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!

Here are 4 ways that essential oils are the perfect natural summer remedy: Read more

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.



We Reviewed The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy 25th Anniversary Edition

Posted: December 5, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy has been one of the most helpful guides in my line of work. For 20 years, this book has helped me create, understand, and expand my world of Aromatherapy.
Recently, Valerie Ann Worwood released the 25th Anniversary edition of her book, all new and updated. An advanced copy was sent to me for a review to compare the original to the new edition. Out of several tweaks, these changes caught my attention:

  • Each essential oil now has its equivalent Latin name
  • New changes and enhancements to original blends as well as entirely new additions
  • Specific dilutions and safe oils to use for babies and children
  • Overall the book is completely re-written, adding new chapters, charts, tables and material

All these changes and additions provide a wide array of help and aid to all of those involved in the natural therapeutic world, whether a newcomer or a seasoned practitioner. Providing the Latin name helps identify and classify our essential oils, revamped blends as well as new blends add a whole world of possibilities, and the addition of the warnings add a much-needed category to each essential oil that help to provide cautions that may not have been known to many before. At the same time, the book maintains its simplicity that makes it so essential. It is easy for someone new to pick up the book and easily understand and not be over-complicated, while it also serves as a quick reference guide that almost all seasoned veterans can use and rely on. It is easy for anyone to read while still maintaining lots of vital information.

I recommend this book to everyone interested in aromatherapy. It’s easy to read, has helpful tips and tricks, and contains a vast amount of vital information. Whether you’re new to the industry, a seasoned practitioner, or a homeowner with a love for aromatherapy, this book is perfect for you.­­­­­

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments

© 2016, 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.

Leave It Smelling Better – Number Two Spray

Posted: October 20, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

After years of debating on whether or not we should do it, we finally decided to remodel our basement! We finally finished the walls, put a new floor in, added a living room, and we fulfilled our dream of having a bar inside the house.

Since there was going to be a lot of Sangria and Cosmos being consumed at the new bar, we realized we were going to have to put a bathroom in the basement. The only place left to do this was the room right next to the bar, and this got us thinking: If the bathroom was going to be directly next to the bar and living room, it would be most ideal to reduce, as much as possible, all odors that would be coming from the bathroom. So how could a household, like mine and everyone else’s, do that?Read more

Prepare Your Body for the Change in Seasons

Posted: October 3, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Essential oils for the fall
As fall comes around the corner, it brings with it a number of changes both to the environment and our bodies. As the weather starts cooling down, our immune system defenses begin to deteriorate and we become more vulnerable to inconveniences such as colds and constant coughs. Luckily, we have the tools needed to naturally prepare our bodies for the changes in the season and to maintain our health at a comfortable level until spring comes around.

Warming Oils

There’s a reason pumpkin-spice is so popular in the fall.  It’s natural to want to warm up this time of year. As Mother Nature starts to cool things off, that glass of iced tea doesn’t seem so appealing. Instead, a warm cup of tea or a spicy glass of warm cider feels heavenly.

And, luckily, you can warm up your energy just like you warm up your beverages! Essential oils extracted from spices are warming for the body and the heart: cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger.

Autumn Blend

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Repairing Your Skin After a Sizzling Summer

Posted: September 1, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

I hope you have all enjoyed this summer as much as I did, be it by going to the lake, walking around the park, or by simply sitting outside and catching some rays of sunlight. I know that I certainly indulged in the sun this summer (and yes maybe I did over-indulge), by going out to the lake or waiting in line at the food truck park.

I tried my best to protect my skin this summer via sunscreen, but with this summer being one of the hottest summers in history, I could feel my skin crying for help in the sizzling sun.

Exposing yourself to the sun for too long comes with some risks to our health and appearance. Excessive exposure can lead to uneven complexion, blotchy skin, wrinkles, and irritated skin, all of which ages your skin. Every minute that you spend outside accumulates damage to the skin over time and deteriorates your health.

With the end of summer quickly approaching and less exposure to the sun, now is the best time to begin repairing your summer skin. It’s time to give our skin some tender love and care, the natural way.

The essential oils listed here are ideal for skin care since they heal, vitalize the tissue, stimulate the renewal of cells, cleanse and rejuvenate the skin.

Here’s a guide to repairing your skin:Read more

Mandarin Oil — Here’s Why It Should Be Part of Your Regular Routine

Posted: August 23, 2016 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

Ever play that game where you have to choose just a couple of things you’d want if you were stranded on a desert island?  For me, Mandarin essential oil would definitely be on the list!  I love this stuff!

I first discovered Mandarin oil about twenty years ago, and ever since, it’s been my go-to oil on stressful days, on nights that I can’t sleep, and even for my young son.  In fact, Mandarin is one of the safest and gentlest essential oils for children and pregnant women.  Kids especially seem to like it because it smells like candy!

What exactly does Mandarin oil do?

It gives your digestive system a boost

Whether you’ve got indigestion, gas, or stomach spasms, Mandarin oil can help your digestive system secrete bile and break down fats.  It’s also got antispasmodic qualities that can give you quick relief from gas pains and hiccups.  
Simply mix 20 drops of Mandarin with 4 ounces of carrier oil and massage it clockwise over your tummy.  (And, yes, this mixture is safe for young kids and the elderly!)  – For children under 2, mix 4 ounces of jojoba oil with 5 drops of mandarin oil.Read more


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