Best-selling author and herbalist Stephanie L. Tourles offers reliable guidance on using essential oils effectively and safely. This friendly, accessible introduction to the 25 most versatile oils for health and wellness highlights the key characteristics of lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, and other popular oils. You’ll learn how to blend and apply these highly concentrated aromatherapy oils for use from head to toe. The 100 recipes — including Tranquil Demeanor Balm, Super Herbal Antibacterial Drops, Sunburn Rescue Spray, Sore Muscle Bath Salts, and Dream Weaver’s Relaxing Rub — offer fragrant, natural ways to enhance well-being and promote healing.
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About the Author
Stephanie L. Tourles is the author of Pure Skin Care and Stephanie Tourles’s Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide, as well as the best-selling Organic Body Care Recipes, Hands-On Healing Remedies, and Raw Energy. As a licensed holistic esthetician with a strong background in Western and Ayurvedic herbalism, she has been practicing and teaching healthy living for more than 25 years. Tourles has extensive training in the nutritional sciences and is a certified aromatherapist, nationally certified reflexologist, and a professional member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists. She lives in Tyrone, Georgia.
Table of Contents
The Scent-sational World of Essential Oils 1 Essential Oils 101 2 Quality, Safety & Storage 3 Aromatherapy: A Fragrant Pharmacy Suggested Dilutions for Various Methods of Applications Essential Oil Measurement Conversion Chart 4 Essential Oil Profiles & Recipes The Top 11 Essentials German Chamomile Roman Chamomile Clove Bud Eucalyptus Geranium Lavender Lemon Peppermint Rosemary Tea Tree Thyme 14 Additional Essentials Bergamot Cardamom Virginia Cedarwood Cinnamon Bark Cypress Balsam Fir Frankincense Ginger Grapefruit Helichrysum Sweet Marjoram Myrrh Sweet Orange Scotch Pine 5 The “Essential” Home Apothecary Appendix: Making Herb-Infused Oils Resources Recommended Reading Acknowledgments Index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you are new to aromatherapy, Stephanie Tourles’s Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide is a perfect starting point. The author lists the top 11 oils that every practitioner should have available. German Chamomile, Roman chamomile, clove bud, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree and thyme. She also lists 14 more oils that are nice to have but not essential. For each oil, the history, its natural state, safety warnings, and what it cures both physically and psychologically are listed. Finally, each oil contains several recipes for its use. These recipes vary between balms, massage oils, roll-ons, mists, sprays, dropper bottles, bath salts, gels, beverages, and nasal “sniffer” tubes. Each recipe includes how to use the result. Many include recipe modifications for children and warnings about when usage in not recommended (i.e., on open wounds or for asthmatics). The recipes include deodorant, breath spray, toothpaste, mouthwash, bathroom spray, lip gloss, insect repellent, flavored toothpicks, and body wash. There are recipes that cure an amazing amount of illnesses like headaches, backaches, sore feet, dry hands, menstrual cramps, and acne. The recipes also assist healing of flu/colds, sinus infections, insect bites, hemorrhoids, dermatitis, eczema, burns and other wound care. Some recipes give psychological benefits like energy, stress reduction, concentration and happiness. As the title indicates, this is a book only for those just starting their journey into aromatherapy. However, this book serves that reader well. It includes only the need-to-know information written in plain English—no chemistry degree needed. Most recipes need less than five ingredients. The in-depth coverage of a limited amount of oils mean the initial cost to try a few recipes would be lower than in more advanced books. If you are curious about aromatherapy, you should read this book. Thanks to the publisher, Storey Publishing, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.
What an informative book! I truly love it! I have dabbled in essential oils. I use them in my homemade surface cleaners, laundry detergent, DIY vicks rubs, etc., but I must admit, my knowledge of them was pretty basic. So, when I saw this book I jumped at the chance to become a little more informed on the subject. This is a fairly comprehensive reference book. The author teaches us about chemotypes/ct, safety, storage and dilution guidelines. There are many wonderful recipes. I especially appreciated the Bug Bite Roll-On Remedy, the Herbal Fresh Deodorant Spray and the “Pure Hands” Sanitizing Spray recipes. There are many other great recipes I am looking forward to tying as well. The author has instilled an excitement in me about the art of “oiling!”