Everyday Health with Essential Oils: The Ultimate Guide to DIY Aromatherapy and Essential-Oil Natural Remedies for Everything from Mood and Hormone Balance to Digestion and Sleep by Jimm Harrison
This is an excellent book featuring what the author considers the "top 30 essential oils". The layout is informative & very easy to understand. There is no fluff or nonsense, just clear info., recipes, & helpful suggestions to assist your bodies healing process. I have been working with essential oils for well over 10 years. The more I use them, the more I love them. No matter how much I learn, I am always finding more to learn. Essential oils are wonderful to help heal the entire body naturally. I am very happy to add this awesome book to my collection.
The authors top 30 EO's (Essential Oils) are:
Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Vetiver, & Ylang-ylang.
For each of the 30 EO's the author provides some basic information about them. For example, where the oil comes from, how to use it, safety, blending, reasons the author thinks it's great, & a small facts box.
This information is followed up with the next chapter which is the meat of the book. It is the top 100 therapeutic uses for these oils. There are several recipes for each treatment along with a small section indicating additional natural methods to improve health such as following an anti-inflammatory diet, meditating, exercising, etc. This small "Natural Partners For Aromatherapy" section is somewhat frustrating for me because if it says to follow an anti-inflammatory diet for a particular health problem, that's all it says about that. If you already understand what an anti-inflammatory diet is, you can nod your head & move on. If you don't, you will have to seek out a different book for assistance. Because this book is about essential oils, not necessarily how to eat, how to do yoga, etc. it doesn't affect my positive review of it even though I found the lack of additional info frustrating. Aside from those tips, there are much more common sense tips like, "drink more water" or "sip some tea". Every "Natural Partners" tip is not one that requires further reading.
The authors 100 therapeutic recipes are for:
Abrasions, Abscesses, Aches & Pains, Acne, Addiction Support, Allergies, Anxiety, Appetite Loss, Athlete's Foot, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Back Pain, Blisters, Bloating, Body Odor, Breast Discomfort, Breast Feeding Difficulties, Bronchitis, Bruising, Bug Bites, Bunions, Burns, Cellulite, Cold Sores, Common Cold, Congestion, Constipation, Corns & Calluses, Cough, Cuts & Minor Wounds, Depression, Diarrhea, Earache, Eczema, Fatigue, Fever, Fibromyalgia, Flu, Foot Odor, Gas, Gout, Hangover, Headache, Heartburn, Hemorrhoids, High Blood Pressure, Hives, Hot Flashes, Indigestion, Inflammation, Insomnia, Irritability, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Itchy Skin, Jet Lag, Jock Itch, Joint Pain, Laryngitis, Lice, Low Libido, Memory Loss, Menstrual Cramps, Migraine, Mood Swings, Morning Sickness, Motion Sickness, Muscle Soreness, Nausea, Neck Pain, Neuralgia, Nosebleed, Overactive Bladder, Plantar Fasciitis, Poison Ivy, Oak, & Sumac, Poor Circulation, Psoriasis, Rashes, Raynaud's Disease, Razor Bumps, Restless Legs, Runny Nose, Scarring, Sciatica, Shin Splints, Shingles, Sinusitis, Skin Infection, Snoring, Sore Throat, Sprains, Stress, Stretch Marks, Stings, Sunburn, Swelling, Tennis Elbow, Tinnitus, Varicose Veins, Vertigo, Vomiting, & Warts.
The Resources section provides a quick profile of the authors top 75 essential oils, their uses & any safety concerns.
If this is your first time dipping your toes into the exciting world of essential oils, the author provides an "Aromatherapy First-Aid Kit" providing you with a very basic shopping list of EO's & the items you will need to get started.
Overall, I think this book is great. It is absolutely worth having if you are exploring EO's for the first time or are already experienced in their use. Along with this book, I personally recommend the following two books:
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments
The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide: Over 250 Recipes for Natural Wholesome Aromatherapy
With these three books, you are sure to be on your way to successfully crafting your own unique EO blends for a wide variety of uses
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