Repairing Your Skin After a Sizzling Summer

Posted: September 1, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

I hope you have all enjoyed this summer as much as I did, be it by going to the lake, walking around the park, or by simply sitting outside and catching some rays of sunlight. I know that I certainly indulged in the sun this summer (and yes maybe I did over-indulge), by going out to the lake or waiting in line at the food truck park.

I tried my best to protect my skin this summer via sunscreen, but with this summer being one of the hottest summers in history, I could feel my skin crying for help in the sizzling sun.

Exposing yourself to the sun for too long comes with some risks to our health and appearance. Excessive exposure can lead to uneven complexion, blotchy skin, wrinkles, and irritated skin, all of which ages your skin. Every minute that you spend outside accumulates damage to the skin over time and deteriorates your health.

With the end of summer quickly approaching and less exposure to the sun, now is the best time to begin repairing your summer skin. It’s time to give our skin some tender love and care, the natural way.

The essential oils listed here are ideal for skin care since they heal, vitalize the tissue, stimulate the renewal of cells, cleanse and rejuvenate the skin.

Here’s a guide to repairing your skin:Read more

Mandarin Oil — Here’s Why It Should Be Part of Your Regular Routine

Posted: August 23, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Ever play that game where you have to choose just a couple of things you’d want if you were stranded on a desert island?  For me, Mandarin essential oil would definitely be on the list!  I love this stuff!

I first discovered Mandarin oil about twenty years ago, and ever since, it’s been my go-to oil on stressful days, on nights that I can’t sleep, and even for my young son.  In fact, Mandarin is one of the safest and gentlest essential oils for children and pregnant women.  Kids especially seem to like it because it smells like candy!

What exactly does Mandarin oil do?

It gives your digestive system a boost

Whether you’ve got indigestion, gas, or stomach spasms, Mandarin oil can help your digestive system secrete bile and break down fats.  It’s also got antispasmodic qualities that can give you quick relief from gas pains and hiccups.  
Simply mix 20 drops of Mandarin with 4 ounces of carrier oil and massage it clockwise over your tummy.  (And, yes, this mixture is safe for young kids and the elderly!)  – For children under 2, mix 4 ounces of jojoba oil with 5 drops of mandarin oil.Read more

Marketing Aromatherapy to the Millennial

Posted: August 15, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion


The Millenial

As millennials get older, the world changes and conforms to their standards. Since the majority of this generation is now reaching adulthood, they are the ones setting the trends of the early 21st century. More importantly, they have started the huge trend that is healthy living.

The way they dress tells others that they like all things natural, they eat organic, and they live an earthy lifestyle. This trend means that millennials are increasingly looking for natural scents and remedies to complement their lifestyle.

They have recently turned their attention towards aromatherapy, knowing that it has therapeutic values that can help them deal with many of their everyday tasks.

My son is a millennial, which has helped me watch every aspect of every trend that millennials have either set or followed. I have seen the trends that he and all his friends follow, and when his girl-friends come over I have seen the new trend that is the earthy girl vibe. They are always very interested in my aromatherapy and they love coming into my personal lab and smelling each and every oil I have. Many times, they’ll offer to buy some for their next bath or for their diffusers.

Essential oils can have therapeutic effects that would be essential in the life of most any millennial.Read more

It’s Time for A Different Kind of Gift for Dad – Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted: June 7, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

fathers day diy gifts
With Father’s Day rapidly approaching, we find ourselves with the same dilemma of always: What do we get them? Another neutral color shirt? A new razor identical to the last? These are the same mundane gifts we’ve been giving them all their life, and maybe this time we can spice it up a bit more than they’re use to.

We need to take into consideration certain aspects of a man’s life:

  • Balancing work, family, and payments takes a toll on them and causes stress. They may not be as vocal about the issues as women are, but they still go through stressful situations that take have an effect on them.
  • Men like to be nurtured (whether they admit it or not), they like to look good, and they like to smell pleasant. They may not act like it, but these are factors that play a role in who they are.
  • They are well aware of what goes into their body and how it affects their wellbeing. When they are given the opportunity to be healthier, they’ll take it in order to maintain the best health.
  • They won’t normally take an hour in the bathroom getting ready, so having a product that ensures their satisfaction while taking the least amount of time from their day, will prove to be most valuable.
  • They do have feelings, and seeing that you didn’t get them the same thing every other dad gets will make them appreciate you for your thoughtfulness.


If the man of the house is exhausted during the day, but has a hard time sleeping at night, creating two products will help them get through the day. One for the evening and one for their morning shower.

The Morning Shower Gel
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Why Should You Fall in Love with Lemon Oil?

Posted: June 2, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

There’s nothing more comforting than an old standby — like those jeans that always seems to make you look thinner, or that pasta dish that always gets rave reviews.  One of my favorite old standbys is Lemon oil.  I turn to it for all kinds of things!

What can Lemon oil help with?

This essential oil is very versatile — providing relief for everything from insomnia, to tummy troubles, to problems concentrating, to circulation issues, and more.  In fact, Lemon  has been used to battle both physical and emotional ailments ever since the 12th century! 

Let’s start with the physical relief it can provide…

Thanks to its natural antibacterial properties, Lemon oil can help you win the fight over acne and insect bites.  And speaking of your skin, it will also combat all of that sebum that makes your face look like an oil slick.Read more

Aromatherapy – DIY Bug Repellent -Your Key to a Bug-Free Summer

Posted: May 23, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Ahhh summertime…

Between fun days at the beach, evening barbecues with the family, and nighttime camping trips with friends, is there any wonder why we look forward to this season all year long?

But there’s something about summer that we definitely don’t look forward to — bugs.  Mosquitoes and other insects thrive during the warm summer months.  They’re not just annoying, though.  They’re also capable of spreading infections and other dangerous diseases.  If you really want to enjoy your summer, you’ve got to figure out a way to win the battle over bugs. 

Luckily, the right blend of essential oils can be your best weapon!

Most people assume that you’ve got to slather yourself with stinky, chemical-laden sprays to truly fight off bugs.  However, I’ve come up with a special bug repellent recipe that smells as great as it works.  Best of all, when you make some of this special blend at home, you can rest easy knowing that everyone will be protected, without relying on toxic ingredients.

Here’s your DIY recipe:

  • 1 oz plastic spray bottle (travel size empty bottle, can be found at any supermarket)

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Boost Your Workout and Exercise with Essential Oils!

Posted: May 16, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion


You’ve heard all about my passion for aromatherapy, but there’s something else that I absolutely love — Zumba™.  I actually teach a Zumba™ class six times a week, and on top of that, I also make time for Barre classes and weight training.  On average, I spend about 10 hours of every week exercising, and I love it!

But I couldn’t do it without my essential oils.

Most people don’t think to combine aromatherapy with exercise, but once you try it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!  Best of all, no matter what kind of exercise you love — running, lifting weights, competitive sports, dancing — aromatherapy can help you bring your “A game” every time.

How can the right essential oils boost your fitness routine?

–  They provide pain relief

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Essential Oils are the Perfect Traveling Companion!

Posted: April 27, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

As much as I love where I live, I also love getting out and seeing as many corners of the world as I can.  I’ve been really lucky this year.  So far, I’ve already been to Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and South Florida, and I’ve got plans to visit New York, New Orleans, and maybe even Peru.

Whether you’re traveling for work or for fun, there’s one thing you’ve got to bring along with you — the right essential oils!  With just a little bit of knowledge under your belt, you can turn your essential oils into the perfect traveling companion.Read more

March 20 is the official start of allergy season

Posted: March 15, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Aromatherapy for Allergies
Well, not really, but once Spring comes with its beautiful weather, for many the dreaded allergy season starts too.

And we all know the symptoms, right? Runny nose, watery/itchy eyes, constant sneezing.  The allergy alarm bells go off thanks to the dry, fine and powdery pollen coming from trees like oak, birch and ash. 

Also very important to consider is that stress is known to play a very important role in predisposing people to respond allergically. 

The aromatherapy approach to allergy is to employ essential oils that have a noticeable physical relieving effect and that at the same time are calming and soothing.  While this treatment will not cure the susceptibility to the allergen, the symptoms can be minimized or they can be more bearable.

My favorite oils for allergies are Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Blue Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)and Niaouli (Melaleuca viridiflora) and they are all carefully put together in Aromandina’s Allergy Calm essential oil and Allergy Calm Roll On.

Just follow these steps:

  • Put 3 drops of Allergy calm Essential Oil on a washcloth.  Take the washcloth to the shower.While showering, place the washcloth on your chest and allow the heat of the shower to release the vapors of the essential oil.
  • After the shower, mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil with 6 drops of Allergy Calm Essential Oil and apply with massage in the hollow below the collarbone next to the breastbone and your arms, from the wrist to the shoulder in upper movements.

  • Roll Allergy Calm Roll On on the face: the sinus area, the side of each nostril, the bottom of the cheekbones and the base of the skull.  Press these points with your fingertips. 

You can keep your Allergy Calm Roll On at hand and use it freely during the day.

While this treatment will not cure the susceptibility to the allergen, the symptoms can be minimized or they can be more bearable.



© 2016, 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.

Aromatherapy Baths Can Restore You Inside and Out

Posted: March 2, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

I came so close to making it through all of 2015 without getting sick. And then as luck would have it, a nasty cold hit me like a ton of bricks at the beginning of the year.

I should have seen it coming. After all, I had been the hostess for Christmas dinner AND a New Year’s party. I had family members flying in from all over the place. And to top it all off, business at Aromandina was booming.
Unfortunately, my body could only take so much. All of the stress took its toll on my immune system, and I paid the price!

Of course, I followed my own advice and immediately grabbed some cold-busting essential oils, but my poor body wanted something more. After everything I’d put it through, it was begging for some “me time”, and I knew just what to give it — an aromatherapy bath.

It only took two of these baths to make me feel like a brand new person. Not only were my cold symptoms diminished, but I felt completely relaxed!

Before you dive into your own bath, there is one important thing to remember — dilute your essential oils first with a simple emulsifier: heavy cream. That way, they’ll mix into the bath water instead of just floating on top of it!

So which oils work best in an aromatherapy bath?
There are plenty of choices, which is why I created this chart. No matter which combinations you go with, combine a total of 10 drops with two tablespoons of heavy cream.
Here are some of blends I suggest:

Worries Down The Drain: use this when stress and anxiety build up
3 drops Vetiver
2 drops Frankincense
5 drops Lavender

Flower Vacation: use this feminine floral scent to boost your self-esteem and overall mood
5 drops Geranium
3 drops Lemon
2 drops German Chamomile

Grounded and Pampered: use this to get rid of those erratic, wandering thoughts
5 drops Cedarwood Atlas
2 drops Palo Santo
3 drops Bergamot

Walk in the Woods: use this to fight exhaustion, stimulate your circulation, and help you breathe easier
5 drops Bay Laurel
5 drops Black Spruce

A few final tips:
– Sprinkle in 1/4 cup of Epsom salts to help alleviate pain
– Play some relaxing music
– Light some (unscented!) candles
– Have a thick towel, a comfy robe, and cozy slippers waiting for when you’re done
– Drink some chamomile tea as your tub fills up
– Use one of Aromandina’s Body Oils after you pat yourself dry

Ready to experience the power of an aromatherapy bath? Get everything you need at Aromandina!

© 2016, 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.

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