Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

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Title: Essential Aromatherapy
A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
Author: Susan Worwood
Category:  Nonfiction
Genre: Naturopathy, Aromatherapy
Details: Softcover, 190pages
ISBN: 1-880032-66-X
How did I get this book: I purchased this book many years ago (1995ish), full price from a Borders Bookstore

Overview: (from the back of the book) This lively A to Z reference shows us how to prepare and use essential oils as holistic healing agents.

Over the centuries, people have regularly turned to nature for cures, comforts, and cosmetics. Essential Aromatherapy reveals the secrets of this art and organizes every essential oil you’ll need into accessible, alphabetical listings of individual oil profiles, applications, and the physical and emotional conditions that warrant their use.

Specific formulas for blending essential oils for a myriad of home and health applications are provided. Detailed treatment suggestions for such special circumstances as pregnancy, children and babies, chronic pain, terminal illness, and pre- and post-operative conditions are included.

Likes: This was the first book I purchased about aromatherapy and the use of essential oils.  It was my only go-to guide for many years!  The cover is now worn and peeling.  And there are pages that have come loose from the binding, from all the use.  Even with all the other more extensive herb and oil books I own, I still find this book extremely useful.

The book briefly explains what essential oils are and how they work. It then explains the various methods of use. I do like that it explains how to properly store them, as well as many notes on safety. (safety is a must!)

The “condition” section is wonderful, with oil recommendations and ways to use each oil.  It is organized by condition, then oil choices, and lastly, various methods of application to choose from, for that specific condition.

The “oil” section itself is alphabetized and explains about the species, and lists them with Latin name, country of origin, description, parts of the plant that are used to make the oil, extraction method, most valuable use, therapeutic property, main chemical compounds, what other oils it blends well with, interesting facts and contraindications.  Perfect amount of information for getting started with each oil.  The complete index in the back of the book makes finding what you need painless. 

Dislikes:  I honestly don’t have any dislikes at all!  I would recommend this to anyone who has some previous knowledge about Aromatherapy and Essential Oils.  I do feel that someone starting out might need a bit more about the history of oils and safe use.  It would be very helpful to have listed what to do if you accidentally rub oils in your eye though.  I had to discover what to do without the use of this book.

In Closing:  I would definitely recommend this pocket reference to anyone who needs a quick and easy guide for essential oils.  (After telling them what to do if they accidentally rub oils in the eye.)

NOTE: If you accidentally rub essential oils in your eye, DON’T rinse with water, it burns worse and can cause damage! IMMEDIATELY use a generous amount of coconut oil to soothe the area and dilute the oil. The coconut oil will not hurt your eye, it will temporarily make the vision blurry, but no worries.  Seek medical attention if this does not take care of it.  But it has always worked for me!

For those wishing to delve deeper into the history and use of oils, no worries, I’ll have recommendations for more extensive books on the subject soon.

While I don’t see my exact version (dated 1st printing 1995) of this book available, I did find an updated version by Susan and Valerie Ann Worwood, and purchased it from Amazon on 2/19/19.  It is essentially the same with a few updates throughout the book noted, most notably the supplier’s recommendations in the back of the book. 


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