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Volume 3; Issue 12

The Editor's Corner -- December 15, 2003
 

Welcome to the Christmas 2003 edition of Aromatherapy News!


In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Aromatherapy Christmas - Holiday Recipes
Sponsor - Zen for Men Aromatherapy Products for HIM
Essential Oil of the Month - Myrrh, Commiphora myrrha
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Lavender Creme Brulee
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

To ensure a season overflowing with the joy that aromatherapy can bring, we've assembled a collection of reader suggestions relative to this special season - traditions they've asked us to share with all of you - in the true spirit of Christmas.

From ornaments you can make for your tree, to great holiday gift ideas, and more, we're sure this collection will enhance your family's upcoming holiday experience, creating new traditions sure to be repeated again and again!

And be sure to visit our sponsors this month, to feast your eyes upon their array of Zen Garden skin products, perfect for Xmas gift giving - only just around the bend!

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 Christmas!

The Aromatherapy News Editors
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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 unforgetable.

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 Oil 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.


Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Lavender Creme Brulee

As if creme brulee could be any more decadent, it is with the addition of lavender! A favorite when dining in a fine restaurant, this wonderful dessert is really very simple to create at home...


 
2 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons dried lavender flowers
1/4 cup plus 4 tablespoons sugar
4 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Have a kettle of simmering water ready.

In a saucepan, combine the cream, lavender, and 1/4 cup sugar, and cook over medium-low heat for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. In a medium sized bowl, whisk the egg yolks and vanilla until the color is pale yellow and the yolks are smooth. Strain the cream mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture into four half cup ramekins. Place the ramekins in a glass baking dish, and add the simmering water to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the custard is set. Remove the ramekins from the baking dish and let cool to room temperature. Just before serving, sprinkle the top of each ramekin with 1 tablespoon sugar. Use a kitchen torch to melt and brown the sugar until it forms a crust. In place of a kitchen torch, you can place the ramekins under a preheated broiler. Serve immediately, and enjoy a special holiday treat...

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 Did You Know

That Frankincense is more that just a historically 'Christmas' oil?

This oil is extracted from the resin of a small tree native to North Africa.

It is commonly used for respiratory infections. It can calm coughs and relieve asthma symptoms. This oil is considered safe for pregnant women and is especially effective for improved skin care.

For more information on the use of essential oils, go here.

 Recipe of the Month

'Although not exactly a recipe, I did want to share one of our favorite aromatherapy traditions with you.

Each Christmas season, we purchase Sandalwood chips to sprinkle on our fire. It is the perfect aroma to accompany some Christmas relaxation in front of a roaring fire.'

Thanks to Mandy for her suggestion!

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