Volume 2; Issue 7

The Editor's Corner -- July 15, 2002

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!

In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Lavender - A Treat for the Senses
Essential Oil of the Month - Rose Otto
This Month's Aromascope - Leo
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat
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As we flow into full summer, and the growing season long awaited by many a backyard gardener, thoughts turn to planting herbs and florals for later harvest. This month's article on Lavender should serve to inspire a change in your summer seed selection, while ensuring a well scented fall after harvest!

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
Lavender - A Treat for the Senses
by Colleen Moulding

Originally found in the Mediterranean countries, the perennial herb lavender, has long been prized for itís perfume and medicinal qualities. Used by the ancient Romans for itís healing and antiseptic qualities the name itself comes from the Latin "lavare" to wash.

As a garden flower lavender is hard to beat, having fragrance, beauty and a harvest of sweet smelling blooms.

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  Essential Oil of the Month  

Rose Otto

Latin: Rosa Damascena
Scent: Warm, Rich, Floral, Intense
Effects: Comforting
Antidepressant, astringent, diuretic, sedative, antibacterial

Insomnia, depression, headache, sore throat

General Overview:

Rose is one of the most familiar, and useful oils, as well as one of the more expensive. Most commonly cultivated in Morocco, Turkey, and Bulgaria, distillation of the oil is thought to have originated many years ago in Turkey.

Rose Otto oil is achieved through the distillation of the flower petals. It is considered extremely useful in skin care situations, while massage is recommended for cases of depression, premenstrual tension, and regulation of the menstrual cycle.

It is recommended that Rose Otto be avoided during the early stages of pregnancy.

Blends well with Chamomile, Lavender, Sandalwood, & Jasmine

Featured Aromascope for August


July 23rd to August 22nd

Focus will be on important issues such as financial & emotional stability in early August, then perhaps shifting to family duties. A passionate meeting could stem from your period of social stardom during mid-month, but don't rush in to anything or you could go too far. Any slightly overstepped boundary should be fixable, though.

Useful Oils:
Basil - Concentration
Jasmine - Passion, well-being
View all August 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

That many essential oils work best when combined with other oils, and carriers, as necessary? This blending is thought to enhance the existing properties of all essential oils within the blend, and is knows as the creation of 'synergy'.

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 Recipe of the Month

"Something I need to share with you is how bath salts can work extremely well with aromatherapy products. For example, bath salts with a lavender aroma can mix well with a few drops of bergamot.... believe me, this idea will work well if you soak your body in the bath tub for about 20 minutes... "

Thanks to Linda for her suggestion!

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