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Liquid Sunshine: Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy Paperback – August 19, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Floramicus (August 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954329503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954329501
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,647,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having brushed with the security Services in his late teens and early twenties Jan Kusmirek went on to become one of the world's leading authorities on aromatic skin care, medicine and aromacosmetology. He has lectured around the world and is a prolific writer with many papers and articles published on the subject. His two non fiction books Aromatherapy for the Family and Liquid Sunshine have become standards in the profession and related industries.
He is still very active in the organic movement and is a strong supporter of sustainable farming. Finding and designing new applications for novel crops remains part of his ethos in his world of applied aromatics.
Work enambled him to become a world traveller, spending much time in the Far East and Eastern Europe meeting and listening to a diversity of people. Their lives and experiences inspired his first novel The Engineer.
His trilogy Chronicles of Love and Honour concerns the events and personalities that moulded and squandered the lives of the ordinary people of Europe who sought no more than a better life through revolution, war and social change in the twentieth century.
Today Jan divides his time between the Carpathian Mountains of Poland and the Somerset Levels of England.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Schmidt on January 27, 2012
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I have a large and endlessly growing library on books covering various subjects of health, healing, massage and bodywork, Aromatherapy, herbal medicine, etc. It's about time someone gave us a more comprehensive look at the benefits and values of a broad range of 'carrier' oils that can be used for massage, Aromatherapy and general skincare purposes. I was expecting a review on about 20 different oils or so but Kusmirek gives us info on 50 different oils! Working in the spa industry I have massaged with a large variety of oils that several of my fellow practitioners have not had the chance to use, but there were many in the book that even I have not heard of. This broad range covers many exotic oils (Passion Fruit, Monoi and Kiwifruit Seed Oil) along with some of the more commonly known and used (Apricot Kernal, Almond, Grape Seed, etc.) and including those that continue to increase in popularity (Argan, Jojoba). It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive list so it is possible that if you have a favorite unique oil it may not be addressed. I was a little dissapointed not to see Marula Nut and Pomegranate Oil... Note also that the book only addresses vegetable/plant sourced oils so you will not find any animal products such as emu oil. Which is fine and avoids any controversy with using animal products.

Overall, this book has something beneficial for every skincare or bodyworking professional, and even for the enthusiastic holisitic nutritionist. Kusmirek also spends some time commenting on issues such as overprocessing, nut allergies, and the basic chemistry of lipids/fats, although never getting carried away or too complicated for the lay person to understand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Grill on January 20, 2013
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If you are looking for scientific explanations why specific carrier oils work, this is the book for you! I love it because it goes much further in detail about each oil and has the chemical makeup. As an aromatherapist and body care formulator, I find this book a MUST.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAS on January 12, 2011
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I'm really enjoying this book so much background info on the different makeup of oils and this guys writing style makes it a smooth read.
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