The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

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by Valerie Ann Worwood

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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.


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.

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The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy

By Valerie Ann Worwood

New World Library

Copyright © 1991 Valerie Ann Worwood
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ISBN: 0931432820


The Fragrant Pharmacy

WHEN YOU ENTER the fragrant pharmacy a whole world of possibility is waiting for you. There you will find nature in one of its most powerful forms-aromatic liquid substances known as "essential oils" which are extracted from certain species of flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, roots, and trees. These concentrated liquids are indispensable to medicine, and to the food and cosmetic industries. There are at present about three hundred of the essential oils, which between them constitute an extremely effective medical system. Many of these are the active ingredient in drugs prescribed by the orthodox Western system of medicine, or the inspiration for chemical copies. In food and drink essential oils are used to give natural flavor and aroma, and as preservatives. Manufacturers of cosmetics appreciate their cell-rejuvenating and beautifying properties, while the fragrance industry is more concerned with their delightful aroma and their mood and emotion-enhancing capacities.

Each single oil is sued for many diverse purposes. For example, peppermint oil is an antiinflammatory used to treat rheumatism and arthritis; and it is prescribed by doctors for the relief of discomfort in the digestive system, under the trade name"Colperin." It is well known that peppermint is used by confectioners; and less well known that it is also an ingredient in aftershave lotions. It is across this wide spectrum that this book extends, explaining fully and for the first time the many uses to which essential oils can be put in the home. We shall see peppermint oil used for all the purposes mentioned above and many more besides, form a headache cure to a method of clearing an ant's nest or deterring mice from spending the winter in your roof.

Impressive though the medicinal qualities of essential oils are, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy is not just a book in which to look up an illness and find the appropriate treatment. This is the household manual of the future and it provides answers to a very wide range of problems. These natural plant oils can be used to treat your child's flu, or called upon when you want to create a delicious and exciting new dish when the boss is invited to dinner. They will get rid of the fleas from your dog's coat as easily as the aphids from your garden plants. They will help you at work or play-at the same time as helping your tomatoes to grow. With the essential oils you can take control of your life and environment, secure in the knowledge that your well-being will be improved. You can use them for all the same purposes that the medical professions and the food and beauty industries do ... and more!

All who know the pure product and use it with understanding come to respect the essential oils. One cannot but admire their ability to operate effectively not only on the cellular, physical level, but in the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic areas of our lives also. If anything in this world is holistic, it is essential oils. However, it is not only because the essential oils treat a human being as a whole that they could be the materia medica of the future. They provide a system of medicine which is not only in total biochemical harmony with the human body, but also noninvasive to it in terms of heat and electromagnetism. In addition, their delivery system is so efficient that chemical drugs are made to look crude by comparison. The usual way of taking chemical drugs-orally-is the least effective method of taking essential oils because it involves passing the substance through the digestive system where it comes into contact with food and bacteria with which it could chemically interact. Essential oils, on the other hand, can be applied through the skin-in massage oils or by osmosis in the bath-or by inhalation in a variety of methods.

The extraordinary versatility of nature's essential oils is made possible by the fact that they come in a most convenient form. A few drops of pure lavender oil wiped on a burn effects the most remarkable cure as the skin returns to normal within days, whereas without it there would be a blistering patch and, eventually, a scar. You can return to the same little bottle when you have a headache-just one drop rubbed on the temples will bring relief. Because lavender is a natural deterrent of mosquitoes and moths, among other insects, it can as easily be dabbed on a ribbon and hung at the window to deter the former, or put on a cotton-wool ball and placed in the wardrobe to deter the latter. The natural antibiotic and antiseptic qualities of lavender oil make it not only a highly effective wash for cuts and grazes-on you or your pet-but also for tables, tiles, and fridges. The fact that it smells divine means that it's a delight to use anywhere and any time, and makes it a useful oil when creating an air freshener.

Essential oils are one of the great untapped resources of the world. Here we have a system of natural help that is far more than a system of medicine that can prevent illness and alleviate symptoms. These extremely complex precious liquids are extracted from very specific species of plant life and are in harmony with people and planet alike. By taking essential oils into our lives we find a way to provide our family and home with the protection and pleasure they need without polluting ourselves or our environment with chemicals.

These days the medicines and household goods we use are mostly chemical-based, and the food we eat and the air we breathe contain more chemicals than we would like. The cumulative effect of these, and the unknown effects as they react together within us, cannot be good for us, any more than chemical overload is good for the planet. Sooner or later we are going to have to find some alternatives and, for some of our problems, the alternative is literally right under our noses, drawing us to them with their sweet-smelling aroma-precious miracles and delights of creation, nature's essential oils.

Excerpted from The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood Copyright © 1991 by Valerie Ann Worwood
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The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Garnetwren More than 1 year ago
This book could also be titled "Everything you could ever Possibly do with an Essential Oil" I did find it was missing some information. I was looking for something that addressed the effects of scent on mood and emotions. What I got was a holistic cookbook for everything from facial creams to fruit punch. It's still a fascinating read though and Valerie Worwood is clearly and expert in her subject. She is missing some important info...for instance Lemon is photo toxic...yet she includes it in high concentrations in many of her skin care preparations...she should warn to use sunscreen more often...or suggest some more natural alternatives. For those looking for a more in depth look at the effects of essential oils on emotions or mood...Ms. Worwood has another book listed below on the subject.
sublimelmf More than 1 year ago
This is a great handbook for aromatherapy! There are tons of recipes. The only problem I've found is that sometimes it'll state that a particular oil is good for a certain ailment but won't tell you how much to use or how to use it. Some do, but others are more general like that. But it definitely has the most information of any of my books and is a great beginner book as well as one for people who are familiar with aromatherapy already. It would be a great gift for anyone who is interested in it but doesn't know where to start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A basic for your aromatherapy library. Worwood covers medicinal use of essential oils thoroughly as well as skin care and kitchen use.
Linda-NewYork More than 1 year ago
Valerie Ann Woodward takes a practical approach in her informative book on aromatherapy. Being very educational, there is something for everyone at every level. She not only gives instruction on the essential oils themselves, but also the application of these oils. Included are easy-to-follow recipes formulas for a number of conditions. A great resource on the art of aromatherapy.
heather27410 More than 1 year ago
I love this book...without it I do not know how I would make my daily mixtures of essential oils to diffuse. They are so wonderful and this book has everything about them.
BettyMN More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book for the beginner and for the seasoned user of oils. It is easy to read and understand, well organized and excellent directions. No frills just absolutely excellent information.
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I like that this book is very comprehensive. It has very useful information about using oils during different stages of life (childhood, adulthood, etc.). It has quite a few disclaimers about safety, and is definitely a good book for a beginner looking for more information (like me). I also appreciated that this seems to be an independent source, and not linked to a specific essential oil brand. (Although, the author does make suggestions about which companies are reputable.) There were a few things I didn't like, and I'll have to get a new resource to fill in the gaps. I wish there was more information on mood (maybe, since this is an old resource, the research wasn't ready to be published.) The organization of this book was a little tricky to navigate. Sometimes there would be information or a formula hidden in a paragraph, and not organized into a table, as most of her formulas are. Despite these drawbacks, I am glad I purchased this book.
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Janet-Christy More than 1 year ago
I purchased this edition of The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy to replace my worn out copy of a previous edition. I would not be without this wonderful resource and tool. It is well written and addresses most health and wellness issues that I have experienced. Thank you Ms. Wormwood for this great book.
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Hyrumski More than 1 year ago
I have owned this book for 13 years! I use it nearly every single day. It is helpful and easy to understand for beginners or hobbyist like me. It is excellent for every day use.
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kicsi-anu More than 1 year ago
Although I already have a ton of books, several on essential oils, my book addiction led me to buy yet another book, and oh, how happy I am that I did. This book will be my new refernce when ailments hit our house. She has very straight forward, easy to understand dosing recommendations and doesn't get too complicated. Her approach to health is also nice, while not too "earthy and granola" but not a supporter of eating fast food daily. Kind of 'East Meets West', which is what I personally follow. I think its particularly a good book for parents of little ones, ages 6 and under. Since medications for little children have been pulled off the shelf by the FDA, many parents might have been left feeling helpless and lost. Essential oils DO WORK and are safer than drugging them up. For a book that is shy of being 20 years old, its very up-to-date and timeless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first resource I turn to when I want to change my mood, amp up or turn down my energy, prepare for an interview, etc. In fact, it even has a 'do and don't' list of oils for job interviews! Covering a wide range of emotional & physical states, environments, and situations, it's broad enough to cover any need I've had. It provides a list of essential oils for particular rooms, ailments, mental states, etc., usually 10 or so to allow you to create your own blends, as well as her own synergystic blends of 3-4 oils each. The details provided for the nature & effects of each oil have allowed me to create my own 'recipes' and to keep a record of their effects on me and on those I've made for others. This is the first book I'd recommend for anyone considering or already using essential oils.