Volume 2; Issue 3

The Editor's Corner -- March 15, 2002

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!

As we approach the 'vernal equinox', better known as the first day of spring, our hearts and minds shift to the rebirth about to envelop our land, and our spirits.

The blessing of daylight grows longer with each passing day. Flowers and trees will soon be blossoming all around us. The temperature is warming and we are no longer confined to the indoors.

Spring is a time where natural aromas surround, engulf, and reawaken us. Aromatherapy allows us to experience these wonders, as well as their positive influences on our body, and spirit, at any time of year!

One popular method of experiencing the power of essential oils is discussed in this month's feature article, brought to you by aromatherapist Paula Harris. The topic of her musing is hydrosols, also known as floral waters and hydrolats. The article is sure to offer many of our members a new perspective on an effective way to safely experience the joy of aromatherapy!

As always, we thank 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
Exploring Hydrosols
by Paula Harris

Hydrosols, also known as floral waters and hydrolats, are the by-products of the steam distillation of essential oils. The hydrosols contain small quantities of the essential oils themselves, as well as water-soluble components of the plants that would otherwise be lost in the distillation process.

Hydrosols differ from many of the "face sprays" and "spritzers" available in shops (which also occasionally call themselves floral waters) which are often a simple mix of water and essential oil, sometimes with a little food colouring added to make it too "authentic"...

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  Essential Oil of the Month  


Latin: Cupressus Sempervirens
Scent: Refreshing, Sweet
Effects: Refreshing
Astringent, Antispasmodic, Diuretic, Expectorant

Rheumatism, muscle and nervous tension, spasmodic coughs

General Overview:

Cypress is a tall, evergreen tree native to the Mediterranean regions. It was popular amongst many ancient civilizations as a natural remedy.

It is helpful as a massage oil for the treatment of rheumatic aches and pains, and swollen joints. As an inhalant, it is popular in alleviating coughs, sore throats, and bronchitis.

Cypress is also said to be helpful in regulating the menstrual cycle, and in assisting with symptoms of menopause.

Due to its impact on the menstrual cycle, Cypress should be avoided during pregnancy.

Cypress combines well with Lavender, Sandalwood, Rose, Juniper, or any of the citrus oils.




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When I feel a cold coming on, or just that my immune system isn't quite up to par, I like to add a few drops of lavender, lemon, and tea tree oil to my bath. It boosts my spirits, and seems to give my body strength to help fight off whatever ails it!

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