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Essential Oils Desk Reference 4th Edition

4.7 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0943685496
ISBN-10: 0943685494
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 558 pages
  • Publisher: Essential Science Pub; 4 edition (October 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943685494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943685496
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Diamond on May 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is an essential Essential Oils reference.

Beware, however, that the 4th edition has dropped the cancer protocols that were in the 3rd edition (possibly due to government pressure).

The 4th edition does contain some updated information, especially in the areas of the newer blends of oils and newer products. It also has more illustrations in color.

But you also need the 3rd edition in order to have a complete reference.
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This is a very good detailed reference book for the use of therapeutic grade essential oils. It has information you won't get from the manufacturers of essential oils who are trying to steer clear of the FDA. However, there are some inconsistencies. There is a list of medical properties and then a list of what the oil is used for. The association between the medical properties and uses is rather vague at times. For instance, Cassia is listed as being anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-coagulant, but first on the list of uses is cataracts??? Also, wintergreen oil is recommended to not be used internally, but is in several products that are used internally. I have yet to find a safety warning about the overuse of methyl salicylate, so while this is a good reference it is incomplete.
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Please don't let the title fool you - I LOVE THIS BOOK. It is an excellent reference, one I highly recommend.

I could only give this item one star because of the price. If I could have given zero stars, I would have done so.

What I object to is that you can get this SAME BOOK directly from the publisher for $50. Yet Amazon sellers are advertising prices - for even USED BOOKS - at over $200!!! What is UP with THAT?!

I have purchased every edition of this book, because every year it is updated with new information about new products, new studies, etc. But the prices these scalpers are charging are ridiculous! For less than $75, I ordered the book AND a spiral bound pocket reference and the price INCLUDED shipping and tax. You could buy 2 complete books for what I paid for 1 + a pocket reference. If you buy this on Amazon, you are getting ripped. I'm disgusted that people would do this. Google Essential Science Publishing, you will find them located in Orem UT, and you can order directly from them. You don't do yourself or other Amazon shoppers any favors by purchasing here.
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A recent purchase for clinical use, this book is nothing more than a thinly veiled product manual for a company called Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO), a pyramid sales structured business that also happens to churn out some good quality therapeutic oils.

I should have taken clue #1: no opportunity to browse the book online prior to purchase, or, clue #2: no listing for either an author or an editorial staff that may have culled an Essential Oil Desk Reference worthy of academic study and clinical application at more than a YLEO sales or personal use level.

While a brief discussion of basic essential oils information occurs in passing, the overwhelming balance (and emphasis) of the text is directed toward and devoted to the YLEO product line.

In addition, about 1/3 of the book addresses non-essential oil topics including detox diets, herbal supplements, and lifestyle recommendations all of which, brace yourself dear reader, also happen to include YLEO product recommendations.

If you are using YLEO, it's a great tool. If you are seeking a true reference tool, look elsewhere.
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This extensive 'encyclopedia' of Young living products(as opposed to oils in general) could use significant editing. Best for YL distributors & super enthusiasts, a simplified, straight forward version for the basic oil user would be much more helpful. The significantly discounted Amazon price and appendixes make it worthwhile for the casual customer such as myself. I do not give it as a gift, but let friends borrow it to look up a page or two.
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This book is full of scientific information on the purity of essential oils and how to tell the difference between adulterated oils and pure therapeutic grade oils. It teaches the use of Young Living essential oils as following the French model of usage being that of ingestion, topical application and inhalation. Very safe guidelines for safe usage are well detailed so that anyone can teach themselves how to use them. This book covers subjects such as single oil data, oil blends, dietary supplements containing pure essential oils, the health benefits of Ningxia Red wolfberry juice, cleansing the body, hormonal balance, Raindrop massage technique, and there is a comprehensive section from A to Z on almost every health problem and how to use Young Living essential oils to help with these.

It is well written and claims are backed by research studies. I do not believe it would be wise to apply the information in this book to the use of oils other than Young Living's essential oils for reasons which will become obvious when studying the opening chapters about the importance of purity. This book should be used by all those who want nothing but the best information on how to use pure essential oils for complete health of mind and body.
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