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The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health - Beauty - a Safe Home Environment [Paperback]

Valerie Ann Worwood
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Jan. 1 1993
A necessary resource for anyone interested in alternative approaches to healing, this book contains more than 600 easy-to-follow recipes for essential oil treatments and aromatherapy.

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There are plenty of good books on herbs, and some of them devote a chapter to essential oils, but there's nothing comparable to Worwood's work. Her premise is different from other herbalists--she believes that the most effective way to use herbs medicinally is by external application or inhalation. Both methods allow the essential oil to enter the bloodstream without passing through the digestive tract. Her grasp of basic physiology is somewhat confused, but there's nothing dangerous in her suggestions. (Worwood runs an aromatherapy clinic in England and conducts research on aromatherapy.) Her book prescribes oils for everything from basic first aid and treating common ailments to natural cosmetics and body care, fragrance for the home and office, and cooking with essential oils. A good addition to alternative medicine collections.See also Susanne Fischer-Rizzi's Complete Aromatherapy Handbook , LJ 7/91.--Ed.
- Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The First and The Best! Jan. 11 2002
The first edition of this book came out in England in 1990 under the title The Fragrant Pharmacy. You only have to look at the contents and index to see it covers just about every aspect of aromatherapy, health and home. As a full-time professional aromatherapist it is my primary source of information, indeed, it is known "in the business" generally as "the bible of aromatherapy". I doubt there is an aromatherapist in the world who doesn't use this as their reference book, because it is profoundly practical - giving answers to questions you didn't think had any answers. Looking at the many books written after this, its clear where their ideas came from.
If you want practical advice, with detailed recipies and instructions, whether just for home use or professionally, this is the book you need. Every recipie that I have used from this book proved safe, and works, and I wouldn't say that about any other book on the market. I also know for a fact of several vets who routinely use the information in the animal chapter to beneficial effect. Check out her other titles, and you'll see this woman writes in depth - Fragrant Mind, Fragrant Heavens, Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, Aromatherapy for the Beauty Therapist,and Aromantics (also known as Scents and Scentsuality). Worwood has done research on aromatherapy, and was once Chair of the Research Committee of the International Federation of Aromatherapists. She knows what she is talking about, having been a working clinical aromatherapist for years. In the aromatherapy world she has the highest respect because without her, well, what would there be ...?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy" by Valerie Ann Worwood is a must for every home! I simply love this book. In fact my copy is in great need of replacement from constant use. In 1997 I received a phone call from a man who wanted to know if I could develop a scent that would depict a particular subject to him. Then next thing I knew he was asking me to make some soap for him. A project I always wanted to do, but never ventured into. That led me to learning about soapmaking, which led me to learning about essential oils. Valerie's book was the first one I looked at and purchased along with 2 from Julia Lawless.
Because I knew nothing about essential oils, "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy" became my mainstay. Eventually, after learning more about essential oils, I ventured into the other books as well. Valerie's book makes learning about essential oils easy. Her book is easy to read, and easy for those like me who knew nothing at all, to learn and understand. This is an excellent book for beginners or those who are advanced in the art of essential oils as well.
"The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy" will have those who like me had absolutely no knowledge of essential oils, using them in a matter of moments! I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning what essential oils are and how to use them. Valerie goes into the usage for home, travel, emergency first aid, and the work place and gives formulas to make your own oils so you can put your newfound knowledge to work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oils for a healing experience. April 23 2000
I was first introduced to essential oils when I went for a massage. Soon lavender oil became one of my favorite oils. This book will help research these healing oils and find out which ones can benefit you. One thing you should think about is the source for your oils. Not all sources are created equal. For an excellent source for these health giving oils, look for Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley. They have the best oils and have researched this subject extensively.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of information to start with March 11 2008
I agree with other reviewers that this book can be a bit complicated as sometimes you wonder if you use the mixtures as a massage oil, where to massage it, use it in a diffuser or on a cloth to inhale. But, all in all I liked the information provided.

I do not agree with the criticism that you need to buy hundreds of oils nor do I feel concern if she uses one particular oil too much ... I do not intend to use all the recipes as I do not suffer from every affliction listed in this book (and there are many), nor do you need to use every oil she suggests you use .. she offers many different recipe versions for different conditions, so pick the ones you want and avoid buying hundreds of oils :)

I do have a bit of a pet peeve when the listings in the index do not match the actual pages that the information is found on (not even close for many items in this edition of the book (1991) - I hope they fix it in the revisions)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for recipes Dec 1 2001
This is a great book for starting out or for recipes. As noted it doesn't cover the modes of action (turn to Kurt Schnaubelt or R. B. Tisserand if you want that), but it is an excellent book! It starts off with a basic care "kit" of ten moderately priced essential oils. However if you read the WHOLE (unlike those who claim she uses only ten) book you'll find she covers many others. She covers common medical problems (consult a doctor first, of course), beauty creams and lotions, household uses, garden uses, and food. I would research the pet uses first, she suggests giving tansy to a horse which is a good way to end up with a dead horse. When purchasing essential oils always check the scientific name of the plant from which the oils was extracted--otherwise you may end up with something other than you intended (ie. eucalyptus, eucalyptus lemon and eucalyptus peppermint depending upon whom you purchase them from are all labeled eucalyptus, it is the scientific name that distinguishes them) Overall this is an excellent, excellent book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but not stellar
This is a good book with many detailed recipes for a host of specific ailments. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite what I was looking for, which was a nuts and bolts guide to the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Diana M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, lent it out to my sister-in-law
Great book, lent it out to my sister-in-law, who in turn lent it out to her mom, still waiting for it to come back :-)
Published 21 days ago by Candace Lebedoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read for my first book on essential oils.
Published 1 month ago by dennis labbe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent reference book!! just what i was looking for
Published 1 month ago by Jasvir Johl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lots to learn!
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Mulholland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book, I recommend it to all my customers!
Published 2 months ago by Soaper23
4.0 out of 5 stars So far it seems to be a great book.
So far it seems to be a great book...loads of information. I haven't yet started to make anything from there but am anxious to start.
Published 3 months ago by Janice Dudeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book!
As the title of the book states: it's complete! If you like essential oils or you're just starting out with them, this book is a must. So many different ways to use oils. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kenny Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for reading and study
This is a book that was recommended for an essential oils course I was taking . it was a very informative and useful reference for now and in the future
Published 7 months ago by Doris
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good book!
It's pretty damn comprehensive! Lot's of good ideas/formulas. Some of it is flaky hippy crap but overall it's a must have for anyone working with essential oils in any capacity!
Published 7 months ago by Booky McGee
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