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Volume 4; Issue 1

The Editor's Corner -- January 31, 2004

Welcome to our first 2004 edition of Aromatherapy News!

In this month's edition:

Featured Article - A Valentine's Guide to a Sensual Massage
Sponsor - Zen for Men Aromatherapy Products for HIM
Essential Oil of the Month - Ylang Ylang, Canangium odoratum
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Truffled Mashed Potatoes
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

Traveling quickly as always, we venture from the season of giving, directly into the season of loving - via our special Valentine's Day edition, dedicated to the wonder of romance and love.

Few times are as impacted by aromatherapy as those affiliated with the romantic, a notion overflowing with rich aromas in every form imaginable. We hope you enjoy our special edition, and find love in every corner of your lives...

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
The Valentines Day Gift - Our Guide to a Sensual Massage
assembled by staff writers

With origins that some estimate to date back as far as 300 AD, Valentines Day has held its own through the centuries as the day to celebrate affairs of the heart.

Although its beginnings are clouded by time, one thing is certain - couples around the globe continue to recognize the gift of each other on this day dedicated to lovers.

What will you do for your love this February 14th? We have all invested time and energy in searching out the 'perfect' Valentines Day gift for our partner, an intimate expression of heart...

read the entire article on Valentines Day Gifts - Our Guide to Sensual Massage >>>

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  Essential Oil of the Month  

Ylang Ylang

Latin: Canangium odoratum
Scent: Powerful, sweet, floral, exotic
Effects: Stimulating
Antiseptic, antidepressant, calming, sedative, aphrodisiac

High blood pressure, stress, depression

General Overview:

Ylang Ylang is a base or middle note oil, said to helpful in dealing with anxiety, panic, and shock. It is also believed to assist with feelings of resentment, guilt and/or jealousy.

The oil is steam distilled from the flowers of a tall tree native to the Phillipines and Far East. The name means 'flower of flowers' - these flowers come in many colors, with the yellow ones said to produce the highest quality oils.

Ylang Ylang is also known to have a balancing impact on one's hormonal system, and has been said to have substantial aphrodisiac qualities - thus its common use in sensual massage. In Indonesia Ylang Ylang flower petals are strewn upon the bed on wedding nights.

The oil blends well with Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, and Cedarwood oils.

Ylang Ylang can irritate sensitive skin, and care should be taken when using on individuals with fragrance related sensitivities.

Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Truffled Mashed Potatoes

Truffles are not only for the very rich anymore!

A dish perfect as an accompaniment to a romantic Valentine's Day meal, infused with the intense flavor and scent of black truffle oil... mmmm!

2 medium baking potatoes
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon black truffle oil
salt and pepper

Cut potatoes into 1 1/2 inch cubes. Place in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Process into a bowl with a ricer, or use a masher. Add milk, truffle oil, and salt and pepper to taste, and blend until smooth.

Note: do not use a blend or food processor to mash potatoes - they will turn into a gluey mess more suited for spackling than eating!

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 Did You Know

Ylang ylang was once a popular ingredient of hair preparations in Europe, and was known as Macassar oil. The word "anti-macassar" originated from this, since an anti-maccasar was used to keep hair oil from staining upholstered furniture.

Not so romantic, but interesting!

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 Recipe of the Month

"I can't think of a better Valentine blend than equal parts of any rose oil (preferably not an absolute, for therapeutic value) and sandalwood oil.

It is the perfect "marriage" of feminine and masculine oils. Add this blend to an equal amount of jojoba oil to create a wonderful anointing oil."

Thanks to Lisa for her suggestion!

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