Cristina Proano-Carrion has spent the last 20 years learning, creating, teaching, and sharing her joy and deep passion for one of nature's most powerful healers: essential oils! Her traditional and non-traditional studies in aromatherapy and essential oils left her hungry to do more with the knowledge and the experience that she had as a professional aromatherapist and product formulator for spa, fitness and hospitality companies.
Her own personal experience with essential oils was too powerful not to share with others. While trying for 4 years to get pregnant, Cristina discovered the therapeutic and healing powers of essential oils. Within only one month of using the essential oil blends to balance her hormones and detox her body, Cristina was pregnant with her baby boy, whom she refers to as her aromatherapy baby! She was determined more than ever to not let the power of the essentials oils be diluted into a mere smell-good product and she also quickly realized what was once her hobby for aromatherapy had turned into her life's purpose!
She put years of hands-on experience and scientific research to create Aromandina, her highly therapeutic line of high-quality, organic, sustainable aromatherapy products. When she is not spending time at Aromandina creating powerful essential oil blends for physical and emotional healing, Cristina is teaching seminars and conveying her passion for what she does best with her North and South American audiences through her TV and Radio appearances. A few years ago Mindful Health had the privilege of partnering up with Cristina and Aromandina in creating the Mindful Health Essential Oil blends, which our clients, staff and practitioners alike dub as the BEST they have come across!
1. Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Cristina Proano. I was born and raised in Ecuador. I’m married and we have a 17 year old boy, my aromatherapy boy. My passion for aromatherapy started 20 years ago and what I thought was going to be just a hobby turned into my a life pursuit to help others feel better physically and emotionally with the use of nature’s essential oils.
2. What led you to start your business?
I have been working as an formulator for other companies, developing products based on essential oils. At some points I felt the need to create products that had a more therapeutic approach, not just products that had an appealing smell, rather something that would help to address the most common physical and emotional conditions that people suffer.
3. What do you enjoy most about what you do? What is your biggest challenge?
I enjoy teaching, conveying my passion, sharing my years of experience with others. I love to see people excited and ready to put in practice what they learn with me. I also enjoy creating new products, new formulas. I could be making new products all the time. The biggest challenge is running the business, you know, accounting, bookkeeping, paying the bills, etc. The boring things that make a business run. :)
4. What inspires you to keep going when you are afraid?
I’m usually not afraid.
5. What does balance mean to you and how does that manifest in your daily life?
Balance for me is being able to have different rhythms in my daily life. A time to focus on work, a time to do exercise, a time to enjoy a glass of wine, a time to enjoy time with my son and husband, a time to watch TV, a time to party and dance. I never spend more than 6 hours a day at work.
6. Who do you look up to in your personal life and/or your business?
The comedian Louis CK. I like his painful honesty, never sugar coating things, the way he questions his own behavior and humans general morality. Through talent focus and a superb work ethic he has earned respect not just as a comedian, but also as an important social critic.
7. How do you incorporate a holistic lifestyle into your daily life?
Using essential oils all day, every day. I start my day by going to the gym, before I do, I apply Detoxing Body Oil on my abs and thighs. After the shower I put Adrenal Support on the adrenal area to keep me alert and going and I put Woman’s Help Body Oil on my abdomen area to promote hormonal balance. Before I go to bed, I like to spray my face with Sleep Time Body Mist so that I can have a restful sleep. I cook every day from scratch, and even when I travel, I leave all the meals prepared for my husband. We try to buy organic and local food as much as we can.
8. What are the tools in your holistic toolbox?
Essential oils: Immune Support, Radiare Essential Oil Body Oils: Adrenal Support, Detoxing, Women’s Help Vitamin D3
What is on your nightstand?
The current issue of The New Yorker A Latin American literature book – Cortazar, Borges, Vargas Llosa, are some of my favorite authors and I read and re-read their books. A glass of water A bottle of Sleep Time Body Mist
If you could have one special power, what would it be and why?
The power to live half of the day in USA and the other half in Ecuador. I miss my country a lot. I go home twice a year, but it still not enough.
What is your favorite scent?
I love the scent of all my essential oils, they are my babies so I don’t have any preference. I love the scent of coffee and bacon on a late Sunday morning.