December 7, 2007

Aromatherapy @ libraries

This week, teens were invited to whip up aromatherapy recipes and homemade bath items at two Fauquier County Public libraries. These items are great for stress relief at exam time or to give as presents. The program was free and the library provided all supplies for fragrant bath salts.

Recipes for Natural Beauty
by Katie Spiers

"Shows women how to make their own all-natural cosmetics using natural ingredients, with recipes and planners to help readers maintain their beauty regimen"

Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 homemade herbal formulas for glowing skin & a vibrant self
by Stephanie Tourles
"Tourles, a licensed esthetician, herbalist, and aromatherapist, has developed 175 recipes that are fun, simple, and immensely satisfying to make in home kitchens. Her natural beauty treatments deliver the results promised by department store brands — skin, hair, and nails that glow with vitality and inner wellness. Lotions, scrubs, toners, balms, and masks polish and balance the skin, soothe current problems, and prevent future ones. Shampoos, rinses, and conditioners tone the scalp, boost highlights, and leave hair soft and shiny. The book's whole-body coverage also includes recipes for hand and foot care, nail treatments, shaving cream, and even popular spa treatments such as microdermabrasion exfoliants, detox and cellulite soaks, Ayurvedic oils, and herbal cold salves. Most important, there is never any doubt about the purity of these ingredients! Each formula is clearly presented in recipe style, with notes on prep time, storage, and uses. Many products can be customized according to personal needs, whim, or mood, and they all use readily available, natural ingredients. Organic Body Care Recipes is a natural treasure for every body."

Practical art of aromatherapy: create your own personalized beauty treatments and natural remedies
by Deborah Nixon

Nature's Cures: from acupressure and aromatherapy to walking and yoga, the ultimate guide to the best scientifically proven, drug-free healing methods
by Michael Castleman
"Offers an up-to-date survey of alternative healing therapies, including relaxation techniques, aroma therapy, and vitamin supplementation, explaining which therapies work, and how to use them safely" Chapter 2 Aromatherapy: when healing makes "scents" begins with a French chemist plunging his burned arm into a bowl of lavender oil. Its soothing properties began one man’s experimental journey in healing.

Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell
by Constance Classen
"The meaning and power of smell. Smell is powerful. One man who lost his sense of smell due to a head injury expressed this realization as follows: when I lost [my sense of smell]—it was like being struck blind. Some stressed the physical discomfort perfumes gave them: ‘instant headache and nausea’, said one respondent of her to be so ‘odour-blind’ that unless smell is placed right under our noses, so to speak, it usually gets lost in the shuffle. In general, men are said to smell of meat and women of fish." Can you imagine the "aromas of antiquity"? What would you smell while walking down a street during the Middle Ages? Consider "odour and power: the politics of smell" and "the commercialization of smell." Even smells are branded now. This is a serious view of olfactory issues.