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Volume 2; Issue 9

The Editor's Corner -- September 15, 2002

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!

In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Incense & Spirituality, Wisps of Worship
Featured Sponsor - Unleashing the Power of Food
Essential Oil of the Month - Clove
*NEW* Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Monthly Recipe
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

As we pass through a date now forever soured by tragedy, one has little choice but to reflect upon that which has been lost, as well as that which has been learned.

There is little doubt that, as a whole, we North Americans have only recently come to understand how little we truly know about many of our planet's most significant cultures, and spiritual approaches. One such area of importance within the alternative medicine field is Ayurveda.

Ayurveda, an eastern medical system born thousands of years ago, is one that focuses on the synthesis of the physical, and the spiritual into its treatments, and has long incorporated the value of aromatherapy into its various practices.

This month's feature article, 'Wisps of Worship', explores one of those connections in the use of incense within Ayurvedic medical and religious practice. We hope that you find it informative, and as always, invite your feedback, and recommendations.

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.

Until next time,

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Our Featured Article
Incense and Spirituality - Wisps of Worship
by Saurabh Bhattacharya

Alternatingly cloying and calming, wisps of incense smoke permeate almost every place of worship in the world - crowded temples, somber yagyashalas (places of Vedic fire worship), echoing churches, smoke-filled monasteries. In fact, incense sticks or their Indian version dhoop have become a part of our daily rituals. But the spiritual and psychic essence of this fragrant wand demands more than a passing appreciative sniff.

Fragrance has been a dominant factor in Hindu religious rituals since Vedic times. "The essential philosophy of havan (fire ceremony)," says Brahmaprakash, a teacher in Srimad Dayanand Ved Vidyalaya, a gurukul in Delhi, India, "is that man can absorb anything in minuscule form. Havan purifies the atmosphere by releasing fragrant properties of samidha—wood—and samagri—powder of fragrant wood, mixed with aromatic medicinal herbs and ghee. Incense sticks and dhoop are versions of the havan fire."

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  Essential Oil of the Month  


Latin: Eugenia Caryophyllata
Scent: Sweet, spicy, fresh
Effects: Warming
Antiseptic, analgesic, disinfectant, insecticide

Toothache, muscle and nerve tension, infection, indigestion

General Overview:

Clove oil, considered a base and/or middle note oil, has been commonly used to relieve respiratory issues, such as bronchitis and colds, and as a general disinfectant, and insect repellent.

The oil originates in a small evergreen tree common to the West Indies and Madagascar. The oil is extracted via steam distillation from both the stalks and stems of the tree.

Clove oil is highly potent, and should be used with care. Dilutions should be less than 1% to protect users from general skin irritation.

Clove oil blends well with Orange, Bergamot, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang oils.

Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Lavender Chicken with Fresh Figs

Introduce one of aromatherapy's favorite flowers to your cuisine...

3 tbsp olive oil
6 boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup white wine
8 - 10 fresh figs, cut in quarters
3 tbsp dried lavender flowers, minced
1 tbsp lavender leaves, minced
1 cup chicken broth
3 tbsp honey
salt and pepper

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and brown on both sides. Add the wine and figs, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Return to medium heat, add the lavender flowers and leaves, garlic, and honey. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until chicken is just cooked through. Serve over rice or couscous garnished with a few lavender flowers.
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