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Dec 09 2015

Between the rooftops blanketed with snow, the icicles hanging from the trees, and the peaceful glow coming from your fireplace, winter is absolutely gorgeous.

But among all of that beauty lie some serious buzzkills — like wintertime colds and flu, frigid temperatures that make you want to stay in bed all day long, and darker days that make you feel downright gloomy.

Winter can wreak havoc on your body in several ways:

– The lower temperatures and drier air make it harder for your immune system to function the way it should. In fact, your mucus membranes work best in temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees — which you definitely won’t see during the winter!

– Because it’s so cold, you’re less likely to head outside and get the exercise you need. Instead, you feel lazy and lethargic, and you’re much more sedentary than you are during warmer seasons.

Yes, it’s harder to feel great during the winter, but if you take the right approach, you can boost your spirits so that you feel as amazing as the soft white snow looks!

How do you do it?

With the right essential oils!

If you feel a winter cold coming, treat yourself to a hot aromatherapy foot bath. Simply fill your bathtub high enough to reach your ankles and dilute 4 drops each of Spruce and Fir essential oils in 2 tablespoons of milk.  Let your feet soak for about 20 minutes.

Want another foot treat? Massage the soles of your feet with a mixture of one teaspoon jojoba oil and 3 drops of Immune Support essential oil blend. It’ll get rid of that chill you have with every step. For the best warm-up, pull on a pair of warm socks after your foot massage and place a hot water bottle over your feet. Or, if your heels are dry and cracked, massage them with a blend of 2 drops Geranium oil, 2 drops Frankincense oil, 2 drops Lemon oil, and a tablespoon of jojoba oil.

But it’s not just your feet that deserve a sweet treat during the winter! Your immune system needs some TLC, too.

Taking some deep breaths can infuse your bloodstream with more oxygen and help your body create more endorphins (the “feel-good” hormones). But if you combine those deep breaths with the right essential oils, your body will get an even bigger boost!

Rub 3 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil in your hands, and breathe it in 7-10 times. This oil has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties, and even just a few deep breaths will make you feel energized and ready to take on the day!

Need to clear up your sinuses? Simply mix two drops of Aromandina’s Winter blend, a teaspoon of salt, and a bowl of steaming hot water. Then, cover your head with a towel and breathe in the vapors.

Of course, stress can make you feel just as lifeless as a nasty cold does, so you’ve got to take a proactive stand against it, too! Even worse, extreme stress can make you more susceptible to getting sick — something you definitely don’t need this time of year.

Lavender oil is a natural stress-buster. Use some in your aromatherapy burner to calm yourself down when things get tough. Or, if you really want to kick the relaxation up a notch, take an aromatherapy bath. Fill the tub with warm water, then add 5 drops of Vetiver oil, 5 drops of Lavender oil, and a tablespoon of Epsom salt.

Prefer a massage over a bath? Take a tablespoon of jojoba oil and 2 drops each of Ylang Ylang and Lavender oils, and mix it up to create your own massage oil. Even if your sweetie isn’t around to give you a good rub, you can massage this oil into your feet and the back of your neck for some instant relief.

Unfortunately, dry, itchy, uncomfortable skin can cause some serious stress. Luckily, the right essential oils will make your skin look and feel great! Oils like Frankincense, Geranium, and Patchouli are great at nourishing your skin. Dilute 4 drops of  any of them with 1 tablespoon jojoba oil, and you’ve instantly got a treat for your entire body! Even just a light massage with this mixture will improve your blood circulation, leaving your skin with a better glow.

But if winter just has you down in the dumps overall, use aromatherapy to travel back in time to those warmer, sunnier, friendlier days of summer. Citrus oils — including Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Lemon, and Bergamot — are instant mood-boosters. Choose your favorite to use in your aromatherapy burner when you feel the wintertime blues coming on.

Or, if you want to embrace all of those warm and fuzzy winter feelings, use Cinnamon, Fir, or Palo Santo oils. They’ll make you feel warm, relaxed, and ready to enjoy all of the good things that winter has to offer!

There are three essential oil blends that I really love during the winter — Winter Blend, Immune Support, and Energia. You’ll find them — along with all of the other oils we’ve talked about — at Aromandina!

© 2015, 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.
Nov 18 2013

DIY Winter Salt Scrub
Sometime ago, I wrote an article on winter body wraps for Les Nouvelle Esthetiques.

While the article was directed at spa professionals, you too can try out a simpler, DIY version of this wrap all on your own at home.

Now that the weather is cold, many of us face annoying problems like dry skin, infections and seasonal blues. Moreover, during this time, we want something that can warm us, comfort us and lift our spirits. If you do not have the time to visit a spa, just try this easy aromatherapy recipe – it pampers the skin and gives fabulous results.

What you will need:

I recommend the Winter Blend because it contains just the right mix of ingredients that are needed to fight off winter-related problems, and all in measured quantities. Here’s how it works:

Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Boosts the immune system and protects the body against disease-causing organisms. Also energizes the body when you feel dull and run down.  

Grapefruit Essential Oil: Has a refreshing and cheerful scent that instantly brightens up the mood and chases away the blues. It’s natural diuretic properties help in curbing water retention and minimize the appearance of cellulite.

Lavender Essential Oil: A versatile oil that fights depression and germs with equal fervor. Relaxes and calms an anxious mind.

We are going to choose Jojoba oil as a base for its super skin-hydrating properties. Not only is it great for dry, flaky skin, it also cleanses the pores without blocking them. The best part about Jojoba oil is that it suits all skin types.

Sea Salt works as a natural exfoliator that is not too harsh on the skin. It removes layers of dead skin, revealing soft, youthful skin underneath. It also replenishes the skin’s natural mineral content.

What Is The Procedure:

Simply mix 1 cup of  Sea Salts with ½ cup of Jojoba Oil and 20 drops of the Winter Blend. Use this mixture as a scrub in the bathtub or shower. 

This recipe does not require too many ingredients and hardly takes up any time. You can easily work it into your routine and practice it regularly throughout the winter months. In fact, it even makes for the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones.

Do try it out and write in to share how it helped you.

 © Cristina Proaño-Carrión AROMANDINA 2013 – 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. 
Feb 17 2010 Taken from Guide 2 Athens Posted on 02/16/2010 by Cheri Leavy The product junkie strikes again! In love w/Aromandina aromatherapy from STUDIO In Athens – Guide 2 Athens Blog

EXULTO Citrus Delight-This fruity and citrusy essential oil blend combats the wintertime blues! In the meantime til springtime!

Today I brought home something to cure my winter blues from STUDIO In Athens. (The Leathers Building 675 Pulaski Street, suite 1600) I had my first incredible session of pilates with Sarah Schmitt that left me feeling invigorated and maybe a little taller. Is that possible after one apparatus session to feel taller? Anyway, it feels like it to me! And that is saying a lot when you are 5’2″ (more on the pilates in my blog post tomorrow) I left with Aromandina’s EXULTO Citrus Delight Oil Blend to combat my winter time blues. I am so so so ready for sunshine and warmer days and outdoor activities! I bought the Soapstone Essential Oil Burner and just added water in the glass bowl and 7 drops of the oil and lit a tea light candle and I am feeling revived! The brochure suggests numerous ways to use the oil such as on a cotton pad in your pillow case, I might get the SERENO calming one for that as the EXULTO I bought might keep you up. Sarah has brochures and is knowledgeable as she has used several of the scents and products. They have body mists and bath Soaks and more. Read more… Posted using ShareThis
Dec 10 2009

Winters are beautiful – only if we could get ourselves out of bed! As the mercury dips, it brings along with it a host of winter blues like colds and flu, laziness and a general sense of gloom. It is easy to tackle problems head-on once you put a finger on the cause. Here are some factors that contribute to health and wellness problems during the cold months:

  • The temperature and the dry atmosphere are not optimum conditions for the body’s natural immune system function.
  • Winter also means a decline in physical and outdoor activity which results in laziness and lethargy. A sedentary lifestyle directly affects immunity.

Don’t let the temperatures dampen your spirits this year and embrace the sunshine with essential oils and aromatherapy.

Stop the cold right in its tracks!

You don’t need to pump in antibiotics and strong drugs to protect yourself from microbes when you can do it the natural way. If you sense a cold coming up, stop it right there with a hot aromatherapy foot bath. Fill up a tub with hot water (be careful not to scald yourself) and add 5 drops of Lavender essential oil, 5 drops of Pine essential oil along with 2 tablespoons of regular salt to it. Stand in the tub for about 20 minutes with the water reaching up to your ankles.

Warm up your paws!

Don’t let cold feet prevent you from having a good time during the holiday season. Mix a teaspoon of Jojoba oil with 3 drops of Cypress essential oil and rub onto the soles of your feet. Pull on a pair of warm socks and place your feet on a hot water bottle at bedtime.

Rubbing a blend of Geranium and Lavender oils in a teaspoon of Jojoba Oil will relieve dry, cracking heels and keep your footsies silky soft through the winter.

Breathe in the life!

Proper breathing is absolutely necessary if you have to keep your immune system going. Lack of oxygen in the blood stream lowers immunity and prevents the release of endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormones that produce emotional well-being. Make a conscious effort to take deep breaths several times a day. If you feel lethargic and lazy because of the cold weather, rub 3 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil between the palms of your hands and inhale deeply. 7 – 10 deep inhalations are enough to give your body an instant boost of energy. This oil is known for its strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It is a great choice for people who are prone to frequent colds and infections.

Spruce up your shower!

Make your own aromatherapy blend at home with 10 drops of Black Spruce essential oil and 5 drops of Pine essential oil mixed in a 4 oz bottle of  Carrier oil. Spruce has an uplifting scent while Pine is very effective against sore throats, chest congestion, joint pains and respiratory distress. Keep this blend handy in the shower and rub it all over your body just after a shower. Lack of sunlight and physical activity during harsh winter months can lower the body’s immune function and induce malaise. These essential oils collectively work towards fighting infections, supporting the adrenal glands and improving lymphatic drainage. While using the oil, make sure that you pay special attention to the abdomen as that area has a dense concentration of lymphatic tissue. After a brief massage, practice deep breathing for about 30 seconds. It has been found that people who practice this method in the shower every morning stay more healthy and active during winters.

Relax your body and soul!

Health tips are no good if your mind and body are busy battling stress. Stress can really strangle the body’s natural immunity and make you more susceptible to illnesses and infections, especially when the weather is down. The simple act of using Lavender essential oil in an aromatherapy burner when you are home can calm your senses and prepare your body to fight against the oddities.

If you have a little bit of extra time, soak in a warm bath laced with 5 drops of Pine essential oil, 5 drops of Lavender essential oil and a tablespoon of Epsom Salts. This will relax your muscles and rejuvenate your soul. Alternatively, mix a drop each of Pine essential oil and Lavender essential oil in a teaspoon of Jojoba oils and massage your feet and the back of your neck with this blend.

Liven up your mood!

Bring back the fresh, summery feel with citrus oils. Oils like Orange, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Litsea Cubeba and Lemon are known to uplift the senses and induce a positive atmosphere. Use any of these in an aromatherapy burner on a regular basis to brighten up your day.

  • The comforting scent of Cinnamon essential oil is enough to warm up the senses and make you feel cozy.
  • Fir essential oil is a natural mood enhancer and its woody aroma can take the sting out of winters.
  • Palo Santo essential oil has a calming property that can eliminate every bit of anxiety, stress, nervousness and irritability out of your life for good.

However chilly the weather, there is no escaping parties and get-togethers during the holiday season. Essential oils like Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage induce a feeling of sociability and helps one shed any inhibitions. You may use these oils in a diffuser when you have guests coming over for a lively, cheerful atmosphere.

Unclog your sinuses!

Mucus membranes, our body’s natural defense system, need an optimum temperature of 65 -85 degrees and a clean, moist environment to function well. Apart from the chilly outdoors, our bodies have to bear the brunt of heating systems, trapped pollutants and closed windows. Dry, particle-laden air irritates the mucous membranes thus lowering their defense mechanism and making us more susceptible to infections.

Add a teaspoon of regular salt along with two drops of Immune Support to a bowl of steaming hot water, cover your head with a towel and deeply inhale the vapors.

Look and feel soft!

Harsh, dry weather can send your skin screaming for help. As your skin loses moisture, it ends up looking dull, flaky and lackluster. Keep your skin plump and glowing by massaging your face and body with nourishing essential oils like Frankincense, Sandalwood and Patchouli. These oils can be mixed with rich carrier oils Jojoba Oil. The massage will improve blood circulation under the skin and restore your natural glow.

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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.

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