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Volume 2; Issue 8

The Editor's Corner -- August 15, 2002
 

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!


In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Aromatherapy in the Kitchen
Essential Oil of the Month - Rose Otto
This Month's Aromascope - Virgo
*NEW* Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Monthly Recipe
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

During our explorations into the endless uses of aromatherapy, we often fail to realize some of its most common applications. One of the easiest, and certainly the most satisfying ways of bringing natural scents into our daily lives is through our cooking.

This month's feature article by Melissa Dale and Emmanuelle Lipsky invites us to elevate our dining experience with aroma based recipes. The article includes a number of mouth watering creations from their new book, Aromatherapy in the Kitchen.

In upcoming months, Aromatherapy News will continue to feature monthly recipes from their wonderful book, suggestions certain to assist you in adding the joy of fragrance to your dinner table! We'd like to offer up a special note of thanks to the authors, and the folks at Woodland Publishing for their interest in sharing their efforts with all Aromatherapy News readers.

As always, we thank 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.

Until next time,

The Aromatherapy News Editors
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Our Featured Article
 
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen
by Melissa Dale & Emmanuelle Lipsky

The benefits of aromatherapy are all around us - in flower and herb gardens, in scented candles and in the perfumes and shampoos we use daily. Chances are you have already taken advantage of at least some aspects of aromatherapy. Even a walk through a rose garden or brushing up against a rosemary bush can be therapeutic. Now, thanks to Melissa Dale and Emmanuelle Lipsky and their book, Aromatherapy in the Kitchen, the benefits of aromatherapy can be used in a whole new realm-the kitchen.

Taste and aroma are intrinsically linked. Aromatics in food account for the vast majority of what we consider "taste." Without aroma, the flavor of foods would lack sophistication and uniqueness. We would be limited to the four basic tastes our tongue can detect-sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Anyone who has a cold knows how bland food tastes without your sense of smell. Since the aromas of herbs and flowers can positively affect the body and emotions in so many ways, why not use them to our full advantage...

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  Essential Oil of the Month  

Cajeput

Latin: Melaleuca Leucodendron
Scent: Medicinal, Camphorous
Effects: Clearing
Properties:
Pain Reliever, Antiseptic, Expectorant, Insecticide
Uses:

Rheumatism, Toothache, Earache, Colds, Lung Congestion, Acne

General Overview:

Cajeput is considered a top note oil, used often in massage for the relief of sore muscles and joints, as well as an inhalation oil in cases of laryngitis and bronchitis.

Cajeput is a tall tree native to Malaysia and the Phillipines. It descends from the same family as the 'tea tree', and its name, when translated, means 'white tree'.

Though generally considered a safe oil, cajeput may irritate sensitive skin in high concentrations.

Cajeput blends well with Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Tea-tree


Featured Aromascope for September

Virgo

August 23rd to September 22nd

Virgo seems to be subject to the ol' angel on one shoulder and devil on the other this September. Don't worry - this won't hamper your progress, it will simply keep you from stepping too far over the line.

Useful Oils:
Chamomile - Balance, well-being
Spearmint - Clear thinking
View all September Aromascopes >>>

Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Champagne Rose Granita

It's a great summer cooler, and is a nice & easy way to begin experimenting with floral infusions


Place an 8 inch square metal pan in the freezer to chill. Place the first four ingredients into a small saucepan and simmer, stirring, until the sugar is melted and the flowers have wilted. Strain through a find mesh sieve into a bowl, and chill.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup spring water
1 tbsp dried rose buds
1 inch piece of vanilla bean
1 cup champagne, chilled

Mix the champagne with the chilled syrup, pour into the metal pan, and return to the freezer, uncovered. After about one hour, stir the slushy mixture vigorously with a fork. Continue to freeze, stirring every 30 minutes, until set, about 2 to 3 hours total. Scrape the granita with a fork and spoon into small serving dishes, or in hollowed out lemon halves. Garnish with a couple of fresh rose petals.
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I am a Registered Massage Therapist and budding Aromatherapist living in Texas. We have a serious problem with "Fire Ants" here. They are tiny little ants but their bite is so fiery that it can leave a pustule and even scarring. The bites are very painful and the surrounding area generally turns red and the victim has terrible pain. They build nests that have taken over most of Texas.

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 Did You Know

That a skin test is recommended for those whose skin is sensitive, prior to using any new oil or blend. Simply place a few drops of the blended oil on the gauze section of a bandaid, and attach to the forearm for 24 hours. If any negative reaction occurs, stay away from that particular blend!

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 Recipe of the Month

"During my yearly preparation for the dreaded Hayfever season, I always make sure I've got a good supply of Juniper oil available. I generally use it as an inhalant to reduce my symptoms, but have heard from friends that massaging it into the sinus area of the face can also work wonders. Try it - if you've ever suffered from Hayfever, you'll know that any relief is an absolute joy!"

Thanks to Melissa for her suggestion!

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