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The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness


The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness
Author: Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele
Publisher: Robert Rose
Copyright: 2014
Number of Pages: 480
ISBN: 0778804860 / 978-0778804864

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The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness is a must-have book for the aromatherapy libraries of beginners and intermediates who are eager to gain a solid understanding of specific essential oils, hydrosols and carrier oils and learn how to safely incorporate them within therapeutic and daily living applications. It is a good choice as a first book for those who are seriously interested in learning about aromatherapy.

The book is based on an aromatherapy book written a couple decades ago by Australian aromatherapy and herbal expert Nerys Purchon. Nerys Purchon passed away in 2011. Lora Cantele has beautifully and thoroughly revised and updated The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness to incorporate information and research discovered since the original book was published.

While I classify the book as most suitable for beginners and intermediates, the 480-page book and its numerous tips, recipes and supporting information also merits a place in the libraries of those with more advanced essential oil and aromatherapy knowledge.

The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness features the following information:

Part 1: The Oils

Essential Oil Profiles: Includes botanical names, descriptions, uses, cautions and additional supporting information (where appropriate) for approximately* 85 essential oils.

Hydrolat (Hydrosol) Profiles: Includes botanical names, brief descriptions, uses, cautions and additional supporting information, where appropriate, for approximately* 11 hydrolats.

Carrier Oil and Butter Profiles: Includes botanical names and brief descriptions for approximately* 24 carrier oils and vegetable butters.

* I counted quickly, so the actual number may be different.

Part 2: Remedies

Conditions and Remedies: Includes descriptions, remedies (recipes), tips, cautions and supporting information for approximately* 205 alphabetized conditions. (*I counted quickly based on the well-organized, alphabetized index shown on pages 149-151).

Part 3: Aromatherapy for Daily Living

Part 3 is a well organized section that focuses upon providing recipes and details for utilizing essential oils in personal care (skincare, hair care and body care), massage and in home cleaning/fragrancing applications.

Part 4: Practicalities

Provides brief information on equipment, measurements and storage information. Also includes a glossary and index.

Description from the Back Cover

Essential oils, often described as the "life force" of plants, are one of nature's most potent forms of healing. For centuries these aromatic essences have been used not only to support the body's ability to heal itself, but also to create nurturing personal care products and to enhance the quality of life. Now, within the pages of this fascinating and in-depth book you can explore the inspiring world of aromatherapy. Using readily available ingredients, learn how to enrich your physical and mental well-being by incorporating essential oils into your everyday life.

Featuring extensive and easy-to-follow information on:

  • Using essential oils and their therapeutic properties
  • A broad range of conditions and remedies
  • Therapeutic healing for babies and children
  • Skincare, hair care and body care
  • Massage
  • Creating natural home care products

Includes a glossary and resources.

Nervys Purchon was one of Australia's leading experts on aromatherapy and essential oils. her books have sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide.

Lora Cantele, RA CMAIA, AAS, is a registered clinical aromatologist, certified Swiss reflex therapist, international lecturer, and aromatherapy educator and writer.

Table of Contents for The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness

  • Preface to the First Edition
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: The Aromatic Apothecary
    • Using Essential Oils
    • Cautions When Using Essential Oils
    • For Professionals Only
  • Part 1: The Oils
    • Properties of Essential Oils
    • Why the Botanical Name is Important
    • Key Essential Oils and Their Properties
    • Essential Oils (A to Y)
    • Hydrolats
    • Fixed (Carrier) Oils and Butters
    • Basic Massage Oil Blends and Treatment Bases
    • Infused Oils
  • Part 2: Remedies
    • Conditions and Remedies (Abrasions to Workplace Stress)
  • Part 3: Aromatherapy for Daily Living
    • Aromatherapy for Personal Care
      • Skincare
      • Hair Care
      • Body Care
    • Aromatherapy for the Home
    • Aromatherapy for Massage
  • Part 4: Practicalities
    • Equipment
    • Measuring and Storing Essential Oils
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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