Father Mars who fights for us. Among the ancients in Asia and the Mediterranean the heat of malarial fevers were treated with the herbs Basil (from the leaves of Ocimum Basilicum) and Black Pepper (Piper nigrum). These two hot spices originating in Asia were esteemed very highly as a result.
Spices were among the first goods to be traded over long distances with the dawn of the Bronze Age 4000 years ago. Basil literally means regal or noble (Greek). The Basilica is the name given to the central part of a royal palace or temple. Both herbs are associated with mental fortitude as well as being flavourings and aids to digestion.
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Aromatherapy embraces the therapeutic use of essential oils, a much underutilised medical tool to judge by statistics on prescribed tranquilliser addiction, and cosmetics. Aromatherapy may be unavailable to 0.1% of the population who are allergic to fragrances. A consultation with a professionally qualified aromatherapist is inexpensive and a good investment in your health and wellbeing.
Aromatherapy like homeopathy is often satirised because it promotes the use of non toxic materials to maintain health and well being and looks for causes, often emotional, rather than the treatment of symptoms. There is now a wealth of scientific research to support the value of non toxic materials and a holistic approach to healthcare stressing emotional, exercise, and nutritional factors in maintaining health.
Aroma, a pleasant smell, comes from the Greek 'to spice' and these pleasant smells are found in herbal extracts, herbal waters and essential oils. These are particularly useful in cosmetics and are used to aromatise cosmetics, food and drinks by aromatists. For example in cookery aromatists include chopped basil leaves to improve the flavour and promote the digestion of a meal.
In hygiene too aromatics find a use. They can be used in foamers to create popular and satisfying facial washes.
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A report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Misuse estimated in 2009 that there were 1.5 million involuntary tranquilliser addicts in the UK. More than 6.6 million benzodiazepine prescriptions for anxiety were dispensed by England's pharmacies in 2010, a 15 per cent increase in 10 years. Prescriptions for Valium have increased by 20 per cent over the same period.
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Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Gordon M. Shepherd, professor of neurobiology at the Yale School of Medicine, has spent a lifetime researching the brain mechanisms involved in olfaction (our sense of smell) and its impact on flavor perception in the brain. His new book is “Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why It Matters,” out this month from Columbia University Press. Shepherd’s work is anchored in a burgeoning field within neuroscience — figuring out the mysteries behind our olfactory system, the ways in which smells are represented and processed in the brain.
Flavour and Fragrances
The Scare: Certain groups say fragrances contain irritants, allergens, hormone disrupters, and toxic chemicals that cause everything from reproductive problems to cancer to neurological disorders.
Origin of the Scare: Products in the U.S. aren’t required to list the exact fragrance ingredients they contain. (But a list of almost all compounds used as fragrances — 3,194 ingredients in all — is publicly available.) Advocacy groups want products to list exact ingredients, claiming many fragrances are dangerous. In June, a new version of the Safe Cosmetics Act returned to Congress, which calls for the listing of all ingredients in products.
Bottom Line: When used as directed there’s no evidence exposure to chemicals in flavours and fragrances are harmful.
'Frankincense is not a monster' - the Simpsons
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