The Machu Picchu Facial: A Complete How-To Guide

Posted: August 12, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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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.

Benefits of essential oils – Reference Chart

Posted: July 23, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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When it comes to essential oils, it is always a case of “different strokes for different folks”.  Indeed, the therapeutic properties of essential oils are so varied and diverse that it can be difficult to decide which ones to stock in your cabinet. Some oils are versatile, while others are known to work on specific systems. Some are gentle, while others are strong. Some work on the muscles, while others work on the mind.

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A glossary of terms is provided at the bottom of the chart.

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How to Use Essential Oils – Inhalation Method
How to Use Essential – Topical Application Method

Benefits of essential oils chart


Analgesic
: this is pain-relieving, for mild and sever pain, for shoulder pain, knee pain,back problems, muscle pain. An agent that relieves or diminishes pain: BasilBay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus radiata, Fennel, Fir, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree.
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Essential Oil Uses

Posted: July 19, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

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The world of essential oils is indeed very fascinating; the more you learn about them, the more you will want to make up your own concoctions. To help you with day-to-day applications of essential oils, I have compiled a list of common ailments along with recommended oils for each and their method of use.  This guide will also help you decide which essential oils are best suited for you.

ACNE

Tea Tree, Geranium and Lavender Add 3 drops of each to 1 oz of Jojoba Oil .  Put some of the oil on your fingertips and apply on the face with press and release over face and neck.

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Alegria Blend, Citrus Delight Blend, Rose Absolute  Put 3 drops of the either blend on a tissue, place it under the nose and inhale directly.  This method is recommended for an instant effect. Mix 10 drops of one of these blends with 1/4 cup unscented salts, to a bath and soak for 15 minutes.Read more

Palo Santo Essential Oil – Connecting Sustainability with the Spa Experience

Posted: July 7, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Everyone loves to feel great! The Spa Industry exists to fill this need. The Green Sustainable Movement is growing out of our power as consumers to choose. More and more we look behind the scenes at the products, services and companies we use to find out how it is made, manufactured and the company’s business practices. Does it give to the community or exploit it; does it sustain and increase our natural resources or destroy it? These are the questions we, as maturing consumers, are asking about our daily transactions. Palo santo atardecer

Palo Santo Essential Oil – The Epitome of Sustainability

If you are searching out products to use that support others and sustan communities and our natural resources, you may want to consider introducing Palo Santo essential oil to your spa treatments.Read more

Aromatherapy Videos, Aromatherapy Webinars

Posted: June 26, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Aromatherapy Videos and Aromatherapy Webinars Learn more about the benefits of essential oils, methods of applications of essential oils and essential oils for specific conditions. flip flops

 Aromatherapy for the Summer

      mothers or women  

Aromatherapy for Women

    Basic Principles of Aromatherapy and the Seven Solutions  

Basic Principles of Aromatherapy and The Seven Solutions

 
© 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.

Stay Cool And Fresh This Summer

Posted: June 24, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Essential Oils for the Summer

Summer is easily the most awaited season of the year because it signifies manifestation and complete expression – nature is in her full bloom, and the dullness and lethargy of winter is wiped away by the brilliant rays of the sun. Indeed, there is so much you can do and achieve when the weather is on your side!Young woman drinking water outdoors. Summer inspires you to channel your energies and turn your thoughts into action. It is the time when your body, mind, heart and spirit are energized and motivated to the highest degree. It is also the perfect season for sports and outdoor activities. However, even when you are all charged-up and enthusiastic to get things done, it is important to protect yourself from the heat and keep yourself cool and refreshed so that you don’t lose focus. To help you make the most of this delightful season, Aromandina has introduced a brand new Summer Blend as part of our Aromatherapy For The Seasons Series. An invigorating mix of Spearmint and Lemongrass essential oils, the Aromandina Summer Essential Oil Blend is just what you need to keep yourself in top shape when the mercury rises. Spearmint has natural cooling properties that help you stay calm and keep “hot” emotions like anger frustration and irritability at bay. It also enhances alertness and concentration, especially when the heat begins to get to you. Lemongrass has a refreshing scent that acts as a stimulant for the entire body, keeping you energetic and active all day long. It also promotes mental clarity and balance. Lemongrass is also known to possess antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which make it an excellent skin tonic and natural deodorant for hot summer months. There are several ways to use this amazing blend on a day to day basis:
  • After a long tiring day outdoors, pour 5 drops of this blend into a bowl full of iced water, dunk a towel in it, wring it out and wipe your skin with it.
  • If you are going to work or play outdoors for a prolonged period, simply wrap the wet towel around your neck to regulate your body temperature and prevent exhaustion and heat strokes!
This summer, keep your mind free of useless thoughts and revel in the breeze of coolness that the Aromandina Summer Essential Oil Blend brings. Looking forward to summer, are we?
© 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.

Have a Bug-Free Summer

Posted: June 19, 2013 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Bugs and mosquitoes can ruin even the most pleasant summer day. Apart from being extremely annoying, they are capable of spreading infections and diseases.
Teach these pesky things a lesson with the BUZZ-OFF INSECT REPELLENT AROMATHERAPY SPRAY and they will never bug you again.
  • Buzz off has Eucalyptus Citriadora. This essential oil is actually approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to keep bugs at bay.Read more
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