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Just the Essentials: How Essential Oils Can Heal Your Skin, Improve Your Health, and Detox Your Life Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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“In Just the Essentials, Adina Grigore sheds light on the confusing subject of essential oils—their components and therapeutic properties, how to know what you’re really buying, and the best ways to use them to support your skin and health. With this info-packed book in hand, you’ll not only benefit from Adina’s friendly, accessible voice and her extensive professional wisdom, you’ll be inspired to use these powerful natural healers to enhance your own routine.” (Jolene Hart, certified health coach and author of Eat Pretty)
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From the Back Cover
Harness the power of plants
For millennia, essential oils have played a key role in health and beauty rituals. From references in the Bible to Hippocrates’s study of more than three hundred plant oils to Cleopatra’s pioneering use of fragrance, essential oils were prized throughout human history both for their potent healing powers and for their intoxicating scents.
But in modern times essential oils largely fell out of favor, relegated to those dusty, amber-colored glass vials shelved in the back of health food stores. That is until today, as a new generation of health-conscious consumers are returning to these pure, plant-based extracts for skincare solutions, toxin-free home cleaning, and homeopathic remedies.
In Just the Essentials, Adina Grigore, the author of Skin Cleanse and the founder of the skincare line S.W. Basics, offers a contemporary guide to these ancient oils. Adina explains that essential oils contain the most powerful plant compounds found in nature—in fact, essential oils are so powerful that they’re the active ingredients in many common drugs. (Ever wonder what makes aspirin such an effective pain reliever? It’s not a fancy chemical; it’s the meadowsweet plant.)
But it can be frustratingly difficult to find reliable information about essential oils—a simple Internet search will yield volumes of misinformation and exaggerated marketing claims. In Just the Essentials, Adina cuts through the hype and offers a fresh, balanced, and authoritative overview of essential oils and how to use them.
From plant-based skincare to safer household products to aromatherapy, this comprehensive and entertaining guide offers a range of do-it-yourself recipes for common home and personal-care products, including dish soap, all-purpose cleaner, scented candles, perfume, deodorant, and toothpaste. With lists of the best oils for beginners, instructions for safe handling, and a wealth of creative ideas to get you started, Just the Essentials makes it easy and enjoyable to reap the many benefits of essential oils.
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Top Customer Reviews
Just the Essentials is not only for newbies, I think it would be beneficial to experience users as well, since it includes a breakdown of the types of oils and which oil for what uses. Also, there is a section for DIYers to play with, recipes that harness the use of essential oils and for different types of ailments, skin conditions or home aids. There's even a little tidbit of what is harmful, such as for expectant mothers. Personally, I think the "Beginners' Top Ten" section was the one I looked into more. Great for beginners to play with or consider making our own products. In all, a fairly comprehensive book in just about 193 pages (might change, since it is an advance reader's copy that I've read for this review), and a book I know I'll refer to, at lease the uses of each type of oil.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Grigore’s style is engaging and easy to read, and the book is laid out in such a way that makes it a good go-to reference to have on hand. I also really loved the illustrations peppered throughout the book, in the same style as the cover. The chapter called The Beginner’s Top Ten is a really helpful resource for newbies like me who are just starting out, but Just the Essentials also has some recipes that I think would appeal to the more experienced at essential oil use as well.
Bottom Line: Whether you are an essential oils beginner or if you have your fave supplier on speed dial, Just the Essentials is a good book to have around. It’s easy to follow and fun to read, and it’s clear the author knows what she’s talking about. I’m looking forward to using this guide as I start my own journey with essential oils.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)