Since the focus of Scent to Kill, the new book that my good friend Chrystle Fiedler wrote about my latest adventure features aromatherapy tips. I thought I’d share some with you.
First though, let me tell you about the book which chronicles my efforts to find out who murdered the producer of a new psychic television show. It all started when my hunky ex-cop boyfriend Jackson Spade, and I were invited to attend an exclusive party for the show before production started at a mansion on Long Island’s idyllic East End. However, I was much more interested in visiting the estate’s lavender farm, seeking inspiration for the new aromatherapy workshops I would be holding at my store, Nature’s Way Market & Café.
But before the party was over, Roger Bixby one of the producers was dead and the police suspected murder. Roger was working on the show, MJ’s Mind, with Carly Bixby, his ex-wife and the new girlfriend of my ex from L.A., TV writer/producer Simon Lewis. After I left the party, late that night, I got a frantic text from Simon asking for my help. Since Simon had a fight with Roger earlier in the evening, and because of his death is now the primary shareholder in Galaxy films, my ex became the prime suspect. Simon begged me to crack the case and clear him and well, I just couldn’t say no. MJ McClellan, the psychic and star of the show also asked me for help. She hired me to provide natural remedies, including aromatherapy, massage, acupuncture and yoga to soothe the agitated crew of her show.
To find the killer, I had to deal with ghosts in a haunted mansion, a truly dysfunctional family, death threats and “accidents,” while trying to untangle a homicide identical to one committed during prohibition. Thankfully, Jackson had been hired to provide security and was there to watch my back and help me solve this spooky mystery.
As a bonus, you’ll find dozens of natural aromatherapy cures throughout the book that show you how to use essential oils to treat a variety of conditions and to support health and well-being. I often use essential oils when I’m treating clients. Aromatherapy can:
- ease stress, anxiety, or depression
- reduce inflammation
- treat insomnia
- heal eczema
- balance hormonal function (PMS, etc.)
- enhance immune function
- neutralize nausea
- ease aches and pains
- manage migraines and other headaches
- treat upset stomach
- work as an antiseptic and antibacterial
Lavender (the Latin verb lavare means “to wash”), is one of my favorite herbs. Not only does it smell terrific, it’s calming and soothing and good for cuts and burns, insomnia, diaper rash, tension headache, PMS and cramps (use with clary sage and Roman chamomile). The phytochemicals (plant-based chemicals linalool and linalyl acetate) in lavender are absorbed in the skin and in the membranes inside your nose, slowing nerve impulses, and reducing stress. An easy way to start using lavender is to put five to ten drops of essential oil in your bath. Add the oil after you have filled the tub so you can enjoy the full benefits of this wonderful aroma. When you are on the go, just add a few drops to a tissue and take a few deep breaths. You’ll feel the tension drain away!
For a chance to win a copy of SCENT TO KILL: A Natural Remedies Mystery just leave a comment here about your favorite natural cure. I look forward to “meeting” you! Contest open to US residents only and ends March 2.
Until then, I am yours naturally,
Willow McQuade, N.D.
Meet the author
Willow McQuade, ND is mystery author Chrystle Fiedler’s alter ego. Chrystle is the author of SCENT TO KILL, (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster) the second in the NATURAL REMEDIES MYSTERY series, DEATH DROPS: A Natural Remedies Mystery, the non-fiction title THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO NATURAL REMEDIES (Alpha, 2009), co-author of BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW! (Fairwinds Press, 2010), currently in its fourth printing, the BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW!COOKBOOK (Fairwinds Press, 2012) and THE COUNTRY ALMANAC OF HOME REMEDIES (Fairwinds, 2011). Chrystle’s magazine articles featuring natural remedies have appeared in many national publications including Natural Health, Vegetarian Times, Better Homes & Gardens and Remedy. Visit www.chrystlefiedler.com.
Books are available at retail and online booksellers.