The Reinvigorating New Year’s Bath Ritual

Posted: December 30, 2017 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

I’m not the most superstitious person, but I have one ritual I go through with every New Year’s that I truly believe in. Every New Year’s eve or during the first 2 weeks in January  I take a ritual bath with essential oils, candles, and music. It has helped me reset my life, plan my future, overcome fear, and ease my mind going forward into the new year.

Without sounding too esoteric, I do believe that this bath can be extremely beneficial to help us achieve those things we are looking for be it a new or better relationship, a new job or more business, or a “cleanse” of the old things that hurt us in the past.Read more

My 5 Most Vital Aromatherapy Books

Posted: December 14, 2017 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Here is a list of the most informative aromatherapy books you need to have in your library. If you want to use essential oils for your personal use, or professionally, I highly recommend theses books to keep next to you for a quick reference. They also make great holiday gifts!

1. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils by Gabriel Mojay

I took Aromatherapy Books: Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirita class with Gabriel Mojay in 2002, bought his book, and ever since, I have been using it as a reference, almost every day! Gabriel Mojay combines his great knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine with Aromatherapy and helps you understand the underlying causes of several physical and mental ailments. Even if you are a stranger to Oriental medicine, you will find it quite reader-friendly owing to the high quality illustrations on massage and acupuncture.
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The Transeasonal Wonder of Basil Essential Oil

Posted: November 2, 2017 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Basil Linalol Essential Oil

In India, basil was so revered that they dedicated it to Vishnu, a Hindu God, and is regarded as the reincarnation of Vishnu’s wife, Lashkimi, the goddess of fortune and beauty. Indeed, the plant and basil essential oil deserve all the adoration it receives due to its powerful effects that can be both beneficial to your body as well as your mind.
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Essential Oils for the Unexpected Events

Posted: August 11, 2017 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Essential Oils For Grief

Not all our experiences in life are joyful. Sometimes, the unexpected happens, like the passing away of a close family member. Recently, a friend of mines mother passed away and I didn’t know how I could help her with the grieving process. So, I turned to my books and realized that there were many oils that could help her handle these extreme emotions that come with uninvited events.

There are other emotions that people may experience during the grieving process such as remorse or even guilt. The essential oils meant for dealing with extreme sadness reach into the depths of our personal emotions and feelings. They help you feel safe and balanced.Read more

Aromatherapy Massage — It’s Truly a Full-Body Treatment!

Posted: June 5, 2017 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Science has confirmed numerous times what your muscles already knew — there are few things that feel better than a massage.  The right touch can lead to big physical benefits, including lower blood pressure, better sleep, and a stronger immune system.  Some hospitals even use massage as a go-to treatment for helping their patients relax, relieving their insomnia, and minimizing their pain.

As an added benefit, easing away all of that muscular tension can also reduce the tension in your mind.  Neuropsychology experts say that a lack of physical touch can lead to depression, aggression, and hyperactivity.  In fact, a good massage can have such a strong impact on your mental well-being that it’s the one instance where you’ll gladly be touched by someone who you don’t know very well (or at all!).

But as powerful as the physical and emotional benefits can be, there’s a way to make your next massage even better — by turning it into an aromatherapy massage. Read more

The Right Essential Oils Will Make Your Summer Even Better

Posted: June 1, 2017 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

The temperature is rising, the grills are getting fired up, and the swimming pool is about to become your favorite hangout spot.  That can only mean one thing – it’s time for summer!

But alongside the lazy days are things like mosquitoes, allergic reactions, and hot temperatures that can turn downright dangerous.  Luckily, though, you don’t have to let these things get you down.  All you have to do is use the right essential oils!

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Can You Use Essential Oils Internally? Not a good idea

Posted: April 13, 2017 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

It sounds so easy — you just ingest some of your essential oils, and then you get to reap the benefits both inside and outside of your body!

But, unfortunately, it’s not nearly this simple. 

No matter what you’ve heard or read online, ingesting essential oils isn’t for everyone.  Before you even consider using them internally, you need the real story on how all of this works.Read more

Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals – Book Review

Posted: February 7, 2017 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

I have been a professional aromatherapist for 20 years now, and in those 20 years I have read and collected over 40 aromatherapy books. I’ve tended to notice that the one thing common among all these books is that they don’t have a detailed guide about all the effects and interactions of the essential oils.

As much as we love our essential oils, we also know that they are powerful mixtures and need to be understood before they are used on ourselves or other people. So a book that helped me understand that aspect was crucial.

The book was written by Robert Tisserand, whom many people such as myself consider to be the father of modern-day aromatherapy. Having written the very first English aromatherapy book in 1977, his publication, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, has become a vital book to all serious health care practitioners. The book accurately describes the hazards and risks associated with essential oils, which helped me understand more the biological and scientific reactions caused by these intricate substances.

Guidelines relating to maximum doses and restrictions issued by various authorities are discussed, and some have now been revised.  For the first time, the potential for interactions between essential oils and orthodox drugs is reviewed.

The book is vast and contains several detailed subjects:

  • 400 essential oil profiles
  • 206 constituent profiles
  • 5 new chapters exploring essential oil safety for particular human systems in detail:
    The Respiratory System
    The Cardiovascular System
    The Urinary System
    The Digestive System
    The Nervous System
  • Essential oil / drug interactions
  • Over 4000 references

As a professional therapist, this book has seriously become a must have. The 784-page book is the most comprehensive book on the medical, chemical, and scientific properties of these oils.

Back when I first got this book it was $99.99, but now you can find this book for only $51.29. Buy it now before the promotion ends.

If you are serious about using essential oils, then by getting this book you will understand why so many other practitioners in the aromatherapy field use this unique publication to expand their experience and understanding.

© 2017, 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.

What in the world is a Febrifuge?

Posted: January 16, 2017 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

I recently received a message from one of my readers saying the following:

Thank you for the essential oils chart, but I have to look up online or in a dictionary what the meaning of the headings are unless you have a sheet of that as well. A few of the titles I know, but a lot of them I don’t’ know what they mean.”

First off, I am glad I received this feedback. Without it, I would not know if my readers and clients were having difficulties understanding what all the terminology means! And in the technical world of Aromatherapy, these terms can get tricky.

My reader was right, most everyone does not know what febrifuge means or what the process of cicatrizing is, and I want my Chart of Benefits of Essential Oils to be something that anyone who is interested in Aromatherapy can pick up and learn without barriers.

I created a Glossary of Therapeutic Properties. This glossary not only comes in handy when viewing the chart, but it also helps with getting more familiar with aromatherapy in general:


The following words are widely used when discussing essential oils.

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.

Antidepressant: this lifts the mood, for depressed people. An agent that is uplifting and counteracts melancholy.

Anti fungal or fungicidal: this inhibits mold and fungi growth. An agent that resists or destroys fungi.

Anti infectious: this prevents uptake of infection.

Anti inflammatory: this helps to reduce and prevent inflammation.

Antispasmodic: this relieves muscle spasm in smooth muscle.  An agent that prevents and eases spasms and relieves cramps.

Antiseptic:  this is cleansing and prevents the development of microbes.

Aphrodisiac: this increases sexual desire.  An agent that provokes sexual interest and excitement.

Astringent: this contracts blood vessels and body tissue.  An agent that contracts, tightens and binds tissues.

Calming: this produces a sedative or tranquilizing effect.

Carminative: this reduces intestinal spasm, settles the digestive system. An agent that settles the digestive system and the expulsion of gas from the intestines.

Cicatrizant: promotes healing of scar tissue.

Cephalic: this is stimulating and clears the mind.

Decongestant: this reduces or relieves congestion.

Deodorant: this destroys or inhibits odors.

Digestive: this aids the digestion of food.

Diuretic: this aids urine production.

Expectorant: this expels mucus in the respiratory system.

Febrifuge: this helps reduce fever.  An agent that cools and reduces high body temperature.

Immune stimulant: this stimulates the correct function of the immune system.

Hormone influencer: this is a tonic of the hormone system. An aent that stimulates the action of hormones.

Rubefacient: this is warming and increases blood flow.

Sedative: this slows down functional activity and lessens excitement, calming.  An agent that reduces nervousness, distress, or agitation.

Stimulant: this has an uplifting effect on the body. An agent that stimulates the physiological functions of the body.

Tonic: strengthens and enlivens the body or parts of the body.

Vulnerary: this prevents tissue degeneration and promotes healing of wounds.

Reference: Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. 2nd edn, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003

© 2017, 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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