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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 – Jan 1 1993

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (Jan. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931432820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931432828
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews
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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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Absolutely awful book. Written by some hippie dippy grandma who thinks that having read lots of homemaker magazines over the decades and a few science books gives her the right to parrot wishy-washy advice about all aspects of life ... with a small smattering of EO blends that are supposed to help. For example, she describes (poorly) how to use EO's to treat horses, hamsters, dogs, cats, etc... with no contraindications or safety precautions. She also teaches you how to make scented candles! Also, did you know that a good diet, exercise, dance, music, and art may benefit your autistic child? Shocking! I know!

I want to point out that I do use EO's, and respect them as powerful medicine when used properly. There has just not been enough scientific research in this field to keep unqualified people from writing their books and passing on useless, wasteful or even harmful advice.

The only (semi) responsible thing she does is preface the book with a warning against a shortlist of essential oils, that they should never be used under any circumstances. Of course, she doesn't include the Latin names of any of these herbs, nor does she anywhere in the book. Also, I'm pretty sure that some of those she names can be used under medical supervision.

There are many chapters with different headings, but they all have remarkably similar EO mixtures and common sense advice, along with a LOT of boring chatter to make the book seem longer and more substantial. It comes off as disorganized train-of-thought writing. She gives absolutely no supporting medical or scientific evidence about why certain mixtures are recommended. She favours the use of EO's mixed in carrier oils for the purpose of massage over most other methods.
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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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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 properties, uses, safety data and alternatives for a variety of different oils. I go to this book when I'm looking for a quick answer to a specific problem... I use other resources when I want to craft my own response to a problem.
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Fantastic easy to use book for the beginner. I purchased this book for my sister and I plan to purchase another one for me and the other books that the writer has authored in essential oils. The book is well written and informative in the use of essential oils to cure ailments in children and adults. It has a nice section on pregnancy and what oils are useful in controlling morning sickness. It has a listing on "trembling" which is not parkinsons and the doctors here in Canada have no idea what it is or how to deal with it. Finally there is an answer!
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I'm not sure if my kindle version of this book was corrupted or if the author decided that punctuation was a luxury we just no longer have time for, but either way it made many of the recipes and information unusable. Very disappointing considering the great reviews I read before purchasing.
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Valerie Ann Worwood's book "The Complete Book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy" is one of the most complete and down-to-earth books on the subject, especially for the beginer. If I were to teach a course on aromatherapy for beginers, this would be one of two main texts I would use, as it is so complete. Here writing style is very clear, easily understood, and enjoyable to read. No dryness here. She begins by discussing ten essntial oils as a "basic care kit," and explains how such oils should be used via an A-Z list of common household occurances. The list includes the following as some topics: -Abdominal pain. -Abraisions. -Black Eye. -Bruises. -Colds. -Fever. -Headache. -Hicups. As a matter of principle, she explains at the very begining of the book that the information contained therein is NOT intended to take the place of a Physician's care. Her chapters on Travel, Sports related injuries, and Beauty (3 chapters covering head to feet!), Maternity and Motherhood, Mens/Women's health (seperate chapters), and Aging are exceptional. She closes with chapters on aromatherapy for animals, and gardening; which I have not seen except in a work by Dr. Gary Young. The charts at the end of the book are indespensable, and complete as a ready quick refrance. Valerie's bibliography contains such authors as Belaiche; Gattefose; Valnet, Duraffourd, Lapraz; and Wells; shows that she is very well read as she is experienced. These authors are the very pioneers of the modern resurgence of aromatherapy, and should be read by all who desire to be serious students of the art and science that is aromatherapy.Read more ›
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