Pamper Yourself This Season With This DIY Winter Scrub

Posted: November 18, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

DIY Winter Salt Scrub
Sometime ago, I wrote an article on winter body wraps for Les Nouvelle Esthetiques.

While the article was directed at spa professionals, you too can try out a simpler, DIY version of this wrap all on your own at home.

Now that the weather is cold, many of us face annoying problems like dry skin, infections and seasonal blues. Moreover, during this time, we want something that can warm us, comfort us and lift our spirits. If you do not have the time to visit a spa, just try this easy aromatherapy recipe – it pampers the skin and gives fabulous results.

What you will need:


I recommend the Winter Blend because it contains just the right mix of ingredients that are needed to fight off winter-related problems, and all in measured quantities. Here’s how it works:

Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Boosts the immune system and protects the body against disease-causing organisms. Also energizes the body when you feel dull and run down.  

Grapefruit Essential Oil: Has a refreshing and cheerful scent that instantly brightens up the mood and chases away the blues. It’s natural diuretic properties help in curbing water retention and minimize the appearance of cellulite.

Lavender Essential Oil: A versatile oil that fights depression and germs with equal fervor. Relaxes and calms an anxious mind.

We are going to choose Jojoba oil as a base for its super skin-hydrating properties. Not only is it great for dry, flaky skin, it also cleanses the pores without blocking them. The best part about Jojoba oil is that it suits all skin types.

Sea Salt works as a natural exfoliator that is not too harsh on the skin. It removes layers of dead skin, revealing soft, youthful skin underneath. It also replenishes the skin’s natural mineral content.

What Is The Procedure:

Simply mix 1 cup of  Sea Salts with ½ cup of Jojoba Oil and 20 drops of the Winter Blend. Use this mixture as a scrub in the bathtub or shower. 

This recipe does not require too many ingredients and hardly takes up any time. You can easily work it into your routine and practice it regularly throughout the winter months. In fact, it even makes for the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones.

Do try it out and write in to share how it helped you.

 © Cristina Proaño-Carrión AROMANDINA 2013 – Aromatherapy blog  – All rights reserved This information on this blog 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 blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina. 

Geranium Essential Oil: For Balance And Beauty

Posted: November 13, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Geranium Essential Oil
I have always loved Geranium Essential Oil for its sweet flowery fragrance, and because of its versatility, it is undoubtedly among my favorite essential oils.

The best thing about Geranium essential oil is that it can be used for so many things, and suits everyone. Women in particular will love Geranium for its beauty-enhancing and balancing properties. I discovered them long ago, which is why I have used it in several of my women-centric products such as Alivio Circulation Body Oil, Hair Elixir For Dry Hair, Radiare Essential Oil Blend and  Woman’s Help Body Oil. Read more

Give Cellulite a One-Two Punch with Coffee and Essential Oils!

Posted: November 1, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Coffee and Turmeric Scrub for beauty treatment in spa.

No matter how old you are or what kind of shape you’re in, you’ve probably battled cellulite at some point.  Everyone has!  Personally, I got tired of being ashamed to wear a bathing suit or short shorts, so I decided to challenge myself to reduce the appearance of cellulite in six months.  I started in January, and once June came along, I was wearing short shorts and feeling great about myself!Read more

Aromatherapy For Achievers: Essential Oils That Spell Success

Posted: October 31, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Aromatherapy for Success
All successful people have one thing in common – they never lose track of their priorities and are incredibly focused.  Sadly enough, that is not true for most of us.

We often start out a new project with passion and enthusiasm, only to lose steam midway. Sometimes we give in to distractions and at other times, poor health holds us back.Read more

Bay Laurel — Boosting Everything from Your Creativity to Your Digestive Tract

Posted: October 22, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Bay Laurel essential oilDon’t you hate it when one of those annoying winter colds pops up? Even if you’re not fighting a full-blown case of the sniffles, as soon as the temperature drops, you probably feel a little out of sorts. Personally, I always feel a bit unmotivated and weak. And that’s why I turn to Bay Laurel!Read more

The Machu Picchu Facial: A Complete How-To Guide

Posted: August 12, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

machu picchu

When Les Nouvelle Esthetiques, a well-known spa and esthetics magazine, approached me to write a facial protocol for a Machu Picchu-inspired facial, it got me very excited. You see, when I lived in Ecuador, I used to design customized aromatherapy facials and body treatments for the local resorts using natural indigenous ingredients combined with essential oils.  Therefore, the concept of a “Machu Picchu Facial” instantly reminded me of the Andean ingredients that the native women use to care for their skins. Wondering what makes the Machu Picchu Facial so special and unique? It is the rare and exotic ingredients from the Andes!Read more

‘Back To School’ Becomes Easy With Aromatherapy

Posted: August 5, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

6 back to school aromatherapy tips Well, the summer break is coming to an end and it won’t be long before the schools reopen again. For me, this time of the year is particularly challenging, not to mention how challenging it is for my teenage son who has to deal with new subjects and prepare to go back to a more regimented routine (like most kids, he hates waking up early!) I know that many mothers like me would be sailing in the same boat and would find these aromatherapy “back to school” tips very helpful in dealing with the transition.

Create a Calming Environment

With a new academic year ahead of them, it is natural for children to feel fidgety and anxious. Establish a calming environment for them with Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend, which will help them wind down and get some restful sleep. You may also try a bedtime bath routine by adding 6 drops Of Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend to a cup of sea salt and mixing this in the bath water. When children sleep well, they are better prepared to face the day ahead.

Improve Concentration and Focus

After having a fun time throughout the vacations, children may find it difficult to focus on studies and homework. Spearmint, Peppermint, Cardamom and Rosemary are some oils that are known to stimulate the mind, strengthen memory and enhance concentration. I have combined these oils in my Memoria Blend and I regularly use it for my son whenever he has loads of homework or a big test coming up.

Prepare Them for the Day

Getting up early in the morning is probably the worst part about going back to school. If your child comes to the breakfast looking all groggy, help them perk up with Memoria Essential Oil Blend. This essential oil blend is tonic for the mind and the nervous system, and will help you child stay bright and alert throughout the day.

Boost Their Immunity

Back-to-school time is often associated with colds and other infections triggered by the change in routine and physical environment. You can help your child stay healthy by asking them to place a washcloth with 2 drops of Immune Support Essential Oil Blend on their chest while taking a hot shower. Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Niaouli Pine, Ravensara and Lavender are very effective in fighting infections and strengthening the body’s natural immunity. I have used them all in my Immune Support Essential Oil.

Take Away Their Pains

When you child starts a new academic year, there is a sudden burst of activity, especially sports. This can lead to muscular cramps and body aches. If you are a parent, you probably know what I am talking about. Lavanding, Peppermint and Lavender have the ability to relieve sore muscles, improve circulation and reduce inflammation. The next time, instead of handing over a harsh painkiller to your child, just try Pain Begone Body Oil.

Encourage a Positive Frame Of Mind

Stress, anxiety and nervousness are all part of student and teenage life. If you see your child undergoing bouts of restlessness and hyperactivity, help them calm down with Citrus Delight Essential Oil.   The ingredients in this blend are Bergamot, Grapefruit and Lemon.  Its fresh scent can help relieve feelings of depression, fear and anger, and can help make phases of transition easier for your child. In fact, you can combine 30 drops of Citrus Delight Essential Oil Blend with 4 oz of Carrier Oil and use it for a daily massage. Children Aromatherapy Massage Did you know that giving your child a relaxing aromatherapy massage is one of the best ways to bond with them? Children (and even adults) thrive on human touch because it is comforting and makes them feel secure. It also lets them know how much you love them and assures them that you will always be there for them. When you establish a massage routine, you and your child will look forward to spending that “quality time” with each other every day. Do you have any back-to-school tips to share? I would love to hear from you!  
© 2013, 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.

Chart: Uses of Essential Oils

Posted: July 31, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

uses of essential oils   Just like you have a medicine guide in your medicine box telling you which pill to pop for a particular health problem, I have been inspired to prepare an aromatherapy “first-aid guide” for the benefit of my clients and readers. This quick-reference chart lists out some common ailments and tells you which oils to use when, and how. You can even print this out and keep it handy for a quick (and free) aromatherapy consultation.    

CONDITION/SYMPTOM

ESSENTIAL OIL

HOW TO USE

 Acne

Tea Tree, Geranium,   Lavender

 Topical

 Anxiety and Depression

Alegria Blend, Citrus Delight Blend,   Rose Absolute

 Quick Inhalation, Bath

 Abscess

Lavender, Tea Tree, Cooling Blend

Dab with cotton swab

 Asthma

Allergy Calm Blend, Blue Chamomile, Clary Sage, Marjoram

 Massage, Bath

 Athletes Foot

Cooling Blend, Tea Tree,

 Dab with cotton swab

 Backache

Pain Begone Body Oil

 Massage

 Bronchitis

Cypress, Marjoram, Eucalyptus

  Inhalation, Massage, Bath

 Burns

Allergy Calm Blend, Lavender, Helichrysum

  Topical

 Candida

Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Tea Tree, Cooling Blend

  Sitzbath, Bath, Massage

 Cellulite

Detoxing Body Oil

  Massage

 Circulation Problems

Circulation Body Oil

  Massage

 Cystitis

Cooling Blend, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Tea Tree

  Massage, Bath

 Earache

Blue Chamomile, Lavender

  Compress, Massage

 Hemorrhoids

Cypress, Niaouli, Lemon, Geranium

  Sitzbath

 Headache

Headache Begone Roll On

  Massage

 Immune System (to boost)

Immune Support Blend, Immune Support Body Oil

  Inhalation, Massage, Bath

 Indigestion

Blue Chamomile, Peppermint, Lemon, Mandarin, Digestive Body Oil

  Massage

 Influenza – Colds and Flu

Peppermint, Marjoram, Lemon, Immune Support Blend, Ravensara

  Inhalation, Massage, Bath

 Insomnia

Blue Chamomile, Marjoram, Sleep Time Blend

Quick Inhalation, Massage, Bath

 Lymphatic Congestion

Detoxing Body Oil, Fennel, Juniper Berry, RosemaryGeranium

Massage

 Menopause Symptoms

Clary Sage, Geranium, Blue Chamomile, Rose Absolute

Massage, Bath

 Mouth Ulcers and Gum Infections

Tea Tree, Geranium, Lavender

Mouth wash

 Periods – Painful

Radiare Blend, Blue Chamomile

Massage, Compress

 Periods – Irregular

Blue Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium

Massage

 Periods – Heavy

Cypress

Massage

 PMS

Woman’s Help Body OilGeranium, Lavender

Massage, Bath, Compress

 Rheumatism and Arthritis

Circulation Body Oil, Rosemary, Marjoram

Massage

 Sinusitis

Allergy Calm Blend, Lavender Eucalyptus Radiata, Tea Tree

Inhalation, Massage

 Sore Throat

Immune Support Blend, Tea Tree, Lavender

Gargles

 Stress

Lavender, Clary Sage, Bergamot Sleep Time Blend

Massage, Bath

 Warts

Cooling Blend, Tea Tree

Dab affected area with neat oil

How to use essential oils:

Quick inhalation: Place 3-4 drops of essential oil on a tissue, place it under the nose and inhale directly.
Massage and Topical: Combine 3 drops of essential oil with 1 teaspoon carrier oil and massage or apply the affected areas.
Baths: Fill a bath with warm water, add 1/4 cup of salt mixed with 10 drops of essential oil.
Inhalation: Add 3 drops of essential oil blend to a bowl of warm water and inhale for around 10 minutes.
Gargles: In an empty glass, mix 1/2 teaspoon salt with 6 drops of essential oil.  Add the juice of one lemon and 1/2 cup of warm water.  Stir well, gargle and spit it out.  Use it twice daily.
Sitzbath: Mix 4 drops of essential oil with 1 teaspoon of sea salt.  Run a bath with warm (not hot) water to the level of hips, add the salt/essential oil mixture and sit in it for 10 min.
Compresses: Mix 5 drops of essential oil and 1 tablespoon salt in an empty bowl.  Fill bowl with hot or cold water, soak a piece of cloth, wring it out and cover the affected area.  Repeat this process for 5 to 15 minutes, as needed

© 2013, 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.