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Schnaubelt's Later Work is Better
on September 9, 2013
Advanced Aromatherapy, published in 1995, is more technical than Kurt Schnaubelt's 2011 follow-up, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils. Advanced Aromatherapy discusses the terpenes hydrocarbons, esters, alcohols, acetates, etc. that compose many of the most common essential oils. Why does anyone really need to know this information? Essential oils works because of how the molecules bond to lipids in our bodies, and that's pretty much the gist of the whole thing. I would have preferred to learn about the energetic frequencies of these essential oils, but that's just where my own interest lies. The biggest take-away I got from Advanced Aromatherapy is that rubbing the oils on one's feet is probably the best place for topical application, due to the workings of the circulatory system. I much preferred Schnaubelt's second book, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, which is, firstly, much more visually beautiful. Second, it gives more practical information, such as how to take essential oils internally for medicinal purposes. Third, it has a greater depth of recipes for topical usage. I think most of the pertinent information from the first book can also be found in the 2nd. Another really great book on aromatherapy is Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils, by Gabriel Mojay.