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316 of 319 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2009
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This is a beautiful, well-researched book. (Although it has 288 pages, it is small in size, so don't be alarmed when you get the package.) The book is divided into two parts:

Part One: The Power of Essential Oils -- covers what they are and how they're produced, safe usage of them, basics on how to blend them, and how to use them (including massage, baths, inhalations, vaporizers, compresses). Part One takes up about 1/4 of the book.

Part Two: A Guide to the Oils -- this section covers each oil in a little more detail. The oils are not arranged alphabetically as you'd expect, but are sorted into categories such as Muscle Treats (those best for muscles), Skin Enhancers (best for your skin), Easy Breathers, Warming Stimulants...ending with Uplifting Aromas. Each of these categories contains the profiles of 5 to 13 essential oils. For instance, the Warming Stimulants section contains info on these oils: cinnamon leaf, West Indian bay, cubeb seed, black pepper, and clove bud. Part Two takes up most of the book.

Then on each oil profile page, there are these small sections:
1) a summary of how the oil is extracted, where it is produced, and notes about the scent
2) Safety First -- any safety concerns for that oil
3) Supporting the Spirit -- "this oil encourages creativity" or "this oil renews energy levels"
4) Easing the Mind -- "to calm irritability, use 4 drops of this oil in a warm bath"
5) Healing the Body -- "to clear sinusitis, try an inhalation of 2 drops laurel and 2 drops lemon"

This book easily gets five stars for being an excellent resource for those new to working with essential oils. However, if you have years of experience working with essential oils and already create your own healing blends, I don't think this is the book for you. It's beautifully laid out, has a table of contents and an index so you can find what you're looking for -- it just doesn't offer any new/detailed information. One thing I would have liked to have seen is a list of therapeutic properties for the oils (e.g., lavender has analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, and antiviral properties).

I LOVE her Skin Mousse recipe in this book! It's perfect for sensitive skin.
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144 of 148 people found the following review helpful
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I picked up this little book on a whim and was quickly staggered by how much I didn't know. I think I'd heard somewhere that a few drops of peppermint oil on a cloth held near the nose can help to settle your stomach and prevent nausea. However, I had no idea that valerian, for example, had such a deep sedative effect that recipients of massage therapy with this oil are cautioned against driving or using machinery for eight hours after exposure. The camphorous aroma of spike lavender could lead to seizures and those who suffer from headaches should steer clear of ylang ylang's strong scent or the sweet floral appeal of jasmine. This book is concise and informative, with photographs, scent synopses and instructions on proper use for each essential oil.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2010
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I couldn't believe all the information in this book. Not only do they give you each oil and its uses but also tells you how to pair them up and make blends for maximum benefit. I love this book and will keep it with me as a reference forever.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2011
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This book is small and handy. It has great suggestions for mixtures of essential oils. The index is very extensive with very good cross-referencing if you are looking up a specific oil and how it can be mixed with other oils. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because all of the info can be found for free online, with some searching. However, it is very nice to have it all right there in front of you.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2011
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I love this book. It is very comprehensive. It details the properties of each plant and essential oil. There are great photographs and it is small enough to carry around in your purse or bag. Definitely an essential guide for the novice.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2011
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This book is quite thick but small. There is a lot of information included but I feel that it could have more thourghly described the affect of aroma therapy and each situation, it just lists generally uses for the oils.
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57 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2012
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I know I'm old but a twenty year old might have trouble with the fonts used in this book. Basically the book has small fonts and also has a bad lay out - it's very difficult to find something like Lavender. The various Lavenders are in different places in the book. Why not group them together so you can see the properties of each Lavender oil and compare them? This book was also disappointing in the fact that it really didn't have as much information as I would like. I'm just learning about oils and would like to know more about them then this book provides. If this book was printed as an average size book (with an average size font) it would be probably be a very thin book. My book also came with the plastic part of the cover coming off I'm not sure if it was just a problem with my copy or if other people have had the same problem.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2011
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If you want to look up helpful oils by symptom, this book may not work for you. Though it does provide information on oils and what systems they affect. It is set up well for information on individual oils, as well as recipes that help with specific ailments with a given oil. Because of how the index is set up, you can also use it to find recipes that contain specific oils. It is informative and well written.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
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As many other reviews have mentioned, it's an oddly small book. Perhaps that's why the book has so many pages. The book easily fits in my bag and I'm able to whip it out any moment to read a few pages while standing on cue. However, the type could be a bit larger. I don't recall the author mentioning why she chose the size of the book. And while the book is very well organized and comprehensive for it's size, it's not exactly a pocket guide either. That is to say, it doesn't have 'lists' or a 'quick reference' section. The glossary and reference page is small, with a decent index.

The layout and illustrations make the book very simple to follow. The author does an excellent job of keeping jargon down and she uses a lot of the same oils for the various recipe groupings (helping the user to stretch the function of each oil).

The book has a good balance of oils in price and availability from common or exotic to low cost or astronomical (both carrier and Essential).

Her writing style piques interest and the recipes are nice too. This is an excellent first Essential Oil book for a novice and provides a solid foundation on common oils necessary to engage merchants or aromatherapists intelligently.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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The book is small and fat, which makes the pages tight. Nice pictures. Would prefer a larger book to allow the book to open easily and the pages to move freely. Lost interest on the content and have decided to order another book. I don't have time to fight with the pages!
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