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Essential Oils: All-natural remedies and recipes for your mind, body and home Paperback – October 11, 2016
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From the Publisher
Essential Oils Today
The essential oil trade emerged about 200 years ago for use in the perfumery and food industries. In recent years, an increased emphasis on holistic healing has led to a resurgence of interest in the traditional use of essential oils for health, well-being, and beauty.
Candles can be made from different types of wax, such as paraffin wax, soy wax, or beeswax, the most traditional. Not all oils work well in a candle: experiment using cheaper oils. Some highly colored oils will change the color of paler waxes.
Ointments, Balms, and Creams
Using oils in ointments, balms, and cream bases is an effective way to promote skin healing and to nourish skin. Ointments tend to be oil based, while balms and creams contain extra ingredients for a creamier texture. Treat localized areas, applying a balm or ointment where needed, to encourage healing or to combat skin dryness.
Exfoliating Body Scrub
Using a body scrub is a great way to boost the circulation and remove dead skin cells, leaving the skin soft, smooth, and invigorated. Almond oil is richly nourishing and great for moisturizing dry skin. Combined with skin-softening oats and calming Roman Chamomile and lavender essential oils, this soothing scrub conditions and softens skin, giving a silky feel.
Adding essential oils to water is a hugely pleasurable and popular way to use them. The warmth of the water relaxes and soothes muscles, encouraging relaxation, and at the same time opens pores to help the essential oils penetrate the skin and enter the body more rapidly.
Warming and relaxing, mimosa is a popular addition to perfumes. In skincare products, its nourishing and soothing properties provide a softening balm for sensitive skin, and its calming action helps to ease tension and lift spirits.
Benzoin, also known as gum benzoin, is a traditional ingredient in incense. Today, the oil is added to skin creams for its antiseptic, healing, and calming properties. In scents, it is a popular fixative, slowing the evaporation of the perfume to help it last longer.
About the Author
Susan Curtis is a qualified homeopath and naturopath and is the director of natural health for Neal’s Yard Remedies. She is the author of several books, including Looking Good and Feeling Younger and Essential Oils, and is coauthor of Natural Healing for Women. Susan has two grown-up children and is passionate about helping people to live a more natural and healthy lifestyle.Fran Johnson is a passionate cosmetic scientist and aromatherapist, and has been part of the product development team at Neal's Yard Remedies since 2006, formulating therapeutic products for healing and well-being. She has written and teaches a number of Neal's Yard Remedies' courses that cover aromatherapy, natural perfumery, and making cosmetic products.
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This book is published in the UK. What that means is that it is not compliant with what the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) says that oil producers in the USA can claim that an oil does. That isn't a bad thing though. The FDA hasn't made any rules about the medical claims of essential oils ever. Why? It could be that big pharma in the US doesn't want their profits to be usurped by the alternative health industry. It could also be that the FDA would be completely overwhelmed by the number of essential oil companies out there. Most of which aren't producing a quality product. There are probably only less than a handful that you could trust and even so I would be very careful. That's why I use Young Living Essential Oils. You can read more about them HERE.
This is a 257-page book that is chock-full of fabulous information. It starts out explaining what essential oils are and how they work. If you're going to use them therapeutically, you should understand that they can be very powerful and can effect people differently. You should also understand that not all oils are what they are labeled. Some are cut with chemicals and contain very little actual essential oil. This is why it's important to know your source. The book continues on with information on how the oils are extracted and where they come from. I understood extraction methods but I loved the illustration showing where most of the oils come from all over the world.
The next section of the book contains 88 profiles of individual essential oils. I have heard of many of them but there were others that I wasn't familiar with. The profile describes where the oil is extracted from and some information about the plant in general. Then the maladies that it's good for and the best way to use the oil to help those maladies. I like that there are warnings on the oils that might not be good for a pregnant or breastfeeding woman or someone who has seizures. There is a little picture key at the top of each description that lets you know what the recipes for that oil are. For example, yarrow has recipes for a massage oil and steam inhalation on the page so the illustration at the top of the page lets me know that.
The next section is labeled Base Oils but we call them Carrier Oils in the US. This section explains the (fatty not essential) oils that can be used to dilute the potency of the essential oils. These are oils like coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil, and cocoa butter. There are carrier oils that I'd not heard of before and I'm not even sure that they are available in the US but they would be worth looking into. Some carrier oils have their own healing properties. Coconut oil is antibacterial so you might want to use it for certain recipes.
The final sections include information on how to blend for fragrances and beauty as well as recipes for listed medical conditions. Again, this book isn't FDA-compliant in the US but that doesn't mean that the information isn't good. I made one of the recipes for a medical condition that I was dealing with and it appears to be doing exactly what it's supposed to do. Plants and oils have been used for centuries to heal. There is an extensive Glossary and Index to help you find what you're looking for if the Table of Contents doesn't help you.
I highly recommend purchasing Essential Oils: All-natural remedies and recipes for your mind, body, and home to keep in your oily arsenal. It's a fabulous reference tool and I will continue to use it with my essential oils.
they put the essential oils in the a-z order for the latin name.
I do not know latin. So I always have to look at the
back index to find what I want. Uses for EO's and explanation
of benefits short and sweet.