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Volume 3; Issue 10

The Editor's Corner -- October 20, 2003

Welcome to the latest edition of Aromatherapy News!

In this month's edition:

Featured Article - Pumpkin Seed Oil, A Medicinal Seasoning
Sponsor - Zen Garden Fine Aromatherapy Skin Products
Essential Oil of the Month - Olive Oil, Olea europaea
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - Shrimp & Sausage Paella
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

This month's feature article looks at an old fall friend, the pumpkin! The melon with the most, through Halloween and Thanksgiving - but it's not just for pies and spooky seasonal carvings anymore!

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Our Featured Article
Pumpkin Seed Oil - A Medicinal Seasoning

Pumpkin seed oil is generally derived from the Styrian pumpkin, whose botanical name is known as Cucurbita Pepo Convarietas Citrullinina - Varietas Styriaca.

These pumpkins originated in the southeast region of Austria, which is called Styria (this is also where Governor Arnold originated!), but are now grown in other parts of the world, including Ontario, Canada.

Styrian pumpkins are a special variety of pumpkin. These pumpkins have a yellow/green skin and yellow/orange flesh inside. Additionally, these pumpkins contain seeds that are dark green and that do not have an outer shell. Because Styrian pumpkin seeds do not have a shell, the seeds can be processed easily into pumpkin seed oil...

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  Essential Oil of the Month  

Olive Oil

Latin: Olea Europaea
Scent: Food-based, strong
Effects: Stimulating
The oil is a nourishing demulcent and laxative. It contains good levels of essential fatty acids, alpha linolenic acid and when taken internally is said to assist with heart disease.

Externally, it relieves pruritis, the effects of stings or burns, and is a good vehicle for liniments. It is often used as a carrier for other oils, although some find its scent too strong for this purpose.

With alcohol it is considered a good hair-tonic. As a lubricant it is valuable in skin, muscular, joint, kidney and chest complaints, or abdominal chill, typhoid and scarlet fevers, plague and dropsies.

Internally, it is a laxative and disperser of acids, and a mechanical antidote to irritant poisons. It is often used in enemas. It is the best fat for cooking, and a valuable article of diet for both sick and healthy of all ages. It can easily be taken with milk, orange or lemon juice, etc.

General Overview:

The oil is made from the pulp, not the kernel. Different qualities are available, and range from extra virgin, virgin to pure. Extra virgin is obtained from the first pressing, while virgin comes from the second pressing, is normally lighter in color and less aromatic.

Virgin Oil, greenish in tint, is obtained by pressing crushed fruit in coarse bags and skimming the oil from the tubs of water through which it is conducted. The cake left in the bags is broken up, moistened, and repressed. Sometimes the fruit is allowed to reach fermenting point before pressure, the quantity of oil being increased and the quality lessened. The product is called Huile fermentée.

It is considered a very stable oil, does not go rancid easily, and can be stored without refrigeration for up to a year.


Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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Shrimp and Sausage Paella

Paella is a fabulous one-dish meal that is as appealing to the eye as it is to the palate! Saffron imparts a great yellow color to the rice, as well as its intensely sensual aroma and flavor...

2 links sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1/4 cup olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
2 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
5 cups water, or vegetable broth
3/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
3/4 cup frozen corn, thawed
12 large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
lemon wedges, for garnish

In a 2 1/2 quart pot or paella pan, cook the sausage over medium high heat until browned and cooked through. Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Wipe any excess grease from the pan, return to heat and pour in the olive oil. Saute the onion and garlic in the oil until translucent. Add the mushrooms and rice, and stir until well coated. Crush the saffron threads over the rice and cook, stirring, until the rice is translucent. Add the water, bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook for about 25 minutes, or until the liquid is nearly all absorbed and the rice is still a bit hard to the bite. Stir in the bell pepper, peas, corn, cover and continue cooking for about 5 minutes. Press the shrimp into the rice, cover, and cook until the shrimp are just opaque and the rice is tender to the bite, about another 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the parsley. Bring the cooking pot to the table and serve the paella in large shallow bowls with lemon wedges.
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 Did You Know

In England, Pumpkins were formerly called English Melons, which was popularly corrupted to Millions. They are used cut up in soups and make excellent pies, either alone or mixed with other fruit, and their pulp is also utilized as a basis by jam manufacturers, as it takes the flavour of any fruit juice mixed with it, and adds bulk without imparting any flavour of its own.

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 Recipe of the Month

'Every fall my skin would dry out, and I would begin to prepare for a winter full of skin related woes... until I came across this super recipe, that has proven itself yearly ever since:

Add 6 drops of geranium, 4 drops sandalwood, 1 drop chamomile, and 1 drop of jasmine to 2 ounces aloe vera gel, 2 ounces orange blossom water and two 400 iu capsules of vitamin e, opened to release the oil within.'

Thanks to Janet for her suggestion!

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