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5.0 out of 5 stars An Everyday Aromatherapy Encyclopedia., February 4, 2001
This review is from: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health — Beauty — a Safe Home Environment (Paperback)
Valerie Ann Worwood's book "The Complete Book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy" is one of the most complete and down-to-earth books on the subject, especially for the beginer. If I were to teach a course on aromatherapy for beginers, this would be one of two main texts I would use, as it is so complete. Here writing style is very clear, easily understood, and enjoyable to read. No dryness here. She begins by discussing ten essntial oils as a "basic care kit," and explains how such oils should be used via an A-Z list of common household occurances. The list includes the following as some topics: -Abdominal pain. -Abraisions. -Black Eye. -Bruises. -Colds. -Fever. -Headache. -Hicups. As a matter of principle, she explains at the very begining of the book that the information contained therein is NOT intended to take the place of a Physician's care. Her chapters on Travel, Sports related injuries, and Beauty (3 chapters covering head to feet!), Maternity and Motherhood, Mens/Women's health (seperate chapters), and Aging are exceptional. She closes with chapters on aromatherapy for animals, and gardening; which I have not seen except in a work by Dr. Gary Young. The charts at the end of the book are indespensable, and complete as a ready quick refrance. Valerie's bibliography contains such authors as Belaiche; Gattefose; Valnet, Duraffourd, Lapraz; and Wells; shows that she is very well read as she is experienced. These authors are the very pioneers of the modern resurgence of aromatherapy, and should be read by all who desire to be serious students of the art and science that is aromatherapy. Those who may wish to criticize her lack of litterary sitations should go and read the works cited here, remembering that Valerie has over 25 years of practical experience as a student and practicioner in a country where aromatherapy is taken seriously, and all they will be left holding is empty litterary critique. Better still, they should utilize her book, and let experience speak for itself! My only sugestion for a revision would be an in-depth chapter on essential oil chemistry, and their interaction with the bodily systems. Otherwise, I consider this book to be amoung the best out there on the subject. It makes a great gift for all occasoins.
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Initial post: May 10, 2012 11:41:53 AM PDT
Very informative!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 2:05:05 AM PDT
What would the 2nd choice be you reffered to to complete the knowledge?

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 9:21:58 AM PDT
Gracie Belle says:
What would be the second choice?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2013 3:53:00 PM PDT
R. Hanger says:
Greetings. Thanks for your comment.
My second choice would be Dr. Gary Young's "Personal Desk Referance," any edition,Life Science Publishing.
There are many other Authors, and product lines out there, but Young Living Essentisl Oils, in both my opinion and personal experience, has the best. These two books will give you enough information to thoroughly ground you in the art and Science of aromatherapy and essential oils.

If you ever decide to buy wholesale, or distribute Essential Oils, check out www.youngliving.org . My I.D.#is 133720.
If you have any other question, please ask. I love to help other learn.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 6:42:00 AM PDT
BarbaraB1234 says:
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Posted on Nov 3, 2013 8:32:34 PM PST
Though I appreciate the commentary on the book and the second book being named in these comments, I must admit that I am skeptical of any review that also lists a personal distributor I.D. number for a direct sales company like Young living dot org. Also it requires a password so the I.D. is essentially useless. The main site is a dot com ending for those interested in learning more about this company.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 9:21:02 AM PST
L. Wittke says:
What is the other text you would use?

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 12:25:55 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 21, 2014 8:18:27 AM PST
Nice to see alternative therapy books like these out there. Here's one of my favorite series...

http://www.amazon.com/Jim-Johnson/e/B002LPYUBM/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
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