Volume 2; Issue 6

The Editor's Corner -- June 15, 2002

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!

In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Essential Oils from the Tibetan Shangri La
Essential Oil of the Month - Cardamom
This Month's Aromascope - Cancer
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat
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We've added a new feature to our newsletter this month; your personal monthly Aromascopes. These aromatherapy based horoscopes have been assembled by our newest contributor, Donna Adams, who you may remember as the author of last month's 'Soapmaking for Aromatherapists' article. Every newsletter will feature one Aromascope, and provide early access links to all of the coming month's Aromascopes at our website. We're sure you'll enjoy this new addition, and we would like to thank Donna for her efforts - be sure to visit her site as well, at www.sisters-of-the-moon.org ...

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
Essential Oils from the Tibetan Shangri La
by Jolanta Basnyet

I have always been very fond of Nepal and fell in love with Nepalese essential oils over a decade ago. During my first visit to Nepal in the late eighties, I found Nepalese people very hospitable, genuine and courteous! I tried to follow my friendís advice on my first visit to Nepal. I was told that I could bring the price down to almost half if I bargained. Well, in India this system did work. I observed that prices in India were usually inflated so much that it left the purchaser with a wide option of bringing it down to almost half. However, in Nepal the situation was not the same by any means. I tried to bargain the price for a beautifully carved wooden window and after only my first attempt, I was told that I can either pay the quoted price or leave the shop. Nepalese people are proud and genuine...

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  Essential Oil of the Month  


Latin: Elettaria Cardamomum
Scent: Sweet, Spicy, Floral Undertones
Effects: Fortifying, Comforting, Warmth, Clarity
Antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, digestive, diuretic

Bronchitis, coughs, fatigue, nausea, mental strain, nervous tension

General Overview:

Cardamom is a relative of the ginger root, and is generally considered native to the Middle and Far East, where it is most commonly used as a condiment in sweet dishes. It gives Turkish coffee and East Indian chai tea a warm, and spicy flavor.

Steam distilled from the dried seeds of the ripened fruit, the oil is considered fortifying, and is commonly used to alleviate various respiratory, digestive, and mental concerns.

Cardamom is not known to present any distinct concerns, but as a 'spicy' oil, should be used with caution when applied to sensitive skin related conditions.

Blends well with Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Citrus Oils, Ylang Ylang

Featured Aromascope


June 22nd through July 23rd

The Crab is a study of opposites in July. Your month's emotional travel may have you switching from sensitive to harsh, dependable to flighty, social to sneaky, and money oriented to people oriented, but you'll close out the month with a fine display of humanitarianism. Focus on keeping your mind in the present and you should do just fine on the career, home and social planes.

Useful Oils:
Basil & Cardamom - Mental Clarity
Geranium - Balance
View all July Aromascopes >>>

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A member message...

I am a Registered Massage Therapist and budding Aromatherapist living in Texas. We have a serious problem with "Fire Ants" here. They are tiny little ants but their bite is so fiery that it can leave a pustule and even scarring. The bites are very painful and the surrounding area generally turns red and the victim has terrible pain. They build nests that have taken over most of Texas.

I have a reaction to these bites causing edema to the effected limb and a weeping pustule if left untreated. I tried dabbing a little neat Lavender oil directly on a bite as soon as I was bitten. The pain went away immediately and no pustule or edema formed. Fire Ants are no longer a problem for me. Pass this on to other Texas folks.

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 Did You Know

Both Chamomile and Lavender oils are recommended for use in cases of sunburn. With summer upon us, keep both handy for use in the massage of the affected area (after mixing with a carrier), or in the bath for overall soothing. A summer must!

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 Recipe of the Month

"Have you ever tried combining essential oils, hydrosols, and flower essences? The possible combinations seem endless. They can be used as room or body sprays. My favorite so far is a blend of Bulgarian Rose hydrosol, Turkish Rose Otto essential oil, and Strawberry Blossom Master Flower Essence and (optionally) fresh spring water. Mmm, yummy! I love to spray it on in the morning to fill my heart with joy and occasionally spray my bed and pillow for extra sweet dreams. "

Thanks to Lisa for the recipe!

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