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Volume 5; Issue 3

The Editor's Corner -- June 30, 2005

Welcome to our summer edition of Aromatherapy News!

In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Building Your Summer First Aid Kit
Good Health Article - How Laughing is Good For Your Health
Sponsor - Yogic Slim - the help you need, quickly & naturally
Essential Oil of the Month - Clove, Caryophyllum aromaticus
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Dijon Lavender Salmon
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

Welcome to the Aromatherapy News summer edition!

With the arrival of the season voted most likely to see us 'out and about', we've decided to share one of our original articles with our readers, entitled 'Building Your Summer First Aid Kit'. The article is abundant in its suggestions on how to put aromatherapy to work for you and your family this summer.

We're certain you will enjoy it, and that it will save everyone countless sunburns and mosquito bites as you venture out of doors, and into the glorious sunshine!

Best of the season to all of our readers... we will see you again in the early fall.


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Our Featured Article
Build Your Summer First Aid Kit
reprint of an article assembled by staff writers

Summer is almost here, and with it comes more time to spend in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, more time outdoors means we are more prone to insect bites, sunburn, and muscle aches from the extra activity.

Essential oils are a natural way to relieve the common ailments that most of us experience during the summer months. So, to get you started, we have prepared a list of our favorite "must haves" for your summer first aid kit.

Start with the basics - a clean cloth that can be used for hot and cold compresses, or to clean the area prior to treatment, bandaids, a carrier oil, and some aloe vera gel to quickly soothe those barbecue burns, or tender sundrenched skin.

read the entire article on preparing your own summer first aid kit >>>


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Good Health Article Link
How Laughing is Good For Your Health
by John Ryan

When thinking about alternative medicine, most people picture plants, crystals, needles, maybe some bugs and leeches, but few realize that jokes, humor and comedy are truly medicines, in their own right.

It has long been established that optimists live longer than pessimists, but now there is some hard evidence that people with a better sense of humor also have longer and healthier lives. Your "stay healthy" plan should include a joke and a 20-minute comedy show, to go with the broccoli and carrots.

There are now various associations and physicians specialized in the so-called therapeutic humor, who are still investigating the roles of laughter in our lives. Perhaps the most obvious of these roles is that related to the social life - jokes often allow people to connect and to bond, and sharing a good laughter is a good method to integrate...

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  Essential Oil of the Month  

Clove Oil

Latin: Caryophyllum aromaticus
Scent: Sweet, Spicy, Fresh
Analgesic, Expectorant, Stimulant

Bronchitis, indigestion, infection, insect repellent, toothache

General Overview:

Clove is considered a base note oil, and is highly valued for its antiseptic and pain killing properties - one reason that it is now commonly used in dentistry as a natural infection fighter, and toothache remedy.

Cloves are actually the dried buds of the clove tree. Used in China for more than two thousand years, legend has it that cloves are also an aphrodisiac. You may be more likely to recall cloves being used in your mom's holiday ham - the reason being that its use helped the ham to keep for days longer - plenty more sandwiches!

Studies show that the oil in cloves can help kill several strains of staphylococcus bacteria - this is because one of its main components is eugenol - a well known bacteria fighter!

Given the season, it should also be noted that Clove oil is a common ingredient in many aromatic insect repellent recipes!

Clove oil combines well with Lavender, Orange, and Ylang Ylang oils.

Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Dijon Lavender Salmon Cakes

The scent of lavender is truly magical, and conjures tranquil and healing benefits to the soul...

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large shallot, minced
2 teaspoons dried lavender
2 - 6 ounce cans boneless, skinless salmon
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon grated fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/3 cup dried breadcrumbs
1 egg
mixed baby greens and balsamic vinaigrette, for serving

In a small skillet, heat the oil over high heat and sauté the shallot for 3 minutes. Add the lavender and quickly salute, until the lavender aroma is released. Remove from heat and let cool.

Flake the salmon into a mixing bowl. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, breadcrumbs, egg, and the cooled shallot/lavender mixture. Combine with a fork until well blended. Form the mixture into eight small cakes, and place on a plate lined with waxed paper. Cover with another sheet of waxed paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Heat a non stick skillet over medium heat. Cook the salmon cakes until they are nicely browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. To serve, toss the greens with some vinaigrette and place onto four small plates. Place two salmon cakes on each plate, and drizzle the cakes with a little more vinaigrette. Enjoy!

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 Did You Know

Straining herb based aromatic oils is more than a recommendation. Although the idea of leaving herbs for visual appeal is tempting, many herbs will begin to grow molds in oil, and raw garlic stored in oil can become toxic! Keep your cheesecloth handy...

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 Recipe of the Month

"Here's a recipe I found that I use on my son's inevitable summer sunburns, when the sunscreen gets missed!"

2 ounces aloe vera gel
2 ounces rose water
4 drops chamomile oil
2 drops lavender oil

Simply mix into a spray bottle and apply generously. Ahhhhh!

Thanks to Anna for her research!

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