Willing Workers of White Hall’s Extension Homemakers Club met July 24 at the White Hall Library.

President Karen Needler welcomed everyone and Malinda Traweek read the Thought of the Month: “Kindness is the oil that takes the friction out of life.”

Vice President Sarah Payton led members in the Homemaker’s Creed. Elizabeth Wall read the Handy Hint: “Lavender in a bath can be very helpful for joint and muscle pain.”

Kathy Wilson read the Inspiration from Psalms 45:7. Secretary Peggie Barbaree called the roll with members answering the question: Do you use essential oils? Members present were: Cheri Aronowitz, Needler, Payton, Traweek, Donna Stephenson, Marnette Reed, Dee Kindrick, Jo Ann Carr, Barbaree, Kathy Wilson and Elizabeth Wall.

Reed presented the program on “Aches and Pains — Finding relief using non-drug methods/Essential Oils.”

Aromatherapy refers to the medicinal or therapeutic use of essential oils absorbed through the skin or sense of smell system, according to the presentation.

“Today, aromatherapy is popular in the United States and around the world and most research has focused on its use to manage depression, anxiety, muscle tension, sleep disturbance, nausea, and pain. Essential oils currently available for medicinal use are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the United States Food and Drug Administration. While more than 40 plant derivatives have been identified for therapeutic use, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, chamomile and peppermint are the most frequently utilized extracts,” according to the presentation.

Reed distributed a Reflex Therapy Hand Chart and Reflex Therapy Feet Chart showing points on the hand chart that correspond to the point on the feet chart.

She also gave each member a list of essential oils and quick usage charts along with handouts that show different areas of body pain and oils that could be used to reduced pain.

In the absence of Catherine Atkinson, chairwoman of the nursing home door decoration committee, Kindrick reported that a gift of several wreaths and lots of decorations for wreaths had been donated to the club and Atkinson would be setting up a workshop for fall wreaths soon.

Aronowitz, leadership leader, reported the County Hummingbird Banding Trip was changed from Aug. 4 to Aug. 18 and the county picnic will be Aug. 25 at the Extension Office. She reported the EHC had a good time at the birthday dinner at El Parian recently.

Payton, recreation leader, reported she and Needler went to the Arkansas Flag and Banner Store and had lunch in Little Rock recently.

Barbaree, community service chairwoman, reported she was working on the project book for the club, and caps for cancer patients are also being done. The craft class at Trinity for August will be Helping Hands.

Kindrick, educational history leader, asked members to see who could come up with the most businesses that have been on the block in White Hall where Treasurers is located now. She will have a prize for the winner at the next meeting.

New assignments for hostesses and program presenters for 2018-2019 were made. Members selected “Cooks” as the theme for the August picnic to be held at Carr’s home in August. Kindrick and Wall were appointed to serve on the audit committee.

Cereal was collected for the White Hall Food Pantry. Refreshments of fried chicken, marinated beans, green salad, vegetable tray, fruit and brownies were finished by Needler, Traweek and Stephenson.

For details on the program on essential oils or copies of the handouts, people may contact Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County Family and Consumer Science agent, at 534-1033. For details on Extension Homemakers, call any member or Kizer.

The article was submitted by Jo Ann Carr.