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Volume 2; Issue 11

The Editor's Corner -- November 15, 2002
 

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!


In this month's edition:

Featured Article - The Fuss About Flower Essences
Featured Sponsor - Zen Garden Aromatherapy
Essential Oil of the Month - Peppermint
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Fresh Mint & Citrus Cake
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

There is often confusion between the nature of Aromatherapy, and another alternative healing practice, the use of Flower Essences. The number of essence related inquiries we have received from our readers in recent months has made this fact increasingly evident.

As there exists a significant set of differences between these two alternative practices, we felt it would be both educational, and purely of interest to offer our readers an explanation regarding the origination, and uses of flower essence based treatments.

This month's article by Cathy Kinnaird delves into this quiet practice, which will likely answer many of the questions we receive on a regular basis from our readership. Please enjoy!

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.

Until next time,

The Aromatherapy News Editors
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Our Featured Article
 
The Fuss About Flower Essences
by Cathy Kinnaird

Just what are Flower Essences anyway?

The term "Flower Essence" may conjure up thoughts of sweet fragrances, but flower essences actually have no scent at all and should not be confused with "aromatherapy" or "essential oils."

Flower essences contain the life-force energy released from flowers in the peak of their bloom. To make an essence, the vibrational pattern of the flower is infused into spring water. This creation of a flower remedy is a co-creative act between nature, the environment and humanity to nourish the human soul.

Nature has told those who are able to communicate with it that there can be found, in the trees and plants of the earth, a remedy for every spiritual, mental, emotional and physical ill that afflicts humans.

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  Essential Oil of the Month  

Peppermint

Latin: Mentha Piperita
Scent: Fresh, strong, grassy, minty
Effects: Stimulating
Properties:
Antiseptic, antispasmodic, analgesic, astringent, decongestant
Uses:

Asthma, sinusitis, migraines, indigestion & digestive issues

General Overview:

Peppermint oil has been used for hundreds of years, particularly in the management of digestive issues. The plant is grown widely in North America, England, Italy, and France.

The oil is considered a stimulant, and is extracted through the steam distillation of the leaves, and flowers.

The oil blends well with Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. Care should be taken when applying directly to the skin, as it may irritate those sensitive.


Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Fresh Mint & Citrus Cake

An invigorating alternative to ordinary desserts...


 
Cake:
2/3 cups flour
2 eggs
7 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
2 tablespoons finely minced mint
Glaze:
6 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and beat until frothy (approximately 1 minute). Add flour and baking powder, and stir until completely incorporated. Add mint juice, zests, and Grand Marnier.

Butter and flour a 9 x 5 inch bread loaf pan. Pour in the batter and bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.

Heat glaze ingredients in a small saucepan until dissolved. Prick holes on cakes top with fork. Using a pastry brush, brush the glaze over the cake.

Decorate with fresh mint leaves. Fresh mint whipped cream is delicious with this cake.

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 Did You Know

Jojoba Oil contains a high level of waxy substances that mimic the skin's own collagen, helping to keep it subtle.

It makes an excellent skin related carrier, is ideal for the face, age spots, and acne.

Jojoba is naturally rich in Vitamin E, helps to condition hair, and can be used to treat dandruff and dry scalp, common winter issues.

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 Recipe of the Month

Peppermint has been used not only for digestive issues, but as a treatment for migraines, and other headaches?

Once diluted, the oil can be massaged into the temples to assist in easing the discomfort associated.

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