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The book is informative, but it is definitely tied to Doterra oils. You will have to do a lot of cross referencing if you choose to use oils from another source. Obviously the single oils don't require cross referencing, but any of the blends will need that work to be done. Native American Nutritionals provides a nice chart of oil blends that allows for a pretty good cross referencing of their oils, Doterra, and Young Living.
A doTerra rep sold me this book for $20 at a marketing meeting. I have three major issues with this publication.
1. The research cited in this book is very misleading. The studies included about essential oils are sound studies; however, they DO NOT support the therapeutic claims made by the publisher, Aroma Tools. For example, frankincense oil (Boswellia frereana) is said to be "anticancer." The questionable part here is that the author cites studies that use Boswellia sacra, NOT Boswellia frereana (both are species of frankincense.) One isn't necessarily inferior to the other. They are just different. I called doTerra directly yesterday at 2:51pm and spoke with a very sweet representative, "Andi." She informed me that doTerra has no affiliation with Aroma Tools and doesn't stand behind anything they have written. She went on to say that "a doTerra rep compiled that information [for the book] and used the doTerra product pictures. There's nothing we [doTerra] can do if someone wants to print things like that." Do a google search with "doTerra" and "Aroma Tools" and you'll see how egregiously incorrect this is.
2. The chemical constutients list for each essential oil is incomplete at best. These lists are also written such that they may be concealing duplicitous manufacturing/distilling procedures. The unfortunate part is that doTerra itself (at least its customer service agents) can't speak to this. For example, the lavender species sold by doTerra is Lavandula angustifolia. In its purest form, Lavandula angustifolia has less than .5% camphor. Camphor, by the way, is caustic. In order to produce lavender more cheaply, many companies mix in lavindin (which has a higher concentration of camphor.Read more ›
I have edition 4 in this book, and didn't want to give up using it because I've made important notes all through the book. But when I saw Edition 5, I didn't mind at all moving on to a much better visually planned book where all of the plants and trees that produce the oils are shown more vividly, larger pictures, great natural color. It also has information on new oils.
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Out of all the books out there, this book, I believe, is the best. It tells all about the oils, blended oils, what they help you physically with. You can look an ailment, i.e., arthritis and see what oils help. I have used this book to look up so many physical problems and what oils to use either topically, diffusing, or ingesting. Be sure to get the 5th edition.
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This is a great book. It cites the scientific research that has been done in these essential oils. Very interesting and has separate sections for single oils, oil blends and symptoms. It has so a lot of information, is very colorful, and does a good job in explaining how using the oils are healthier for our bodies and actually increase our immune system.
I am surprised at all the five star reviews because this book, it turns out, is essentially a promotional tool for DoTerra products and the AromaTools company. It does indeed have some useful information but the middle chapters of the book are devoted to detailed descriptions of branded products, all trademarked and available, of course, from the books publisher, AromaTools TM.
If you go to DoTerra's or AromaTools' websites you'll find lots of information about how to sponsor promotional events or introduce friends and family to these products and build up your business. I like the idea of having an aromatherapy business, but have unpleasant memories of friends who got involved in Amway and saw every get together as a chance to sell me Amway products. That's what this book feels like to me.
It's pretty, and as I said, there are useful chapters, but overall it feels sterile and formulaic, lacking heart. There is no actual author and thus no voice of experience and wisdom guiding the reader. Instead, the parts of the book that aren't advertisements for DoTerra read more like a lab report. That's fine if you want just the facts, m'am, but there are better book out there for folks who prefer learning from individual teachers instead of corporate sponsors.