As much fun as it is to deck the halls and unwrap presents, the holiday season can also be incredibly stressful. Between finding time to bake gooey goodies, buying budget-friendly gifts, and entertaining countless family members, it’s no wonder you’re feeling frazzled!
Luckily, though, the right aromatherapy regimen can get you through it. Here’s what I recommend doing to eliminate all of that holiday stress:
A little bit of fresh air can go a long way — especially when you combine it with the right essential oils! Squeeze a drop of Eucalyptus radiata or Winter Blend (with Eucalyptus, Lavender and Grapefruit essential oils) onto your scarf, and head outside for a 10 minute walk. As you breathe deeply, you’ll start to feel more positivity. That’s because eucalyptus physically and emotionally opens up your chest, so you’ll get even more of that awesome fresh air than you would otherwise. And, because eucalyptus is a proven mood-booster, it will quickly knock out your stress. It’s a powerful 1-2 punch!
2. Take a bath
Does anything feel better after a long, stressful, cold day than a warm bath? No way! But to get the most out of your bath, add 1/4 cup of heavy cream (yes the whipping kind) to the water with 10 drops of essential oils. This is the best way to soak away all of the stress. I like to call it “cleaning your heart”!
You can take this bath time indulgence a step further by choosing an the essential oil blend that’s right for you. For example, ENERGIA is great for soothing sore muscles, while ALEGRIA is especially uplifting. SLEEP TIME is the perfect way to help us have a restful sleep, and WINTER BLEND can open up your sinuses as you fight off those pesky winter germs. Or, if you want to turn bath time into couple’s time, opt for ROMANCE No matter which one you choose, all of your holiday stress will go right down the drain!
3. Keep your energy level high
Sounds easier said than done, right?! Luckily, though, having enough energy to survive the holidays is as easy as misting your face. I created ALERTA body mist to be a pick-me-up that works in seconds. No matter how busy you are this holiday season, you’ve got a few spare seconds! ALERTA is made with peppermint, spearmint, cardamom, and rosemary, so it can stimulate both mind and body. Personally, I use it all the time — like while I’m driving, cooking, and working. That way, I have all the energy I need, without filling my body up with caffeine-laden coffee.
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People are always asking me if there’s a certain scent that will make their customers more willing to spend money. The answer I always give? There’s no such thing as a “magic potion”, but certain scents CAN make your business more welcoming — and the more welcoming your storefront is, the more comfortable people will be making purchases there.
After all, isn’t your goal to give customers a place to go where they can disconnect from the outside world and focus on products that make their lives better in some way? Exposing them to a particular scent is a great way to do that!
Additionally, studies have shown that a distinct scent can make your business more memorable. In one study, people were able to recall specific scents with 65% accuracy after an entire year had gone by. When it comes to photos and other visual images, they were only able to recall with 50% accuracy after a year had gone by. Bottom line — if you want people to remember you, you’ve got to tap into the power of scent!
So, which scents are best?
Before we talk about that, we need to address an important point — there is a HUGE difference between essential oils and synthetic fragrances! Synthetic fragrances are made with various chemicals — instead of anything that’s actually found in nature — which means they can be dangerous. The last thing you need is for a customer to have an asthma attack or break out in a rash because you sprayed some fake scent into the air!
Essential oils, on the other hand, are natural compounds that come from plants’ roots, stems, flowers, bark, and seeds. They don’t have any toxins or synthetic additives in them — meaning that if you want to tap into your customers’ sense of smell safely, you need to use essential oils.
So, which essential oils are most likely to bring you more business?
That depends on the mood you’re trying to create!
I always tell my clients that they should aim for an uplifting, relaxing atmosphere. If you select essential oils that have calming or sedative properties, your employees may feel too sluggish to do their best, and your customers may feel too listless to actually buy anything!
But by creating an environment that’s relaxing and uplifting, your customers can experience a bunch of feel-good emotions — while also feeling comfortable enough to take their time inspecting your products and making purchases. Sounds like the perfect way to make more money, right?!
Here are some essential oils that will create that perfect atmosphere:
Cinnamon — which needs to be used in moderation because it’s so powerful. I also love mixing 2 drops of Cinnamon oil with 10 drops of Orange because they complement each other so well!
Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang — both of which can eliminate feelings of jealousy and envy. That way, both your customers and your employees will be in a better mood, which will lead to an all-around more positive environment. That’s a great way to boost your sales!
Spruce — especially during the winter season. It will help your customers feel more grounded and slightly calmer, which comes in handy on those cold, dark days and during the holiday shopping rush!
And, as an added benefit, essential oils have antiseptic properties. So, by burning them or putting them in a diffuser, you’ll actually help ward off germs. Imagine how much better your business would perform if your employees weren’t constantly getting a case of the sniffles!
How to use them
Use an aromatherapy burner, fill the bowl with warm water and add a total of 5-15 drops. Keep burner on for a couple of hours a day.
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Thanksgiving is supposed to be a chance for all of us to take a pause from our hectic lives and give thanks for the important things in life. Unfortunately, though, Thanksgiving actually causes MORE stress for a lot of people!
When you think about it, that makes perfect sense. The weather is changing, you’re anxious about hosting a bunch of people and cooking a big meal, and your daily routine temporarily goes by the wayside. No wonder you’re stressed out!
So, how do you get rid of all that stress?
With the right essential oils!
I know how you’re feeling. I’ll be spending Thanksgiving abroad with family this year. Other years, I’m in charge of hosting. Either way, it’s stressful! That’s why I came up with an essential oil regimen that can help you in any Thanksgiving-induced situation:
– If you’re traveling…
Traveling either by car or plane means having to deal with confined spaces — the perfect breeding ground for germs! Plus, the change in air can send your respiratory system over the edge. If you don’t want to battle a stuffy nose while you give thanks, you need Aromandina’s Immune Support Essential Oil Blend. Made with Eucalyptus radiata, Tea Tree, Ravensara and other oils, this blend can help you fight off germs and give your respiratory system the strength it needs to adapt to changes. If you prefer to use single oils, try Niaouli,Bay Laurel or Peppermint oils.
Personally, I love adding a few drops of this blend onto a tissue and breathing it in. Sometimes, I’ll even put a couple of drops onto a light bulb in my hotel room. The heat from the bulb will evaporate the oils and send them into the air — purifying it in the process!
– If you’re playing hostess…
You need plenty of energy to cook a great Thanksgiving dinner and make your guests feel welcome. Luckily, that’s why I created Aromandina’s Energia Essential Oil Blend! Made with Rosemary, Litsea Cubeba and Pine, it can actually help restore your adrenal glands so that you don’t feel sluggish and exhausted. Put a few drops onto a washcloth while you’re in the shower, and hold it up to your chest. Take a few deep breaths, and you’ll instantly feel more alert!
If you want that great feeling to extend into the kitchen, tap into the power of citrus. Citrus essential oils — like Lemon, Grapefruit, and Bergamot — make you feel more relaxed, without slowing you down. That’s why I used them to create Aromandina’s Citrus Delight Essential Oil Blend. Put 15 drops into a bowl of hot water, put the bowl on your aromatherapy burner, and you’ll literally have good vibes floating through the air! That way, you’ll feel good enough to power through all of that cooking, and your guests will feel relaxed and welcomed, too.
Speaking of feeling welcomed, I actually created Aromandina’s Alegria Blend to help hostesses make their guests feel at home! It’s made with welcoming scents like Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang and Litsea Cubeba. If you prefer single oils, other uplifting oils are Spearmint, Lemongrass, Cinnamon and Orange to name a few. The scents of these beautiful essential oils can actually make you feel euphoric and eliminate jealousy and envy — so no matter how obnoxious your Aunt Margie is, you won’t be stressed out!
– If you’ve eaten too much…
Hey, we’ve all been there! You want to enjoy all of the Thanksgiving goodies, but you wind up overdoing it. Instead of feeling awful while your body tries to digest everything, give yourself some relief with aromatherapy.
Certain oils — like Ginger, Orange, Cardamom, Rosemary and Spearmint — are known as “digestive oils” because they control flatulence and help eliminate that uncomfortable stuffed feeling. Personally, when I go a little overboard at the dinner table, I lightly massage a little bit of Aromandina’s Digestive Body Oil over my abdomen. It’s made with those digestive oils, so it can give you quick relief.
See? A little bit of aromatherapy can go a long way! Use Aromandina’s products to eliminate stress, and you’ll be able to have the best Thanksgiving ever!
I was looking at the search engine terms that are used to find my blog, and found one very interesting: “does aromatherapy work if you can’t smell”.
That’s a question I have asked myself for years. I have seen elderly people who have lost their sense of smell, improving their sleeping patterns or their general mood by receiving a topical application of essential oils diluted in a carrier oil. I did know that essential oils were still working, producing great benefits on their general wellbeing, but I lacked the information to explain why aromatherapy still worked if you can’t smell . Imagine my joy, when I found this article on the New York Times!
When we think of olfactory organs, we obviously think of the nose. But your skin, heart, liver and even your brain possess an astounding number of olfactory receptors. A team of German biologists have been able to establish that these receptors fit with their respective odor molecules like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and set a whole chain of biochemical processes in motion, which in turn are responsible for healing, metabolism and other physiological functions. This finding alone has the potential to explain how and why certain scents affect our mind and body.
Smell is one of the oldest human faculties, yet it was one of the last to be understood by scientists. It was not until the early 1990s that biologists first described the inner workings of olfactory receptors — the chemical sensors in our noses — in a discovery that won a Nobel Prize.
Since then, the plot has thickened. Over the last decade or so, scientists have discovered that odor receptors are not solely confined to the nose, but found throughout body — in the liver, the heart, the kidneys and even sperm — where they play a pivotal role in a host of physiological functions.
Now, a team of biologists at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany has found that our skin is bristling with olfactory receptors. “More than 15 of the olfactory receptors that exist in the nose are also found in human skin cells,” said the lead researcher, Dr. Hanns Hatt. Not only that, but exposing one of these receptors (colorfully named OR2AT4) to a synthetic sandalwood odor known as Sandalore sets off a cascade of molecular signals that appears to induce healing in injured tissue.
In a series of human tests, skin abrasions healed 30 percent faster in the presence of Sandalore, a finding the scientists think could lead to cosmetic products for aging skin and to new treatments to promote recovery after physical trauma.
The presence of scent receptors outside the nose may seem odd at first, but as Dr. Hatt and others have observed, odor receptors are among the most evolutionarily ancient chemical sensors in the body, capable of detecting a multitude of compounds, not solely those drifting through the air.
“If you think of olfactory receptors as specialized chemical detectors, instead of as receptors in your nose that detect smell, then it makes a lot of sense for them to be in other places,” said Jennifer Pluznick, an assistant professor of physiology at Johns Hopkins University who in 2009 found that olfactory receptors help control metabolic function and regulate blood pressure in the kidneys of mice.
Think of olfactory receptors as a lock-and-key system, with an odor molecule the key to the receptor’s lock. Only certain molecules fit with certain receptors. When the right molecule comes along and alights on the matching receptor, it sets in motion an elaborate choreography of biochemical reactions. Inside the nose, this culminates in a nerve signal being sent to brain, which we perceive as odor. But the same apparatus can fulfill other biological functions as well.
Dr. Hatt was one of the first scientists to study these functions in detail. In a study published in 2003, he and his colleagues reported that olfactory receptors found inside the testes function as a kind of chemical guidance system that enables sperm cells to find their way toward an unfertilized egg, giving new meaning to the notion of sexual chemistry.
He has since identified olfactory receptors in several other organs, including the liver, heart, lungs, colon and brain. In fact, genetic evidence suggests that nearly every organ in the body contains olfactory receptors.
“I’ve been arguing for the importance of these receptors for years,” said Dr. Hatt, who calls himself an ambassador of smell, and whose favorite aromas are basil, thyme and rosemary. “It was a hard fight.”
But researchers have gradually awakened to the biological importance of these molecular sniffers and the promise they hold for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
The same year, Grace Pavlath, a biologist at Emory University, published a study on olfactory receptors in skeletal muscles. She found that bathing the receptors in Lyral, a synthetic fragrance redolent of lily of the valley, promoted the regeneration of muscle tissue. Blocking these receptors (by neutralizing the genes that code for them), on the other hand, was found to inhibit muscular regeneration, suggesting that odor receptors are a necessary component of the intricate biochemical signaling system that causes stem cells to morph into muscles cells and replace damaged tissue.
“This was totally unexpected,” Dr. Pavlath said. “When we were doing this, the idea that olfactory receptors were involved in tissue repair was not out there.” No doubt, few scientists ever imagined that a fragrance sold at perfume counters would possess any significant medical benefits.
But it may not be all that surprising. Olfactory receptors are the largest subset of G protein-coupled receptors, a family of proteins, found on the surface of cells, that allow the cells to sense what is going on around them. These receptors are a common target for drugs — 40 percent of all prescription drugs reach cells via GPCRs — and that augurs well for the potential of what might be called scent-based medicine.
But because of the complexity of the olfactory system, this potential may still be a long way off. Humans have about 350 different kinds of olfactory receptors, and that is on the low end for vertebrates. (Mice, and other animals that depend heavily on their sense of smell for finding food and evading predators, have more than 1,000.)
Despite recent advances, scientists have matched just a handful of these receptors to the specific chemical compounds they detect — an effort further complicated by the fact that many scent molecules may activate the same receptor and, conversely, multiple receptors often react to the same scent. Little is still known about what most of these receptors do — or, for that matter, how they ended up scattered throughout the body in the first place.
Nor is it even clear that olfactory receptors have their evolutionary origins in the nose. “They’re called olfactory receptors because we found them in the nose first,” said Yehuda Ben-Shahar, a biologist at Washington University in St. Louis who published a paper this year on olfactory receptors in the human lung, which he found act as a safety switch against poisonous compounds by causing the airways to constrict when we inhale noxious substances. “It’s an open question,” he said, “as to which evolved first.”
One of the most common methods of use of essential oils is by topical application. Essential oils are very powerful, concentrated and fairly expensive. When using them topically on your skin, you do need to mix them with a carrier oil.
What is a Carrier Oil?
A carrier oil is a cold pressed vegetable oil that ‘carry” essential oils into the body. They help to dilute and spread essential oils over the body in a controlled way. In aromatherapy we only use cold pressed vegetable oils, animal fats and mineral oils are never used.
There are numerous vegetable oils which can be used as carrier oils such as olive oil, grape seed, almond, sunflower, etc. The problem with these oils is that they tend to oxidize in a fairly short time, leaving an unpleasant rancid smell.
For our Aromandina Body Oils we carefully looked for the best vegetable oils in which to put our high quality essential oils. We also wanted our base oil to have a longer shelf life and therapeutic properties. We came up with a specific blend of fractionated coconut oil, golden jojoba and calophyllum inophyllum. This blend is absorbed quickly by the skin and it doesn’t leave it greasy or sticky.
You can apply any of our Body Oils directly on the skin or dilute your essential oils and essential oil blends in our Therapeutic Carrier Oil.
Ingredients in the Therapeutic Carrier Oil and Body Oils:
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fine, nourishing therapeutic carrier oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil is separated out from whole coconut oil to produce a superior carrier oil that won’t go rancid. The non-chemical separation process leaves no toxic residues to worry about. Benefits: • Remains liquid even at very low temperatures • Infinite shelf life, never goes rancid • Ideal for massage therapy – absorbs more readily into the skin • Does not stain massage table sheets • Is the lightest of all the carrier oils • Leaves skin feeling silky smooth – no greasy feeling • Colorless and odorless
Therapeutic Carrier Oil with Well-Known Healing Qualities
Calophyllum Inophyllum, also known as Foraha or Tamanu Oil, is renowned for its remarkable healing properties. It has been shown to aid healing of wounds, including severe cuts and burns, and acts as an effective germicide to kill or prevent infection.
Benefits: • Rejuvenating to mature skin • Anti-inflammatory • Assists with pain relief • Speeds healing with cuts and burns • Relieves sunburn • Very effective on dry or scaly skin
Golden Jojoba Oil
Rich, nourishing therapeutic body oil
Jojoba is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree. One thing that is interesting about it is that it isn’t actually an oil, but rather a liquid wax. Jojoba oil resembles the sebum of our own skin so it makes a superb moisturizer and is suitable for all skin types. It unclogs the pores and, in so doing, makes the skin free from impurities. This rich, golden oil actually seals moisture in; it is, after all, what helps the jojoba desert plant survive long summer droughts
Stress bombards us on a daily basis. Whether you’re stressed out over that big work project, something your kids did, or the mess in the kitchen, it’s a miserable way to live. You wind up feeling exhausted, getting a headache, and even suffering tummy troubles.
Luckily, though, there’s an easy way to knock stress right out of your life — aromatherapy!
People are constantly asking me which essential oils are best at combating stress, and the truth is, there’s no one-size-fits-all recipe that will combat every single type of stress you encounter during the day. That’s why I came up with three different essential oil blends that can help you eliminate stress throughout the day — without making you feel groggy or foggy.
Here are 3 easy ways to incorporate stress-busting aromatherapy into your daily routine:
– Start your day with the ENERGIA blend. Simply squeeze a drop onto the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, and breathe in this invigorating scent. It’s made with rosemary, litsea cubeba, and pine — all of which will make you feel alert and focused.
Give yourself a mid-day boost with the ALEGRIA blend. The mixture of clary sage, ylang ylang, and litsea cubeba will calm you down and put a smile on your face — without the side effects that you get from sedatives. I like to use this blend in either a burner or diffuser, but you can also squeeze a few drops into a tissue and breathe it in that way.
Ease your way into the evening with the SLEEP TIME blend. Made with Lavender, Marjoram, Mandarin, and Palo Santo, this blend will stop all of the racing your mind has been doing and leave you feeling calm, relaxed, and ready for a great night’s sleep. I love to squeeze a couple of drops onto a tissue and place it under my pillow. By morning, I feel incredibly refreshed!
– If you really want to pamper yourself, I’ll mix 10 drops of SLEEP TIME with a cup of Epsom salts, mix it with a tub-full of warm water and soak in it.
– If you don’t have time for a long, leisurely bath, squeeze four drops of SLEEP TIME onto a washcloth, close your eyes, and press it up against your chest while standing in a hot shower. After a few deep breaths, you’ll be able to feel your stress going right down the drain!
Out of all our senses, the sense of smell probably gets the least attention. But the latest research is about to change that perception! Researchers at University of Chicago recently carried out a study that establishes a strong link between olfactory senses and longevity.
Here, the scientists used 5 odors (fish, leather, orange, rose and peppermint) to conduct a smell test on 3000 individuals aged between 57-85. Participants were given scores based on how accurately they could identify the smells. Read more
Autumn is a season of transitions. As the year nears its end, it is time to pause and reflect on the months gone by and reassess our goals. Have we accomplished all that we set out to? Has our health been good? Have we been successful in relationships and at work?
Unfulfilled goals may sometimes leave us flustered and desperate, but don’t forget – there is still time and you can still make it! All you need is some reassurance, positivity and hope –and all these come bottled up in the Autumn Blend.
As the weather gets colder, I feel the need to use “warming” oils that can not only help me breathe better but also make me feel more energetic. A little known oil in this regard is Black Spruce. I have been quite enamored by its soft, fresh, forest-like scent and what it can do for the mind and body.
What is Black Spruce?
A member of the Pinaceae plant family, Spruce is a close cousin of firs, pines and hemlocks. There are over 40 species of Spruce but not all offer therapeutic benefits. Black Spruce (Picea mariana) is an evergreen coniferous tree native to Canada, although it also grows in some parts of Alaska and North America. It is typically found in wet, swampy regions. The sharp, bluish-green needle-like leaves of the tree are the primary source of essential oil, which is extracted through the process of steam distillation. Black Spruce essential oil has a much milder, sweeter scent compared to other oils from the evergreen family.