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When I first started reading about essential oils many years ago, the massive amount of information in the books available was overwhelming.  It was too much information - things a newbie just did not need to know yet, such as the in-depth (page after page) chemical composition of the oils.

I just wanted to learn which oils worked on what ailment and how to use them properly.  When I set out to write this book, I remembered that experience.   I decided  to present a thorough book about aromatherapy and how to use essential oils,  but not bog it down with technicalities that a beginner would  skip over to get to the "meat and bones" of the subject. 
 
So, this is the book I have written - how to use essential oils safely, what they are good for, how they are made, and how you can apply their use in your everyday life.

For the essential oil guide (the encyclopedia) I decided to focus on the most-used essential oils.  Based on my research and experience, I settled on what I consider the top fifty-five oils.

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Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: How to Use Essential Oils for Beauty, Health, and
Spirituality  is written in a personable and easy to understand style and covers all of
the important aspects of aromatherapy and essential oils.  Reads like a conversation
instead of a text book. Authored by a professional aromatherapist, it includes the
history of aromatherapy, how to use the oils, the chemistry of essential oils, how to
create a balanced blend, how essential oils are made, the carrier oils used in blends,
scent notes, a few questionable aspects of the industry, recipes to get you started,
and a complete encyclopedia of the top fifty-five oils.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: White Willow Books; 1 edition (August 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615858104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615858104
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an old fashioned soap maker, I read this book because, while not directly about soap making, it is certainly about one of the most important aspects of it -- scent. So much of soap making and soap use is about sensory experience, and any serious soap maker will eventually become interested in aromatherapy because it plays a vital role in what we do. This book is a must have.

Perhaps the most useful section of this book to me is the essential oil guide -- an encyclopedic section that alphabetically lists each essential oil and gives both its common and botanical names. Citing its place of origin, method of extraction, and perfumery note, this section alone makes this book a required part of any soap maker's library. Already this has become a text that I refer back to each time down to make up a new recipe that includes essential oils. White's conversational tone makes this section accessible and memorable: he explains each oil's healing qualities and any precautions in using it as well as a brief, interesting summary of its history and lore.

White's professional and educational background in aromatherapy gives him an insider's knowledge into the industry which he shares. In reading this book, you'll learn how to read the labels and often trademarked levels of "certification" that essential oil sellers use in order to market their products. This book helps its readers to become smarter consumers and, in turn, better crafts people.
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In days gone by, mentors taught their families, neighbors, and others interested in the arts of natural healing, as they were taught by their own mentors. Too much of that is lost these days in favor of science and academia. Essential Oils and Aromatherapy brings back that feeling of having a mentor as the author's writing style is such that it feels like he's in the room sharing his experience with me as he guides me in increasing my knowledge about essential oils. This very comprehensive volume covers fifty different oils in great depth, but in an easy to understand format.

It's a great source of information, whether you are just beginning to have an interest in essential oils or aromatherapy, or if you have moderate to advanced knowledge of the subject, but would enjoy a handy fingertip reference to double check contraindications, applications, or other facts about essential oils. Recipes and sample forms make it ideal for the budding aromatherapist. It is likewise a valuable resource for the essential oil hobbyist.

I was particularly interested in the section on scents and perfumery; reading it gave me a much better idea of ways to keep my home smelling fresh and inviting.

I enjoyed the opportunity to read an advanced copy and can hardily recommend this book to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of essential oils, use them in their every day life personally, or who feel a calling to the healing arts of aromatherapy.
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well written book, very informative gives good overview in fundamental aromatherapy language and practice, many ideas and useful recipes for safe everyday use at home. I enjoy it very much author's narration of this book and I do recommend this book to everyone who is interested in gaining basic aromatherapy skills.
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I sat down to read a few pages before bed and devoured it! Read it again the next day at a more relaxed pace. There is so much wonderful information in this book, I know I will be reaching for it many times as a reference guide. I wanted a basic knowledge of aromatherpy so that I can purchase my oils intellegently. I got that and so much more from Essential Oils & Aromatherapy - all in clear language without being bogged down with a lot of formulas and ratios. Mr. White obviously knows and loves his subject! I'm looking forward to more books from this author in the future!
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This book was helpful in explaining that there isn't a recognized aromatherapy liscening in the US. Also he explained the detail on multi-level marketing of EO's and how one has only trademarked the terminology of being certified therapeutic grade. Until this book, I thought I was doing myself an injustice by buying less expensive pure quality EO's but now I know different. I also like the recipes from diffuser blends to household cleaning.
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I have his soap making book as well - he is down-to-earth, writes well with just enough humor to keep it interesting, and is extremely knowledgable - a must-have if you are into essential oils for health and/or homemade beauty products (soaping, shave creams, lotions, etc)
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By BA on September 11, 2013
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This book is a wonderful reference guide - informative, easily understandable and has one of the main qualities I enjoy in good books - humor. I'm impressed as I have many books on essential oils and some of them are rather boring and dry. But this author really has done a great job of incorporating a large amount of information in a concise, easy to read format with wit, candor and an obvious passion for what he does. I've recommended it to clients and will be giving some as holiday presents this year. Well done.
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Simply put , "This is an outstanding book!" An easy read full of highly beneficial information. Everything you need to know especially if you are new to essential oils. I like the level of detail that is provided, the recipes and the complete encyclopedia of the top 55 oils. Thank you, Greg White, for a life changing book! I had the pleasure of also attending Greg's Essential Oil Workshop --- a gift from my daughter --- so I can say with certainty that this man knows what he is talking about and cares deeply about his work.
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