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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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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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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.Read more ›
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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No punt intended but an essential book to have for more healthy livesPublished 1 day ago by Sylvie Lemieux
I'm in love with this book! It is the perfect guide to aromatherapy whether you are just starting out or are seasoned. Great reference!!Published 1 month ago by Boxingladygrace
It's a very informative book. There's lots of great "recipes". I have to build up my essential oil before I can apply a lot of them.Published 2 months ago by bearios
Wasn't what I expected. I read the other reviews and thought this was what I really needed. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite what I was looking for, which was a guide to the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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