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Volume 2; Issue 10

The Editor's Corner -- October 15, 2002

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!

In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Harvest Home Decorating
Featured Sponsor - A World of Knowledge
Essential Oil of the Month - Vetiver
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Rosemary Roasted Vegetables
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

The word 'aromatherapy' inevitably means different things to different people. At its core for virtually everyone is the ability of natural scents to impact us in a variety of positive ways.

Autumn, the season of harvest, brings these effects to the forefront in a way different from any other time of year. Our senses are inundated with the scents, colors, and tastes of the ripened produce, grains, and fruits tended to all summer long.

Bringing this harvest into your home is a wonderful means of celebrating the season, and of enjoying the wide range of experiences that each has to offer. In this vein we bring you an article by Colleen Moulding that gives a range of suggestions on making this season's harvest an invigorating part of your home environment. We truly hope you enjoy it!

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,

The Aromatherapy News Editors
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Our Featured Article
Harvest Home Decorating
by Colleen Moulding

Porch or Hallway Display

If you can get hold of a bale or two of hay this is perfect for the base of your hallway or porch display. If not, cover some boxes with sacking, or a throw or a neutral colored cloth and build up from there.

Start with some large pumpkins for instant color, then add some fun to your harvest display by making vegetable people. Heads can be turnips, pumpkins, gourds or beetroots, and arms and legs can be suggested by cucumbers, carrots, parsnips or corn. The bodies can be large parsnips, melons, anything you have on hand.

You could make mini ones for a table, or almost child sized for a kitchen, garden room or porch. Terracotta pots make great hats or boots to finish off the look, and of course flowerpot men made completely from terracotta pots wired or stacked together with wheat or corn poking out of the top one for hair always look fantastic. It's also a good way to store pots that you won't need again until next Spring!

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  Essential Oil of the Month  


Latin: Vetiveria Zizanioides
Scent: Heavy, sweet, woody, earthy
Effects: Grounding
Antibacterial, anti-fungal, calming

Insomnia, stress, nervousness, arthritis

General Overview:

Vetiver oil originates in a scented grass common to India and Indonesia. The oil is created through the steam distillation of the abundant roots from this popular plant.

Vetiver oil is considered highly calming, and is used in many anxiety relative situations.

The oil is popular within the perfume industry, and blends well with Sandalwood, Geranium, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang oils.

Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Rosemary Roasted Vegetables & Bulgur Pilaf

A quick and healthy dinner, perfect for fall, with the uplifting aroma of Rosemary...

2 cups bulgur
4 cups water
12 garlic cloves
1 onion, cut into wedges
4 plum tomatoes, halved
1 Japanese eggplant, cubed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 small butternut squash, peeled & cubed
1/4 cup chopped rosemary
olive oil
1 can garbanzo beans
1 lemon
salt and pepper

In a medium saucepan, combine the bulgur and water. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 - 25 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed. Remove from heat.

Preheat over to 400 F. Arrange all of the vegetables, except the garbanzo beans, on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with half of the rosemary. Drizzle generously with the oil, and toss lightly with your hands to coat the veggies. Roast the vegetables in the over for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, combine the bulgur, roasted veggies, garbanzo beans, and remaining rosemary. Squeeze the lemon over the mixture, and toss well. Enjoy what this season's fall harvest has brought to your table!

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