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Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art Paperback – December 16, 2008
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About the Author
MINDY GREEN has worked in the natural products industry for more than 35 years. She is a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild and is the clinical aromatherapist for the Aveda Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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My steep 10-acre property of mostly oak and pine runs from exactly 2700 to 2800 feet elevation in the Sierra. It is hot every summer and snows in the winter, yet I still manage to grow a world-wide selection of 500 medicinal species in an acre of terraces on my Oak Valley Herb Farm. I grow some vegetables and also dine on wild foods.
Another fun plant-oriented activity is my monthly radio program. The Garden Forum: Herb Edition on KVMR (89.5 FM) is a call-in show if you ever want to participate on the first Friday 1pm-2pm. I'm in my garden discussing the plants that I grow on the multi-series aromatherapy show "Everybody Nose" on Dish Network TV (Veria Network).
I am the Director of the American Herb Association. Since 1981, I've published the subscription AHA Quarterly Newsletter containing up-to-date news. I'm also a member of United Plant Savers, was a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild, and an honorary member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy. I've belonged to the California Native Plant Society, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, and other environmental groups for decades.
A little more about me is that I've been devouring books since I learned to read. I remember pouring through writings of Jules Verne, Charles Darwin, and Charles Dickens in fifth grade, and then moved on to the Classics. Early on, my goal was to be an art teacher and to write and illustrate children's books. I do have an art degree, but I became fascinated with using rather than illustrating the green world around me. Today, my library of plant books covers the four walls of my office, and then some!
Several of my 15 books have been translated into other languages.
Herbs for Health & Healing is in Spanish as both Yerbas por Remedias and Hiebas para la Salud, and in Polish as Lieloa Apteka .
Herbs, An Illustrated Encyclopedia has a French edition, Le'Encyclopedie des Plantes de Santé.
Herbs: American Country Living is also in French as Le Monde Merveilleux des Herbes.
Top Customer Reviews
The authors kept to a fairly scientific approach to essential oils. Some books view essential oils in a mystical way, like they are a magical source of healing or courage/love/etc. potions. In my view, essential oils are simply naturally-derived medicines, and very effective ones at that, so I appreciated how they approached essential oils.
My one "complaint" is that the section detailing what each essential oil could do listed so many things for each oil that I couldn't believe they all did practically everything (at least, that's what it looked like on first reading). I wanted to know what each oil really did do, not all the uses people have ever used it for. So I bought "Advanced Aromatherapy" Kurt Schnaubelt, which clearly explains a number of scientific studies on what various essential oils do. That's the book I primarily refer to now, and it's always been correct.
So, if you're interested in learning more about essential oils, this is a great starter book. I'd also recommend "Advanced Aromatherapy" Kurt Schnaubelt.
Review by Debbie from Different Time, Different Place (differenttimedifferentplace. blogspot. com)
Kathi has written an orderly basic book for those of us who are just starting out, and tired of the side effect laden concoctions from pharmaceuitical companies. She starts with fascinating stories how through the ages, essential oils have kept people well. Next, she talks about how the sense of smell affects our health. She goes on to discuss the many uses for aromatherapy in medicine for anxiety, depression, insomnia stress fatigue and other uses.
I liked how she talked extensively about the safety issues in essential oils (as opposed to info I received from MLM true believers who skip warnings about issues such as liver safety in prolonged use of some of the more powerful oils). THESE OILS NEED TO BE UNDERSTOOD before just using them willy-nilly. She lists varying toxicity of different oils and why they are so to be used sparingly, if at all.
She has more, specific recommendations for dilution, for body oil, massage oil, in the bath, steam bowl inhaling, foot and sitz baths and so on. She even has a chapter on how to make your own herb infused oils, salves and vinegars.Read more ›
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Such a great book. It's user-friendly and I reference it all the time. It has great explanations and quick-reference charts. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karen Kilpatrick
Nice chart in the back of the book for super easy reference. Bought one for the office and for home.Published 3 months ago by Cherie
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