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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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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.Read more ›
For a beginner book this is spot on and just what I had in mind while looking for a book of this nature. There is also plenty of room for me to add notes onto the information shared in this book. I think this will be my go to guide until I'm ready to graduate to something more intense, like Modern Essentials *5th Ed. I gave Essential Oils for Beginners a 5 star rating- And, overall, I recommend it as a great beginners guide with a completely functional layout and index. But if you're on the fence here are some of my critiques:
-Pregnancy: It definitely covers that a pregnant woman should talk to their primary care giver before using any EOs but it doesn't spell out emmenagogue (menstruation inducing) properties in the Safe Use section of each EO or clearly state that an EO is safe for pregnancy. (Emmenagogue is however listed in the general Properties, so the info wasn't omitted completely.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lot of good info. Learn something new every time you open itPublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is so informative with descriptions and uses for so many oils. I highly recommend this guide to anyone looking to incorporate EO's in there daily life.Published 13 days ago by Donna
This is a great book for someone new to essential oils. Easy to read and not overwhelming.Published 15 days ago by Susan E. Lee
I absolutely love this book. We started to get into essential oils when my dad suffered from COPD and became sensitive to smells. Candles would just irritate his lungs. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Kaitlin McFarland
Great bbook to have as reference material. Quite informative, I bookmark for the oils I use the most in my business. I woild recommmend this book even if you are knowledgeable. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Alisa Williams