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Volume 3; Issue 5

The Editor's Corner -- May 17, 2003

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!

In this month's edition:

Featured Article - The Gift of a Foot Massage
Sponsor - Spa Wish Gift Certificates - Available Nationwide
Essential Oil of the Month - Citronella, Cymbopogon Nardus
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Herbed Spaghetti Squash
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

With the much awaited return of summer, many of us are active in the outdoors once again. Whether it be walking, running, hiking, or gardening that peaks your interest, all of these daily activities take a toll on our tootsies.

One way to manage your tired feet is to enjoy a much deserved foot massage - who could possibly say no to such an offer?

This month's article provides a step by step guide to giving a soothing foot massage, in terms so simple that anyone can walk away looking like a professional. Take a moment to read through the guide, or print out a copy and leave it for someone special to consider - either way, the results are sure to leave you feeling relaxed, relieved, and ready to tackle another day!

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
The Gift of a Foot Massage

The feet are often a very neglected part of the body. Cooped up in shoes and socks all day, they rarely get a chance to be out in the open. A real treat for someone close to you is the gift of a foot massage.

When manipulated carefully through massage, the feet themselves can lead to a feeling of revitalization throughout the entire body, and spirit.

To begin with, you need to make sure that you have the correct supplies. All you really need is some baby oil, a few towels, and a tray of warm water. Alternately, many people enjoy the use of peppermint scented oils in the giving or receiving of a foot massage...

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  Essential Oil of the Month  


Latin: Cymbopogon nardus
Scent: Grassy, woodsy
Effects: Refreshing
Antiseptic, analgesic, stimulant

Insect repellent, rheumatic and stomach pain

General Overview:

Citronella is a tall & fragrant perennial grass, growing to a height of one to one and a half meters. Once cut, the leaves are left to wilt in the sun until the water level is reduced by 30 - 50% before they are sent for oil extraction. The extracted oils are most commonly used in various homemade, and commercial insect repellents.

Traditionally, the dried leaves of the plant were used to ward off insects, and rubbed externally to assist with stomach and/or rheumatic pain.

The oil combines well with bergamot, cajeput, cedarwood, eucalyptus.


Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Herbed Spaghetti Squash Casserole

Hearty, but not heavy, this dish is sure to become one of your family's favorites...

1 spaghetti squash
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
2 chopped tomatoes
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1/2 tablespoon oregano
1/2 tablespoon savory
1 tablespoon basil
1 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup grated Swiss cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut squash in half, and remove seeds. Place cut side down onto an oiled baking sheet, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool until able to handle. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a fork, scrape the flesh of the squash into spaghetti like strands, placing into a large bowl. Saute onion, tomato, garlic, mushrooms, and herbs for 10 minutes. Add to squash along with the ricotta, parmesan and breadcrumbs. Mix well and turn into a lightly oiled casserole dish. Top with Swiss cheese and bake for 50 minutes. Enjoy!

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 Did You Know

Peppermint and its oil derivatives may have been used as a digestive aid thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt.

More recently, peppermint has proven a classic folk remedy for nausea, morning sickness, respiratory infections, and menstrual problems.

Preparations containing menthol have a long history as a treatment for muscle soreness and pain, itching, sunburn, and to clear nasal congestion.

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 Recipe of the Month

"When one of my kids is bitten by a mosquito, I immediately apply a drop of tea tree oil, and the itching stops within a few minutes - they love it! "

Thanks to Lucy for her suggestion!

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