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Volume 3; Issue 4

The Editor's Corner -- April 15, 2003

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!

In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Healing Through a Raw Foods Diet
Sponsor - Agora Health Books - 'Healing with Ki-Kou'
Essential Oil of the Month - Vetiver, Vetiveria Zizanioides
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Shrimp Pesto Pizza
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

Inevitably, the warming temperatures, melting snow, and budding trees give sign that summer is just around the bend. The season of sunshine, fresh air, and freedom from winter restraint is always a blessing, at least to those of us able to enjoy it.

For some, enthusiasm is depleted by an awareness that health concerns will limit their ability to partake in all that summer has to offer. For those suffering through significant health issues, the ongoing restriction can seem insurmountable, and the relative loneliness almost unmanageable.

This month's article is a reader submission, one that explores the author's experience in dealing with a serious health concern, as well as the dietary direction in which those who had suggested her beyond treatment have taken her. We're certain that you will find the article of interest, and that Shelly's sharing of her own personal experiences will prove of value, be it today, tomorrow, or ten years from now, to each of you. We thank her for sharing!

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
Healing Through a Raw Foods Diet
by Shelly Borsits

My nightmare began at the end of 1996. At 25 I was what society would consider healthy. I ate what I thought was a well balanced diet and I was fit and very active. I felt good, had a great boyfriend, now husband, and life was good.. How drastically everything would change.

I started to fall ill. Terribly ill. It began with a migraine that came one day and never left. Accompanying the migraine was a pain at the base of my skull and severe muscle tightness, and pain. My muscles in my neck and shoulders became as hard as rocks and nothing would relax them.

Over the next six years I would bounce from various types of doctors and specialists in the allopathic medical community (conventional medicine). No doctor could help me and my list of symptoms kept getting longer...

read the entire article on the Raw Foods Diet >>>

Featured Aromatherapy News Sponsor


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  Essential Oil of the Month  


Latin: Vetiveria Zizanioides
Scent: Heavy, sweet, earthy
Effects: Grounding
Antibacterial, antifungal, calming

Arthritis, nervousness, insomnia, stress

General Overview:

Vetiver is considered a base note oil, and is generated through a scented grass native to India and Indonesia. The oil is distilled from the abundant roots of the plant.

It is considered a highly calming oil, and is used to treat anxiety and stress related tension. It is one of the most popular oils in the perfume industry.

Vetiver oil combines well with lavender, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.

Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Shrimp Pesto Pizza

This pizza comes out looking as good as it tastes; the prepared dough may be cheating, but when time is of the essence, it sure is handy...

1 prepared pizza shell
6 jumbo shrimp, halved lengthwise
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup sliced sundried tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup sliced roasted bell peppers
1/4 cup homemade basil pesto
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup fresh spinach leaves
2 tablespoons pine nuts

Toss the shrimp with 1 tablespoon pesto and set aside. Drain about 2 teaspoons oil from the sundried tomatoes into a small skillet. Heat over medium high heat and saute the garlic, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, and roasted peppers for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 425 degrees. Spread the remaining pesto over the pizza shell. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Top with saute mixture, and sprinkle with half of the remaining cheese. Place the pizza on the stone and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and arrange the shrimp over the pizza. Return to the oven and bake for 3 minutes, or until the shrimp start to curl up. Remove from the oven, and set the thermostat to broil. Sprinkle with spinach, pine nuts, and the remaining cheese, and set under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the cheese is just bubbly. Remove from oven and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes before slicing.

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 Did You Know

The fragrant herbs of the mint family, particularly Melissa officinalis, is also called balm gentle, or lemon balm. It is cultivated in temperate climates for its fragrant leaves, which are used as a scent in perfumery, as a flavoring in such foods as salads, soups, sauces, and stuffings, and as a flavoring in liqueurs, wine, and fruit drinks.

Balm was used in medicinal teas, as a diaphoretic, and in wine drinks by the Greeks and Orientals in ancient times.

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