Treat Your Hands Right with the Right Essential Oils

Posted: April 28, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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Think about all the things your hands do in a day.  Between washing dishes, carrying groceries, covering up coughs, digging around in the garden, and braving the cold, is there any wonder why your hands get rough, dry, cracked, and sore?! 

Luckily, though, you don’t have to change your life to have soft, smooth hands.  All you need to do is add a few essential oils to your daily routine!

No matter what you’ve subjected your hands to, the right essential oils can help.  The skin on your hands is thick, which is perfect for preventing germs and other dangers from penetrating it.  However, your body’s natural protection mechanisms aren’t enough to fend off all the stress, dirt, and chemicals your hands are subjected to on a daily basis.  Essential oils are a safe, effective way to supplement the work your body does naturally.  For example, lemon oil is a great cleanser, while geranium, lavender, and rose all help nourish the skin on your hands.  Chamomile and lavender are great for relieving eczema and contact dermatitis, or if you’re dealing with lots of roughness or scrapes, frankincense can provide an extra dose of TLC.

Want to take your hand care routine a step further?  The right oil blends can work wonders!  Here are some of my favorites:

Hand Care Scrub

The only way to get softer, smoother hands is to exfoliate on a regular basis.  That way, you can slough off dead cells and make it easier for your skin to soak up valuable nutrients.  My Hand Care Scrub is gentle enough to be used once a day, but strong enough to get rid of all the build-up that’s making your hands rough. 

Simply combine:

1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 drops of frankincense
2 drops of lemon
1 teaspoon of sea salt. 

Rub the scrub on your hands, and rinse.  That’s it!
 

Hand Care Oil

Whether you’ve been digging in the dirt or handling detergents and other harsh cleaners, your hands need a little extra TLC.  This Hand Care Oil will give your hands some much-needed moisture. 

Just mix:

1 ounce jojoba oil
8 drops lavender 
4 drops rose maroc
2 drops blue chamomile
Rub it in, and both the scent and the soothing moisture will instantly make you feel more relaxed!

Antifungal Nail Oil

Your nails are exposed to a lot — even more than your hands, because they’re the first sensory contact point with the environment around you.  They should be elastic, have a dull shine, and be slightly curved.  If yours don’t look that way, they need a pick-me-up. 
Simply mix:
1 ounce carrier oil
8 drops tea tree
3 drops patchouli
3 drops lemon

  Massage it into your nail bed 3 times each day for cleaner, healthier nails. 

Aromatic Nail Conditioning Soak

If your cuticles are dry or torn, the right essential oils can make them look healthy and vibrant. 
All you have to do is mix:
4 tablespoons of olive oil,
5 drops lemon 
2 drops rosemary
3 drops lavender

Buff your nails with a nail buffer. Buffing will boost your circulation and make your nails shinier.  Then soak your nails in this mixture for 10 minutes.  This mixture will soften your cuticles, keep fungus at bay, and make break-prone nails stronger.

Remember, it’s important to take good care of your hands.  Not only will healthier hands look and feel younger, but your hands are also chock full of reflex points and pressure points.  So, the better you treat your hands, the better you’ll feel all over!

Your hands will love the vast collection of essential oils and 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.

Improve Your Spa Treatments — And Your Business! — With Aromatherapy

Posted: April 23, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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Even if people are already raving about your spa treatments, it’s easy to make them even better with aromatherapy!

Why bother?

First and foremost, you can incorporate aromatherapy into any spa treatment you can dream up — from facials, to massages, to manicures, to pedicures. So no matter what you specialize in, you can take advantage of a quality aromatherapy regimen.

But this isn’t the only benefit. As soon as you start working with different essential oils, you’ll be able to:

  •  Give your guests an easy way to immediately relax

  • Go beyond physical needs. For example, if a physical symptom is being caused by an underlying emotional issue, the right scent can help you tackle it.

  • Stimulate feelings of euphoria and happiness

  • Use scent to make a good impression on your guest’s subconscious, which is where most decisions come from. In turn, this can make your guests more loyal to you.

  • Set yourself apart from competing spas

But how exactly do you incorporate essential oils into each spa treatment?

There are 3 easy ways to do it:

  1. Get an aromatherapy burner or diffuser for each of your treatment rooms
  1. Use an aromatherapy mist during your treatments
  1. Use a special aromatherapy massage oil that’s got essential oils in it

If you want to reap the biggest possible benefits from these 3 things, follow these 6 tips. I’ve personally tested them out, and my guests absolutely love the experience I’ve created for them!

1. Put your favorite essential oil in your aromatherapy burner/diffuser

After all, you’re going to be in the treatment room all day long, so you’ve got to have a scent you love!  Whether you use one essential oil or a blend, tell your guests why you made the selection you did.  They’ll appreciate knowing that you’ve gone the extra mile to choose something great.

2.  Use your aromatherapy mist right at the beginning of the treatment

Combine 3 drops of orange essential oils, 3 drops of frankincense and 2 drops of lavender with 1 oz of distilled water. This mist will create a feeling of instant relaxation, which is exactly why your guests are there in the first place — to relax!  A quick squirt or two will also encourage your guests to trust your caring hands.  For best results, tell your guest to close her eyes, breathe deeply, and point the nozzle upwards, so that the mist falls gently onto her face.

3.  Use a drop of lavender or mandarin with your eye pillows

Both of these oils offer a calming scent that will make your treatments even more powerful.  Place the drop on a tissue, then wrap it around your eye pillow.  (Just make sure the oil isn’t touching your guest’s face!)

4.  Add a massage into the mix

Combine some essential oils with a carrier oil to create your own massage oil.  Then, use it to massage your guests’ legs during pedicures.  Or, use the oil to massage your guests’ arms, hands, and décolletage during facials.  These aromatherapy massage oils can also replace your traditional oils during your massage treatments.

Dilute a total of 15 drops with 1 oz of Carrier oil such as jojoba, fractionated coconut oil or macadamia oil.

5.  Make things personal

Lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint all create great feelings, but they’re not the only essential oils you can use during your spa treatments.  A great way to mix things up is to ask each guest how they’re feeling when they arrive and then choose the oil that best suits their mood.  Just like that, you’ve made each treatment more personal, and your guests will love that special one-on-one attention!

How do you know which oil is right for each guest?

–  If your guest is stressed out, use Palo Santo, Frankincense, or Bergamot to help her calm down. 

–  If your guest has some aching muscles, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Pine will all help boost her circulation and relieve the pain. 

–  If your guest is fighting off an illness, tap into the natural antibacterial properties of Eucalyptus, Ravensara, or Tea Tree.

–  If your guest is feeling a little depressed, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, and Litsea Cubeba are all powerful mood boosters.

–  If your guest is tired, Rosemary, Peppermint, Pine, and Cardamom will all stimulate the adrenal glands and fight off fatigue.

–  If your guest is feeling sluggish or bloated, Fennel, Grapefruit, and Cedarwood will all help get the lymph system working, while also helping to break down fatty deposits in the cells.

–  If your guest is suffering from PMS, Geranium, Clary Sage, Rose, and Jasmine will help balance everything out.  You can even dilute these oils with a carrier oil, apply the mixture directly to the skin, and cover with a hot towel.  That will definitely chase those cramps away!

6.  Encourage your guests to buy their own essential oils to use at home

That way, they can experience all of the good feelings you’ve created for them anytime they want.  That will definitely encourage them to tell their friends about you!

Incorporating aromatherapy into your spa treatments is easy when you tap into the expert advice and high-quality products 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.


Sweet Orange Oil — Providing Sweet Benefits for Your Entire Body!

Posted: April 14, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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Orange has been a wildly popular scent ever since Portuguese explorers brought sweet oranges from Asia to Europe in the 1520’s. Christopher Columbus loved them so much that he brought them with him to the New World.

But did you know that you can make this scent part of your aromatherapy routine?

Sweet orange is one of my go-to essential oils! I keep it in my medicine cabinet because it instantly brings a smile to my face. I also love blending it with other oils. In fact, it’s a main ingredient in some of my most popular blends — including Autumn Blend, Spring Blend, Citrus Delight, Holiday Bliss, Digestive Body Oil, and Detoxing Body Oil.

What makes sweet orange oil different?

When you think of an orange, you probably think of the juicy, tasty, fleshy insides. However, sweet orange oil actually comes from the outer peel, thanks to a special cold pressing technique. Just like its fleshy counterpart, orange oil has a sweet, warm, rounded aroma.

Orange oil — uses in aromatherapy

In addition to its great scent, aromatherapy experts love orange oil because it’s so versatile. You can literally use it from head to toe!

Sweet orange oil for digestion

Whether you’re battling abdominal distention and pain, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, constipation, irritable bowel, or simply poor eating choices, orange oil can help. It’s a hepatic stimulant and cholagogue — meaning it can help bile flow better, making it easier for your body to digest fatty foods. It can also help normalize the peristaltic action in your intestines — meaning your gastrointestinal muscles will contract more smoothly — so that you don’t have spasms and cramps.

Simply mix 7 drops of orange with 7 drops of ginger, and 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage your abdomen with it.

Sweet orange oil for skin care

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5 Rules for Making Your Essential Oils Safe and Effective

Posted: April 1, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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Aromatherapy can give you some big-time benefits, but only if you approach it the right way. Things like Facebook and Pinterest have given everyone a platform to share information — but, unfortunately, most people aren’t aromatherapy experts. That means they may be giving you advice that’s downright dangerous!

I’ve got formal aromatherapy training, and I’ve spent more than 15 years practicing as a certified aromatherapist. As a result, I know that some of the advice you see floating around out there can come with serious consequences.

Like what?

Take lemon oil as an example. You’ve probably seen people spouting off all the benefits of it, but if you add even just a few drops into your water glass and drink it on a daily basis, it can burn your mouth, esophagus, and digestive tract! Yes, essential oils are all-natural, but their chemical composition can be toxic if you don’t use them the right way.

So, what IS the right way to use essential oils?

If you want to make sure you’re using your essential oils safely, stick to these 5 rules:Read more

Exquisite Springtime Spa Treatments

Posted: March 18, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Springtime Spa Treatments

It’s that time of year again…

The flowers are starting to bloom, the temperatures are starting to warm up, and it’s finally time to bid bon voyage to those winter blues.  Your guests probably want to look and feel as refreshed and rejuvenated as possible this Spring, but how do you kick your Springtime treatments up a notch?

Add aromatherapy!
The essential oils used are extracted from plants, so they’re completely natural.  Luckily, they’re also completely free of side effects when they’re blended and applied the right way.  Whether your guests want to soothe achy joints, make their skin more vibrant, or eliminate stress, the right essential oils will give you the power to help them do it.
Here’s how you can incorporate aromatherapy into your existing spa treatments:

body treatment

This treatment detoxifies, assists with circulation and lymph flow, and pushes toxins out, allowing for a healthier body.   It’s excellent for both sedentary and athletic individuals since it will allow for more movement in the knees, hip joints, and ankles, and it will also assist with edema.

Set up your room with:
–  A crock-pot filled with warm water and 10 drops of lemon Oil
–  A hand towel soaking in the crock-pot
–  A dry brush

Have 2 tablespoons of Detoxing Body Oil ready

Here are some of the ingredients in the Detoxing Body Oil and why they work:
Fractionated coconut oil is a moisturizer, so it’s a great way to soothe skin that’s been blasted by cold air all winter.

Fennel Oil is a natural diuretic and lymphatic decongestant, so it will help eliminate toxins, stagnant fluids, and fats. 

Orange Oil is both uplifting and calming, and it also eliminates excessive fluids and toxins.  Cedarwood Oil counteracts both water and lipid retention, which are common causes of weight gain.

The procedure:

1.  Do your consultation.  

2.  Start your guest face down.  Dry brush starting at the foot, using swift, upward strokes, and end at the buttock.  Then, repeat the process on the other leg.

3.  Wring out the hand towel and compress onto the back of the leg and buttock.

4.  Apply the massage oil onto the leg and buttock, and proceed to massage.  Start your strokes at the feet and move upward.  Then, repeat on the other leg.

5.  Turn your guest onto her back and undrape her leg.  Then, repeat the procedure.

6.  Wrap both legs in plastic and cover with top sheet.  

7.  Undrape the torso (make sure to breast drape if guest is a woman) and repeat the procedure.

8.  Compress the torso, massage oil, and wrap.

9.  Leave her in the wrap for 15 minutes.  During that time, massage her scalp and face.

spring facial treatment

For this treatment, you’ll need to mix a special Spring Mist.  Simply fill a 1 oz spray bottle with distilled water and add:
–  2 drops of German Chamomile
–  2 drops of Helichrysum Oil
–  5 drops of Lavender

Both the German Chamomile and the Lavender have natural anti-inflammatory properties and are suitable for all skin types.  Helichrysum Oil has cicatrisant and cytophilactic properties and is also great for all skin types.

You’ll also need to mix a special facial oil for this treatment.  Fill a 1 oz amber glass bottle with jojoba oil and add:
–  2 drops of German Chamomile
–  2 drops of Rose absolute
–  2 drops of Orange

Jojoba is an anti-aging, skin-revitalizing unscented facial oil. 

Rose absolute is toning, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating, and it’s particularly good for dry, sensitive and mature skin. 

Orange is slightly astringent and used for general skin care.  It has a very refreshing and stimulating effect on the skin, while the German Chamomile will help accelerate the skin’s healing process.

The procedure:
1.  Hold the bottle of Spring Mist 2 – 3 feet from your guest, with the nozzle facing toward the ceiling, and spray the mist upward.  Ask your guest to close her eyes and breathe deeply.   

2.  Put one drop of Bergamot Essential Oil onto a corner of a warm towel. Place the warm towel around your guest’s neck and décolletage.

3.  Perform your facial treatment as usual.  You can use the facial oil to perform a hand and arm massage while your guest has her mask on, or you can use this oil to do your facial massage.

4.  At the end of the treatment, use the Spring Mist to gently wake up your guest.  Again, hold the bottle 2 – 3 feet away, with the nozzle facing toward the ceiling, and spray the mist upward.   Ask your guest to close her eyes and breathe deeply.

aromatherapy pedicure

–  Combine 1 cup of Epsom salts with 3 drops of Spearmint Oil and 5 drops of Grapefruit Oil, and add this mixture to the foot bath water.

–  Combine 1 tablespoon of your preferred foot massage lotion with 2 drops of Spearmint Oil and 2 drops of Grapefruit Oil and massage.

Spearmint’s aroma is milder than Peppermint, so it will rejuvenate your guest without overwhelming her.  It will stimulate her senses, which makes it the perfect oil to help her feel refreshed on a sunny Spring day.  The clean, fresh scent of the Grapefruit Oil is also an instant stimulant, and it will push away any anxious thoughts.  It also has antiseptic properties that will make your guest’s feet clean and ready to show off in those Springtime sandals.

Aside from the emotional and physical benefits we’ve already talked about, the best part about using essential oil blends is the ease.  It’s easy to make them a part of your spa’s regular treatment routine.  In the end, you’ll wind up with guests who are more satisfied — without having to put in a ton of extra time, money, and training.  It simply doesn’t get any better than that!

© 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.

Patchouli — A Powerful Essential Oil That Works from Head to Toe

Posted: March 2, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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Patchouli has one of the most distinct scents in all of aromatherapy. It’s strong, earthy, and musky, so a little bit goes a long way. Luckily, though, a little bit is all you need to see big-time results!

what is patchouli?

It’s a bushy perennial herb that’s native to the tropical climates in Southeast Asia. Legend has it that King Tut loved Patchouli oil so much that he demanded to have ten gallons of it buried with him. More recently, Patchouli was the scent of choice for hippies back in the 1960’s because it was strong enough to mask the smell of marijuana smoke.

how do you use patchouli?

If you’ve got the pure essential oil, there are a number of things you can do with it. However, because it’s such a strong scent, I always combine it with other oils — like bergamot, grapefruit, or lemon — by mixing nine parts of the other oil with one part patchouli. Then, put it in your aromatherapy burner to spread the scent throughout your room. Or, place 1 drop on your pillow or onto a tissue, and breathe deeply. You can also put a few drops in your bath or footbath after a long day.

patchouli essential oil — uses in aromatherapy

Patchouli is so popular because it can provide so many benefits. Its anti-inflammatory properties can relieve everything from arthritis, to gout, to fevers. It also has antiseptic properties, so it’s an effective way to treat wounds.

patchouli essential oil as a mood-booster

If you’re overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, or stress, Patchouli can have life-changing results. Its sedative properties will help you get a better night’s sleep and chase away all of those negative feelings you experience when you’re tired. And, because the scent stimulates the production of your body’s so-called “feel good hormones”, Patchouli will quickly eliminate anger, sadness, and anxiety.

It can even eliminate feelings of indifference. After all, it’s impossible for your senses to ignore this strong scent! The next time you feel mentally “stuck”, tap into the mental power of Patchouli.

patchouli essential oil for romance

Its strong musky scent makes Patchouli a wonderful aphrodisiac. It will lower your inhibitions, so you’ll feel more comfortable expressing your desires. And, because it’s so good at chasing away negative thoughts and fatigue, it’s the perfect oil to help you get ready for a romantic evening. All of your thoughts will be focused on your sweetie and your magical night!

For a sensual massage oil combine 1 drop of Patchouli, 5 drops of Jasmine and 4 drops of Orange with 1 oz carrier oil.

patchouli essential oil for skin care

Another great way to use Patchouli is to dilute it with a carrier oil (like coconut or jojoba) and apply it directly to your skin. In fact, it can regenerate, disinfect, moisten, and cool tissues! In addition to the mood boost you’ll get from the scent, Patchouli can help alleviate the symptoms of a variety of skin problems — like athlete’s foot, eczema, acne, and dandruff.

If you want to use it every day, you can make your own moisturizer by mixing one drop of patchouli with five drops of lavender, three drops of frankincense, and one ounce of jojoba. Or, make your own scalp conditioner by mixing one drop of patchouli with four drops of geranium and five drops of tea tree. Or, make a massage oil with one drop of patchouli, five drops of jasmine, four drops of orange, and one ounce of carrier oil.

Are you ready to experience everything that Patchouli oil has to offer? It’s only a mouse click away 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.

10 Sweet-Smelling Ideas for the Perfect Valentine’s Day Present

Posted: February 9, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Just because it’s almost Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to run out and get the same ol’ boring roses and sugary chocolate you get every year. Luckily, though, you don’t have to be a creativity wizard to come up with a great gift. I’ve done all the thinking for you, and I’m more than willing to let you take the credit for it!

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If you want to give your sweetie a special Valentine’s surprise, tap into the power of these products:

  1. Romance Essential Oil

This blend will push all the stress out of your sweetie’s mind and invigorate the senses so that you can both take full advantage of every single second of Valentine’s Day. Romance Essential Oil

  1. Romance Massage Oil

Why not kick up the sensory stimulation with a nice massage?! This sensual massage oil offers the same essential oils as Romance Blend, but it can be applied directly to the skin. That way, your sweetie gets to be pampered, and you both get to enjoy the invigorating scent. Romance Massage Oil

  1. Roses and Chocolate Perfume Oil

This is the ONLY way you should be using roses and chocolate this Valentine’s Day! This perfume blend smells sweet and elegant — making it the perfect way for your sweetie to feel a little more glamorous on the most romantic day of the year. Roses and Chocolate Perfume Oil

  1. Wise Woman Perfume Oil

A truly wise woman knows how great it is to be pampered, and the essential oils in this perfume blend will make her feel that way. The combination of exotic oils will make your sweetie feel more passionate, more in touch with her senses, and more relaxed — the perfect combination for a great Valentine’s Day! Wise Woman Perfume Oil

  1. Mr. Romantic Perfume Oil

The right scents don’t just work wonders for women; they’re a great mood booster for men, too! Whether you want your sweetie to feel strong enough to sweep you off your feet, or you want to give a single guy friend some added confidence this Valentine’s Day, this will definitely do it. Mr. Romantic Perfume Oil

If you’d rather focus your efforts on one specific essential oil — instead of a pre-prepared blend — here are my Valentine’s favorites:

  1. Jasmine Absolute

The sweet scent will instantly chase away any anxious thoughts so that you can concentrate fully on your sweetie.   It’s also a great aphrodisiac! Jasmine Absolute

  1. Rose Absolute

The essential oil will come with a much stronger scent than a bouquet of roses will, and that’s a good thing! After all, the scent of rose makes you feel more passionate and more willing to open your heart — the perfect feelings for Valentine’s Day. Rose Absolute

  1. Ylang Ylang

Whether your sweetie is stressed out, anxious, frustrated, or cranky, ylang ylang essential oil will chase all of the bad emotions away and leave your sweetie feeling downright euphoric and ready to enjoy a fun day. Ylang Ylang

  1. Patchouli

It has a strong scent, but it also creates some strong emotions. Specifically, patchouli eliminates stress and anxiety and replaces them with sensual, passionate feelings. If you’re looking for a strong aphrodisiac, this is it! Patchouli

  1. Cardamom

I love cardamom because the scent just makes you enjoy life. If you’re looking for a great way to help your sweetie stop sweating the small stuff, this essential oil is the perfect Valentine’s gift. That’s a gift any hard-working Valentine will appreciate! Cardamom

Luckily, you don’t have to search all over the place to incorporate these essential oils into your Valentine’s Day. Thanks to Aromandina, they’re all just a click away! And, for a limited time, you can take advantage of a special promotion, buy one get $10 off.

VALENTINE’S PROMOTION: Buy One, Get One $10 off.

Enter Romance code during checkout – Offer ends February 26th 2015 – retail clients only

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© 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.



Boost Your Love Life With Essential Oils

Posted: February 3, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Have you figured out what to do for Valentine’s Day yet?

This holiday can be tricky!  Getting a card and some flowers seems so cliché, but you have no idea what to do to be original.  People are always asking me how to use aromatherapy for romance and sexuality, and I figured this is the perfect time of year to share some tips with you!!

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basil

This is a great essential oil for your libido, because it awakens your senses.  It will make you forget all about how tired and weary you are so that you can concentrate all of your efforts on a night of sensuality: Basil Essential Oil

black pepper

Just like it spices up your food, it also spices up your sex life!  This oil is warm and spicy, making it perfect for rekindling lost passion.  If you feel like you and your partner have fallen into a sexual rut, this aphrodisiac will make you remember all of those hot sparks you had at the beginning of your relationship — back when everything was new and exciting. Black Pepper Essential Oil

ginger and cardamom

Ginger and Cardamom are warm, arousing, and inviting. They are also spicy oils.  In fact, the great physician Avicenna was singing Ginger’s praises more than a thousand years ago!  He said it was perfect for increasing circulation and, thus, creating more powerful erections. Ginger Essential Oil Cardamom Essential Oil

clary sage

If you’re looking for an erotic essential oil that can help you relax and enjoy a sensual night, look no further!  Clary sage will eliminate all of your stress, help you calm down, and even lower your inhibitions so that you have the courage to try out something new in the bedroom. Clary Sage Essential Oil

jasmine absolute

You’ve probably smelled Jasmine flowers before.  They bloom at night and create a sweet scent that’s a perfect aphrodisiac.  When used in essential oil form, Jasmine can make you remember all of those old romantic feelings you once had.  It will soothe your anxiety, make you feel calm, and make both you and your partner more seductive. Jasmine Absolute

patchouli

With its musky, earthy scent, Patchouli rose in popularity during the 1960’s — back when hippies were all about free love.  Patchouli has a strong scent, so test it out first to make sure you and your partner both like it.  If you do, you’ll find that your inhibitions are lowered, your mind will be clearer, and you’ll feel confident enough to discuss all of your physical and emotional desires. Patchouli Essential Oil 

Interestingly, Patchouli can create an entirely different mood depending on how you use it.  A small amount will have a sedative-like effect, while larger amounts will do the exact opposite and stimulate your senses.

rose absolute

Ever watch your partner when you give her a bouquet of roses?  One sniff, and she’s more emotional, more tender, and more filled with love.  Legend has it that Cleopatra first made love to Mark Anthony on a carpet buried one inch deep in rose petals, and amazingly, Rose oil can have an even more intense effect!  It’s a powerful aphrodisiac that eliminates any painful feelings, while making you feel warmer and more intimate. Rose Absolute

Rose an especially potent essential oil for the female libido, so if you want to help your wife relax and get in the mood, this is a great tool to do it!

ylang ylang

If you’re looking for a sweet essential oil that increases your libido, Ylang ylang is the perfect choice!  It’s long been a favorite of honeymooners because it eliminates anxiety and performance issues.  In addition to stimulating your senses, Ylang ylang will also open up your heart — making you more willing to express your emotions and your deepest thoughts. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Have you picked out a few favorites?

Good!  Now let’s talk about putting them to good use!

You’ve got two options for using these essential oils to boost your romance and sexuality — you can diffuse them in an aromatherapy burner, or you can use them to make your own massage oils.

Here are some massage oil recipes that I love, because each one creates a distinct mood.  

CALIENTE

PLAYFUL

EUPHORIC

See?  Giving your sex life a boost doesn’t have to hard!  Best of all, you can get all of these erotic oils from Aromandina… Consider it your one-stop shop for romance! 

Read more about essential oils for libido here:

Aromatherapy for Romance
Increasing libido with essential oils and a sensual bath
Mr. Romantic – A charming and sensual blend for men
Cardamom for Sense and Sensuality 
Celebrate love with aromatherapy

 



© 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.

Winter Aromatherapy Tips

Posted: January 26, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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soak your feet

At the first sign of a cold or flu, soak your feet, up to your ankles, in hot water.  Mix 10 drops of Immune Support essential oil with ½ cup of Epsom salts and add it to the water.

rub your feet to sleep

If you are prone to insomnia, rub Sleep Time body oil onto the soles of your feet, then put on a pair of cozy socks and rest with a hot water bottle on your abdomen until you doze off

take a breath break

The best way to stay healthy is to keep breathing!  Stand with your feet a little wider than hip-width.  Put 3 drops of Winter Blend essential oil into the palm of your hand, rub hands together and breathe deeply.  Do this for 10 breaths.  It’s a quick energizer.

spruce up your shower

After you are done showering turn off the water and put 1 teaspoon of Adrenal Support Body Oil on your hands.  The essential oils in this blend – Pine, Rosemary and Litsea Cubeba, are energizing, could help protect your immune system and they support the adrenal glands, which suffer when we get tired from the winter weather and lack of light.  Spread the oil all over your skin from head to toe (except the mucous membranes).

relax from head to toe

The people who get sick in the winter are those who are stressed out.  To stay healthy, make an effort to activate the relaxation response every single day.

  • When you get home, burn 6 drops of either Alegria (JOY) essential oil in your aromatherapy burner.
  • Take a warm bath with ¼ cup of SERENO Bath Soak
  • Do meditation  at least once a week

welcome the sunshine with aromatherapy!

Put a couple of drops of Citrus Delight Essential Oil Blend (Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon) on a tissue and smell from it through the day.


© 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.

Coconut Oil Moisturizer — You’re Sure to Fall in Love with This Recipe!

Posted: January 21, 2015 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

 Close-up of coconut oil on the wooden spoon. Beauty and cuisine.
People are always asking me for essential oil advice, and this time of year, many of them are begging for a solution to their dry skin, hair, and nails. So, I came up with a recipe that could eliminate all of those winter weather woes.

The secret ingredient? Coconut oil!

Here’s what makes it so great:

– It’s a powerful moisturizer

Without getting too technical, coconut oil’s chemical composition gives it the power to penetrate your skin much deeper than other moisturizers can. It goes so deep that it can actually strengthen your tissues — instead of just leaving a greasy layer of film on your skin.

– It sloughs away dead skin cells

After you rub it in, your skin will look soft, smooth, and radiant — instead of dry and flaky. Best of all, it does all of this without any harsh scrubbing!

– It’s not just good for skin

Coconut oil can have the same super-hydrating effects on your nails and hair.

But as powerful as coconut oil is, my moisturizer recipe harnesses the power of a few different essential oils. That way, you can see a variety of great results.

I mix together:

1 cup organic virgin coconut oil

15 drops of rose absolute

25 drops of orange

25 drops of frankincense

Rose absolute is a great emollient, meaning that it will make your skin super soft and supple.

Orange is particularly good at soothing extra-dry skin, so it’s the perfect choice for anyone who’s dealt with a harsh winter.

Frankincense actually stimulates your skin to create new cells — and those new cells look and feel a whole lot better than the old ones! It also fights off inflammation that makes your skin look and feel uncomfortable.

Once you blend everything together (and store it in an air-tight container) here’s the best way to use it:

– Exfoliate first

Coconut oil penetrates deep into your skin, but give it a helping hand by exfoliating dead cells beforehand. Mix a tablespoon of this moisturizer with a tablespoon of sugar to create an all-natural body scrub!

– Incorporate it into your bath routine

Massage this mixture into your hair before you wash it. Then, apply it to your skin and nails after you bathe — while they’re still warm and soft — so that it absorbs even better. Feel free to use it in place of your regular facial moisturizer, too.

What are you waiting for? Turn this dream recipe into reality by purchasing all of the ingredients at Aromandina!
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© 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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