- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Conari Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 157324614X
- ISBN-13: 978-1573246149
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
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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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"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
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'THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE USE OF AROMATIC OILS IN AROMATHERAPY, HERBALISM, HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Aromatherapy expert Julia Lawless shares her extensive knowledge in this detailed and systematic survey of over 190 aromatherapy oils. Using a comprehensive A to Z presentation,
'The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils
' gives detailed information on the most commonly available and widely used flower oils and aromatics, including:
• The exact origins, synonyms and related plants
• Methods of extraction
• The herbal/folk tradition for each plant
• The uses of each plant
• Aromatherapy applications
• Home and commercial uses
• Safety information
This is the definitive reference guide to essential oils, covering every aspect you need to know about aromatic oils from their history and how they work on your body and mind and how you can make your own individual blends. Indispensable to aromatherapists in their healing work as well as to anyone interested in the use and potential of essential oils.
'"A clear and systematic distillation of useful information about a truly comprehensive spectrum of essential oils and absolutes."
'John Steele, American Aromatherapy Association
'"…an incredibly complete work that is easy for anyone to understand. It is a must for practitioners of the healing arts."
'Al Rapaport, Whole Health Expos
'"A comprehensive 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 Hoffman, author of the best-selling
' The New Holisitic Herbal
JULIA LAWLESS is a practicing, qualified aromatherapist and member of The International Federation of Aromatherapists. She is the author of numerous highly respected and successful aromatherapy books, including
'Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy
'Illustrated Elements of Essential Oils
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Top Customer Reviews
It IS an "encyclopedia": it contains the descriptions of 190 + EO (= essential oils), probably the most you'll ever see compiled in a single book.
They are arranged by alphabetical order, and the entries include a detailed description of the plant & of the oil, its geographic distribution, etc.
It also includes extensive botanical, chemical and safety data. They even include traditional uses of the plant from which the EO in question is extracted. (This, by the way, is not at all necessary - or even particularly useful - information, since EO can be extracted from parts of plants different to those that are used in traditional medicine.)
All this information would be fine (if slightly superfluous) - if the data concerning the specific properties of the EO discussed had been more extensive.
Of course Lawless duly lists all the actions (such as antipyretic, fungicidal, sedative, etc.) and "aromatherapy/home" uses. But the latter are listed in a "telegraphic" way that doesn't really appear to make any distinctions between the specific benefits of each EO. Of course many oils have very similar effects. But "similar" does not equal "the same".
A typical "Aromatherapy/Home Use" rubric (in this case, for spikenard) looks like this:
SKIN CARE: Allergies, inflammation, mature skin, rashes etc.
NERVOUS SYSTEM: Insomnia, nervous indigestion, migraine, stress and tenson.
OTHER USES: Little used these days, usually as substitute for valerian oil.
First of all, what is meant by "etc."?
Those already familiar with the EO in question would know - but those who aren't probably wouldn't.
In this particular case, BTW, the data also fail to mention the cardiotonic properties of the plant, which makes the OTHER USES rubric incomplete. (And by the way: I, for one, use spikenard A LOT!)
Surprisingly, the HERBAL/FOLK TRADITION also fails to mention its restorative effect on hair colour.
And this is just an example, picked at random.
I am really, really not nit-picking, and I hope my writing doesn't come across that way. I think Lawless' book is an extremely useful primer - and, yes, an "encyclopaedia", in a concise sort of way - that absolutely should find a place on the shelves of anyone interested in aromatherapy. There is no question about that. This book is 100% recommended. It is a very good introduction for beginners, and a very useful quick-reference book for those who already are experienced EO users.
I just find that it has perhaps too many general (somewhat superfluous) data on the one hand, and too little (specific) information on the other. I think it would be a very good idea to extend the "Herbal/Folk Tradition" and "Aromatherapy/Home Use" rubrics, to include perhaps some more anecdotal information (duly labeled as such) and somewhat more elaborate indications for the specific uses of each oil.
Then this book would truly become the unsurpassed treasure of aromatherapy data that it should be.
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