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Volume 3; Issue 9

The Editor's Corner -- September 15, 2003
 

Welcome to the first fall edition of Aromatherapy News!


In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Aromatherapy for your Frazzled Fido
Sponsor - Agora Health Books, Chinese Food Cures
Essential Oil of the Month - Rosewood Oil, Aniba rosaeodora
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Soupe au Pistou
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

Welcome to our first edition following our extended summer holiday - we hope that you were able to enjoy your summer season as much our little family did ours...

Within our fall edition, we give a listen to the many readers of our publication who have asked for tips on aromatherapy use with their beloved pets. This month's feature article by Kristen Leigh Bell outlines one writer's suggestions on essential oils to calm your frazzled fido. If you've seen other recent articles on the use of aromatherapy amongst animals, or have ideas of your own to share with our readers, please let us know!

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.

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Our Featured Article
 
Aromatherapy to Calm Your Frazzled Fido
Excerpted from www.naturalhealthweb.com, written by Kristen Leigh Bell

The use of natureıs most concentrated botanical substances - essential oils, is an excellent way to calm dogs who are fearful, agitated and hyperactive. The very nature of these substances is such that they work quickly and do not leave the animal in a drugged or listless state, as common tranquilizers such as Valium do.

Unlike herbal calming tablets, which take time to digest, aromatherapy essential oils are inhaled and quickly begin their work. Over the last ten years, I have not found one dog who was not fascinated with the scent of truly natural essential oils. While dogs may shy from synthetic scents and perfumes, they are drawn to essential oils. Perhaps they know that they are of botanical origin, or perhaps they are just so used to the cloying scent of synthetic products that their attraction is one of innate curiosity. Either way, essential oils appear to have a strong affinity with dogs, and they do their work on several levels...

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  Essential Oil of the Month  

Rosewood Oil

Latin: Aniba rosaeodora
Scent: Floral, spicy
Effects: Stimulating
Properties:
Analgesic, Anticonvulsant, Antidepressant, Antimicrobial, Antiseptic, Aphrodisiac, Bactericidal, Cephalic, Deodorant, Stimulant, Tonic
Uses:

Traditionally, rosewood oil is used for acne, colds, coughs, dermatitis, fevers, frigidity, headaches, infections, nausea, nervous tension, skin care and wounds.

General Overview:

Rosewood oil originates from an evergreen tree with a reddish bark and yellow flowers. It is native to the Amazonian region and the area is the main producer. Brazil has been a common provider of the oil.

The continued felling of Rosewood for the essential oil in the Amazon region is proving to be environmentally damaging.

The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from wood chippings and produces a colourless to pale yellow liquid.


Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Soupe au Pistou

The writer's grandmother used to make this soup when the family came to visit her in Cannes every summer - it was, and is, always an instant pleasure to the olfactory senses...


 
3/4 cup fresh basil
3 tablespoons pine nuts
1/3 cup olive oil
 
1 leek, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 potato, diced
2 tablespoons fresh thyme
6 cups vegetable broth
1 zucchini, diced
1 tomato, diced
2 cups white kidney beans, canned and drained
shaved parmesan

For the Pistou

In a food processor, pulse together the fresh basil and the pine nuts until coarsely chopped. With the motor running, stream in the olive oil and process until smooth.
For the Soup

In a large stockpot, combine the leek, carrot, potato, and thyme. Cover with the vegetable broth, bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Add the zucchini, tomato, and beans, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Immediately before serving, add the pistou to the soup and stir. Server the soup in large bowls, garnished with the shaved parmesan.

Serves four wonderful bowls...

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 Did You Know

The link between smell and memory is undeniable. Although doctors have not proven any direct link between essential oils and specific physiological benefits, the emotional response obtained from breathing in pleasant scents may help with psychosomatic problems by triggering positive emotional responses from deep within the limbic system of the brain -- the seat of memory and emotion.

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 Recipe of the Month

'They say that clean hairbrushes and combs are better for your hair, and regular cleaning will help them last longer. At least once a week, be sure to remove all the loose hair from your brush or comb. Once every couple of weeks, soak your hairbrushes and combs in a sink filled with hot, soapy water to which 2 drops of tea tree oil have been added. Rinse them well, then allow to air dry before using again.'

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