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Product Details

  • Ring-bound
  • Publisher: Life Science Publishing; 5th edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615440193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615440194
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Another reader on August 5, 2012
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This is one of the two most straightforward books out of all of the books that I own regarding aromatherapy. Many of the books that I own on aromatherapy are written in a way that is less organized and less to the point regarding treatment of various medical conditions and mental states, which is why I continue to refer to D. Gary Young's books more often than any other books that I own. I practice aromatherapy daily on a personal level for serious physical conditions as well as for enhancing my mental well being.

This book is very similar to 'Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide' by D. Gary Young except this particular book lists all of the Young Living products current to the publication date. This book is also in a binder with tabs and offers lovely photographs. In contrast, the 'Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide' offers recipes for certain medical conditions that are not offered in this book, so I'd suggest getting the other book as well if you are interested in making recipes. I have tried many of the recipes for various conditions and find them to be very helpful. 'Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide' is also smaller in scale vs. being in a large binder as this book is, so it is physically easier to manage. There are likely other topics that I have overlooked that differ between the two books as I wasn't doing an actual study in comparison but what I have mentioned stood out to me as being the most different among the two books. I find both books to be the ones that I refer to the most often for aromatherapy. I would highly recommend both books to medical professionals as well as those who want to practice aromatherapy exclusively on a personal level. I am not an employ of Young Living nor do I distribute their products; however, I do purchase and use their products with the upmost confidence in their quality.
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99 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 15, 2013
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Every time I pick this "Desk Reference" up I am disappointed. While it has the appearance of a true Desk Reference (very heavy and thick), it is NOT what I had expected. What I was looking for was an exhaustive reference book that I could look up a particular oil and find an exhaustive list of information about that oil. While this book has a section that lists the oils and historical data and uses, it is so vague its useless. If it lists that an oil is useful for diabetes, for example, then tell me how to use it for a diabetic patient and what the intended outcome would be. The uses are pretty much the same for almost every oil - diffuse, massage (this is where it gets the most detailed telling you to dilute it in vegetable oil), inhale or take as a dietary supplement. The information I would expect - parameters for the specific oils are not there. How do you take it as a dietary supplement? How much, how often? Is it safe for kids? Where am I supposed to massage it? Any concerns or cautions i.e. if you are pregnant or lactating? What would happen if you ingested or applied too much/too often? etc.

The section that lists conditions and problems (Personal Usage) and the oils recommended for those conditions is probably the most helpful. It lists the oils and blends useful for that purpose but then gives generalized application and usage - not specific to any one oil.

The majority of this book is Young Living propaganda and the useful information is scattered throughout. Its a pain to try to find exactly what I'm looking for. There is SO much wiggle room - you can tell they don't want to be held responsible for someone's bad outcome if they got more specific.

I have had more success with a little 100 page book "Gentle Babies" that has testimonials on how people have used the oils and the outcomes. Maybe one day I'll appreciate this book more but I'll have to lower my expectations for that to happen.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By katykat88 on July 27, 2011
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I have been using the desk reference since the first day I received it. The book starts by offering a basic understanding of essential oils and how they can be used for your health, and then you have options to jump around to what you need. I was looking for a book that would give me the tools to use natural remedies in my home, and this is exactly what I needed!! A great addition to any library!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. Weber on December 27, 2011
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This book is amazing. It has so much great information. I was just introduced to oils recently. This book has been helpful in getting me started. I highly recommend it to anyone.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dana Neal on November 25, 2011
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I have been needing this item for a little over a year. I was able to invest recently and so glad I did; it helps me understand the uses of the essential oils and how to really work them into my life and my family's life. So glad I purchased.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Williams on December 14, 2011
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I already had the reference guide to essential oils, I thought this was going to be a lot more details, it really isn't as much as I expected. There is a lot of good info in this and I am happy that I got it. Don't know why I expected something different. Both are great references for oils
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bil Ingram on March 1, 2013
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If you are interested in learning bodywork with essentials oils I would be very wary of using this edition of the book. I know the Raindrop Technique and Vital Flex are completely wrong in the oils a.nd applications. I have studied Raindrop Technique directly from Gary Young, taking his class twice in the past 5 years as well as training from YL over the past 10 years. I am also an instructor of the Technique as well as a Certified Massage Therapist. This book is good for a general overview of oils, please do not use it to teach yourself bodywork.
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