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Volume 3; Issue 3

The Editor's Corner -- March 15, 2003

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!

In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Hydrotherapy, Water Heals Us All
Sponsor - Agora Health Books - 'Healing with Ki-Kou'
Essential Oil of the Month - Orange, Citrus Aurantium
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Fava Bean Ragout
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

The use of aromatic oils in conjunction with a warm bath has been a standard of treatment, and a means of pure enjoyment, for decades. In preparing for such an event, one generally gives a great deal of consideration to the oils of choice, and very little to the water itself. But not so fast...

Hydrotherapy is a term that summarizes the use of water as a tool for healing, and encompasses a wide range of accepted practices, and treatments in use today. In combination with the use of essential oils, hydrotherapy can be a means of infusing your use of aromatherapy with additional curative powers.

This month's article takes a look at hydrotherapy, in its various forms, and is certain to provide all of us with a point to ponder in preparing for our next aromatic soak!

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.

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Our Featured Article
Hydrotherapy, Water Heals Us All
by Phillip James

The benefits of “water healing,” or hydrotherapy have been recognized for thousands of years. In Europe, where hydrotherapy is especially popular, there are numerous health spas and health facilities for all types of “water cures.” Water healing is one of the oldest, and safest methods for treating many common ailments.

We know from personal experience that water is not just for cleansing, but also for helping us feel better. When you sink into that tub of hot water after a strenuous day, you do so knowing that you’ll feel much improved when you’re done, as the hot water relieves your fatigue, and helps to prevent stress related stiffness...

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Featured Aromatherapy News Sponsor


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  Essential Oil of the Month  


Latin: Citrus Aurantium
Scent: Fresh, light, fruity, sweet
Effects: Calming, energizing
Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, sedative

Anxiety, indigestion, muscular pains, cellulite, mature skin

General Overview:

Orange is a top note oil, extracted from the rind of the fruit itself.

It comes from the same tree that produces Neroli oil, an evergreen with white blossoms that appear in the spring and autumn months. The tree is common to the Mediterranean, but originates in the far east.

Orange oil is said to be beneficial for the nervous system, and is used to calm, relax, and assist with insomnia. It can also be effectively used in cases of depression.

In digestive issues, orange oil is useful in the management of diarrhea, constipation, and can help your system eliminate toxins through the skin. It can also be useful for dry skin, but should be thoroughly diluted prior to application.

Orange oil combines well with rosemary, lavender, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.

Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Fava Bean Ragout

Fava beans are nutritious, hearty, and eager to be infused with flavorful herbs and spices...

5 whole garlic cloves
1 lb plum tomatoes, quartered
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
3 cups fava beans *
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
1 tablespoon tomato paste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the garlic and tomatoes on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove and set aside.

In a 2 quart saucepan, cook the fava beans in the stock over medium heat, covered, for 30 minutes, or until the beans are soft but not mushy. Add the roasted tomatoes and garlic, wine, spices, and the oregano, and cook uncovered for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, and cook until thickened, about 5 to 8 minutes.

* If using fresh fava beans, simply remove skins from the beans (note: this may reduce cooking time below 30 minutes). If using dried fava beans, soak overnight in a bowl covered with 3 inches of water. Drain and remove the skins the next day.

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 Did You Know

There is a relatively new method of essential oil that utilizes carbon dioxide, or butane.

The method can extract essential oil from the plant when liquefied under pressure. The resulting liquid is drained, and allowed to depressurize. The carbon dioxide then returns to a gas, leaving only the pure essential oil.

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

 Recipe of the Month

"I'm a big believer when it comes to using Clary Sage to help me manage stress. After a particularly trying day, I just add a few drops to my bath, and zone out for as long as need be. It brings me around every time, and I wouldn't be caught without it!"

Thanks to Bridget for her suggestion!

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