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Aromatherapy Workbook Paperback – December 1, 1996
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IngredientsMarcel Lavabre's practical guide to the use of essential oils covers the history, folklore, science, and art of aromatherapy, providing the most comprehensive treatment of the subject available today. The author explores the origins and applications of this ancient healing art in classical civilizations, tracing the medical, alchemical, and spiritual roots of aromatherapy up to the present time.
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It also has the usual chapters on the history of aromatherapy and background information on distillation techniques, proper storage of essential oils and different methods of application. There are also more charts on various healing properties of oils and which oils are best suited for skincare, spiritual or emotional healing and which can be used for physical healing.
What I especially liked about the book is that it did help me by categorizing oils into botanical families and then explaining how oils from this family heal. For example, the burseraceae (dry fire) family group include oils whose 'inner fire' act against the inner fire of the body. It helped me understand why for any ailment, there might be more than 1 oil recommended.
I did find the layout of the book to be a little confusing and there isn't a table listing all the charts and tables, for quick reference. My book has sticky notes protruding from all sides with notes on which table is located where in the book.
I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for more than just how to make a room smell pretty. I have found it useful for understanding the overall field of aromatherapy and for helping in creating my own mixtures of therapeutic oils.