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Volume 4; Issue 3

The Editor's Corner -- March 27, 2004
 

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!


In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Ten Uses for Essential Oils in the Home
Sponsor - Zen for Men Aromatherapy Products for HIM
Essential Oil of the Month - Peppermint, Mentha Piperita
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Eggplant Rolls - Feta and Mint
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

At times, understanding the role that Aromatherapy can play in our lives comes easier than do ways to introduce that value into our own homes on a meaningful, and day to day basis.

To the rescue comes this month's feature article, by Jill Black, providing a wealth of ideas on bringing the pleasure of essential oils into your home, for the betterment of your life, and that of your family's. We trust that you will enjoy it!


As always, a note of thanks to both our long time, and new subscribers for joining us at Aromatherapy News! We look forward to continuing to be your primary source for premium quality aromatherapy news, and information.

Wishing each of you a happy, safe, and aromatic Christmas!

The Aromatherapy News Editors
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Our Featured Article
 
Ten Uses for Aromatherapy in the Home
by Jill Black, of www.netwrite-publish.com

When guests first enter your home the first thing that greets them is the aroma. Essential oils are often used to create a homely atmosphere within the home.

Add 6-8 drops of your favorite scent to water in a diffuser or place the drops directly into a bowl of boiling water. Sweet orange, lemon and your favorite spice oil are especially good when diffused during the winter months for a refreshing, warming aroma and atmosphere.

Candles fragranced with essential oil can also be used to give the home a pleasant ambiance and aroma. Other ways essential oils can be used around the home include...

read the entire collection of suggestions and recipes for around the home >>>


 
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  Essential Oil of the Month  

Peppermint

Latin: Mentha Piperita
Scent: Fresh, strong, grassy, and yes, minty
Effects: Considered a stimulating oil
Properties:
Antiseptic, decongestant, astringent, analgesic
Uses:

Migraines, bronchial issues, sinus related, asthma, digestive

General Overview:

Peppermint is considered a top note oil, and has been used for hundreds of years as a digestive assist, via teas and other ingestion methods.

Extraction of the oil is centered on the leaves and flowers, and is generally handled through steam distillation.

Other uses include dilution and use as an insect repellent, massage of the diluted oil into the temples to help relieve headaches, steam inhalation for sinus and bronchial concerns, and massage into the abdomen for the relief of colic and indigestion.

Many 'foot health' lotions and oils also incorporate peppermint, for its refreshing qualities.

Peppermint oil combines well with Eucalyptus, and Rosemary.


Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Eggplant Rolls with Feta and Mint

The pairing of refreshing mint with sassy feta cheese is sure to enliven the taste buds!


 
1 large eggplant
12-oz jar roasted bell peppers, drained
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6 oz feta cheese
1/2 teaspoon chopped lemon zest
1 tablespoon chopped mint
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt & pepper

Slice the eggplant into 1/4 inch rounds. Pick out the twelve largest rounds and reserve the rest for another use. Place the rounds in a colander and sprinkle generously with salt. Let the eggplant 'sweat' for 30 minutes (this process removes the bitter taste from the eggplant, and also reduces its tendency to soak up oil). Rinse the eggplant well and pat dry. Heat a ridged grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush lightly with olive oil. Grill the eggplant until nicely marked on both sides. Remove to a working surface, such as a large cutting board.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, blend together the feta, lemon zest, mint, and salt and pepper to taste. Form about 1 tablespoon of the mixture into a log with your hands, place onto the lower third of an eggplant round and roll to enclose the cheese. Place on a baking sheet. Continue with the remaining rounds. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese has just started to melt. In a food processor or blender, puree the roasted red peppers with the mayonnaise and cinnamon until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the rolls with a dollop of the bell pepper sauce.

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 Did You Know

That when perfume makers aim for an enjoyable and balanced product, they include a combination of top, middle, and base note oils for the best results.

No such rules for home aromatherapy oil concoctions - go with what you love, and it will always work out well!

For more information on the use of essential oils, go here.

 Recipe of the Month

"Having suffered from IBS for some time, I began to explore aromatherapy as a way of easing the discomfort.

One recommendation that I tried with some success is a diluted mix of my favorite carrier, and Chamomile oil. I then warm the mixture slightly, and massage into my abdomen.

I hope that you can publish this recipe as it may be of value to many of your readers and visitors."

Thanks to Marsha for her suggestion!

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