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Volume 4; Issue 11

The Editor's Corner -- November 27, 2004
 

Welcome to the holiday edition of Aromatherapy News!


In this month's SPECIAL edition:

Featured Article - Make it an Aromatherapy Christmas
Sponsor - Yogic Slim - the help you need, quickly & naturally
Essential oils of the Month - Frankincense & Myrrh
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Rosemary Strata, Xmas brunch
Special Holiday Feature - CHRISTMAS CRAFT IDEAS
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

This month's edition is full to the brim with wonderful holiday ideas, from seasonal aromatherapy uses around the home, to Christmas crafts, and meal ideas, all in one giant edition of Aromatherapy News!

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 holiday season, and a healthy, inspiring new year. Stay in touch!

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Our Featured Article
 
An Aromatherapy Christmas - Holiday Recipes
assembled by staff writers

Christmas is a season of sharing, a time for family, and of course, for memories - visions from our past, entwined gently with the creation of the new. Memories that will be taken forward to future holiday seasons, shared again and again, with equal joy, and wonder.

These beautiful memories, and the many traditions that surround them, lie in the midst of many experiences, not the least of which are the special aromas that infuse, and transform this season into the magical, and unforgettable.

Invite the wonder of aromatherapy into your home this Christmas, through your own creations, the rebirth of traditions not yet forgotten, or by using the suggestions offered by our many readers, who are clearly passionate about this special holiday:

enjoy all of these holiday aromatherapy recipes >>>


 
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  Essential Oils of the Month  

Myrrh

Latin: Commiphora myrrha
Scent: Warm, spicy
Effects: Toning, rejuvenating
Properties:
Analgesic, antiseptic, astringent, expectorant
Uses:

Arthritis, bronchitis, colds, cough, digestive issues, immune system

General Overview:

The essential oil of myrrh is a highly aromatic oil which is distilled from the gum resin produced by the bark of the small Middle Eastern tree, Commiphora Myrrha. The oil has a deep golden colour and a sweet, camphor-like scent.

Myrrh is mentioned often in the Bible and is perhaps best known as one of the gifts the three wise men brought to pay homage to the baby Jesus. Myrrh was one of the most highly prized substances of the ancient world and was much used in ancient religious ceremonies, primarily for embalming and devotional purposes. It was frequently burned as incense.

The oil blends well with Clove, Frankincense, and Geranium oils. Myrrh is not considered suitable for use by pregnant women, and should be used cautiously by those with highly sensitive skin.


Frankincense

Latin: Boswellii carterii
Scent: Rich, camphorous, spicy
Effects: Revitalizing, clarifying, purifying
Properties:
Clarifier and purifier, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, sedative
Uses:

Meditation aid, provider of clarify, topical treatment of tumours, ulcers, digestive concerns, fevers, bronchitis

General Overview:

Originating from a small tree or shrub with abundant leaves and white or pale pink flowers - most common to North Africa. These trees, grown on the Somali coast, are often found populating polished marble rocks. The oil itself if drawn from a resin found in the tree.

To some, Frankincense is perhaps the most important aromatic incense ingredient since history began. The ability of this oil to focus consciousness and gain transcendent awareness was recognized by spiritual traditions the world over.

The oil blends well with sandalwood, pine, vetiver, geranium, lavender, mimosa, orange, bergamot, camphor, and others.

 


Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Rosemary Strata

This is the perfect dish to prepare for a holiday brunch - as all the work is done the night before! When your guests arrive, they will be immediately uplifted by the rosemary aroma, and amazed by your spotless kitchen!


 
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 leeks, but into half inch slices
2 onions, diced
10 eggs
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 baguette, sliced into 1 inch rounds, and lightly toasted
1/2 lb Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 lb Swiss cheese
1/4 cup finely minced rosemary (note - mince well!)

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the leek and onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, cream, milk, salt, and pepper. Place half of the baguette slices in the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the onion mixture, half of the Monterey Jack, half of the Swiss, and half of the rosemary. Make a second layer with the bread, veggies, cheeses, and rosemary. Pour the cream mixture slowly over the bread, and cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil. Refrigerate overnight.

One hour before brunch, preheat the oven to 375 F. Bake the strata, uncovered, for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown. Remove from oven, and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Your guests, and family, will love it!

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Special Holiday Feature - CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Select from either of these wonderful crafts that you and your family can assemble for the holidays, at home:

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 Did You Know

Frankincense trees originated in the Dhofar valley, and were of great economic importance to such figures as the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. Recent evidence also shows that frankincense was exported to China during the Ming Dynasty!

For at least five millennia, this oil was one of the most prized substances in the civilized world, valued as highly as gold and the gift of kings

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 Recipe of the Month

I recently read about a popular medieval recipe for a mixture called 'burning perfume'. The recipe called for 1 part myrrh, 5 parts frankincense, and 2 parts benzoin.

Martha J. of Detroit, Michigan

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