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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press (June 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892813989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892813988
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Scientific American

Flowers and herbs have long been noted for their healing properties. Discover the wonders of floral remedies and some very unconventional, but often effective, medicine.

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"Aromatherapy is one of the hottest trends in the natural foods industry." (Natural Foods Merchandiser)

"Flowers and herbs have long been noted for their healing properties. Discover the wonders of floral remedies and some very unconventional, but often effective, medicine." (Harper's Bazaar)

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Ingredients
Jean Valnet provides detailed evidence for the efficacy of plant medicine. This book covers 40 essences in detail providing information such as scientific explanation of how they work, detailed indications for internal and external use of plant essences, extracts, and tinctures.

Customer Reviews

Dr. Valnet, as a medical doctor, includes the uses as well as some warnings.
Amaran
The rest of the books deals with the properties, as well as internal and external uses of about 40 popular essential oils.
Laura De Giorgio
I would recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about aromatherapy.
MAR

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95 of 95 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
When you look in the Bibliographies of Aromatherapy books, The Practice of Aromatherapy by Valnet, is always mentioned. There's a good reason why: first written in 1980 and translated into English in 1982, Valnet (an M.D.) is one of the foremost experts in Aromatherapy. His book not only teaches about the healing power of aromatic plants, but, gives textbook like instruction in the importance of herbals and essential oils. He includes studies on 40 individual essential oils, detailing their internal and external uses along with some recipes. There is also a Therapeutic Index, case histories, and formulas. I dont think this is a beginners book; however, a must for the serious student of Aromatherapy.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Evelyn (evjim@alaska.net) on June 12, 1998
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For those who have always been afraid to use essential oils to their fullest advantage, I highly recommend this book. It's chock full of prescriptions for almost every disease known to man. A gentle way to healing ourselves and a real education for those inclined towards learning the chemistry of Mother Natures pharmacy.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amaran on January 11, 2006
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The previous reviewer who said this book was just a compilation of anecdotes and imagination didn't read carefully. Dr. Valnet includes several medical case studies as well as detailed anecdotes. The medical establishment is notorious for discounting "common wisdom" when it comes to herbals, and yet this information has been passed on for generations. Dr. Valnet, as a medical doctor, includes the uses as well as some warnings. His writing is sometimes difficult to understand, as he uses a lot of medical terminology, some of which is European. But the glossary in the back helps tremendously. I'm just beginning on my herbal education road, and I chose this book because so many other herbals refer to it. It's challenging getting through the introduction and the whys/wherefores. But once the foundation information is established, the rest goes quickly and easily. Contains listings by herb as well as by ailment, making it easy to study either a single herb or try different approaches for a single ailment.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Laura De Giorgio on January 16, 2007
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Here is one book that just about everyone who writes on Medical Aromatherapy refers to. The book is written by a medical doctor and the initial chapter (about 50 pages) of the book deal with drawbacks of modern medication. One of the chief drawbacks mentioned is that as the body becomes used to certain medication it requires more and more of it to produce therapeutic effect; meanwhile as more medications are added, there is a greater chance of undesirable side-effects. He also mentions instances where the use of essential oils has given better and faster results, as well as times when they were useful because nothing else was available (as in some places during war times).

The rest of the books deals with the properties, as well as internal and external uses of about 40 popular essential oils. Among different forms of application, there are also traditional recipes where particular flowers, herbs or spices have been used in cooking, in creation of wines and liquers, vinegars, elixirs, lozenges and for cleaning and desinfecting premises.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on February 1, 2010
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I was looking for this particular book, it is a great book for information, education on aromatherapy, the process, how to and recipes for blends and
different uses.
Great book, a bit more professional in approach rather than layman. But very useful in ones practice.
price right
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book in excellent shape
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Newman on December 23, 2012
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The references in this book are science based, which I have tried on myself and family members with some success...other practices are long term so I will reflect on those when I have trusted results. Try 1 small recipe of rubbing rosemary leaves together with with some oil on arthritis... see the pain disappears. I give this book a 4 as the binding is coming adrift...which is frustrating when I look up aliments then I need to refer to the individual herb or spice etc and the pages keep falling out. Grr.

I feel this book would for the home herb gardener, who would like to re-create the treatments from Jean Valnet's book for minor illnesses,,,indigestion, rashes, constipation etc., using their own plants to make infusions, creams, friction rubs etc.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rhea19 on May 6, 2012
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I read this book in french. What can be more convincing than an Army Surgeon studying plants and effects
and saving soldier's limbs from amputation. Amputation is when infections spreads and endangers life.
He was a pragmatic Doctor and started scientific study of effects and side effects.
I guess he read extensively anything about plants.
His book in French is giving accurate bio chemistry details on many essential oils.
How he treated cancer and other on patients, improving their lives.

He was a scienfific mind if that means the ability to observe experiments and draw facts from them with scientific
method.
This book is a classic and explains what we got to know simply.
Is there something more convincing than a Surgeon saving a leg/arm from infection because he got the common sense
and intelligence to realize what our grand mothers knew more basically?
Today I read a US soldier was amputated from legs and arms. I am still under shock. He survived.
This review is to render tribute to the Courage of SSG Travis Mills, fourth case in all US military to be amputated
of all members. It is the day where some logic seems to appear. From an Army Surgeon during War to a Soldier in Afghanistan.
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