The Dragon Tempest

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The Dragon Tempest: Tales of Fantasy & Adventure (DKC Contest Anthology Book 2)   

The Dragon Tempest offers a collection of short stories in a variety of fantasy genres, including dark, light, adventure, and epic. Creatures from all worlds abound: dragons, angels, centaurs, witches, gods and goddesses, and those lurking below the water’s surface. Whether you’re moved by tales of battle and bloodshed, suspense, humor, or enlightenment, The Dragon Tempest will leave you craving more from each author. Such a diversity of great fantasy tales to enjoy will leave no room for disappointment.

Judges:
Allison D. Reid
KJ Hawkins
D.B. Mauldin
Joshua Robertson

1st Place Winners
Christine King
Katie Roxberry
Winter Bayne
Jane Dougherty
Wilson F. Engel, III

2nd Place Winners
Christine Haggerty
Randall Lemon
Deborah Jean Anderson
J. Abram Barneck
Louise Findlay

3rd Place Winners
Samuel Milner
Karen Brown

I am honored to have two short stories published in “The Dragon’s Tempest.”

Following is an excerpt from, “Queen of the Faeries”

The concert had been great. Aine and Dorrian made their way backstage to try to get a glimpse of the band members. Aine had fallen ‘head over heels in love with the band’s bass guitar player, Iarl Fitzgerald. Dorrian rolled her eyes at Aine. She was always falling ‘head over heels’ in love with somebody.

“There he is!” exclaimed Aine. She grabbed Dorrian’s arm and started leading her in Iarl’s direction.

As if he had heard her, Iarl looked up, right at Aine. Their eyes locked and Iarl walked toward Aine, meeting her halfway. Aine let go of Dorrian’s arm as she reached out to shake hands with Iarl.

“Hi! I am Aine. I just wanted to tell you that I love the way you play your bass guitar.”

Iarl smiled. Aine’s heart did a flip-flop; his smile made him even more gorgeous. He had a serious face, very cute, but serious. His shoulder-length, blonde curls framed his gorgeous face. His dark-green eyes were deep-set, giving him the overall appearance of a man who did not smile or laugh easily.

Still holding Aine’s hand in his, he turned and led them to his dressing room. There were other people bustling about and Dorrian joined them. Iarl sat Aine down in a chair next to his. He turned to look at her, and spoke for the first time.

Following is an excerpt from, “The Elementals Save Mother Earth”:

The ghost of Paracelsus roamed the earth. Never had he seen the earth in such a terrible state. The land was dry and ravaged by fire. Paracelsus knew the salamanders were thriving, but they were the only elemental to do so. Pollution inhabited the waters and air to the point that they were poisonous. They were losing the battle to help keep the earth livable for humans

Mother Earth had awoken Paracelsus.

“Paracelsus, I beg of you to arise from your resting place. I desperately need your help,” she had said.

Paracelsus did as Mother Earth asked. He stood looking around the devastation, wondering where to start.

“The four elemental forces are going to have to work together to clean up this mess,” Paracelsus muttered to himself.

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September Monthly Specials

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Black Spruce Essential Oil

Picea mariana

Black Spruce Essential Oil

Common Name

Black Spruce

Botanical Name

Picea mariana

Synonyms

Canadian black ‘pine’, Picea nigra

Parts Used

Needles and Twigs

Extraction Method

Steam distilled

Note Classification

Top to Middle

Aroma

Fresh, pine-like with balsamic top notes, and a slightly sweet undertone. Black Spruce oil has a sweeter aroma when compared to other needle oils.

Overview

Black spruce essential oil has a fresh aroma and is often added to homemade cleaning products both as a fragrance and active ingredient.

It is utilized in aromatherapy for its opening and soothing attributes when added to a massage oil or inhalation/diffuser blend.

Packaging

1/2 oz. and 1 oz. essential oils are packaged in amber glass bottles with drop reducers for easy application. Larger sizes are packaged in amber screw cap bottles and do not come with reducers or droppers.

Constituents

Ester rich, Bornyl acetate, beta-pinene, alpha-pinene, camphene

Blends Well With

Amyris, benzoin, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, galbanum, lavender, lemon, oakmoss, palo santo, petitgrain, pine, rose, rosemary

Herbal Miscellany

Native to the boreal forests of North America, Black Spruce is an evergreen coniferous tree that is cultivated for use as a pulp wood.

Other Spruce oils on the market: Hemlock Spruce (Tsuga Canadensis), Norway Spruce (Picea abies), Red Spruce (Picea rubens), White Spruce (Picea glauca)

Precautions

Oil Specific: None known. Oxidized oil should be avoided and may cause skin irritation.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

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Combava Petitgrain Essential Oil

Citrus hystrix

Combava Petitgrain Essential Oil

Parts Used

Leaf and twig

Extraction Method

Steam distilled

Note Classification

Top to middle

Aroma

Soft thick citrus, with dry wood back notes. Very strong.

Overview

Makrut lime is a citrus bush that has a distinctive ‘double’ leaf that has a petiole that is almost as large as the leaf blade itself. It bears rough and bumpy fruit that is usually used green, but turns yellow when fully ripe. All parts of the fruit and the leaves are used in many culinary and medicinal preparations around the world.

The essential oil distilled from the leaf and twig has a strong, long-lasting aroma, which could be considered a lovely mix of lemongrass and petitgrain. The aroma can be overpowering in a blend, so use with caution. It is a very uplifting addition to room sprays, air freshening diffuser blends, and bug repellant formulas.

Packaging

1/2 oz. and 1 oz. essential oils are packaged in amber glass bottles with drop reducers for easy application. Larger sizes are packaged in amber screw cap bottles and do not come with reducers or droppers.

Constituents

The major constituent is the aldehyde citronellal, which leads to some of the notable properties in the oil. With anywhere from 58-82% citronellal, combava has a higher content of this constituent than citronella oil.

Blends Well With

Benzoin, bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, douglas fir (and other needle oils), frankincense, geranium, myrrh, rose, sandalwood.

Herbal Miscellany

Makrut lime leaves are best known for their use in the culinary world for their aromatic and astringent flavor.

Precautions

Oil Specific: Avoid while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.

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Essential Oil Blending Tips

Essential Oil Blending Tips

Creating new essential oil blends and re-creating old favorites is an exciting and relaxing experience for me. It doesn’t need to take a lot of time, although it sometimes can – either way, the rewards of creating your own scent combinations are endless and very satisfying!

What you’ll need to get started:

Essential Oils:

A nice selection of staples, top, middle, base aromas, and maybe some special treats like rose and ylang ylang. Find high-quality, organic essential oils at:

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Gloves:

Keep in mind that you are working with undiluted essential oils and you do not want to get any on your hands!

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Most essential oils come equipped with a reducer cap, but if there isn’t one, keep some droppers or pipettes handy. Find glass droppers at:

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I find that 1/24, 1/8, or 1/4 oz bottles work well depending on the blend. Find amber glass bottles at:

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Amber Glass Bottles with Dropper

Perfume Blotters or Cotton Balls:

Smell and observe your creations transform as they evaporate.

Pen and Paper:

Write down the amounts of each oil used.

Towels:

Just in case!

and of course, your nose!

Time to Blend!

When creating blends, only work with a small amount of oil at a time. I’m talking mere drops of oil here. You don’t want to mix up 1oz of a blend right away, dislike the result, and end up wasting all of that precious oil.

I like to start by formulating with 10 drops. This amount is easy to work with as parts and converts nicely for figuring percents:

10 drops = 10 parts = 100% of the test blend

This gives you a formula that can be used to recreate your blend for any recipe. Be sure to count accurately while blending. Keep a written list of each oil and the amount you add! Believe me, you’ll want this information later.

For example, one of my all-time favorite blends contains:

4 drops/4 parts/ 40% Lavender essential oil

4 drops/4 parts/ 40% Clary Sage essential oil

2 drops/2 parts/ 20% Neroli essential oil

This makes an easy blend totaling 10 drops or 10 parts or 100%.

Keep in mind the different notes of an aroma as you blend. You will want to include top note oils, middle note oils, and base note oils. You can learn more about notes at:

https://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/a-few-notes-on-aroma/

Your goal is to create a blend that you enjoy throughout all of the stages of evaporation.

Once you have completed a blend, put some on a perfume blotter or cotton ball and inhale to see how the aromas evaporate. I like to do this initially and repeat the next day to see if I still enjoy the aroma or want to make any adjustments. Getting creative and tweaking recipes is the fun part of experimenting with scents!

So, now you are ready to play. Go grab some of your favorite essential oils and get blending.

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A Few Notes on Aroma

A Few Notes on Aroma

Aroma, odor, fragrance…scents surround us everyday, everywhere. But, how do we describe them?

Our sense of smell is one of the most subjective senses we have. We associate odors with our feelings and memories, which complicates describing them even more. There is a scientific language to describing aroma that follows some simple guidelines related to music and the notes of a chord – which, interestingly enough, we also tend to associate with our feelings and memories.

The best way to experience all of the notes of a blend or oil is to place one or two drops on a perfume blotter or cotton ball and inhale. Take care not to touch the oil to your nose. I have on too many occasions accidentally hit my nose with a blend and had to walk away from what I was doing until later.

Top notes are the first impression of an aroma. They are usually light and sharp, and evaporate quickly, sometimes within 5 – 10 minutes. Sniff your blotter right away to pick up on the top notes. Some essential oils that are considered top notes are: citrus oils, such as: grapefruit, lemon, and orange. Also: eucalyptus, neroli, and peppermint.

The next aroma that you will experience is the middle note or the body of the oil/blend. These notes are the main part of the aroma and may last up to 2 hours. Some popular middle note essential oils include: clary sage, geranium, juniper, and tea tree.

The final note to an aroma is the base note. Sometimes referred to as the dry out note, fixative note, or bottom of the aroma. These will start to appear within a couple of hours of putting the oil/blend on the blotter, and can sometimes last for up to a day. Some classic base notes: cedarwood, patchouli, vetver, and ylang ylang.

Every aroma combination or single essential oil has elements of all three notes (top, middle, and base). A particular oil may be classified as a top note, but will still contain some characteristics of the other two, all working together in harmony. Hopefully, this information helps to make their complex beauty a bit easier to find and to understand.

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Catching up, Getting ahead, and Being away

Cancer

D.B. Mauldin

Over the next two days I will be trying to catch up and get ahead on some posts. Back in April, we found out that my dad had cancer off the esophagus. Since then, he has been through chemotherapy and radiation treatments that has hopefully done away with the cancer, but has left him with part of his esophagus dead. On Monday, August 29th, he will be having surgery. The surgeons will take out the part of his esophagus, and surrounding tissues, that are dead and reattach his stomach to what is left of his esophagus. They will analyze the removed tissue to ensure all the cancer is gone.

He will be unable to swallow for 6-8 weeks and will have a feeding tube placed in his stomach. Once he has healed, he will have to go through rehab to learn how to swallow again. This is going to be…

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Medieval Monday: Pleasure Gardens

Gardens

Allison D. Reid

pleasure gardenThe last couple of posts have been about summer activities in the Middle Ages, from the hard labor of harvesting crops, to the diversions of games. There was another summer pleasure for those in the upper classes of medieval society; recreational gardens. Not every garden was planted strictly for food or herbs, nor even for meditation as some of the monastic gardens were. Some were kept purely for pleasure, and they were designed “not for fruitfulness, but to delight the senses of sight and smell.”

They were usually walled and had a park-like atmosphere, possibly including a structure meant to be a summer home, where the nobility could go to find relaxation away from the main manor or castle. Very large estates might even have separate gardens, one for the lord or king, and one for the lady or queen.

Pleasure gardens had a diversity of trees, not only for…

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Vitex Essential Oil

Vitex agnus-castus

Vitex Essential Oil

Common Name

Vitex or Chaste Tree

Parts Used

Berry

Extraction Method

Steam distilled

Note Classification

Middle

Aroma

Fresh with tenacious front notes that are dry and bitter. As the aroma evaporates, the notes turn soft, bittersweet, and floral, presenting a scent that is complex and quite lovely. Characteristic of dried vitex berries.

Overview

This powerful essential oil comes from the distilled fruits (berries) of the vitex or chaste tree. Native to the Mediterranean, uses for this perennial shrub have been mentioned throughout history and can be found in works by Pliny the Elder, Dioscorides, and in Homer’s The Iliad.

Vitex is considered a balancing herb for women. It can be included in a diffuser blend, or used topically. For topical use, it should always be diluted in a carrier at no more than 1%. Vitex is not typically used within perfumery, but can add interesting notes to a blend.

Constituents

Sabinene, 1,8-Cineole, α-Pinene, β-Carophyllene, Limonene, and trans-β-Farnesene.

Blends Well With

Floral oils (such as rose, geranium, or lavender), clary sage, vetiver, oakwood, valerian, palo santo, amyris, Moroccan chamomile, elemi, and ho wood.

Precautions

Oil Specific: Do not use while pregnant, nursing, or while using hormonal contraceptives.

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Palm Fruit Oil

Elaeis guineensis

Palm Fruit Oil

Overview

Method of extraction

Cold Pressed and Unrefined

Packaging

This oil comes packaged in a recycled plastic bucket.

Suggested use

Food and cosmetic use

Kosher Certified

Yes

Our organic extra virgin palm fruit oil contains antioxidant vitamin E oil, and is stable against heat and oxidation. Palm fruit oil is commonly used in food products as a healthier alternative when compared with other higher saturated oils. It will melt at about 80-90 degrees and turn to liquid. This particular oil is unrefined and extra virgin. No chemicals or solvents are used during the extraction of our palm fruit oil. It is popularly used in baking, frying, food mixes, coatings, ice cream and many more.

Mountain Rose Herbs will only support palm oil programs which adhere to strict environmental sustainability programs. As is our standard, the harvester and manufacturer of the palm oil we offer adheres to highly detailed sustainable harvesting protocols with oversight from state and third party environmental programs including EcoSocial, and with the assistance of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil.

Typical Analysis

Color- Reddish-Orange
Odor- Characteristic
Free Fatty Acids- 2.37
Peroxide Value- 1.61
Iodine Value- 52.46
Moisture- 0.085%
Melting Point- 80-90 degrees

Fatty Acids
Linoleic- 9.5%
Linolenic- 0.4%
Oleic- 41%
Palmitic- 43%

Nutritional Values (per 100 gram sample)
Energy- 867 kcal
Carbohydrate- 0
Protein- 0
Total Fat- 100 g
Saturates- 47 g
Fiber- 0
Sodium- 0
Cholesterol- 0

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Ginseng Forest Grown Whole Plant Extract

Panax quinquefolius

Ginseng Forest Grown Whole Plant Extract 1oz

Overview

We are proud to offer the first Forest Grown American Ginseng Whole Plant Extract made from certified organic and PCO Verified Forest Grown American ginseng root and organically grown and PCO Verified Forest Grown American ginseng leaves. Prepared separately, both the roots and the leaves are extracted in organic grain alcohol, hand-shaken every day for up to two months, pressed, and blended to create this synergistic whole plant extract. Our forest grown ginseng has been cultivated and cared for in its natural habitat for at least seven years before harvesting.

This extract comes from a unique partnership between Mountain Rose Herbs, United Plant Savers, the PCO Forest Grown Verification Program, and dedicated herb growers in Appalachia. Due to the decline of American ginseng and other wild forest botanicals, this program was created to encourage conservation through cultivation. This is a solution that can transform the epidemic of plant poaching into the production of high-quality, sustainable crops that meet the needs of traditional use while supporting the livelihoods of forest farmers. This groundbreaking project brings us organically grown ginseng that is nurtured in its native woodland habitat. The roots and leaves are sustainably harvested from private forests that are stewarded by farmers dedicated to preserving this important plant for the future.

Mountain Rose Herbs will donate 5% from every sale of this precious ginseng extract to the United Plant Savers. We believe that supporting this effort can change the culture of ginseng throughout Appalachia, allowing this botanical to become a valuable forest crop with sustainability as the guiding force. We thank you for supporting this important plant and project!

Uses

Ginseng supports a healthy response to stress and promotes normal levels of physical stamina and endurance.*

Constituents

Acetic acid, adenine, adenosine, alanine, ascorbic acid, benzoic acid, beta-sitosterol, caryophyllene, cysteine, ferulic acid, folic acid, at least 10 different ginsenosides, glycine, guanidine, histidine, Isoleucine, kaempferol, magnesium, malic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid, salicylic acid, tannins, tyrosine, vanadium, zinc.

Precautions

Specific: The use of warfarin and American ginseng may reduce the efficacy of warfarin and should be used under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

Ingredients

PCO Forest Grown certified organic ginseng root and PCO Forest Grown certified organic ginseng leaf in 40% organic grain alcohol and water.

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