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Nov 29 2010 This treatment is designed to assist in the flow of energy throughout the body, physically, mentally and emotionally. It particularly focuses on bringing peaceful balance to overworked adrenal glands.
It is ideal for clients suffering from chronic fatigue and adrenal exhaustion.

We will begin with a light, relaxing and gentle mist followed by a combination of alternating warm and cold compresses to your kidneys and adrenal glands. Following the compresses will be an invigorating massage.
As their adrenal glands are brought back into balance your body will reestablish its strength, vitality and sustained energy throughout the day.

Products in the treatment:

Energia Essential Oil
Alerta Body Mist
Adrenal Support Body Oil

Supplies on Hand:

2 Hand Towels

Room Set Up:

Hand towel soaking in crockpot filled with 1 tbs of table salt previously mixed with 5 drops of  Energia Essential Oil on low setting.
Hand towel soaking in bowl filled with cold water.

Table Set Up:

Set up the table for a massage 1 drop Energia Essential Oil on face cradle

Home Care Products:

Alerta Body Mist
Energia Essential Oil

Adrenal Support Body Oil
Memoria Essential Oil

Procedure:

  1. Start client prone. Mist your client’s body using Alerta Body Mist.   Hold the bottle 2 – 3 feet from client with the nozzle facing toward the ceiling and spray the mist upward. The mist will fall gently on the skin and feel like the mist in a rainforest.
  2. Wring out the hot water from the hand towel that is in the crockpot and lay over the kidneys and adrenal area. With a flat hand press the hot water into the adrenal tissue and gently rock back and forth.
  3. Wring out cold water from the hand towel that is in the cold water bowl. Before placing the hand towel on the client ask them to take a deep breath and let them know that on the exhale you will be placing an cold compress on their kidney area. The tendency will be for them to contract their muscles and hold their breath. Let them know it is better to relax and continue to exhale as the cold compress is placed over the kidneys. This will help them release the toxins and tension held in their body. With a flat hand press the cold water into the tissue.
  4. Alternate hot and cold compresses 3x each.
  5. Massage with Adrenal Support Body Oil using fast invigorating strokes. In your mind’s eye see your client full of energy and life. As you massage let that energy flow from your hands into your client.
  6. Turn client supine, mist and then massage.

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© 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.

Mar 03 2010 I want to share our favorite snack here in the Carrion Family. I know most of you have tried fried plantains in one of those Latin restaurants, they are great tasting but loaded with fat. This is an option that not only has lots of vitamins and minerals but that can easily satisfy those sugar cravings in the middle of the day. You’ll need for this recipe 1 – 3 very, very ripe plantains, your local supermarket has these plantains usually next to the mangoes and coconuts.  The riper the plantain the sweeter it is, so choose one that looks like this:

Very ripe and not so ripe plantain

If it’s not ripe enough, that’s fine, just let it ripe at home for a couple of days. Peel and cut plantains into 1/2 inch slices and put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or lightly sprayed with olive oil. I like to use my toaster oven for this purpose. Bake at 350F for around 25 minutes or until they are golden.

Golden Brown Plantains

It tastes better when served warm, but it’s also great when it’s cold so it’s a great snack option for your kids. If you want to indulge a little bit, add a dollop of cream cheese.

Plantains with Cream Cheese

Buen Provecho!
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 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.

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