The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy:
Over 600 Natural, Non- Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and a Safe Home Environment Book Review
Essential oils have been used since the beginning of human history to effectively and naturally treat mental and physical illnesses and injuries without harmful side effects. However, modern man has moved away from nature to chemically based, man-made solutions in an unsuccessful attempt to improve longevity and his standard of living.
Unfortunately, the modern-day diet and our way of life expose us to harmful agents and stimulants. Essential oils and aromatherapy are known as natural treatments for just about any mental or physical illness, and successfully counter the effect of modern day living quickly and safely.
Valerie Ann Worwood wanted to share her lifetime of knowledge about essential oils. She had written several books addressing different aromatherapy and essential oil topics, but was never satisfied with what she found when looking for an all in one resource. She began putting her
limitless essential oil knowledge down on paper, and the successful result is The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and a Safe Home Environment.
How the Book Is Laid Out
With 448 pages, Valerie Ann Worwood has compiled what many believe to be the quintessential aromatherapy encyclopedia. It is available for instant access through digital download at Amazon and other online e-book retailers. You may also purchase a physical book in paperback form.
An Introduction entitled The Fragrant Pharmacy is followed by 18 in-depth chapters covering literally everything you need to know about aromatherapy and essential oils. The book then finishes up with 3 Appendices and a helpful Index.
On a single page before the stirring introduction, the author warns the reader that …
“Not all natural plants or plant products are beneficial to health. Deadly nightshade can be
poisonous and stinging nettles sting. The following essential oils should not be used under
She then goes on to list plants like wormwood (oddly similar to her name), bitter almond, yellow camphor, horseradish, mustard, sassafras and several other unhealthy essential oils you should avoid.
In The Fragrant Pharmacy, a term Worwood uses to describe the field of aromatherapy and essential oils, the author describes nature as its most powerful. You discover that essential oils are aromatic liquids extracted from the roots, fruits and leaves of plants, trees, flowers and grasses.
The diversity and specificity of the roughly 300 known essential oils are highlighted. The author points out that most medicines and other common goods and products are chemically based. She reminds us the same applies to of much of the air we breathe and the things we eat. She then states that the healthy alternative to man-made chemicals is “literally right under our noses” in the form of essential oils.
Chapter 1 is entitled Medicines Out Of The Earth.
The ancient history of using nature to cure human ailments and illnesses is discussed as a precursor to today’s aromatherapy industry. The fact that there are 300 essential oils is reiterated, but this seasoned essential oil user points out that most households only need about 10 specific oils to cover all of their likely needs.
Unlike man-made chemicals, you find that essential oils are not toxic. They enter and leave your body cleanly, and can be beneficial through inhalation, topical application, in perfumes, cosmetics, lotions, and baths. One point of interest found here is the fact that essential oils do not remain
in your body. They deliver health benefits and then are expelled in a few hours.
The history of essential oil use as a timeless natural treatment is proven by a quote from Hippocrates, widely regarded as the father of modern medicine …
“The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and scented massage every day.”
A quick history of the use of plants, minerals and essential oils for health benefits is then discussed. Worwood discusses synergy, adaptogens, and chemotypes, the 3 major qualities of most essential oils.
This is followed by a handy chart which shows 21 different ways to use essential oils, with approximate doses and tips included. Consider chapter 1 as a “how to use this book” tutorial and quick introduction to essential oils.
Chapter 2 is titled Your Basic Care Kit.
It is here the author explains her previous statement that you really only need a few versatile and
powerful essential oils to treat roughly 95% to 100% of your daily needs. Lavender, eucalyptus, lemon and 7 other oils are recommended. This chapter alone is well worth the purchase price of this inexpensive e-book or paperback. It also includes most of the applications you can use
the basic care kit for.
Chapter 3 covers traveling with your essential oils.
As a recognized global authority on aromatherapy, Worwood discusses transporting your oils, how
to combat sunlight and heat, and even provides an excellent Emergency Reference Chart that you can refer to in an instant for quick treatment of common injuries and ailments.
Chapter 4 is unique compared to other essential oil guides.
It discusses Occupational Oils for the Working Man and Woman. You discover what oils are more frequently used at home, at the office, in a factory situation, and at the hospital. You learn how to quickly and very effectively treat corrosive burns, back problems, aches and pains from repetitive
movements, visual and mental stress and even burnout.
Chapter 5 is titled Assertive Oils for Sports, Dance, and Workouts.
The author is fond of including helpful lists, charts, and tables for quick reference. In this chapter, which is self-explanatory, you learn how to treat exercise and dancing injuries, and included is an exhaustive, alphabetized A to Z index of sports and dance injuries.
The author uses chapter 6 to explain just how you can turn back the clock and use oils as a way to anti-age. Facial scrubs face masks, cleansers and astringents are explained for combating wrinkles and delivering The Fragrant Way to Beauty. The focus here is on your face, neck, eyes and
Chapter 7, The Body Beautiful
Shows exactly how you can use essential oils to defeat cellulite. It also shows how to use baths, body lotions, and other applications to keep your hands, breasts, nails, feet and arms young
looking, strong and healthy.
Chapter 8 explains how to cure any hair problem with essential oils.
Chapter 9 is a definite “must read” if you have young children or babies.
This chapter is broken down into youngsters aged 2 to 12 months, 2 years to 12 and the teenage years, and there is a special section included for treating handicapped children.
Chapter 10 is lengthy. The author spends a lot of time explaining how essential oils can be used to improve women’s health issues. From menstrual problems to infertility, prenatal and postnatal issues, gynecological and breast concerns and any other woman’s health issue,
this is an excellent resource.
Chapter 11 explains the use of essential oils for health problems specific to men, concentrating on the reproductive system, the liver, balding, and keeping your skin healthy. Chapter 12 can be considered a “50 and over”
Chapter 12 can be considered a “50 and over” guide to aromatherapy and essential oils.
Chapter 13 tells you how to use essential oils for Fragrant Care For Your Home. This includes such categories as Bacteria Busters, the Kitchen, Air Fresheners, the Bedroom and the Bathroom. You will also learn how to make your own soaps and fragrant candles. Chapter 14 is devoted entirely
Chapter 14 is devoted entirely to making your own perfumes, colognes and custom essential oils.
Chapter 15 is a nice addition not usually found in most essential oil resources. From Christmas to Halloween, Saint Valentine’s Day to Easter, you discover wonderful ways to enhance the holidays naturally. This includes making party punches and presents and treating overindulgence.
Chapter 16 is probably going to be one of your favorite sections. This chapter devotes a large section of the book to Cooking with Essential Oils. You learn to make appetizers, sauces, salad oils and vinegars, butters and spreads, breads and pastries. You also discover how to accent the flavor of fish, meat, vegetables and other foods.
Chapter 17 discusses Natural Help for Domestic Animals.
Chapter 18 gets you started creating Gardens for the Future. This includes using essential oils in your garden, as well as planting and harvesting The Perfect Crop of essential oils for home use.
Who Benefits From The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and a Safe Home Environment?
At 448 informative pages, you discover why many in the global aromatherapy community consider Valerie Ann Worwood as the leading expert on anything and everything concerning essential oils.
You may just be getting started researching the incredibly healthy impact essential oils can have in your life. On the other hand, you may be a veteran in this discipline. Either way, this affordably priced encyclopedia of essential oils knowledge can benefit you and your family through better mental and physical health for the rest of your lives.