- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Conari Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2013)
- Language: English
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The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils In Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health, and Well Being Paperback – June 1, 2013
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The Definitive A to Z Reference Guide to Aromatherapy Oils
A Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy, Herbalism, and Holistic Health Care
This easy-to-use volume lets you access essential information in a variety of ways with a Therapeutic Index, a Botanical Index, and Botanical Classifications, plus safety information.
Part I: An Introduction to Aromatics
Part I is a general introduction to aromatics, showing their changing role throughout history, from the ritual part they played in ancient civilizations, through medieval alchemy, to their modern day applications in aromatherapy, herbalism and perfumery.
Part II The Oils
Part II is a systematic survey of over 160 essential oils shown in alphabetical order according to the common name of the plants from which they are derived. Detailed information on each oil includes its botanical origins, herbal/folk tradition, odor characteristics, principal constituents and safety data, as well as its home and commercial uses.
Table of Contents
- Historical Roots
- Aromatherapy and Herbalism
- The Body - Actions and Applications
- How to use Essential Oils at Home
- Creative Blending
- A Guide to Aromatic Materials
Use This Book As A Concise Reference Guide to Aromatic Plants and Oils
Find the name of the plant or oil in the back of the book, where it is listed under:
a) Its common name.
b) Its Latin or botanical term.
c) Its essential oil trade name.
d) Or by its folk names: gum thus.
Other varieties of the plant or oil may be found in the Classification section under their common family name, along with their related species.
Lavender, True (Lavandula angustifolia)
Learn all about each species from the general descriptions, to where it is found, to related species, folk traditions, its uses and characteristics and safety. For example did you know A few drops of lavender in a hot foot bath has a marked influence in relieving fatigue.
Use This Book As A Self-Help Manual on Aromatherapy
Therapeutic Index with Guidelines
Essential oils can be used to treat a wide range of common complaints with the most useful or readily available and commonly available oils for a particular condition are shown in italics.
How to Use Essential Oils at Home and Creative Blending
The various methods of application are indicated by the letters M, massage; C, compress; B, bath etc. Turn to How to Use Essential Oils at Home and Creative Blending provides detailed instructions on applications and how to make up a massage oil or compress, and how many drops of oil to use in a bath.
Ailments are grouped according to body parts
- Skin Care
- Circulation, Muscles and Joints
- Respiratory System
- Digestive System
- Genito-urinary and Endocrine Systems
- Immune System
- Nervous System
Use This Book As A Comprehensive Text Book
The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils provides a wealth of information about the essential oils themselves in all their various aspects, including their perfumery and flavoring applications. It shows the development of aromatics through history and the relationship between essential oils and other herbal products. It defines different kinds of aromatic materials and their methods of extraction, giving up-to-date areas of production. In addition, it includes information on their chemistry, pharmacology and safety levels. The ‘Actions’ ascribed to each plant refer either to the properties of the whole herb, or to parts of it, or to the essential oil.
Difficult technical terms, mainly of a botanical or medical nature, are explained in the General Glossary at the end of the book.
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"At last a clear and systematic distillation of useful information about a truly comprehensive spectrum of essential oils and absolutes." --John Steele, American Aromatherapy Association
"A comprehensive and timely contribution to aromatherapy, herbalism and the whole field of holistic health care. An authoritative, reliable guide that will serve its readers for many years." --David Hoffmann, the American Herbalists Guild & California School of Herbal Studies
About the Author
Julia Lawless is the founder of the London-based essential oils shop, Aqua Oleum. She is a practicing, qualified aromatherapist, and a member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists. She is the author of several aromatherapy books, including the Illustrated Elements of Essential Oils. Visit her at: www.aqua-oleum.co.uk
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1. The fact that I have a now vast and still growing library of books on Aromatherapy and Essential Oils (Including from authors like Worwood, Cooksley, Schnaubelt and Tisserand) yet I now find myself reaching for this one more than some of these other authors.
2. The negative reviews of others.
I guess my expectations were different. While it is an Encyclopeia which should make it a valuble reference source, I feel it does what an Encyclopeia should do and what is standard for that type of reference - that is it covers a lot of information on a broad range of items that you can look up (in this case essential oils) and does a good job giving you the necessary background and basic information that you would need to get a good understanding of what it is you looked up. (Not be a master at that topic because that would result in something far more extensive and a very weighty book when covering so many oils.) Despite being concise and to the point Lawless still manages to give you a snap shot of each oil with information on 13 topics for each of the over 165 oils listed (one review said over 190 but not sure where that number came from, I counted something around 168, still quite a list!).
The only thing I will say is that she is along the lines of Cooksley and Worwood where I sometimes feel like they are overly cautious. I believe in being responsible and informed with use but I prefer authors like Schnaubelt that don't discount an oil due to one study that was done once by someone and recorded and therefore it is now considered toxic, without looking at how the study was done and what factors were involved, if constituents of the oil were isolated, etc. However, if you are new to EOs than it is best to error on the more restricted use just to be safe.
I will not list the chapters in the introductory Part 1 as another reviewer already covered. But in Part 2 "The Oils", each oil is listed with its botanical name and then given the following information in the following order:
GENERAL DESCRIPTION (Of the plant)
CHARACTERISTICS (Of the oils, scent, appearance, etc.)
PRINCIPAL CONSTITUENTS (Chemistry snapshot)
This is what the majority of the book IS (just like an encyclopedia would be) and I believe it does a good job doing what it is designed to do. The fact that it is only missing about 3 of my favorite oils (probably because they are newer, i.e. Rhododendron, Palo Santo, etc.) and lists so many others, it truely is a nicely organized and very handy and useful reference.
It is easy to find the information you need and quickly. Despite the lack of "color" complaints by other reviewers, I still found it one of the more attractive aromatherapy books. It is well laid out, in nice print, and has some lovely black and white illustrations. The book is actualy more attractive than some of the other more well know ones and I think I reach for it more often now because I don't have to wade through many reciepes and a ton of other chapters to get to hunt for the part that just profiles the oils themselves. (Other information is good, all of the recepies, uses on animals, household cleaners, etc. just not what I am looking for when I am grabbing an encyclopedia to give the basic background and profile.)
ALSO - The Therapeutic Index in the back along with the General Glossary that defines the medical terms addressed in the book (and address in several others, but are not defined in a lot of other books) for those who do not have a health science background proves very useful. There is also a rather extensive Botanical Classification and a good Botantical Index in the very back.
So I will be getting the newer Illustraded version eventually but not out of dissapointment for this one, if anything because I was so impressed with the layout and information that exceeded my expectaions of this author that I took a chance on. (Getting a good used copy of this edition will allow those pinching pennies to add a great reference book to their Aromatherapy library.)
No book is complete. There are oils that I use that are not included in this book. I am pleased with this book, have many sticky notes & even underlined some passages. I would recommend it.