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Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art Paperback – December 16, 2008
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"A jewel...It captures the essence of aromatherapy and presents it in a clear, intelligent, and engaging manner. It is my favorite aromatherapy book and I recommend it to all my students."
--Rosemary Gladstar, author of Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
"A practical, empowering, and insightful book blending the best in herbalism wtih the finest essence of aromatherapy, offering a cornucopia of healing to all who read it."
--David Hoffman, author of Medical Herbalism
"As a full-time teacher of aromatherapy, I found this book to be informative and practical. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in aromatherapy."
--Michael Scholes, president of the Laboratory of Flowers and the School for Aromatic Studies
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A comprehensive guide to using essential oils in health, beauty, and well-being. * Expanded and revised throughout, including new material on ayurvedic and ceremonial aromatherapy, massage, and herbal treatments, as well as updated resources and scientific findings.
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Kathi has written an orderly basic book for those of us who are just starting out, and tired of the side effect laden concoctions from pharmaceuitical companies. She starts with fascinating stories how through the ages, essential oils have kept people well. Next, she talks about how the sense of smell affects our health. She goes on to discuss the many uses for aromatherapy in medicine for anxiety, depression, insomnia stress fatigue and other uses.
I liked how she talked extensively about the safety issues in essential oils (as opposed to info I received from MLM true believers who skip warnings about issues such as liver safety in prolonged use of some of the more powerful oils). THESE OILS NEED TO BE UNDERSTOOD before just using them willy-nilly. She lists varying toxicity of different oils and why they are so to be used sparingly, if at all.
She has more, specific recommendations for dilution, for body oil, massage oil, in the bath, steam bowl inhaling, foot and sitz baths and so on. She even has a chapter on how to make your own herb infused oils, salves and vinegars.
Kathi recommends 10 basic oils (with a few added for women's issues) and gives recipes sticking mainly to those same recommended ones. Then she starts with her recipes for therapies (for digestive, bowel, repiratory, eye, ear, muscular, urinary, yeast problems and so on). There's a long list with recipes and how many drops of each to use. She then goes into the beauty angle with body and hair care. There are chapters on oil distillation and finding pure unadulterated essential oils. Plus, finally she lists about 50 oils, what they do medicinally and emotionally.
All in all, I find this a step by step book for the uninitiated. It's good to know there's someone so caring to explain things simply. THIS IS THE BOOK YOU NEED IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER. All the rest I have read seem pure junk in comparison.