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Aromatherapy for Women: A Practical Guide to Essential Oils for Health and Beauty Paperback – March 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; Revised edition (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892816287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892816286
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Aromatherapy for Women, of use to both men and women, clearly illustrates the author's knowledge of essential oils and her confidence in applying them to our everyday lives, whether for healing illness, eliminating stress, or enhancing the appearance of the body. This book would make a fine gift for any woman interested in aromatherapy." (The Herb Quarterly)

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A practicing aromatherapist, Maggie Tisserand has studied essential oils and other natural remedies for more than 20 years. She lives in East Sussex, England.

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Author Maggie Tisserand brings a wealth of practical experience to this newly revised best-selling classic on aromatherapy, focusing on the concerns particular to women.

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Easy to read, follow and implement the knowledge.
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Aromatherapy for women is an excellent source for the use of essential oils whether you are a beginner or seasoned user.
S. A. Hartley (nhartley@cswnet.com)
I started using this book when I was single, and I have actually used some of the various blends on my pets.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is great! Not only does she provide and excellent source of information for beginners, but she also conveys her passion for aromatherapy through her writings,and her total faith in the use of essential oils for healing the body, and the soul. Deals alot with issues for women and children. She also provides a long list of companies that sell quality oils,and even schools in the U.S. and U.K. where you can receive education in the field. Overall her passion for the oils and knowledge of their uses can give alot of confidence to the beginner. I do have one caution though,because she lives in the U.K., some of the words she uses for different maladies are different from the ones used in the U.S. So if you don't know what it is she's talking about, make sure you ask or look it up.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1998
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I have been studying Aromatherapy for about two years now and this is one of my favorites. It reads well from cover to cover, but is also easy to use as a reference. There aren't many recipes per se, but there are multitudes of uses outlined. Tisserand utilises essential oils that are generally very safe, which is why I recommend this book for beginners. I am also very comfortable with the ratios of essential oil to base, and the safety recommendations she makes.
If you are interested in Aromatherapy, this would be a good book to start your collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. MacDonald on January 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book should be a staple to any aromatherapy library. I always refer to this book first whenever there is problem. I also give this book to my sisters and friends when they get pregnant. It is a great starter reference that helps from early pregnancy through high school and beyond. I started using this book when I was single, and I have actually used some of the various blends on my pets. Basically, if you are a woman, know a woman, know children, know animals, or are even a cloistered monk, this book is a great start.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Klytemnestra on September 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
If the name Tisserand is familiar, this is because of the famous aromatherapist Robert Tisserand. This book is written, not by him, but by his ex-wife, who was not herself a professional aromatherapist.

While anecdotal evidence can be very useful, Maggie Tisserand does not, sadly, have the requisite experience of a professional, and she advocates practices which qualified aromatherapists are not legally permitted to use in her country, such as the ingestion of essential oils. The most alarming example of this is when she tells a story about how a friend of hers contracted a sexually transmitted infection, and instead of telling her to go to a doctor (again, as professionals are legally obliged to do), she decided to try treating her with essential oils, including the internal use of sandalwood oil. This would be ineffective, and the delay in seeking professional treatment for an STI can have very serious effects including sterility.

Personal anecdotes can add charm to a book, but here they are profoundly irritating. We find out more about the Tisserands' failed marriage than we wanted to know, and the saga about her son's case of athlete's foot is at once melodramatic and boring. She does not provide profiles of individual oils or give much information when suggesting treatment of various ailments, and her knowledge of aromatherapy appears to be generally scanty.

Essential oils can be most helpful for home treatment of minor ailments if used safely and knowledgeably. There are plenty of good books out there written by reputable, qualified aromatherapists which can be of great use to the amateur. This is not one of them.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve Kiger on December 5, 2005
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This was one of my very first aromatherapy books, because it is relatively inexpensive, and likewise relatively small and non-threatening. It has more the feel of a friendly guide than some obscure textbook. I still use it on a very regular basis, even though I've also added a number of more advanced books to my repertoire.

It is, on the whole, indeed very useful for women (and can be for men as well, of course!) It covers a wide range of women's-interest subjects, from home and body care, to pregnancy and infants ailments. The information for men is not as prevalent (as indicated in the title, of course) but many things that apply to women apply to men as well.

Most of the information is very thorough, but it can sometimes be hard to get to the 'meat' of what you are looking for. It is written in a very 'friendly', anecdotal style, which although easier reading than more 'technical' books, can make it difficult to find the key things you are looking for. The recommended essential oils are always in bold text, however, so that does at least partially negate this problem.

Another issue I had with it was the fact that some of the subjects she speaks about, there is NO essential oil information at all. This would not trouble me nearly as much, except for the fact that part of the title of the book is 'Guide to Essential Oils'. It is still good information, but if there is no essential oil information, I don't feel it belongs in an essential oil guide.

Despite these problems, however, I would definitely recommend it for any aromatherapy/essential oil library.
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