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“Particularly unique is the layout of pages and the tidbits of information on the edges highlighting subjects such as toxicity myths, quotes by various contributors to the craft, nods to plant pioneers, and more. Throughout the book Dr. Schnaubelt presents the work of other prominent figures in the profession, explores historical views of essential oils from around the world, and the utilization of essential oils in various cultures.” (Mindy Green, MS, AHG, RA, HerbalGram, November 2011)

“It offers new essential oil treatment opportunities for hepatitis, osteoporosis, liver detoxification, and the prevention of UV damage and melanoma while showing how even home use of essential oils for relaxation or skin care can help build one’s immunity and overall well being.” (Yoga Magazine, January2012)

“Kurt Schaubelt takes a rare stand as a chemist and speaks in favor of aromatherapy, using this book to illustrate how essential oils work differently from synthesized pharmaceutical materials.” (Diana Rajchel, Facing North April 2012)

“Schnaubelt’s beautiful job of merging science and plant energetics is reflected in [The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils].” (Kathi Keville, American Herb Association, March 2013)

“Dr. Schnaubelt shows a cutting-edge aromatherapy perspective in this book and gives us many answers to deeply understand the co-evolution of plants and human beings.” (Ayako Berg, London School of Aromatherapy, Japan)

“Authoritatively written, this title will easily find an audience among herbalists, massage therapists, home-health advocates, complementary and alternative clinicians, and their patients. Conventional medical practitioners and pharmacists might also find it a worthy, informative read.” (Janet Tapper, Library Journal, October 2011)

“Kurt Schnaubelt continues his professional validation of essential oils as serious health care products. Using in-depth but approachable science, Schnaubelt shows how humans and plants have evolved together, supporting and influencing each other’s development and well-being over millennia. Each section of this beautifully illustrated book covers a different area of aromatherapy study, from how to recognize authentic oils to recipes for basic health issues and all interspersed with delightful “Essential Oil Journeys” that trace the use of plant essences around the world. Suitable for professional therapists of all kinds while still accessible to the home practitioner, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils is destined to become a well-thumbed classic in every health library.” (Suzanne Catty, author of Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy)

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“Each section of this beautifully illustrated book covers a different area of aromatherapy study, from how to recognize authentic oils to recipes for basic health issues and all interspersed with delightful “Essential Oil Journeys” that trace the use of plant essences around the world. Suitable for professional therapists of all kinds while still accessible to the home practitioner, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils is destined to become a well-thumbed classic in every health library.”
--Suzanne Catty, author of Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy

Exploring science’s new biological understanding of essential oils and their advantages over synthetic drugs, renowned aromatherapist Kurt Schnaubelt reveals how the effectiveness of essential oil treatments stems from our common biochemical and cellular heritage with plants. He explains how essential oils preserve a plant’s complex natural life-supporting and immune-building qualities, developed through millions of years of interaction with animals and humans. Reviewing recent research in molecular, cellular, and evolutionary biology, he shows how the multilayered activity of plant essences helps maintain the integrity of our genetic code--the reason why pathogens cannot develop resistance toward essential oils as they do with antibiotics and antivirals--making essential oils a more effective and sustainable form of treatment for a variety of health problems.

Laying to rest old arguments over essential oils’ alleged toxicity and whether they can be ingested or used undiluted, Schnaubelt presents simple recipes and protocols for treating and preventing common ailments, such as colds, flu, herpes, and candida, as well as for pain management. Offering new essential oil treatment opportunities for hepatitis, osteoporosis, liver detoxification, and the prevention of UV damage and melanoma, he shows how essential oils can also ameliorate the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments as well as how even home use of essential oils for relaxation or skin care can help build one’s immunity and overall well-being.

KURT SCHNAUBELT holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and is the founder and scientific director of the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy in San Francisco. The author of Advanced Aromatherapy and Medical Aromatherapy, he lives in San Rafael, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Healing Arts Press; 1 edition (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594774250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594774256
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading this book is like going to class with a really cool teacher , one that knows their subject very well and can impart that complex knowledge to you in a way you can understand and makes it interesting for you to learn about.
The Science behind aromatherapy is really interesting and this book is not a boring read . Not only do you learn the science behind why and how the essential oils work to heal , you learn about the differences in the quality of essential oils and are even given an exercise to learn how to be able to tell if an essential oil is a clonal version or a hybrid version.
There are guidelines and precautions included and a lot of different recipe's for specific ailments . The footnotes are wonderful and have many leads and references to other authors and specialist on the subject matter for those who want to go further into their research on this subject . The photos throughout are also a colorful and lovely addition, from vast fields of Lavender to the great Shwedogon Paya , a Sunset in Sabah and so many more beautiful photos that grace throughout the pages of this wonderful and informative book.
For anyone who is serious and or just curious about Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils for healing and want to know the science behind how they work or learn recipe's for specific ailments buy this book . It is a great investment well worth the time and money.
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This book is the perfect introduction to essential oils for someone who is serious about using essential oils for medicinal purposes, and especially for those with a basic background in chemistry and biology. Dr. Schnaubelt does a wonderful job of explaining the nuances of using essential oils vs. prescribed phamaceutical preparaptions to treat a variety of conditions. He makes it very clear that essential oil is not a cure-all for all ailments, and presents a very realistic view of what the benefits can be to using various oils.

I am a Registered Nurse, and am most interested in the whys of how different treatment modalities work, just as much as I am with the results (provides a solid basis for deciding to initiate, continue, or terminate any given treatment modality, be it aspirin or an essential oil). This book does a very good job of giving me a starting point of where I can start really learning about the phisiological interactions our bodies, down to the cellular level, have with the different compounds found within essential oils. For those who aren't familiar (or just need a refresher from your A&P or BioChem classes), Dr. Schnaubelt provides a brief overview of cellular structure, chemical bonds, molecular polarity, etc. in his writing and diagrams, and explains why these structures and their properties are important in the application of essential oils as a therapeutic modality.

If you feel a bit rusty in your biology and chemistry studies, a quick review of basic human biology (cellular structure, protein structure & synthesis, enzyme structure, synthesis, and actions, DNA & RNA synthesis & replication, etc.
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Waited quite a while for this one to be published. It will become and essential reference for those of us whom are Certified Aromatherapist. Pre-ordered four. One for myself and three to give as presents to my clients (all of which are cancer survivors). Have found the need to order two more as I have recently acquired two new clients (cancer survivors). Feel this is an essential tool to my practice and essential for my clients. For those of you new to essential oils - this may be a bit difficult - so I advise you also purchase "Advanced Aromatherapy, The science of Essential Oil Therapy" When working with Essential Oils it is imperative to know the Relationship between Chemical Structure and effect, as well composition of the oils, how they are distilled, and last but a most important detail: whether the oils you are using are Genuine and Authentic!
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The book is entirely about oils and its curing affect on cancer. The synopsis of the book didn't state that and since I have no trouble with cancer the book was not at all helpful. I was looking for a broader use for essential oils.
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I believe this book was a little advanced for where I am in mixing several types of oils.It will be more helpful as I advance in the course of healing self. Not for amatures. Thank you for such fast service.
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I really wanted to like the Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils. I consider myself a pretty well-read, intelligent person but much of Dr. Schnaubelt's writing is simply too dense and academic. Later portions of the book - which I believe were contributed by Dr. Pam Taylor - are quite a bit more readable. I think there is probably a lot of very good information in the book, unfortunately it was presented so much like a doctoral thesis that trying to read it was very off-putting and I still haven't finished reading it. It's really unfortunate because I believe there is a void to be filled on the scientific basis (versus folklore) of aromatherapy.
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