- Hardcover: 784 pages
- Publisher: Churchill Livingstone; 2 edition (November 6, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0443062412
- ISBN-13: 978-0443062414
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 286 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I highly recommend this book in non-digital form.
Robert Tisserand is THE single most respected authority for so many things pertaining to aromatherapy and essential oils but particularly when it is a question of safety. He has been studying, researching and writing about this subject for very many years. This book sits beside my desk - and I have many aromatherapy books that aren't in this revered spot - so I can easily reach over and check, double check everything whether I am making up a blend, writing a blog, commenting on a social media site or just curious - the answers are always (yes, always) there and easily found. He has given the world of aromatherapy what no one else could - legitimacy and safety. I for one will be forever grateful.
You will not run to this one as an reference book. I much more prefer Essential Oils Desk Reference book over the Essential oil safety book. I have to add this book follows only the British school of Aromatherapy, and therefore doesn't talk about ingesting of any of the essential oils.
The book, in a nutshell, tells you how harmful an essential oil can be if taken orally or applied topically beyond certain recommended doses. The book, however, doesn't tell you how to use an essential oil medicinally or how an essential oil could be used medicinally. One thing the book does not have that I wish it had was research on the inhalation of essential oils via steam, a diffuser, or other. It only discusses oral intake and topical application.
I do not agree with reviewers who have taken away review stars because the book does not fully discuss the medicinal uses of essential oils. The book is titled "Essential Oil Safety", not "Essential Oil: Applications and Uses". In the introduction, however, the book does cite research papers that have reviewed the pharmaco-therapeutic potential of essential oils. So if a reader is interested in the medicinal uses of essential oils they may read those papers.
The book alludes to numerous studies and even cautions when studies are inconsistent, limited, need more research, or when doses should be reevaluated and revised. The scientific citations alone are worth the book's price since one can then explore the literature related to an essential oil of interest. This scientific approach to essential oils is a breath of fresh air when compared to the multitude of dangerous essential oil bloggers that think they know what they are doing.