Aromatherapy Baths Can Restore You Inside and Out

Posted: March 2, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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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.

Aromatherapy is Winter’s Best Friend

Posted: December 9, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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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. Our Citrus Delight blend is an instant mood-booster. Use in your aromatherapy diffuser 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.

Want to Truly Feel Thankful? Get Rid of All That Yucky Stress!

Posted: November 18, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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Between the temperature dips, the mile-long grocery shopping list, and family and friends arriving from every corner of the country, it’s no wonder the Thanksgiving season can be so stressful! If you truly want to be able to give thanks this year, you’ve got to get a handle on it. Luckily, the right aromatherapy regimen can help you do it!

Even though your daily routine tends to go by the wayside this time of year, it only takes a few short minutes to use your essential oils the right way.

Here’s what I suggest…

…If you’re headed out of town

You don’t have to host the giant Thanksgiving feast to get all stressed out. Traveling this time of year — when the roads and the airports are jam-packed — can lead to a lot of stress. Plus, being packed into a crowded car or airplane is the perfect breeding ground for germs, and lord knows getting sick is going to stress you out! Or, if you’re headed to a place where the air is different than what you’re used to — like up to the mountains, for example — your respiratory system might make things difficult on you.
I created Aromandina’s Immune Support Essential Oil Blend specifically to battle those yucky symptoms! Made with Eucalyptus radiata, Tea Tree, Ravensara, and other carefully-chosen oils, this blend is designed to strengthen your respiratory system so that it can handle everything the Thanksgiving season throws at it. (Prefer to use single oils over a blend? Niaouli, Bay Laurel, and Peppermint will give you similar strength.)
All you have to do is place a few drops on a tissue and breathe in. Or, you can purify an entire room by squeezing a few drops onto a hot light bulb.

…If you’re hosting the family this year

Between cooking the perfect turkey and making sure all of your guests feel at home, being the Thanksgiving hostess is awfully stressful! To get through it, you’ll need Aromandina’s Energia Essential Oil Blend. It’s made with Rosemary, Litsea Cueba, and Pine — all of which can give your adrenal glands a powerful kick in the right direction. As a result, you’ll feel more energized and alert.
The easiest way to use this blend? Place a few drops on your washcloth, and hold it up to your chest in the shower. After just a few deep breaths, you’ll feel ready to take on the day!

You can even take advantage of your aromatherapy regimen in the kitchen. After all, that’s the most likely place to feel stressed this time of year! Luckily, citrus essential oils — like Lemon, Grapefruit, and Bergamot — are great at calming you down without making you feel tired or sluggish.
Want to use them all together? Try Aromandina’s Citrus Delight Essential Oil Blend. The easiest way to use this blend is to squeeze 15 drops into a bowl of hot water, and place the bowl on your aromatherapy burner. That way, you’ll have powerful scents floating through the air — along with that delicious home-cooked turkey scent! As an added benefit, that oil-infused air will help make your guests feel more relaxed, too!
And speaking of your guests, if you want them to feel at home in your home, try Aromandina’s Autumn Blend. Made with Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon and Orange — each of which have uplifting properties that can make you feel downright euphoric. (Or, if you prefer a single scent, try Spearmint, Lemongrass, or Orange.)

…If your eyes were bigger than your stomach

When most people think of Thanksgiving, they think of overeating! If you piled a few too many gourmet goodies on your plate, don’t panic. Essential oils like Ginger, Orange, Cardamom, Rosemary and Spearmint are actually known as “digestive oils”. Each one can make you feel a little less stuffed, while also eliminating embarrassing flatulence.
Personally, when I eat a little too much, I grab a bottle of Aromandina’s Digestive Body Oil . It’s made with those all-important digestive oils, so I can massage it right onto my abdomen for some quick relief.

© 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.

Want Better Breasts? Use the Right Essential Oils!

Posted: October 28, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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If you’re like most women, there are several things you don’t like about your breasts. And, unfortunately, even the toughest workout won’t change them. After all, your breasts are glands — not muscles.

Luckily, whether you want your breasts to look more toned, feel softer, or have fewer stretch marks, the right essential oils can work wonders!

Yes, the overall shape and size of your breasts is determined by genetics. However, incorporating some essential oils into your regular routine can make you much more appreciative of what nature gave you.

I love using an oil blend that combines rose absolute and geranium. Not only are these very floral, feminine scents, they’re also great at making skin more supple and helping to eliminate clogged pores. Even better, geranium can actually help balance your hormones, so it’s perfect for the achy breasts you always seem to get right before your period starts!

The best way to take advantage of this blend is to give yourself an aromatic massage. Combine 4 oz of jojoba oil with 10 drops of rose absolute and 20 drops of geranium. 

HOW TO DO A BREAST MASSAGE:

  • Spread the blend all over your chest, and then get your hands working!
  • Press your fingers down in a circular motion to help improve the circulation to your breasts and to work out any tension.
  • Move your fingertips down and massage your entire rib cage the same way.
  • Move up to your shoulders, and squeeze them between your fingertips and the heel of your hand.
In addition to relieving tense muscles and improving your skin’s texture, these massages can help eliminate stretch marks. Because they boost your circulation, your body will be able to deliver nutrients to your breasts faster — meaning your skin can heal faster.

It’s also important to breathe deeply while you do these massages. The more you expand your lungs, the more oxygen they’ll be able to hold — and the more oxygen that’s in there, the better you’ll feel overall!

Want to kick those good feelings up a notch?

Combine this aromatherapy regimen with an improved diet and exercise plan. And while you’re at it, work on improving your posture. Simply sitting up straighter can lift your pectoral muscles, which can make your breasts look more toned and defined.

But I’ve saved the best for last…

The chest area is one of the most erogenous zones on your entire body, so if you want to shake things up in the bedroom, use these massages as foreplay. You and your partner will love them!

You’ll find all of the quality essential oils you need to take care of your breasts — and every other part of your body! — 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.

Slow Down Your Hectic Life with This Meditation Blend

Posted: October 19, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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Be honest — how much time do you spend in a day scrolling through your smartphone and staring at your computer screen? How often do you get a chance to simply sit back, take a deep breath, and truly seize the day?

If you’re like most people, not often enough!

I’ve spent years offering expert aromatherapy advice and answering countless questions, and after I published a blog post about using essential oils for meditation, people were dying to know when I was going to create a special blend of oils that could be used to help them meditate.

I’m happy to report that it’s finally here! I carefully crafted my special Meditation Blend with a synergy of essential oils that can help you achieve a calmer, slower, more relaxed state of mind.

What’s in it?

Frankincense

Used to deepen breathing, Frankincense can help tackle everything from depression, to anxiety, to nagging mental chatter. It’s got soothing qualities that will help you break free of negative emotions, allowing you to focus on — and appreciate — the current moment. Frankincense is a popular choice among spiritual experts because it helps enable the mind focus more clearly on prayer, meditation, and deep thinking.

Rose Absolute

Called “the oil of the heart”, Rose Absolute encourages feelings of love and creativity. By using it to open up your heart energy, you can overcome negative emotions like guilt, sorrow, and self-righteousness and be more open to affection, intimacy, and determination.

Lavender

Lavender is a popular sedative oil that’s used by a number of people at bedtime. However, it’s not just good for sleeping! Lavender is aromatherapy’s version of a “stress-buster”. Not only can it help you relax , but it can also help open your mind to newer, calmer perspectives. In the end, you’ll wind up with a much greater sense of inner-peace.

Lemon

This vibrant oil is perfect for turning pessimism into optimism. It creates a warm feeling that can make you feel nurtured, hopeful, and encouraged.

Palo Santo

This is a sacred and deeply spiritual essential oil. It’s perfect for people who feel lonely, depressed, or abandoned. Not only can Palo Santo give you a clearer understanding of your specific situation, it can help you detach from a painful past that’s holding you back.

How do you use this blend?

Simply place a few drops in a tissue, and breathe it in. (I suggest visualizing your troubles leaving your body every time you exhale!) It will only take you about 5 minutes to feel your mind quiet down.

It’s also easy to incorporate Mediation Blend into your yoga routine. Simply bring the tissue with you, and place it on your chest during Shavasana.

Or, if you’d rather enjoy this blend at bedtime, put the tissue under your pillow. That way, you’ll sleep better all night long, and you’ll be able to bid bon voyage to the nightmares that are preventing you from getting the rest you need.

Want to combine this soothing feeling with a warm bath? Just combine 10 drops of Meditation Blend with 1/4 cup of sea salts, and pour the mixture into the tub. The warm water will help infuse your entire bathroom with the calming scent!

Or, combine 60 drops of Meditation Blend with 4 ounces of Therapeutic Carrier Oil to make a special body oil that you can use as a daily moisturizer or an end of the day treat.

You can purchase this Mediation Blend — along with a variety of other high-quality essential oil blends — 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.

Autumn is the Perfect Time for Creating Warm Energy!

Posted: October 13, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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Head to your local grocery store or flip on the TV, and you’ll see a definite shift. Autumn is in the air, and retailers want you to be well aware of it! That’s why you’re seeing endless commercials and endless in-store displays of pumpkin-spiced everything, apple cider, and warm teas.

It’s natural to want to warm up this time of year. As Mother Nature starts to cool things off, that glass of iced tea doesn’t seem so appealing. Instead, a warm cup of tea or a spicy glass of warm cider feels heavenly.

And, luckily, you can warm up your energy just like you warm up your beverages!

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, several essential oils create a special warming energy. In addition to a spicy scent, they’ll actually give your lungs a boost — which will help you breathe easier, help you feel more alert and awake, help you develop a more positive attitude, and help enhance your immune system.

Here are the essential oils you should be taking full advantage of this Autumn:

Cardamom
Cinnamon
Cedarwood
Eucalyptus
Fennel
Ginger
Juniper
Laurel
Marjoram
Pine
Rosemary
Tea Tree
 
Best of all, you can use them in a variety of ways. Combine a few of them to use in your aromatherapy burner or diffuser to give your entire home a warm energy boost.
Or, create your own Autumn massage oil by mixing 45 drops of your favorite essential oil with 4 ounces of Therapeutic Carrier Oil.

Want to take the spa-like treatment a step further? Add a few drops of your favorite oil to a warm bath that will soothe your senses and your stress level. (Just avoid Cinnamon, Fennel, Ginger, and Marjoram, because they can irritate your skin!)

If you want to blend a few scents together, consider adding Orange or Mandarin to the mix. These uplifting scents have a more neutral energy, so they won’t overpower the warmth you’re getting from your Autumn oils.

Or, if you want to leave the blending to someone else, get a bottle of Aromandina’s Autumn Blend. Carefully blended with spicy warming oils like Cardamom and Ginger, this blend will warm up your entire environment, protect you from the colds and infections that always seem to be lurking this time of year, and allow you to fully enjoy everything that Autumn has to offer!

No matter what time of year it is, you’ll find the perfect assortment of quality essential oils 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.

The Best Way to Blend Essential Oils? Combine Your Mind and Your Heart!

Posted: August 5, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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In all my years of being an aromatherapist, one thing has remained the same — blending oils is one of the most rewarding things I get to do!

Part of why I love it so much is that it’s always different. One client may want a special blend after their massage, while a giant resort may want me to blend a special signature scent that they can give away to all their guests.

To me, coming up with these blends is an art — no different from the “regular” artists you see out there!

How so?

Today, I was listening to an interview with Argentinian composer Gustavo Santaolalla. He has created music for giant films like Brokeback Mountain, Babel, and 21 Grams. In the interview, he said that he’s not a “trained musician” because he doesn’t actually read music! Instead, all of his compositions come from his heart. In many cases, he reads the movie script, and before a single scene is filmed, he taps into his intuition and creates the score for the movie. Pretty amazing, right?!

As I listened to him explain this process, I could totally relate to him. When I sit down to create an essential oil blend, I listen to my heart. I know that there are endless possibilities that I can create, so I wait for the oils to “talk” to me. They’ll tell me how best to serve that single massage client or that giant resort. All I have to do is listen.

If you pick up your favorite aromatherapy books, you’ll see plenty of “rules” for blending essential oils. However, my blending process is a little different, which is why I want to share it with you. You won’t see any fancy science listed here. In fact, my process may sound entirely too simple! But this is how I work — the same way I always have, after countless hours of formal aromatherapy training and more than 20 years of experience.

My biggest tip? Follow your intuition.

Of course, I consider all of the therapeutic properties of each oil in the blend, because different oils help different physical and emotional imbalances. However, I don’t go on logic alone. I allow my intuition to fill in some of the gaps that my intellect didn’t consider.

For example, if a spa comes to me and says they want a signature scent, the first thing I ask them is what kind of emotions do they want their scent to evoke? Then, I ask them which individual scents they like — and don’t like — so that I have a better idea of what they’re looking for.

For a personal blend, I’ll ask my client how she’s feeling today. What specific concerns does she have right now? How is she dealing with her stress? How is she sleeping? And, again, I’ll ask if there are any specific scents that she doesn’t like. After all, if she hates florals or citrus, I know not to include them!

When it comes to the blends in Aromadina’s line, I start by addressing specific physical AND emotional imbalances. For example, I may create a blend that provides relief for respiratory conditions. But then I’ll take it a step further and include oils that will help the sufferer feel better emotionally, too.

The end result? By letting my mind and my heart work together, I can create blends that smell good, that make you feel better physically, and make you feel better emotionally. It’s all about synergy!

Here’s an example of this synergy in action:

When it gets hot outside, I (and many of you!) feel a little lazy. It’s hard to sit down and work when you could be cooling off at the pool or relaxing on the beach.

My solution to this problem? A stimulating essential oil that will help your mind focus, get rid of that sluggish feeling, and boost your mental energy. And, of course, it needs to have a light and refreshing scent to combat the physical heat you’re dealing with.

Here’s what’s in it:

– 50 drops of laurel (a stimulating oil)

– 50 drops of cardamom (a neurotonic oil that boosts creativity and curiosity)

– 50 drops of lemon (a light citrus oil)

This blend works great in an aromatherapy burner or even just by putting a few drops on a tissue and breathing it in anytime you need a boost.

Want even more specific blending details? They’re coming! My next blog post will have a detailed step-by-step guide that can help you blend exactly the way I do. In the meantime, go check out all of the unique blends that Aromandina has to offer!

© 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.

Don’t Buy into the Detox Theory Hype!

Posted: July 1, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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Everyone wants to be as healthy as possible, so if someone told you that applying essential oils directly to your skin would help flush out toxins, you’d probably try it, right? But what if someone told you that anything odd you experience — like a rash, itchiness, inflammation, or even outright pain — was just your body’s way of detoxifying? Would you believe it?

If you did, you’d be putting your skin at serious risk!

There’s a major myth that’s been going around the aromatherapy world for years. It’s called “Detox Theory”, and it says that any reaction you see on your skin is really your body’s way of purging toxins. This myth has led countless people to apply essential oils directly to their skin — and putting up with painful results — under the guise of becoming healthier.

What most people don’t know is that Detox Theory is proved wrong by science!

To help you make sense of it all, I’m sharing an article that summarizes evidence-based research. In order to truly detoxify your body, the essential oils would have to come into contact with your elimination systems. Simply rubbing them into your skin won’t work because your skin isn’t in charge of eliminating toxins and other waste from your body. In science-speak, detoxifying is an elimination process, while applying essential oils (or anything else) to your skin is an additive process. Because you’re dealing with two different processes, simply rubbing in some essential oils won’t purge all of the toxins floating around in your system!

(You can read the entire article HERE, and share it with your friends so that we can prevent as much unnecessary suffering as possible!)

Does this mean you shouldn’t apply essential oils to your skin at all?

No! The key, though, is to use them the right way. That means diluting them first. The rule of thumb among aromatherapy experts is to use a 2 % dilution rate — meaning that the essential oils themselves only make up 2 % of the liquid that you’re applying to your skin.

Here are a few easy ways to create that 2 % dilution rate:

– If you’re using 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, add 6 drops of essential oils to it

– If you’re using 1 ounce of carrier oil, add 12 drops of essential oils to it

– If you’re using 4 ounces of carrier oil, add 48 drops of essential oils to it

However, for pregnant women, elderly people, and children,  you want to dilute your essential oils even more — to a 1% dilution rate. You can create it by combining:

– 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and 3 drops of essential oils

– 1 ounce of carrier oil and 6 drops of essential oils

– 4 ounces of carrier oil and 24 drops of essential oils

The most important advice I can give you (other than these dilution recipes) is to act quickly. If you EVER develop a rash, itchiness, or some other kind of irritation, STOP! Each essential oil has its own natural chemical composition, meaning that any one of them can cause issues for certain skin types. So, be gentle and sparing. There really can be too much of a good thing!

The best way to keep your skin safe is to tap into the expert advice and high-quality essential oils at Aromandina. In this case, knowledge is power that your skin will thank you for!

Reference: Essential Oils and the “Detox” Theory

© 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.


 

Balneotherapy and Aromatherapy — A Friendship You’ll Love!

Posted: June 18, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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How great does it feel to soak in a warm bath?! The warm water cradles your body, and all of the stress and anxiety seem to just wash away.

A warm bath can provide so many big benefits that there’s actually a scientific name for it — Balneotherapy. Specifically, balneotherapy is a type of water therapy that’s been used for centuries to combat everything from inflammation to immune system issues. During one of these baths, your skin absorbs the minerals in the water, which in turn, help you feel and look better. The warm water not only cleanses your body and mind, but also refreshes and relaxes. It acts as a liquid suspension, meaning that you can literally stop feeling like the world is dragging you down.

But what does all of this have to do with aromatherapy?

I like to say that balneotherapy is aromatherapy’s best friend. Mix the two together, and you end up with some amazing results!

I like to combine some essential oils and some salt (Epsom, sea salt, or Himalayan — your choice) in my aroma baths. That way, you can get benefits from the oils and the minerals in the salt, in addition to just the water.

Aromatherapy baths are incredibly powerful because they allow you to interact with essential oils in two ways — they get absorbed through your skin while you inhale the powerful scent. In fact, science has shown that essential oils can penetrate the skin very quickly, even faster than the ions of sodium and chloride in the salt. As a result, you don’t have to spend hours in the tub. Even if you only have 10 minutes to spare, you’ll notice a difference!

But my favorite thing about an aroma bath is its versatility. There are a number of essential oils you can use — although, I don’t recommend using essential oils that can be irritating, like basil, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, lemongrass, orange, fennel, and peppermint. Whether you use one oil or several, you can customize your aromatherapy bath to meet your exact needs and desires. Simply fill the tub with warm water, and then add your favorite essential oils right (diluted first in salts or one of the carriers mentioned below) before you get in. You’ll only need 8-10 drops of oil (any more than that is simply a waste!).

If you want to give your skin some added moisture, mix your essential oils with vegetable oil first. (As an added benefit, that will also reduce your chance of the oils irritating your sensitive skin.) For best results, gently move around in the tub so that your entire body can soak up the oils. You won’t need to rinse off after you’re finished. Just slip into a comfy robe, and let the oils continue to work their magic.

In addition to essential oils, you can also include things like apple cider vinegar, honey, and milk in your aroma bath. Each will give your skin an even bigger boost. Or, if you’re dealing with a specific skin issue, there are special recipes that can relieve it.

But your skin isn’t the only thing that will benefit from combining aromatherapy and balneotherapy. Depending on the oils you use, you can fight muscle pain, insomnia, PMS, fluid retention, colds, anxiety, circulatory problems, headaches, and rheumatism. And, depending on the oils you use, your bath can be relaxing, stimulating, warming, cooling, or even an aphrodisiac. The possibilities are endless!

Here are some of my favorite recipes:

– Detoxing Bath

Combine:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
5 drops cedarwood essential oil
5 drops grapefruit essential oil

– After-Sun Bath

Combine:
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons roll oats
3 tablespoons honey
7 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops blue chamomile essential oil

– For Dry Skin

Combine:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 drops frankincense essential oil
2 drops rose absolute
3 drops geranium essential oil

– Pain Relief Bath

Combine:
1 cup Epsom Salts
5 drops fir essential oil
5 drops cypress essential ol

Give it a try, and you’re sure to fall in love with balneotherapy as much as I have!

It’s easy to combine the power of balneotherapy and aromatherapy when you’ve got expert advice and high-quality essential oils from 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.

Put Your Best Foot Forward With the Right Essential Oils

Posted: June 8, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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Be honest — how often do you think about giving your feet some TLC?  If you’re like most of us, you trudge along day after day, forcing your feet to (literally!) carry all the weight.  And if that wasn’t bad enough, you cram your poor feet into tight socks, gym shoes, and pinching high heels.  Unfortunately, you probably don’t give your feet a second thought until they start to hurt.

But it’s time for a change!  The right essential oils make it quick and easy to treat your feet to some serious pampering so that they can keep up with every step of your busy life.

Did you know that your feet have 72,000 nerve endings in them?  That’s why a foot massage feels so incredible!  But at the same time, it’s why your feet can get so achy and uncomfortable if you don’t take good care of them.  They need TLC if they’re going to do everything you need them to do.

I’ve come up with a variety essential oil blends that you can use to create your very own foot routine.  The best way to take full advantage of them is to start with a footbath.  In fact, herbalists and healers have been harnessing the power of footbaths for hundreds of years!  Whether you don’t have the time or the mobility for a full-body soak, a footbath is an easy way to give your feet some serious relief.  Even just a few minutes will make your tired feet feel rejuvenated, and that unpleasant foot odor will be gone.

There are a few different footbath recipes you can use.  For all of them, you’ll need to heat up 2 1/2 pints of water, pour it into a foot bowl, and add the essential oils listed below.  You’ll also need to add 1/4 cup of regular salt or Epsom salt. 

–  Footbath recipe for sweaty feet

4 drops Cypress essential oil
3 drops Bergamot essential oil 

–  Footbath recipe for tired, aching feet

3 drops Pine essential oil
4 drops Lavender essential oil 

–  Footbath for athlete’s foot

5 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
2 drops of Geranium essential oil
 
No matter which recipe you choose, let your feet soak for about 15 minutes — and be sure to inhale the aroma for an even bigger essential oil boost!  If the soles of your feet are really rough, rub them with a pumice stone once your bath is done.  In addition to sloughing off dead skin cells, this will improve the circulation in your feet.  Then, dab your feet dry. 

For a real feet treat, follow up your footbath with one of these special foot massage oils.  Again, you can pick the recipe that’s best suited for your specific foot issues.  In each of them, you’ll need to combine the essential oils listed with 1 ounce of carrier oil.

–  Foot oil for walkers, joggers and runners

5 drops Rosemary essential oil
3 drops Peppermint essential oil
4 drops Lavender essential oil

–  Foot oil for swollen feet

5 drops Ginger essential oil
5 drops Cypress essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil

–  Foot oil to combat fungus

Foot fungus is a common problem that leads to uncomfortable symptoms like itching, burning, and pain.  Luckily, the right essential oil blend can ward off this unfriendly fungus.  By using antifungal essential oils you can finally get some relief.  Just apply this aromatherapy blend to your feet on a daily basis and  you’ll be able to bid bon voyage to all of that yucky fungus!

5 drops Tea Tree essential oil
4 drops Geranium essential oil
3 drops Lavender essential oil

It’s easy to stop abusing your poor feet when you turn to the essential oils and expert advice 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.
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