Oil releases all toxins and keeps you feeling fresh and energized. So the next time you need a little help with managing your thoughts or give an extra boost to your day, try a whiff of Rosemary. Place a few drops on a tissue and inhale the aroma deeply through your nose. Pause. Inhale again and allow the bright, energizing properties of rosemary to penetrate deep. What’s your Rosemary Story? [1] Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, Shirley Price, Len Price [2] Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils, Gabriel Mojay

© 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.

Aug 09 2010

Aromatherapy for ADD

When I used to talk at a radio show in Ecuador, I would choose themes that would provide helpful tips to listeners.  During my experience I discovered that as the first school trimester was coming close to its end, parents were nervous about their children failing the tests.  I talked about the benefits of using essential oils that not only stimulate the nervous system but are cephalic as well, meaning that they improve memory and concentration.  Hundreds of mothers tried out the essential oils and reported after the school exams that the oils definitely helped.

The essential oils for memory and concentration are: Spearmint Essential Oil: restorative, strengthens memory, stimulates the mind Peppermint Essential Oil: stimulates nerves and brain, improves concentration and study Cardamom Essential Oil: fortifying, tonic of brain and nervous system Rosemary Essential Oil: clears the mind, sharpens the memory and boosts the nervous system

A solution for lack of focus and motivation

Based on that experience, I combined all those oils into a single product, Memoria Essential Oil

I tried it first when my son when he was in 4th grade and was having problems with his spelling tests. While he was learning and memorizing the spellings, he sniffed a tissue that had 2 drops of the Memoria essential oil.  The next day, right before school, he took a few sniffs of the oil again and carried the tissue to the exam room.  When the exam came along, he was able to identify with the familiar smell and relate it to the moments when he was studying. 

This helped him immensely in recalling what he had learned the previous day and gave his memory an instant boost. As a result of this simple therapy, he ended up with straight A’s in spelling.
Memoria is now a part of our every day routine at home. I put 5 drops of the essential oil in an aromatherapy diffuser on his desk – this  helps him finish his homework faster without getting distracted. 
Whenever he comes looking all groggy to eat breakfast, I spray Vigor Body Mist a couple of times on his face to help him gear up for his day at school. This method can be very helpful for children with ADD and ADHD and to anybody needing some extra help with their concentration.

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© 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.
Mar 19 2010

Aromatherapy Tip

Try applying some VIGOR Adrenal Support to your kidney area. Essential oils of Rosemary and Pine stimulate and feed your adrenals while the refreshing scent of Litsea Cubeba lift up your spirit. Give it a try!   Related Articles How to use Essential Oils for Adrenal Fatigue Aromatherapy for Outdoor Activities Spruce Up Your Shower  
© 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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