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Volume 3; Issue 6

The Editor's Corner -- June 21, 2003

Welcome to the summer edition of Aromatherapy News!

In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Summer Blends for the Entire Family
Sponsor - Spa Wish Gift Certificates - Available Nationwide
Essential Oil of the Month - Rosemary; Rosmarinus officinalis
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Rosemary Strata
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

We've assembled a range of articles, recipes, and tidbits of information that are sure to help you make the most or your summer experience!

Our feature article by Judith Fitzsimmons, excerpted from , provides an array of useful recipes for the treatment of sunburns, bug bites, and other standard summertime skin concerns. Some of the recipes are absolute 'must haves' in your summer first aid kit, and we're sure that each of you will take something of value away...

Your Aromatherapy News team will be taking time this summer to enjoy this all too short season with family and friends, and as such we are not planning to publish again until late summer/early fall. In the interim, keep the recipes and the special requests coming - they are always appreciated!

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
Summer Aromatherapy Blends for the Entire Family
Excerpted from, written by Judth Fitzsimmons

Schoolís out for the summer! These first really hot days feel great. Shorts and sneakers everywhere. Smell the flowers. Celebrate graduations and weddings. Hike through the mountains. Enjoy the sunshine lasting longer into the evening. Have the freedom of no regular dinnertime. Letís have ice cream instead.

There are so many wonderful things about late Spring and early Summer, but there are also some challenges such as bug bites, sun burns, poison ivy, back pain from extensive gardening, and more.

Fortunately, aromatherapy can come to your rescue with safe, effective, fast-working solutions...

read the entire article on summer aromatherapy recipes >>>


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  Essential Oil of the Month  

Rosemary Oil

Latin: Rosmarinus officinalis
Scent: Herbal, clearing
Effects: Refreshing, mental stimulation
Antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-rheumatic, hypertensive, stimulant

Useful in the management of mental fatigue, circulation problems, pain relief, respiratory issues, and even congested skin.

General Overview:

Rosemary oil originates in an evergreen bush that grows up to 1.5 meters (4 feet), and features green-gray needle-shaped leaves, and pale blue/lilac flowers.

The plant is originally from Asia, but is now also cultivated in France, and Yugoslavia. Rosemary comes from the Latin 'Rosmarinus' or sea dew, as it is rather fond of water.

The ancient Egyptians, and the Romans considered Rosemary sacred; in the Middle Ages it was used as protection against the plague. Also, Rosemary was commonly burnt in French hospitals during epidemics. This powerful herb was well known and used by ancient healers.

The oil is extracted from the fresh flowering tops by steam distillation, and generally combines well with Cedarwood, Geranium, Lavender, and Lemongrass Oils.


Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Rosemary Strata

The perfect brunch dish, as all the work is done the night before! When guests arrive, they'll be immediately uplifted by the aroma of rosemary...

3 tablespoons canola oil
2 leeks, cut into half inch slices
2 onions, diced
10 eggs
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 baguette, sliced into 1 inch rounds, and lightly toasted
1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 pound Swiss cheese
1/4 cup finely minced rosemary

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the leek and onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, cream, milk, salt, and pepper. Place half the baguette slices in the bottom of a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the onion mixture, half of the Monterey Jack, half of the Swiss, and half of the rosemary. Make a second layer with the bread, veggies, cheeses, and rosemary. Pour the cream mixture slowly over the bread, and cover tightly with plastic wrap or foil. Refrigerate overnight.

The following morning, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake the strata, uncovered, for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. After brunch, relax and enjoy your day, as most of the cleanup was done the night before!

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 Did You Know

When used as a blended massage oil, or in the bath, Rosemary oil is said to assist with a wide range of concerns, including: liver problems, congestion, aches, cramps, pains, a stiff neck, overwork, rheumatism, arthritis, colds, diarrhea, coughs, bronchitis, back pain, sinusitis, mental fatigue and physical tiredness/overall exhaustion..

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 Recipe of the Month

With the demand for sunburn related recipes, we offer the following reprint of a recommendation from one of our last summer season editions...

"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!"

Thanks to Jamie for the recipe!

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