Great for the Body and for Under the Tree

And now, a word or two on oils!

Not olive or motor, but soothing, healing, sensuous oils.

Although oils and aromatherapy have been used throughout the ages, modern science is just beginning to appreciate the healing powers of oils and scents.

Oils can penetrate and saturate every cell in your body. So pamper it with the scents of rosemary, peppermint and chamomile. Treat yourself and wake up your body. Oils make great holiday gifts too.

Health Screenings Women Won't Want to Miss The YWCA of Greater Los Angeles' ENCOREplus program and Hollywood Independent Church are hosting a breast- and cervical-cancer screening for low-income women. Free mammograms for women 50 and older and free pap tests for women 18 and older with no medical insurance. 4527 Lexington Ave., Los Angeles. Appointments required: (213) 365-2991.

In Brief . . .

* The ultimate gift is the gift of life. Blood donations drop dramatically during the holidays. This month, blood donors who come to the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center will receive a seasonal thank-you T-shirt. Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. UCLA Blood & Platelet Center, 200 UCLA Medical Plaza, 6th Floor, Suite 665, Westwood. Free parking. Appointments required: (310) 825-0888, Ext. 2.

* The USC Department of Neurology is recruiting patients for a new study on early Parkinson's disease. The disease must already have been diagnosed in candidates, who either have not started treatment or are willing to come off their current treatment. To enroll, call Dr. Mickie Welsh at (213) 342-5791.

* Are you recently divorced and need to talk to others in your position? The YWCA of Torrance has a divorce support group for men and women, led by marriage and family counselor Christine A. Pitt. $15 weekly. Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m. YWCA, 2320 W. Carson St. (one block east of Crenshaw Boulevard), Torrance; (310) 320-2255.

* This health roundup appears on Wednesdays. Items to be considered should be mailed 3 1/2 weeks before the event to Christina Chaplin, Health Watch, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053. Fax: (213) 237-7355.

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