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Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy Paperback – May 1, 1998
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"Schnaubelt brings singular authority to this explanation of the reasons why essential oils act on different systems of the body. This is aromatherapy's next generation, based in scientific analysis and structured to produce predictable results. Essential for the serious student." (NAPRA ReView Vol. 9, No.5)
"Schnaubelt presents sound research to demonstrate how essential oils interact with the different systems of the body." (Making Scents, Winter 1998-99)
"Schnaubelt clearly and logically illustrates the science of his healing art. . . . Exciting, must have information for anyone going beyond a dab of relaxing lavender on the pillow or peppermint drops in honey water for an upset stomach. . . . An important new reference." (So Young!)
Original Language: German
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IngredientsAdvanced Aromatherapy draws on broad-based research to demonstrate how essential oils interact with the different systems of the body and how they affect emotional states as well as physical ones. Students of aromatherapy wishing to take their practice to the next level will find that much of the guesswork used in developing formulas is no longer necessary.
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As other reviewers have noted, a lot of it is "over my head." LOTS of chemistry information ... which I believe I will refer back to OFTEN in the future. The non-technical information is a great primer on how to use the oils and why they work for specific conditions. However, this book was written 20 years ago, based primarily on VERY interesting scientific research done in Europe (mostly France). It discusses a limited number of specific oils, but you can pick up lots of information on how to use those on the internet ~ which, of course, you must always take with a grain of salt. This book, in contrast, provides solid science information with minimal "fluff."
This COULD be a five-star book. I wish the author (or someone) would update this book to include more recent science, coverage of more commonly-used oils, and how people are using and having success with essential oil treatments. AND the index is awful ... it's hard to refer back to specific topics. It seems like a book written originally as a thesis or other academic exercise.
I highly recommend this book if you have a scientific curiosity about aromatherapy. I always like to know "how things work" and I believe this is a book I will refer to OFTEN in the future. It is a very good value for the price!
The book goes over some basic chemistry of oils and you can learn the chemotypes and sub groups. The author does speak to the real and potential dangers of using essential oils, there is safety info included. Information is given on adulteration of essential oils and how to choose what oils to use.
The book contains info on many essential oils and their uses as well as what blends create a synergy when mixing. There are guidelines on how to use the oils and protocols to follow for specific uses such as for fevers, flu, fatigue.
After purchasing this book I did go on to purchase all of Dr. Schnaubelt's books and I am impressed with all of them. They are very useful to me, and if you are considering becoming certified in Aromatherapy his books are a must!
The book has taught me that essential oils are not ordinary. A little goes a long way. The complexity involved is surprising, as the book says: "Genuine essential oils...are distinguished by a remarkable diversity of complex substances the likes of which only nature can produce. Like the colored pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope, essential oils are made up of an ever-changing melange of active main ingredients, secondary components, and trace compounds which lend oils their scents. The composition of essential oils depends upon many factors, such as growing conditions, climate, methods of harvesting, and distillation." The book needs to be carefully read.