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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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
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.
TRY IT OUT
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
How to Use Essential Oils 9
Carrier Oils 12
Using Essential Oils Safely 15
The Oils Floral 17
Blue Chamomile 18
Roman Chamomile 38
Rose Geranium 42
Bay Laurel 48
Clary Sage 50
Dill Seed 52
Sweet Marjoram 66
Tea Tree 86
Anise Seed 90
Black Pepper 92
Cinnamon Leaf 98
Coriander Seed 102
Carrot Seed 110
Cedarwood (Atlas) 112
Fir Needle 118
Juniper Berry 122
Sweet Orange 152