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Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

A comprehensive guide to using essential oils in health, beauty, and well-being.

Aromatherapy offers countless uses, from cosmetics to therapeutics for balancing body, mind, and spirit. Drawing on 75 combined years of experience in botanical therapies, Keville and Green update their complete guide with the latest information for aromatherapy practitioners and students, providing an invaluable resource that includes more than 90 formulas for using essential oils in health and first aid, skin and hair care, massage, relaxation, and more.

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3 comments to Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

  • Debbie

    This book is an invaluable asset to the aromatherapy novice. Let me start by saying I love this book! Finally a complete guide that is easy to read and affordable. The descriptions, explanations, and step-by-step preparation methods are written for the novice and are easy to follow. I especially like the quick reference on page 30 outlining the basic essential oils. I copied it onto a piece of bright purple paper and put it on my refrigerator for easy reference. The book is full of them, and I think they’re wonderful to use in concocting new, safe and different aromatherapy mixtures. Likewise I enjoyed the herbal, aromatic recipes in chapter ten. I would have liked, though, to have seen photos or drawings of some of the major herbs and procedures described throughout the book. Since I am just beginning in my studies in aromatherapy, it would have been nice to have a visual reference to look to after reading about a specific herb’s positive attributes and usage. That said, Kathi Keville and Mindy Green have done a remarkable job of translating the seemingly enigmatic language of aromatherapy. The charts in chapter four are especially helpful. Now lavender oil has become a relaxing addition to all my baths!

  • Joseph Blohm

    Good starter book This book gave suggestions for using both herbs and essential oils in health and beauty applications. It covered the use of herbs and essential oils in massage, in cooking, and in making perfume and beauty products like lip balm, lotions, daily skin care, shampoos, and so on. They gave enough scientific and detailed information that a person could safely and competently make their own mixes to achieve a desired effect. In the back, they also included quick-reference charts covering what essential oil was good for what. Overall, it covered a wide variety of information in good depth.The authors kept to a fairly scientific approach to essential oils. Some books view essential oils in a mystical way, like they are a magical source of healing or courage/love/etc. potions. In my view, essential oils are simply naturally-derived medicines, and very effective ones at that, so I appreciated how they approached essential oils.My one “complaint” is that the section detailing what each essential oil could do listed so many things for each oil that I couldn’t believe they all did practically everything (at least, that’s what it looked like on first reading). I wanted to know what each oil really did do, not all the uses people have ever used it for. So I bought “Advanced Aromatherapy” Kurt Schnaubelt, which clearly explains a number of scientific studies on what various essential oils do. That’s the book I primarily refer to now, and it’s always been correct.So, if you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, this is a great starter book. I’d also recommend “Advanced Aromatherapy” Kurt Schnaubelt.Review by Debbie from Different Time, Different Place (differenttimedifferentplace. blogspot. com)

  • Anonymous

    Excellent Book! I would highly recommend this book. I attended one of Kathi’s workshops on using herbs and essential oils for first aid and she is a wonderful teacher. I subsequently bought her book (one of the many she has published) and have found them easy to read and very informative. I have made at least 10 of her essential oil recipes for myself, my friends and my family with terrific results. I recommend this book for both experienced aromatherapists and novices alike. It also makes an excellent gift!

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