Volume 2; Issue 5

The Editor's Corner -- May 15, 2002

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!

This month's feature article, developed by aromatherapist and writer Donna Adams, explores the art of soapmaking at home, providing detailed, step by step information on the process, as well as various coloring and scenting suggestions sure to guide you to your own personal, and completely natural clean.

Our featured essential oil this issue is Juniper, a popular oil derived from the berries of the Juniper tree, and commonly used for its cleansing, and revitalizing properties.

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Our Featured Article
Soapmaking for Aromatherapists
by Donna Adams

Let's face it: we love the idea of Aromatherapy soap but can't always trust that what we find in the stores is True Aromatherapy, or even natural or beneficial at all. Reading the ingredient label would certainly help - however, there often is no ingredient label due to loose FDA guidelines - anything labeled as "soap" is assumed to contain oils and lye, and is not required to list all of its ingredients if it makes no specific health claims. (If it does claim any health benefits, it's considered a cosmetic and is supposed to fall under far more stringent rules (1) - whether those are followed or not is another story.)

So what do we do? We can trust that our local health food store will carry some brand or another that lists its ingredients and is trustworthy, and pay the hefty price tag - or the industrious among us may venture to make our own soap. The result is well worth the effort...

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  Essential Oil of the Month  


Latin: Juniperus Communis
Scent: Floral, Woody, Sweet
Effects: Cleansing
Analgesic, astringent, diuretic, expectorant

Weeping eczema, acne, sores, rheumatism, gout, cellulite

General Overview:

Juniper is a middle note oil, which has shown increasing popularity due to its ability to cleanse emotionally, as well as physically.

It is often used, diluted with a carrier oil, as a massage oil designed to treat the aches, and pains of rheumatism. Many find it has value in the management of skin related conditions, such as acne, and eczema.

Distilled from the berries of the Juniper tree, the oil is considered revitalizing, and a natural stress reliever.

Juniper oil is not recommended for people with serious kidney disease, and is not suggested for use during pregnancy.

Juniper combines well with Lavender, Rose, Frankincense, Rosemary, and Sandalwood.




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"As summer approaches, I was reminded of a serious case of sunburn I managed to get last season. A friend recommended a tepid bath with a few drops of Lavender added in. I was skeptical, but found the suggestion truly amazing in the amount of relief it brought me. Give it a try!"

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