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A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils: 65+ Essential Oils for a Healthy Mind and Body

A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils: 65+ Essential Oils for a Healthy Mind and Body

by Lisa Butterworth


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A clear-cut guide to understanding the curative power of plant essences, A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils teaches you how to use essential oils safely and concoct your own therapeutic blends.

Essential oils give us the ability to take our health into our own hands, supplying natural, easy ways to address a wide range of issues from the mental to the physical. There's a lot of information to explore, and those unfamiliar with essential oils may feel overwhelmed. A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils is the perfect introduction to the curative properties of essential oils, from lavender and lemongrass to sweet orange and sandalwood. The 70 most helpful oils are divided into categories based on their scent, ranging from herbaceous to citrus, floral to spicy. And the profiles in A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils provide the benefits, origin, effective application methods, and safety precautions of each oil.

A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils encourages readers to incorporate their favorite oils into daily life, learning to make their own blends and discovering natural solutions to boost skin and hair health, alleviate anxiety and depression, support digestion, and treat inflammation. Succinct, useful, and easy-to-digest, A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils can help anyone tap into the natural world and cultivate an intuition for healing.

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ISBN-13: 9780593135990
Publisher: Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,128,327
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lisa Butterworth is a writer and editor at Bust and Tidal magazines. Based in Los Angeles, she specializes in topics and trends within the realms of fashion, food, and pop culture. She has written for Nylon, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, Elle, PopSugar, Oyster, New York, and more. She is the author of The Beginner’s Guide to Crystals and A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils.

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Plants are magic. They’re the unsung heroes of our life here on earth, cleaning our air, fortifying our soil, and, when properly used, healing our ailments. Essential oils offer us direct access to the curative power of plants, by distilling them to their essences and making their myriad benefits readily available, accessible, and, for the most part, affordable. They give us the ability to take our health into our own hands, and give us natural, easy ways to address a wide range of issues from the mental and emotional to the physical.

Natural plant remedies have been employed by humans for millennia, used for both preventative and reactive care. Today, even with all the wonders and benefits of modern medicine, essential oils are a marvelous way to tap into the natural world and help cultivate the knowledge and intuition necessary to enable us to tune in to ourselves, and take care of minds, bodies, and spirits.

If you are curious about essential oils, this book offers a general, easy-to-understand overview along with brief synopses of seventy specific oils: a perfect introduction to a timetested way of healing.

A guide to working with essential oils

Lavandula angustifolia

Use it for: Treating insomnia, easing anxiety, alleviating headaches and migraines, promoting calm, soothing muscle tension.

Blend it with: Blue chamomile and Roman chamomile are similarly soothing and relaxing; eucalyptus and tea tree share lavender’s antiseptic qualities; the citrus scent of sweet orange pairs well with lavender’s floral fragrance and adds a sense of well-being.

What is it?: Lavender oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops of Lavandula angustifolia, a tall-stemmed bush that blossoms with flowers in varying shades of purple. Because of its versatility, lavender is indispensable when building an essential oil collection—it has as many physical benefits as it does mental and emotional.

Be safe: Lavender may cause drowsiness.

Direct inhalation: To ease headache pain or stave off the oncoming effects of a migraine, rub 1 drop of lavender between your palms, place hands over your nose, and inhale deeply.

Massage: Tend to muscle pain and tension by creating a massage oil. Add 15 drops of lavender to 2 tablespoons (30ml) of a carrier oil (scale up as needed). Blend and massage directly into skin.

Indirect inhalation: To encourage a deep and restful sleep, add a couple of drops of lavender to your pillowcase before going to bed.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

How to Use Essential Oils 9

Carrier Oils 12

Using Essential Oils Safely 15

The Oils Floral 17

Blue Chamomile 18

Geranium 20

Helichrysum 22

Jasmine 24

Lavandin 26

Lavender 28

Manuka 30

Neroli 32

Palmarosa 34

Petitgrain 36

Roman Chamomile 38

Rose 40

Rose Geranium 42

Ylang-ylang 44


Basil 46

Bay Laurel 48

Clary Sage 50

Dill Seed 52

Fennel 54

Hyssop 56

Lemongrass 58

Melissa 60

Oregano 62

Sage 64

Sweet Marjoram 66

Tagetes 68

Thyme 70

Yarrow 72


Cajeput 74

Eucalyptus 76

Niaouli 78

Peppermint 80

Rosemary 82

Spearmint 84

Tea Tree 86


Allspice 88

Anise Seed 90

Black Pepper 92

Caraway 94

Cardamom 96

Cinnamon Leaf 98

Clove 100

Coriander Seed 102

Ginger 104

Nutmeg 106


Benzoin 108

Carrot Seed 110

Cedarwood (Atlas) 112

Cypress 114

Elemi 116

Fir Needle 118

Frankincense 120

Juniper Berry 122

Myrrh 124

Patchouli 126

Pine 128

Sandalwood 130

Spikenard 132

Spruce 134

Valerian 136

Vetiver 138


Bergamot 140

Citronella 142

Grapefruit 144

Lemon 146

Lime 148

Mandarin 150

Sweet Orange 152

Tangerine 154

Verbena 156

Index 158

Acknowledgments 160

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