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"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."
- Jenny Krout, According to Jenny


"Essential Oils for Beginners is a comprehensive guide to harnessing the natural power of essential oils. If you're interested in getting started with essential oils and aromatherapy, this book is a great place to start! "
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Althea Press (September 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623152399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623152390
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (692 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joy on October 28, 2013
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I expected this book to be completely different from what it is. The science of essential oils exists, and is very important to understand if you want your experience with them to be productive. The author begins the book with the history of essential oils, proving their effectiveness in the ancient world. Their use in modern medicine is then explained; to treat the plague, burns, war wounds and a myriad of common ailments. Many popular essential oils are broken down, in the next section of the book, giving their source, uses, dangers and the author explains how to mix them with other oils. The last section of the book lists ailments and gives recipes of essential oil blends that will alleviate your symptoms. This book made me start to question the use of modern medicine and wonder why we no longer rely on these natural methods of healing.
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I feel kind of silly for purchasing this book. One thing is for sure - I WILL be sending it back!

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.
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I am fairly novice when it comes to essential oils but I've been pounding away at my keyboard researching the different properties of essential oils for over a month now. I finally decided that it would be best to break down and just buy a book... I didn't want a book that was know-it-all and was going to tell me what to do with them, how to blend them and everything else, I wanted a book that would allow me to discover their individual properties alone. And I'm happy to report that this book does exactly that! Yes, there are some general guidelines, blend suggestions, recipes, etc., but what I wanted was info on each EO's individual properties. This book has around 65 of the more common EOs with a breakdown of: Description, Origin, Properties, Application, Primary Uses, Blends and Safe Use.

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:

Safety:
-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.
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If you are interested in natural substitutes for chemically based cosmetics, home products, and medicines, this book offers a fantastic step-by-step introduction to the versatile world of essential oils. The author offers a detailed background of the history of essential oils, the logic behind their usage, a do-it-yourself tutorial for mixing, as well as a compilation of dozens of concoctions to relieve everything from headaches and depression to pet odors and bug bites. The text is clear and easy to digest, and the reader is left feeling empowered with new information. Essential Oils for Beginners is an incredibly helpful resource for anyone looking for alternatives to commercial health, beauty, and home products.
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