- Hardcover: 349 pages
- Publisher: Aroma Tools; 6th edition (2014); 6th edition (January 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937702219
- ISBN-13: 978-1937702212
- ASIN: B00ZLVVRSC
- Package Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1,044 customer reviews
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Modern Essentials a Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils (6th Edition) Hardcover – January 1, 2015
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New Essential Living and Spa section that discusses personal care products like shampoos and lotions! This Modern Essentials is perfect for anyone wanting to learn about essential oils and their everyday uses. It is the definitive guide, whether you are a new or long-time essential oils user. TABLE OF CONTENTS: The Science and Application of Essential Oils: An Introduction to Essential Oils, A Brief History of Essential Oils, How Essential Oils Interact with the Body, Ensuring Essential Oil Purity and Quality, Essential Oil Constituents, Topical Application, Auricular Internal Body Points, Reflexology Hand and Foot Charts, Autonomic Nervous System, Aromatic Application Nose and Olfactory System, The Art of Blending, Internal Application, Daily Tips for an Essential Lifestyle Single Essential Oils Essential Oil Blends Essential Oil Inspired Wellness Supplements Essential Living and Spa Personal Usage Guide: How to Use This Section, Dilution Chart, Additional Notes on Using Essential Oils, Personal Usage Guide Appendix and References: Appendix A: Body Systems Chart, Appendix B: Single Essential Oils Property Chart, Appendix C: Taxonomical Information, Research References, Bibliography
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1. The research cited in this book is very misleading. The studies included about essential oils are sound studies; however, they DO NOT support the therapeutic claims made by the publisher, Aroma Tools. For example, frankincense oil (Boswellia frereana) is said to be "anticancer." The questionable part here is that the author cites studies that use Boswellia sacra, NOT Boswellia frereana (both are species of frankincense.) One isn't necessarily inferior to the other. They are just different. I called doTerra directly yesterday at 2:51pm and spoke with a very sweet representative, "Andi." She informed me that doTerra has no affiliation with Aroma Tools and doesn't stand behind anything they have written. She went on to say that "a doTerra rep compiled that information [for the book] and used the doTerra product pictures. There's nothing we [doTerra] can do if someone wants to print things like that." Do a google search with "doTerra" and "Aroma Tools" and you'll see how egregiously incorrect this is.
2. The chemical constutients list for each essential oil is incomplete at best. These lists are also written such that they may be concealing duplicitous manufacturing/distilling procedures. The unfortunate part is that doTerra itself (at least its customer service agents) can't speak to this. For example, the lavender species sold by doTerra is Lavandula angustifolia. In its purest form, Lavandula angustifolia has less than .5% camphor. Camphor, by the way, is caustic. In order to produce lavender more cheaply, many companies mix in lavindin (which has a higher concentration of camphor.) In Modern Essentials, the specific camphor amount isn't listed, so we have no way of knowing exactly what type of lavender is being reviewed here.
3. WARNING ON INGESTING ESSENTIAL OILS AND APPLYING THEM DIRECTLY TO THE SKIN. Please do your homework. Find an unbiased source on essential oils before following recommendations in Modern Essentials. Ingesting EOs as directed in this book can bring about adverse reactions, including diarrhea, vomiting, blurred vision, nausea, dizziness, and more. Yes, the FDA has its GRAS list for EOs, but it is not necessarily intended to mean ingestion of undiluted oils. This has NOTHING to do with the purity of the oil itself, rather that EOs are highly concentrated and thus very powerful. The same holds true for applying EOs "neat" (undiluted) to the skin. For example, peer reviewed, objective, double blind studies show that Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) can cause hyperpigmentation. Modern Essentials advises applying ylang ylang undiluted, directly to the skin, and fails to mention this potential adverse reaction.
I am very concerned that the claims in this book may be harmful to people. Please be careful. This book is not written by an unbiased writer. In fact, it isn't even written by an expert in the field. I question the ethical nature of the therapeutic claims made (even doTerra won't stand behind them), and the usage recommendations are grounds for concern.
On a much different note (but most irritating to me as a reader) are the gross misspellings and typos in this published work. How can we not question the quality of the information provided when the writer can't take the time to correct his spelling or learn how to use "it's" and "its" properly? Seriously, why is that hard?
All this said, I am still a proponent of EOs in general, and there are most likely effective doTerra products on the market. I fully support moving away from pharmaceutical medication as much as possible, but it is important not to fall prey to unsubstantiated therapeutic claims and suggestions for use. This book gets a one-star rating for distracting seekers of sound information from that aim.
Update: Two or three people have indicated that this review wasn't helpful, but they didn't leave any response as to why. I value your feedback and would love to hear why this review wasn't helpful to you. Is it because I didn't suggest what to buy instead? Or maybe you're a doTerra IPC and this post might hurt business? (I get it-- you've got to make money.) Perhaps it's because folks (myself included) WANT this book to be what it claims to be. It's hard taking time to sift through all the information out there in order to make informed decisions. At any rate, if you thought this review wasn't helpful, please take a moment and let us (all the readers here) know why. It'll help everyone in the long run.
It has beautiful photography and is laid out in a user friendly fashion.
If you can find it, just buy the 5th edition.
Just a few things to clarify from other reviews. First, every dōTERRA essential oil blend has "the generic" name of the blend ON the bottle, and this is the same name used in this book (as well as the Emotions and Essential Oils book). Someone mentioned not being able to figure out what the cellular complex was. It's DDR Prime.
Second, the REASON that THIS edition has removed ALL dōTERRA references from the text is to comply with FDA laws. This book uses language that, if used with ANY specific brand of EO, would not be FDA compliant. The FDA will shut down any and all references to EO BRAND NAMES that claim to treat, cure, or prevent any disease, illness, injury, malady, sickness or disability. Any BRAND NAME that is MARKETED with claims that it treats, cures, prevents etc has to be labeled a drug and thus be regulated by the FDA. Therefore, to keep this edition FDA compliant, the publisher, AromaTools, removed all references to trade names used by dōTERRA so that it could provide disease specific information. If this book were a dōTERRA brand specific publication, all disease names would have to be omitted, and only claims to support natural structures and functions of the body would be allowed. So which would you prefer: generic blend names that take just a few seconds of time and effort to look up, or generic body functions and structures that are vague and confusing when trying to find the right oils to address specific wellness needs that could take much longer to research and sift through?
And third, I don't know if it was a review on THIS book or the Usage Guide (spiral bound edition), but a reviewer claimed that they rejected the book based on moral grounds, alleging that the founders of dōTERRA had worked for another oil company, defected to start their own, and stole recipes and so on. I would like to address this here. Yes, the founders of dōTERRA worked for another oil company. They left (at different points) because they did not like the direction the founder of the other company was going with his business. They had a different view of what an EO company should be, that did not fit in with their current employer's "vision". So they left. It was some time later, a couple years, before they ever considered forming their own company. So they did. They did not "steal" any recipes or secrets. What they DID do is fund their new company on their own so the COMPANY would be debt free from day one. Why? Because they believed in their vision of what a wellness company should be. If you want to reject an oil company based on moral turpitude, maybe you should look at the founder of the other company and take a look at what LEGAL charges have been leveled against him. Take a look at the things he has done that placed lives in danger. Then talk about rejecting something on moral grounds.