National Sense of Smell Day

Posted: April 26, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Did you know that such a day exists? Neither did I!

The Storytelling Manager of Ford Motor Company contacted me on Friday and told me about this day.  The conversation that followed was so interesting that I though it would be great to share it with my readers:

Good morning, Cristina

My name is Dan Mazei, and I work in the communications team at Ford Motor Company. I realize an e-mail from Ford may sound strange, but I swear I have a good reason to be reaching out today.

I’m not sure if you know, but this Saturday is National Sense of Smell Day. As odd as that may sound to most people, I’m sure you can appreciate a day that recognizes our built-in ability to improve our lives through smell (like with essential oils and aromatherapy). 

With this in mind, Ford partnered up with the world’s foremost experts on scent, ScentAir, to come up with the Top 7 Aromas for a Less Stressful Drive – the little things we can do to make our commutes, errand runs, road trips and family vacations more relaxing and comfortable.

I’d love to send you the full list, if you’re interested. These are not products, but rather general scents your readers could go out and apply on their own. I think they’d really enjoy seeing this. 

Please let me know your thoughts when you can.

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You Can Stop Stress at Work with the Right Aromatherapy Regimen!

Posted: April 10, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion


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No matter where you work, you know how stressful the office can be!  Phones that never stop ringing, bosses that never stop criticizing, and deadlines that never seem to be long enough turn your workplace into a haven for stress.

Despite what you might think, though, stress isn’t “all in your head”.  In addition to frustration and feeling like you’re in a pressure cooker, stress can actually cause physical problems, too, like fatigue, headaches, and sore muscles.

So, how do you stop the stress at work from taking over your entire life?

With the right aromatherapy regimen!Read more

7 Solutions Set: The Best Of Aromatherapy In A Kit

Posted: April 2, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

7 solutions set

How many times have you:

  • Woken up with a sore throat or congested sinuses?

  • Sat in front of the computer all day only to have a headache by the evening?

  • Tossed around sleeplessly through the night because there is so much going on in your head?

  • Given in to unhealthy food cravings?

  • Found yourself procrastinating because you are unable to focus on a task?

  • Felt down and depressed because things didn’t go according to plan?

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Easy Ways to Implement Aromatherapy in Your Spa Treatments

Posted: March 12, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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I have outlined some steps I have personally used and tested that use Essential Oils in spa treatments. They have always produced the WOW factor and bring clients back again and again.

  • Use an Aromatherapy burner or diffuser in your treatment room  
  • Use an Aromatherapy mist during any of your treatments  
  • Use Aromatherapy massage oil in any of your treatments
STEP 1 – Have your room prepared – your Aromatherapy burner or diffuser should have your favorite Essential Oil or Essential Oil blend, remember, you are the one in that treatment room all day, so think about yourself, your guest will enjoy your choice.

STEP 2 – Use   Sleep Time Aromatherapy Mist to set the stage for relaxation.Read more

Cypress Essential Oil — The Ultimate in Physical and Mental Rejuvenation

Posted: February 24, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Tulcan Cemetery

If you’ve ever been to Ecuador, you’ve probably seen (or at least heard of!) the Tulcan Cemetery and its three-acre topiary made of Cypress.  The smell is as beautiful as the scenery itself, which is why this place is so popular with both tourists and locals!

You don’t have to go all the way to Ecuador to experience the magic of Cypress, though.  Instead, you can create your own Cypress wonderland through aromatherapy!

Cypress for transitions:

I’ve always been fascinated with Cypress topiaries, but it wasn’t until I began studying aromatherapy that I realized just how powerful Cypress really is.  In Latin, Cypress is known as Cupresus sempervirens, which translates to “always alive”.  That translation couldn’t be more accurate, because Cypress trees can live for up to 1,000 years!  They are strong and majestic, always pointing towards the sky.
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Forget Air Fresheners… Keep Your Home Fragrant with Aromatherapy Essential Oils!

Posted: February 17, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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From that garlic you cooked last night, to the dog’s muddy feet, it doesn’t take much for strange smells to pop up around your home.  But whether you’re fighting a certain odor or you simply want to get rid of that stale smell, synthetic air fresheners AREN’T the way to go.

I know… the commercials make them seem like little gifts from the heavens.  A few sprays, and your home smells fresh and vibrant.  Unfortunately, what those commercials DON’T mention is that these air fresheners are full of dangerous chemicals that can cause everything from migraines to asthma attacks.  Plus, synthetic air fresheners don’t remove odors.  They only mask them!Read more

Transform Your Inner Being With A Ritual Bath

Posted: January 31, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Aromatherapy ritual bath
You probably take a bath everyday without giving it much deliberation. But did you know that those few moments you spend by yourself in the company of water can transform you in unimaginable ways? A “ritual bath” has been a part of my life for many years and it has helped me out of many emotional problems. It is the reason I am able to stay positive through challenging situations and be more giving in my relationships. The process has helped me grow and improve as a person and I believe it is now time to share this secret tool with you wonderful readers.

From a subtle standpoint, a bath can have two connotations – it may signify “cleansing” or denote inner transformation. Immersing the body in water is also believed to calm the mind and inspire spiritual awakening.  However, a “ritual bath” need not have any religious or spiritual significance. It is just a personal experience and you may even think of it as a spa therapy.
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Enjoy the Magical Healing Touch of Frankincense Essential Oil

Posted: January 7, 2014 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

When I think of Frankincense, I immediately think of something exotic and magical. And why shouldn’t I? Civilizations from every corner of the earth and every period in time have tapped into this oil’s marvelous healing properties. Even today Frankincense is used around the world as a premium cosmetic ingredient because of its mesmerizing fragrance. Therefore for me, Frankincense essential oil holds immense value because it is precious, rare and very versatile. It is a key ingredient in many of my products, including the Mommy Body Oil, Holiday Bliss Essential Oil Blend and Hair Elixir for Dry Hair.
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Cocoa Mint Sugar Scrub — Yummy for Your Skin AND Your Mood!

Posted: December 22, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

I’m always getting letters from great Aromandina fans asking me for more DIY ideas.  One thing that you all really seem to love is sugar scrubs.  According to your letters, you can’t get enough of them!  That’s why I’m sharing my recipe for homemade Cocoa Mint Sugar Scrub.  The ingredients seem like they would make a decadent dessert — but in this case, they’re a yummy treat for your skin and your mood!Read more

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