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Apr 02 2010 menopause
Menopause
is a crucial phase in any woman’s life.

While some sail through it with enviable ease, others find it a nightmare to live with.

As the body undergoes continuous changes, both physical and psychological, most women complain of mood swings, hot flashes, skin aging, low self esteem, depression and irritability.
Quite naturally, these factors affect the woman as well as those around her (friends, family and co-workers).

If you are one of the many women who have a hard time coping up with hormonal changes, aromatherapy may be just what you need.

Don’t let your hormones get the better of you – it is easy to maintain your health, beauty and sanity with a little help from essential oils!

Hot flashes? Spearmint, and Peppermint essential oils work in tandem to stimulate the mind and cool your senses making you feel positive, upbeat and attentive.

Stress, Anxiety, Irritability? GeraniumRose, Grapefruit, Lavender and Clary Sage are ‘cool’ by nature – they will not only regulate your body temperature during hot flashes but also negate ‘hot’ emotions like frustration, irritability and anger.  For best results, apply all over body after a shower and at bedtime.  Regular body massage with these oils has multiple physical and emotional benefits.

Pessimism,  Low Self-Esteem? Geranium, Clary Sage, Cypress, Rose and Fennel are a blessing for your body, they will  help a woman battle day-to-day stresses by restoring hormonal balance, mental peace and a positive body image.   In fact, many of our clients have reported a considerable improvement in self-confidence and a sense of feeling more feminine.  Keep one of them handy and take a quick whiff to remind yourself how beautiful you are!

As you enter a new phase of womanhood, indulge yourself in some ultra-feminine luxury with Rose Absolute. The soothing, comforting scent of Rose will make you feel sensual all over again and bring back the passion and romance in your life.’

Treat yourself to the exotic with Jasmine Absolute – a rare oil that can relax and exhilarate at the same time.

Used for centuries as a natural aphrodisiac, Jasmine can chase away the blues and lift your spirits up in no time.

Recommended essential oil blends or body oils:
RADIARE Essential Oil,
Women’s Help Body Oil,
Alerta Body Mist    


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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.
Jan 20 2010 If you feel bogged down by cold and gloomy weather, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD (yes, ‘winter blues’ is officially a clinical disorder).

Just like its abbreviation, Seasonal Affective Disorder is not a pleasant state to be in.

You may be a victim if you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms [1]:
•    Moderate to severe depression
•    Food cravings
•    Lack of focus
•    Lethargy and chronic fatigue
•    Low immunity levels
•    Loss of libido
•    Weight gain
•    Excessive sleepiness
•    Mood swings

SAD is usually triggered by a lack of sunlight and physical activity. The fact that the days are colder and shorter does not help either. No wonder then, many of us would rather spend the day tucked in bed or head for a tropical vacation.

There is no reason however to let the winter gloom get to you and dampen your spirits. Scientific research has shown that people suffering from seasonal depression are relatively more sensitive to smells and respond well to the aromas of essential oils [2].

Here are some oils that are highly effective in restoring the mind-body balance and uplifting the mood:
  • Bergamot – The fresh, tangy scent has a balancing effect on the mind and calms undesirable emotions like stress, anxiety, sadness and anger. It also restores confidence, wellness and energy.
  • Orange, Mandarin and Lemon – Citrusy scents are known to energize, rejuvenate and uplift – perfect for reviving your zest during cold winter months.
  • Grapefruit – One of the most versatile and feel-good scents, it is well-known for its natural anti-depressive properties.
  • Clary Sage – This sweet and earthy scent nourishes the soul and induces a feeling of euphoria, self-confidence, wellness and inner peace. It also helps is balancing out the hormones.
  • Ylang Ylang – A sensual scent that is relaxing and mildly sedative – especially useful if you have been battling stress and mental fatigue.
  • Jasmine – The exotic floral aroma of Jasmine spreads cheer and freshness. Great for depression and disorders of a psychosomatic nature.

Take a whiff to rev up your energy levels.Essential oils for Seasonal Affective Disorder may be used in one of the following ways:

Aromatherapy Massage – The recommended essential oil is blended with carrier oil and massaged all over the body.

The fragrance alleviates feelings of depression while the comfort of human touch evokes confidence and reassurance.

Diffusion
– The physical environment is impregnated with the aroma of essential oils for a long-lasting and sustained effect. Use an aromatherapy diffuser: Fill the bowl with water, add 5-15 drops of essential oil, light the candle and enjoy.


Aromatherapy Baths –Fill your bath with warm water and add 10 drops of essential oil to it along with ½ cup unscented salt. This is one of the most important and effective forms of treatment in aromatherapy. 
Avoid orange essential oil in the bath as it may irritate the skin.

Essential Oil Blend Recommendation: Citrus Delight Essential Oil Blend, Fiesta Essential Oil Blend


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References:[1] Aromatherapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) by Wendy Gist.Listed in aromatherapy, originally published in issue 142 – December 2007
[2] 5.    Postolache T. Patients with Seasonal Affective Disorder Have Lower Odor Detection Thresholds Than Control Subjects. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 59: 1119-22. 2002.

© 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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