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Volume 4; Issue 5

The Editor's Corner -- May 15, 2004
 

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!


In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Aromatherapy Summer First Aid Kit
Sponsor - Zen for Men Aromatherapy Products for HIM
Essential Oil of the Month - Chamomile, Anthemis Nobilis
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Chamomile Creme Caramel
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

Although winter has yet to completely withdraw its chilly hold, summer is thankfully just around the bend. With the shift in temperatures comes the rebirth of all that is natural, and the relative increase in interest amongst all of us to spend more time outdoors, experiencing all of the sights, and of course the smells, that accompany this rejuvenating time or year.

Our article this month, Your Aromatherapy Summer First Aid Kit, is a reprint of a publication we originally released in July, 2001, one that is proving of particular interest to our much expanded readership in Spring, 2004. We're certain you will each enjoy it, and invite your feedback or article requests at any time!


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 Summer!

The Aromatherapy News Editors
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Our Featured Article
 
Your Aromatherapy Summer First Aid Kit
by staff writers - originally published July, 2001

Summer is almost here, and with it comes more time to spend in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, more time outdoors means we are more prone to insect bites, sunburn, and muscle aches from all of the extra activity we tend to get involved in.

Essential oils are a natural way to relieve the common ailments that most of us experience during the summer months. So, to get you started, we have prepared a list of our favorite "must haves" for your summer first aid kit...

read the entire collection of aromatherapy summer first aid kit suggestions >>>


 
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  Essential Oil of the Month  

Chamomile

Latin: Anthemis Nobilis
Scent: Sweet, herbal, soothing
Effects: Soothes and creates a sense of harmony
Properties:
Soothing, pain reliever, antibacterial and digestive stimulant
Uses:

Nervous tension, headaches, depression, skin conditions, arthritis

General Overview:

Chamomile is a small plant native to Europe, and has a daisy like flower. It is now cultivated worldwide, in Italy, England, France, and the USA. One of the most commonly known forms of chamomile is the ever-calming chamomile tea.

Chamomile oil is extracted through steam distillation of the flower heads themselves. It is considered a middle note oil.

Other than it's reputation for promoting relaxation, and easing tension, anxiety, and fear, chamomile is also effective for the treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and acne.

Issues of a digestive nature are also often assisted by chamomile, through the application to the abdomen directly.

Chamomile combines well with bergamot, geranium, and lavender.


Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Chamomile Creme Caramel

Sensuous creme caramel with the addition of relaxing chamomile makes this a perfect and elegant ending to any meal...


 
2 1/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
5 - 6 drops lemon juice
3 1/4 cups milk
1 cup dried chamomile flowers
4 whole eggs, plus 3 egg yolks

Preheat over to 325 degrees. In a 9 inch round cake pan, combine 1 1/2 cups of the sugar with the water and lemon juice. Heat stirring until the sugar is dissolved, then bring to a a boil over high heat for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not overcook! The caramel syrup should be a rich golden brown, but any darker will cause bitterness.

Combine the milk and chamomile in a medium saucepan. Bring to a low boil. Remove from heat, cover, and allow to steep for 20 to 30 minutes.

In a bowl, mix the eggs, egg yolks, and remaining sugar. Slowly strain the milk through a sieve into the egg mixture, whisking constantly so as not to cook the eggs. Place the cake pan with the caramel into a large roasting pan. Pour the custard over the caramel, and add one inch of simmering water to the bottom of the roasting pan to ensure even cooking. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the custard is firm to the touch. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

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 Did You Know

Chamomile was often used as a bed for garden walkways, releasing its comforting powers with each step.

Amazingly, it actually thrived instead of withering with foot traffic, which led to an old saying, "Like a chamomile bed, the more it is trodden, the more it will spread."

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 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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