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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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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).
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The author starts off with some basic information: what are essential oils; what oils can do; how are they produced; some good safety information; safety for pregnancy, babies, and children; some scientific information about how oils work in the body, and how to blend. She discusses carrier oils; how to make a mousse; how to give a massage; how to use oils in the bath, in inhalers, and in a compress.
She then discusses 88 different essential oils. Each one has info how they can support the spirit, how they can ease the mind, and on how they can heal the body. Safety info on each oil. Then she includes 2 recipes to use each oil. (Each recipe includes only oils she discusses in the book...so you actually get more than 2 recipes that use each oil....they just may be on another page with a different oil....but can be located in the index). She uses low, safe dilutions.
The oils are categorized by "Muscle Treats", "Skin Enhancers", "Easy Breathers", "Warming Stimulants", "Immune Boosters", "Hormone Harmonizers", "Nerve Relievers", "Digestive Soothers", and "Uplifting Aromas". So you can look up specific oils in the index, or you can just go to the section you need help with and browse the oils in that area.
I might not recommend it for your very first book (I might recommend The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Purchon and Cantele for a first book), but I am very glad to have this on my bookshelf. This is a real review. I didn't get anything for it. I just really liked the book. :)
I gave it 4 stars because I know the author is being overly cautious when stating that one can NEVER take any essential oil orally. That is just not true, at least it is not true of all oils. Good quality oils can actually be certified safe for consumption. But, I respect the author's decision (and perhaps good sense) to avoid giving advice about using oils in this way. Too much of a good thing can be dangerous, and there are cautions to using at least some oils orally, or any of them in excess.
But, the book is a great quick guide to very many oils which are grouped in categories by their use (soothing skin problems, relaxation, specific maladies, etc.) which makes treating yourself with oils for a particular problem quick and easy using this guide. The first part of the book explains how oils work. Safety in utilizing essential oils is a main focus, which should reassure those who are skeptical (like i was). The different methods to utilize/apply oils is also explained well, such as how many drops to use in the bathtub for aromatherapy, how to make a skin lotion to use for applying oils, how to select and use carrier oils, how to select essential oils we will like and use, which oils blend well, etc.
I think this guide is worth every penny of its small cost.
I do already own another book about oils, but this little guide contains much that the other lacks, so I refer to it often.