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The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality and Well-Being Paperback – June 1, 2008
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About the Author
Jennie Harding BA, TIDHA, MIPTI, HNC has over 17 years' experience as a specialist and healer working with essential oils, and was Senior Essential Oil tutor at the Tisserand Institute in London for 13 years. She has written books on subjects ranging from aromatherapy, herbs and incense to stress management and natural beauty. Among these is Aromatherapy Massage for You (DBP).
Top Customer Reviews
Part One: The Power of Essential Oils -- covers what they are and how they're produced, safe usage of them, basics on how to blend them, and how to use them (including massage, baths, inhalations, vaporizers, compresses). Part One takes up about 1/4 of the book.
Part Two: A Guide to the Oils -- this section covers each oil in a little more detail. The oils are not arranged alphabetically as you'd expect, but are sorted into categories such as Muscle Treats (those best for muscles), Skin Enhancers (best for your skin), Easy Breathers, Warming Stimulants...ending with Uplifting Aromas. Each of these categories contains the profiles of 5 to 13 essential oils. For instance, the Warming Stimulants section contains info on these oils: cinnamon leaf, West Indian bay, cubeb seed, black pepper, and clove bud. Part Two takes up most of the book.
Then on each oil profile page, there are these small sections:
1) a summary of how the oil is extracted, where it is produced, and notes about the scent
2) Safety First -- any safety concerns for that oil
3) Supporting the Spirit -- "this oil encourages creativity" or "this oil renews energy levels"
4) Easing the Mind -- "to calm irritability, use 4 drops of this oil in a warm bath"
5) Healing the Body -- "to clear sinusitis, try an inhalation of 2 drops laurel and 2 drops lemon"
This book easily gets five stars for being an excellent resource for those new to working with essential oils. However, if you have years of experience working with essential oils and already create your own healing blends, I don't think this is the book for you. It's beautifully laid out, has a table of contents and an index so you can find what you're looking for -- it just doesn't offer any new/detailed information. One thing I would have liked to have seen is a list of therapeutic properties for the oils (e.g., lavender has analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, and antiviral properties).
I LOVE her Skin Mousse recipe in this book! It's perfect for sensitive skin.
The layout and illustrations make the book very simple to follow. The author does an excellent job of keeping jargon down and she uses a lot of the same oils for the various recipe groupings (helping the user to stretch the function of each oil).
The book has a good balance of oils in price and availability from common or exotic to low cost or astronomical (both carrier and Essential).
Her writing style piques interest and the recipes are nice too. This is an excellent first Essential Oil book for a novice and provides a solid foundation on common oils necessary to engage merchants or aromatherapists intelligently.