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185 of 187 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2012
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Reading this book is like going to class with a really cool teacher , one that knows their subject very well and can impart that complex knowledge to you in a way you can understand and makes it interesting for you to learn about.
The Science behind aromatherapy is really interesting and this book is not a boring read . Not only do you learn the science behind why and how the essential oils work to heal , you learn about the differences in the quality of essential oils and are even given an exercise to learn how to be able to tell if an essential oil is a clonal version or a hybrid version.
There are guidelines and precautions included and a lot of different recipe's for specific ailments . The footnotes are wonderful and have many leads and references to other authors and specialist on the subject matter for those who want to go further into their research on this subject . The photos throughout are also a colorful and lovely addition, from vast fields of Lavender to the great Shwedogon Paya , a Sunset in Sabah and so many more beautiful photos that grace throughout the pages of this wonderful and informative book.
For anyone who is serious and or just curious about Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils for healing and want to know the science behind how they work or learn recipe's for specific ailments buy this book . It is a great investment well worth the time and money.
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121 of 124 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2013
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This book is the perfect introduction to essential oils for someone who is serious about using essential oils for medicinal purposes, and especially for those with a basic background in chemistry and biology. Dr. Schnaubelt does a wonderful job of explaining the nuances of using essential oils vs. prescribed phamaceutical preparaptions to treat a variety of conditions. He makes it very clear that essential oil is not a cure-all for all ailments, and presents a very realistic view of what the benefits can be to using various oils.

I am a Registered Nurse, and am most interested in the whys of how different treatment modalities work, just as much as I am with the results (provides a solid basis for deciding to initiate, continue, or terminate any given treatment modality, be it aspirin or an essential oil). This book does a very good job of giving me a starting point of where I can start really learning about the phisiological interactions our bodies, down to the cellular level, have with the different compounds found within essential oils. For those who aren't familiar (or just need a refresher from your A&P or BioChem classes), Dr. Schnaubelt provides a brief overview of cellular structure, chemical bonds, molecular polarity, etc. in his writing and diagrams, and explains why these structures and their properties are important in the application of essential oils as a therapeutic modality.

If you feel a bit rusty in your biology and chemistry studies, a quick review of basic human biology (cellular structure, protein structure & synthesis, enzyme structure, synthesis, and actions, DNA & RNA synthesis & replication, etc.) and chemistry (remember all of those fun diagrams we had to draw to visualize the component molecules & the associated bonds that make up various compounds? Theeeeyyyyyrrrreeee baaaaaaaack! At least Dr. Schnaubelt makes it more interesting, and there won't be a pop-quiz tomorrow... but don't forget to also read up some of the common molecules and groups found in biological organisms) will greatly enhance your experience with this book. If you don't want to go that route, then simply just look up unfamiliar things when you come across them. Understanding these basics of biology and chemistry will prove to be the foundation from which your knowledge and applied aromatherapy practice will be based on. Think of it as something like knowing the roles for individual positions on a football team before you can become a coach, and start making up play-books of your own.

I also find it very refreshing that Dr. Schnaubelt does not completely dismiss Western medicine, as many other "alternative" or "holistic" practitioners seem to do. While he does have an obvious, and understandable, issue with the phamaceutical industry and its' implications for actual human health, he without a doubt recognizes and encourages people to consult with and seek treatment from a professional doctor/NP/PA when it is prudent.

Even as my knowledge of this field is expanding, I still find myself referring to this book in my studies. For people that are interested in, or have already made essential oil treatment part of their lives, this book will not likely collect dust on the bookshelf after reading it. Just understand that there IS a strong scientific/technical element to the book, so you may need to reference other sources (like old college science textbooks) to extract the maximum amount of knowledge that Dr. Schnaubelt is sharing in his writings. The extra effort is well worth the payoff: an ability to truly understand the connections and interactions between our bodies and essential oils, which leads to greater competence and confidence in the field of applied aromatherapy.

For those that enjoy this book, I highly recommend his other books on essential oils for continuing education on the subject. If I were to classify each book as in an academic progression, I would say that his book "Advanced Aromatherapy" is the intro level book, this book is the intermediate book, and "Medical Aromatherapy" is the intermediate-advanced level book.

Special note: While the author has business connections with the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, as well as the associated product line of Original Swiss Aromatics, he does NOT make either the focus of any of his books. They may be mentioned in passing a few times in the text of each book, but these books are definitely NOT large advertisements for a particular brand of oil or a paticular school. I encountered this in a few other aromatherapy books, which was a HUGE turn-off for me; I'm not one to pay my own money for advertisements disguised as instructional texts. Dr. Schnaubelt simply stresses the quality and sourcing of oils in the writing, and only mentions specific products sporadically. :)
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117 of 122 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2011
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Waited quite a while for this one to be published. It will become and essential reference for those of us whom are Certified Aromatherapist. Pre-ordered four. One for myself and three to give as presents to my clients (all of which are cancer survivors). Have found the need to order two more as I have recently acquired two new clients (cancer survivors). Feel this is an essential tool to my practice and essential for my clients. For those of you new to essential oils - this may be a bit difficult - so I advise you also purchase "Advanced Aromatherapy, The science of Essential Oil Therapy" When working with Essential Oils it is imperative to know the Relationship between Chemical Structure and effect, as well composition of the oils, how they are distilled, and last but a most important detail: whether the oils you are using are Genuine and Authentic!
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85 of 97 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2012
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I really wanted to like the Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils. I consider myself a pretty well-read, intelligent person but much of Dr. Schnaubelt's writing is simply too dense and academic. Later portions of the book - which I believe were contributed by Dr. Pam Taylor - are quite a bit more readable. I think there is probably a lot of very good information in the book, unfortunately it was presented so much like a doctoral thesis that trying to read it was very off-putting and I still haven't finished reading it. It's really unfortunate because I believe there is a void to be filled on the scientific basis (versus folklore) of aromatherapy.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2011
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I believe this book was a little advanced for where I am in mixing several types of oils.It will be more helpful as I advance in the course of healing self. Not for amatures. Thank you for such fast service.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2012
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Dr. Schnaubelt has broken new ground with the aromatic treatments offered for many serious and chronic diseases, as supplements to, or in stead of allopathic medicines. His suggestions are brilliant and effective!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2013
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The book is entirely about oils and its curing affect on cancer. The synopsis of the book didn't state that and since I have no trouble with cancer the book was not at all helpful. I was looking for a broader use for essential oils.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
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This book is a trailblazing examination of essential oil blends for acute medical conditions, used both topically and internally. There are many remedies listed for insomnia, prevention of viral and bacterial infections (including MRSA and hepatitis B & C), cancer treatment, and yeast. There is also substantial evidence and scientific research on how essential oils work medicinally in the body. I have tried the prescribed recipes for pain relieving rub, virus prevention and bedtime soporifics, and found them all to be effective and surprisingly sweet-smelling. I've been able to come off some of my prescription meds because of this book! It is an excellent resource that I will refer to again and again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2014
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I am a medical reference librarian, and I have searched and searched for reliable information about essential oils.

Part of the problem is there's no funding for study of essential oils, or the studies being done are in vitro, not in vivo, (although every other part of the world is doing research except the US).

Part of the problem is that there's a lot of folk lore around essential oils since they have been used for the last 500 years or so. And then the waters are REALLY muddied by various well meaning folks who are part of reputable direct sales marketing companies. These people think they know what they are talking about as they disseminate misinformation ad nauseum.

Dr. Schnaubelt is recognized as the most reliable provider of information about the use and effects of EOs. Although the research just isn't available some times, there's enough anecdotal or personal experience with the oils through Dr. Schnaubelt's work to support his recommendations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2012
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I have been looking for a book that goes deeper in explaining how and why various essential oils work with the body when improving its function. Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.d. explains their properties without going into the complicated chemical makeup only a organic chemist would understand. Scientific proof is given for the stunning therapeutic benefits.
Of course, recipes are listed to aid a person's essential oil journey.
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