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Volume 5; Issue 4

The Editor's Corner -- October 22, 2005

Welcome to our fall edition of Aromatherapy News!

In this edition:

Featured Article - How to Make Your Own Bath Bombs
Good Health Article - Foot Massage & Reflexology
Sponsor - The Wild Divine Project - 'unlike anything before'
Essential Oil of the Month - Cardamom, Elettaria Cardamomum
Aromatherapy in the Kitchen - North Woods Rice
The Aromatherapy Room - Forum & Chat

Welcome to the Aromatherapy News fall edition!

As a winter chill approaches, our minds turn to home, and to creating spaces and moments that enable relaxation, calm, and regeneration. So stoke the fire, and take a moment to read this month's feature article, on making your own bath bombs at home. A sure fire aromatherapy treat for everyone, and in plenty of time to play a part in your holiday gift giving plans this year.

The article from our friends at A World of Good Health features the foot massage - yet another sought after fall time pleasure! The article explores the history of reflexology, while exploring what some feel to be the medical benefits of this pleasurable caress. Definitely worth a moment...

Best of the season to all of our readers... we will see you again in our holiday edition!


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Our Featured Article
How to Make Bath Bombs
written by Paul Duxbury

Bath bombs are easy to make and provide a delightful fizzing adventure in the tub. If you do not know what a bath bomb is, it is a sweet scented mixture of citric acid, baking soda and other ingredients that fizz when you plop them into your tub. As your bomb fizzes, the scent is released filling the room with a comforting aroma that lasts for hours.

To make bath bombs, you will need 1/3 part citric acid, and 2/3 part baking soda as well as some witch hazel in a spray bottle.

First, mix the baking soda and citric acid together well, so that they are blended well. Next, add colorant if desired (you can use dried herbs for colour, just a pinch or so) and enough fragrance to scent the mixture well. Choose a scent that you adore!

read the entire article on making your own bath bombs >>>


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Good Health Article Link
Foot Massage & Reflexology
by Caroline Colby

Foot massage or foot reflexology has a Chinese origin. It dates back to more than 3,000 years ago and is often used in the prevention and cure of many health ailments. Some say foot massage dates back to ancient Egyptian times based on archaeological findings, and cave drawings in Egypt.

The principle of foot massage rests in the premise that the meridian network connects all tissues, organs and cells in our body. Each organ in the body is connected to a specific reflex point on the foot through the intermediary of 300 nerves.

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  Essential Oil of the Month  


Latin: Elettaria Cardamomum
Scent: Sweet, Spicy, Floral Undertones
Effects: Fortifying, Comforting, Warmth, Clarity
Antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, digestive, diuretic

Bronchitis, coughs, fatigue, nausea, mental strain, nervous tension

General Overview:

Cardamom is a relative of the ginger root, and is generally considered native to the Middle and Far East, where it is most commonly used as a condiment in sweet dishes. It gives Turkish coffee and East Indian chai tea a warm, and spicy flavor.

Steam distilled from the dried seeds of the ripened fruit, the oil is considered fortifying, and is commonly used to alleviate various respiratory, digestive, and mental concerns.

Cardamom is not known to present any distinct concerns, but as a 'spicy' oil, should be used with caution when applied to sensitive skin related conditions.

Blends well with Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Citrus Oils, Ylang Ylang

Featured Aromatherapy in the Kitchen Recipe

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North Woods Rice

The wild rice, mushrooms, walnuts and sage combine to create a fabulously earthy and soul-soothing creation...

1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 ounce dried wild mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup crimini mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup wild rice
1 1/2 cups long grain rice (jasmine rice preferred)
1/2 tablespoon sage, minced
5 cups water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 carrot, cut into strips
1 cup petit peas, fresh or frozen, thawed
salt and pepper to taste

In a 2 quart saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onions until they just become translucent. Add the mushrooms, walnuts, wild rice, white rice, and sage, and stir until well coated with the oil. Cook until the rice just starts to turn golden, stirring. Add the water and Worcestershire, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, add the carrots, cover and cook until the liquid is almost all absorbed. Stir in the peas, season with salt and pepper, and return to low, covered, until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir and serve!

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 Did You Know

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 Recipe of the Month

"After suffering endlessly through my 'time of life', I had a friend recommend a recipe said to ease the symptoms of menopause.

She suggested I add a few drops of Clary Sage & Sandalwood to a carrier, then ask my partner to use it is a relaxing full body massage. Whether it was the oils, or the massage, it worked wonders!"

Thanks to Joan for her research!

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