Aromatherapy — An Easy, Effective Way to Eliminate Stress!

Posted: October 29, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Stress bombards us on a daily basis.  Whether you’re stressed out over that big work project, something your kids did, or the mess in the kitchen, it’s a miserable way to live.  You wind up feeling exhausted, getting a headache, and even suffering tummy troubles.

Luckily, though, there’s an easy way to knock stress right out of your life — aromatherapy!

People are constantly asking me which essential oils are best at combating stress, and the truth is, there’s no one-size-fits-all recipe that will combat every single type of stress you encounter during the day.  That’s why I came up with three different essential oil blends that can help you eliminate stress throughout the day — without making you feel groggy or foggy.

Here are 3 easy ways to incorporate stress-busting aromatherapy into your daily routine:

  1. –  Start your day with the ENERGIA blend.  Simply squeeze a drop onto the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and breathe in this invigorating scent.  It’s made with rosemary, litsea cubeba, and pine — all of which will make you feel alert and focused.

  2. Give yourself a mid-day boost with the ALEGRIA blend.  The mixture of clary sage, ylang ylang, and litsea cubeba will calm you down and put a smile on your face — without the side effects that you get from sedatives.  I like to use this blend in either a burner or diffuser, but you can also squeeze a few drops into a tissue and breathe it in that way.

  3. Ease your way into the evening with the SLEEP TIME blend.  Made with Lavender, Marjoram, Mandarin, and Palo Santo, this blend will stop all of the racing your mind has been doing and leave you feeling calm, relaxed, and ready for a great night’s sleep.  I love to squeeze a couple of drops onto a tissue and place it under my pillow.  By morning, I feel incredibly refreshed!

–  If you really want to pamper yourself, I’ll mix 10 drops of SLEEP TIME with a cup of Epsom salts, mix it with a tub-full of warm water and soak in it. 

–  If you don’t have time for a long, leisurely bath, squeeze four drops of SLEEP TIME onto a washcloth, close your eyes, and press it up against your chest while standing in a hot shower.  After a few deep breaths, you’ll be able to feel your stress going right down the drain!

It’s easy to bid bon voyage to stress… All you have to do is buy Aromandina’s De-Stress Aromatherapy Kit!  Or, buy it for a loved one and give the gift of relaxation!

© 2014, 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.

Your Sense of Smell Could Predict Your Life Span!

Posted: October 24, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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Out of all our senses, the sense of smell probably gets the least attention. But the latest research is about to change that perception! Researchers at University of Chicago recently carried out a study that establishes a strong link between olfactory senses and longevity. 

Here, the scientists used 5 odors (fish, leather, orange, rose and peppermint) to conduct a smell test on 3000 individuals aged between 57-85. Participants were given scores based on how accurately they could identify the smells. 
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Don’t lose sight of your goals this autumn

Posted: October 21, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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Autumn is a season of transitions. As the year nears its end, it is time to pause and reflect on the months gone by and reassess our goals. Have we accomplished all that we set out to? Has our health been good? Have we been successful in relationships and at work?

Unfulfilled goals may sometimes leave us flustered and desperate, but don’t forget – there is still time and you can still make it! All you need is some reassurance, positivity and hope –and all these come bottled up in the Autumn Blend.

Autumn Essential Oil Blend

Why it works 

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Black Spruce Essential Oil: A Breath of Fresh Air

Posted: October 13, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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As the weather gets colder, I feel the need to use “warming” oils that can not only help me breathe better but also make me feel more energetic. A little known oil in this regard is Black Spruce. I have been quite enamored by its soft, fresh, forest-like scent and what it can do for the mind and body.

What is Black Spruce?

A member of the Pinaceae plant family, Spruce is a close cousin of firs, pines and hemlocks. There are over 40 species of Spruce but not all offer therapeutic benefits. Black Spruce (Picea mariana) is an evergreen coniferous tree native to Canada, although it also grows in some parts of Alaska and North America. It is typically found in wet, swampy regions. The sharp, bluish-green needle-like leaves of the tree are the primary source of essential oil, which is extracted through the process of steam distillation. Black Spruce essential oil has a much milder, sweeter scent compared to other oils from the evergreen family.

Black Spruce Essential Oil: Uses in Aromatherapy

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The Ultimate Aromatherapy Skin Care Chart

Posted: September 30, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion



When it comes to beauty and skincare, essential oils can be used in super-effective ways.

In fact, it is scientifically proven that certain plant oils have anti-aging and skin healing properties. These oils work by:

– Stimulating cell regeneration

– Detoxifying the skin

– Improving circulation

– Balancing dry or oily skin

– Combating acne-causing bacteria

– Nourishing the skin with essential nutrients

– Soothing the skin and reducing inflammation

Result – clear, healthy, glowing and youthful skin! –Read more

Menopause Made Easy With Essential Oils

Posted: September 23, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Aromatherapy for MenopauseFor women, the experience of menopause can be as individualistic, unique and varied as our fingerprints. Some women sail through it without any major bumps, while others grapple with annoying and unpredictable symptoms for as long as a decade. Any woman who has battled hot flashes, loss of libido, weight gain and mood swings will know what I am talking about.

Menopause is a significant phase in any woman’s life, and not only because it signals the end of the reproductive period, but also because it comes at a time when most of us have a demanding life to lead and responsibilities to deal with. Therefore, staying fit and active should be a top priority. 

There are several supplements and dietary recommendations that are known to ease the symptoms, but a little known secret is the use of essential oils for menopause. 

Which essential oils to use for menopause? 

  • Some oils like Geranium and Clary Sage support the female reproductive system by balancing hormones and regulating menstrual cycles.
  • During menopause, the level of estrogens in the body comes down, leading to physiological and psychological changes. Fennel contains natural plant estrogens that can fill in the void so that these changes feel less dramatic.
  • Depression is another side effect of menopause. The fresh citrusy scent of Grapefruit lifts away the depression and dullness, while Cypress helps build inner strength during this period of transition.

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Power Packed and Refreshingly Versatile

Posted: September 9, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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If there is anything clean, refreshing and energizing at the same time, it has to be Eucalyptus Essential Oil. I suggest everyone should have a bottle in their cabinet because it is so versatile and has SO MANY USES! 

I have personally used it in many of my aromatherapy products such as the Winter Blend, Fiesta, Immune Support Essential Oil and Body Oil. It’s probably easy for you to guess that I am really, really fond of Eucalyptus.

What is Eucalyptus?

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Meditate Better With Essential Oils

Posted: August 4, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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The multiple health and spiritual benefits of meditation have been known to mankind since centuries, and now there are scientific studies to prove it.

Ever wonder why meditation is so refreshing?

The reasons are simple and straightforward. Meditation

  • Slows down the pulse rate
  • Calms the nervous system
  • Regulates the physiological functions of the body
  • Brings brain activity to a “sleep-like” state

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Natural Relief for Headaches

Posted: August 4, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Natural relief for headachesWhen I first started learning aromatherapy, my family members became my guinea pigs. I would try out various concoctions on them to see how essential oils really worked.
My husband used to have frequent bouts of headaches, which ranged from mild heaviness to severe migraines. One of my major goals as an aromatherapist (and a wife) was to find something that could help him.

What causes a headache?

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Essential Oils for Cystitis

Posted: July 23, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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Those who suffer from cystitis know how painful and debilitating it can be. Cystitis can be described as an inflammatory condition that affects the bladder and sometimes the urethra. You probably have cystitis if you face:

  • A frequent urge to pass urine
  • Sharp pain and burning sensation while urinating

The worst part about cystitis is that if not treated properly, it keeps coming back!Read more


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