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The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils Paperback – August 1, 2005


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About the Author

GILL FARRER-HALLS HAS WORKED AS A WRITER, EDITOR, AND VIDEO MAKER OF BOOKS AND VIDEOS ON AROMATHERAPY AND MEDITATION. SHE IS AUTHOR OF 'MEDITATIONS AND RITUALS USING AROMATHERAPY OILS,' 'CREATING CALM,' AND THE BESTSELLING 'ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BUDDHIST WISDOM,' SHE PRACTICES AND TEACHES AROMATHERAPY IN OXFORD. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: ... Bible
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402730063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402730061
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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241 of 247 people found the following review helpful By K. Justus on February 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Yes, there is much information here but it covers too many areas that are not aromatherapy. Pages & pages devoted to massage & meditation techniques, emotional issues, yet only 2 pages to discuss the concept of top, middle & base notes. What about how to actually use those little bottles, some with special techniques to actually get the oil to flow or others that are open necked & will spill everywhere. And if you want to look up a specific oil - no such luck. Details on each oil are grouped by their type: citrus, root, flower. If you don't know the type then you must page thru the entire section cause there is not an index listing for the various oils. Bad editing choice. I would not recommend this book - find something else.
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148 of 151 people found the following review helpful By D. Tsipras on March 12, 2006
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Don't be fooled by the fact that this book is small in size, if you have an interest in aromatherapy or simply want to add to your knowledge of it, this is the perfect book. When I got this book I read it cover to cover without ever once getting bored and when I was done I was ready to try everything in it. The author not only covers how the oils effect the body, but the intensity levels with wich oils are stonger in smell, wich will last longer on the skin and warnings as to wich ones should not be used and why. The book is 400 pages long, illustrated on glossy paper with great photos. It includes recipes for making massage oils, fragrances for the skin, oils to use durring meditation, how to meditate, how to give a massage, wich oils to use in baths, lotions, in daily skin care and its all very easy to follow. I suggest this book to anyone who has even the slightest interest in essential oils. You wont be dissapointed.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Laura De Giorgio on December 20, 2006
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This book attempts to cover so many different issues that some are barely touched upon and mainly ignite your interest to look elsewhere for more information. For example it mentions essential oil evaporation rates and odor intensities which is rather useful to know when creating your own blends, but it only offers this information for 12 essential oils. So if you'd like to know more, you'll have to look elsewhere for such information.

On the other hand, there are tons of recipes for adults, for babies and for elderly people; for skin care, for alleviating different mental, emotional and physical health problems, etc. There are suggestions for different ways of applying essential oils - from inhaling, to adding drops in a bath water, using in in massage.

The book goes even beyond discussing merely the properties and applications of different essential oils and offers helpful tips and techniques for meditation, stress relief, how to perform different kinds of massage, etc.

At the end of the book is a Directory of Essential Oils, where the properties of about 40 - 50 essential oils are described.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on March 18, 2007
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I was looking for a book with more in depth information on the use of essential oils and more recipes, but this is more of a basic guide to general information on oils. It does have a nice section on the background of some of the popular oils and where they come from, but unless you are very new to essential oils, i'd go with a more comprehensive guide. This book did not fulfill my expectations.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sophielei on October 9, 2006
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This book is small, but loaded with information that is useful for anyone interested in aromatherapy. The chapter for individual essential oils describes their characteristics and properties with photos of the source. Many recipes are included, with detailed instructions on methods. All in all this is a great book. It was my first aromatherapy book. The only drawback, and the reason I rated it with a '4' is that I have a vision problem and the print is extremely small and the ink is not black. It seems to blend into the paper and I must struggle to read it. With such a small book I think black ink would have been appropriate... not as aesthetically pleasing, but more readable.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jayne Mae on November 6, 2011
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I purchased several books at the same time I purchased this title. This reference manual is by far the best. Sections are arranged in the manner that a normal person would use them. Oil descriptions are in-depth and arranged by type rather than alphabetical (great idea!). I also appreciate that the information is straight forward, without too much environmental, religious, or overly personal commentary. This one's a keeper and I will seek out other titles by the author.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. on June 21, 2010
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This is a nice book, small in size. Would be good to give as a gift. It is not a bible. It doesn't go into great detail about anything. It gives some nice recipes etc. Doesn't explain properties of oils.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By satisfied on June 22, 2012
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While the book came in a very timely manner and is in excellent condition I was rather disappointed by the information it provided... very little is on actual aromatherapy and no mixing chart is to be found in the book.

Okay for a complimentary book, but not a good idea for anyone who wants to use it as a reference guide.
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