Aromatherapy uses fragrant herbs, flowers and other aromatics to influence overall wellness through inhalation. By releasing the healing essences of flowers and other aromatic plants, we can positively affect our mood, emotions and physical health. Although the term "aromatherapy" is relatively new, scent therapy has been practiced for thousands of years, as far back as the Egyptians.
While cooking with herbs is nothing new, the authors of this amazing book bring the full sensory benefits of herbs, flowers and other essences into the kitchen in order to turn simple cooking into a complete aesthetic experience for the mind, body and spirit.
Food preparation and feasting can and should involve all of our senses, it is possible to create a cuisine designed to influence mood using the principles of aromatherapy. Although traditional aromatherapy uses essential oils, we can broaden this to include the practice of extracting essential oils directly into food through the preparation and cooking processes. The roots, leaves, stems, bark, flowers, seeds and fruit peels of whole aromatic plants contain the same essences used to make essential oils, and although less concentrated, they have the same therapeutic qualities.
The key to using aromatherapy in your cooking is to let the effects of the ingredients work on you as you work with them. If you have planned a romantic evening, take advantage of the natural aphrodisiacs that will enhance your table - and your evening. If you need some energy, choose uplifting ingredients with invigorating scents to spark your spirit as you cook.
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