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Essential Oils for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Paperback – September 26, 2013
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Sore Throat Spray
If you have a sore throat, this simple, natural spray will provide rapid relief. Peppermint and lemon essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties, and the lemon essential oil in this remedy provides a helpful vitamin C boost.
1/4 cup distilled water.
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice.
20 drops lemon essential oil.
7 drops peppermint essential oil.
Blend all the ingredients together in a spray bottle. Shake well before spritz-ing the mixture into the mouth, toward the rear of the throat. Use as needed. Keep in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Herbal Steam Relaxation
Warm, moist air helps open stuffy bronchial and nasal passages. Laven- der, rosemary, and bergamot aid in relaxing overworked throat and facial muscles while reducing the body’s viral load.
3 cups steaming water.
5 drops lavender essential oil.
5 drops bergamot essential oil.
5 drops rosemary essential oil Clean towel.
Pour the water into a shallow bowl. Add the essential oils. Position your face over the bowl, and cover your head with a towel to create a tent; breathe deeply until the water cools. Come up for air every minute or so, as needed.
Aromatherapy Blend for Bruises
If you’ve bumped yourself and see a bruise developing, you can help soothe the pain and diminish the bruise’s appearance with this blend. Both marigold and helichrysum essential oils are excellent anti-inflammatories.
8 drops marigold essential oil.
8 drops helichrysum essential oil.
2 ounces carrier oil.
Blend the essential oils. Add to the carrier oil of your choice, such as jojoba or sweet almond oil. Apply directly to bruised area once or twice daily.
"If you've ever struggled with figuring out what to do with your oils, than you'll definitely want to get this book. So many different ailments are covered, recipes to enhance well-being, cosmetic uses, and uses for your home, too."
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Problem #1 There is no author or even editor(s) listed anywhere.
There are none listed in the book. There are none listed on the publisher's website (which is a whole other issue - I have my doubts about the publishing company as well). If there is a book about herbs, essential oils, or anything regarding my health, I want to know WHO is giving me the information. I want to know what qualifications they have to be making the claims they make.
Problem #2 There are no references in this book.
If there is no author, there should at least be good references. None of the claims in this book have any annotations what-so-ever. There is a reference section in the back, but as far as I know, these are just books the (unknown) author skimmed over at some point and picked up some pointers from.
Problem #3 The recommendations in this book for oil usage do not align with those taught by certified aromatherapists.
For example, most of the oils are recommend for usage without dilution and are recommended to take internally. The only places that I find these practices recommended are in works produced in some form by essential oil MLM companies. While I like some of the oils, I do not feel their practices in regard to oil usage are safe. The reference section does list several books about herbs as references, which concerns me a little bit. Essential oils and uses of whole plants (leaves, stems, etc), are two very different things. You would talk to an herbalist about herbs and an aromatherapist about essential oils.
Problem #4 The book refers to the importance of only taking "therapeutic grade" essential oils internally.
There is no official grading system for essential oils. The terms therapeutic grade and certified pure therapeutic grade are marketing terms. While they may mean something to the companies who use them, they are no more reliable than a food company that labels its product as natural.
There are other problems, but I will not go on. The oils in this book are mostly those offered by Young Living (although no blends are included). If you are a Young Living oils user who just wants a run-down of the oils and some general usage that is in line with what the company advocates, this might just be the book for you. If you are starting out using oils and want to really learn about oils and how to safely use them, I would not consider this a reliable source. I recommend moving on.