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Volume 4; Issue 9

The Editor's Corner -- September 4, 2004
 

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!


In this month's edition:

Featured Article - An Aromatic Wedding
Sponsor - Yogic Slim, 5000 Years of Natural Weight Loss
Essential Oil of the Month - Sweet Marjoram Oil
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Linguine a la Chamomile
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

This month's edition features what is sure to be one of our most popular articles yet, An Aromatic Wedding. What better day for the romance and impact of essential oils than this! With tips on bringing the joy of aromatherapy into every element of your wedding plans, we're sure you'll enjoy the recommendations!


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

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Our Featured Article
 
An Aromatic Wedding
excerpt of an article by Jeanne Rose & Susan Grae

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils and hydrosols for health and well-being, and has created a re-emergence in the use of aroma for celebratory occasions.

Pure essential oils of plants, and the aromatic water which results from their distillation (hydrosols) are incorporated into the bridal shower, marriage ritual, the reception, and even into the honeymoon!

Recent research gives further meaning to the historical symbolic use of flowers and their aromas in the wedding ritual. According to Valerie Worwood, essential oils improve the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues, improve the immune system, and relieve stress.

The research of Alan Hirsch, MD shows a 40% increase in penile engorgement with particular aromas. Whether or not they are used with these findings in mind, essential oils of Rose, Lavandula Angustifolia, Neroli, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, and Vanilla heighten the elegance of the wedding occasion...

read the entire article on an aromatic wedding >>>


 
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  Essential Oil of the Month  

Sweet Marjoram

Latin: Origanum Marjorana
Scent: Warm, spicy, woody
Effects: Calming, sedating
Properties:
Antiviral, digestive aid, sedative, fungicidal
Uses:

Muscle and joint pain, circulatory issues, decongestant, sedative

General Overview:

Sweet Marjoram is a perennial herb now found in Egypt, Morocco, and Bulgaria. Originating in the Mediterranean, Sweet Marjoram's essential oil is steam distilled from its dark green leaves and small white flowers. The oil is common in many healing traditions, and continues to be used today due to its sedating and warming characteristics.

Sweet marjoram has been used for centuries in a wide variety of cultures. It was commonly used to help relieve muscle spasms and as an antidote to poison. It was also used in burial ceremonies to bring peace to the souls of the dead. The English used it when delivering children as an antiseptic to dissolve germs. Sweet marjoram leaves were also used in their baths to soften skin, with the extracted oil popular in massage designed to alleviate symptoms of insomnia, nausea and headaches.

Sweet Marjoram is said to be an excellent oil for hyperactive people - but tread carefully, it has also been reputed to quell sexual desire!

Sweet Marjoram blends well with Cypress, Lavender, Cedarwood, and Rosemary oils.


Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Tomato Linguine a la Chamomile Checca

The addition of chamomile in this twist on the classic pasta may strike you as a bit strange - we tried in and found it fabulous! As always, working with chamomile is soothing to the soul...


 
8 oz homemade style tomato linguine
1/2 cup chamomile oil
6 shallots, sliced into wedges
6 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
salt and pepper
1/2 cup minced fresh basil

Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water until just al dente. Drain and rinse with warm water. Wipe out the pot with a paper towel and return to the stove. Heat the chamomile oil over medium heat, and cook the shallots until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato and mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Return the pasta to the pot and stir until well coated with the oil, and heated through. Divide the pasta into serving bowls and sprinkle with the basil.

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 Did You Know

The modern pharmaceutical industry was also originally based on medicines derived from plants. Early on, this industry chose to focus on isolating the components of plants that seemed most effective taken alone in high concentration. True aromatherapy, on the other hand, is in the tradition of herbal medicine that teaches that the whole plant can provide more gentle encouragement or correction and cause fewer (or no) side effects.

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 Recipe of the Month

With a return to school in progress for most of our little, and not so little ones, I love to put together a mix suggested to me for clarity of thought, and overall memory. I use it in my diffuser during long evenings of study.

The blend I've been told to use, and have since grown to love, includes 2 drops of Basil, 4 drops of Rosemary, and 4 drops of Cypress oil. Seems to do wonders for both my kids, and I!

Delaine R, Miami, FL

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