The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

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A needed source for any individual thinking about alternative methods to healing, this book contains greater than 600 easy-to-follow dishes for crucial oil treatments and aromatherapy.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 1st edition (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931432820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931432828
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Customer Reviews

It has a lot of information, but I wish it was more in depth…….

289 people found this helpful.
 on December 3, 2016
By SweetAndSalty
I’m not really sure why this is not showing a verified purchase, I bought it on amazon and paid full price…… anyway……. I purchased this book mainly for its blends. The essential oil and carrier oil profiles are just a plus for me. I like that this book has many chapters. It has many seperate sections, and it has a lot of information! It has over 800 essential oil blends, which I am very happy about, as it’s why I ordered the book. The carrier and essential oil profiles are good, and I like that there are carrier oil profiles, instead of just essential oil profiles. There is also a lot of information in this book for using essential oils with children. I have an 18 month old daughter and I always seek the natural route first. I love that she has the blends organized according to ailment. There is a great section on skin care and hair care with essential oils and carrier oils, as well as insomnia, the two sections I have personally found most helpful so far. I have made several blends based on her information and all have been wonderful! There is also a section all about hydrosols and profiles for hydrosols. And there are even cooking recipes for using essential oils in food! I have been using essential oils for 10+ years, so this book was purchased for a bit of inspiration for blends. Now that I’ve stated the positives, here are the negatives. There are reasons I gave this book 3 stars, first because I am not thrilled with how thin the pages are (slightly thicker than Bible pages). It makes it harder to flip through the pages quickly, and I feel I have to be very gentle, as not to tear the pages. I also didn’t see any rare oil profiles and I was very surprised there was no oil profile for or mention of moroccan blue tansy essential oil. I use this essential oil quite often and I would have liked for it to be used in some of the blends. This book came highly recommended by my essential oil supplier and I can see why! It does have a lot of information! But I would prefer more in depth information, honestly. I can see this book getting some use in my home. I have many books on essential oils and I’ll add this book to the collection. I have included a photo so you can see how thick with information this book literally is! UPDATE: I wanted to update my review. I’m a little annoyed with the organization of this book. I also do not like the fact that many of the recommendations of carrier oils and essential oils for skin and hair, are extremely general. For example; every carrier oil is good for All Skin Types! There is not one carrier oil that is not good for all skin types! She does not give any absorption rates or comedogenic ratings for carrier oils. I’ve started to notice parts of this book that are lacking, and I would have thought being an edited version and the 25th anniversary edition, that this book would have more depth, better editing, and more organization. I’m a bit irritated now that I’ve had more time with this book and prefer my other essential oil books for reference. My favorite authors are; Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (my go to quick reference), Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (he writes the book on essential oils!), and Kurt Schnaubelt, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (thats his newest one, it is a wealth of knowledge). I feel there are better choices as far as essential oil books go other than this book!

Complete state of the art information. No other reference necessary.

77 people found this helpful.
 on November 1, 2016
By YetiKitty
Excellent reference. Tells me everything I wanted to know about essential oils and answers questions I hadn’t even thought of yet. I have a fairly extensive collection of books on the subject but I won’t need them any more.

The ultimate in essential oils reference!

45 people found this helpful.
 on November 20, 2016
By Little Puffy Guy
I have lots of great EO books, but this one is the most informative! I really love the recipes in my other books, but this book has so much info in it that my others don’t, so it is a great addition to my library!

The Bible of Essential Oils

6 people found this helpful.
 on June 1, 2017
By Oregonians
For many, this is the preferred reference book on the topic of essential oils. This book is informative and thorough; it’s clear and concise. You will find yourself referencing it again and again. It’s chock-full of recipes and long-standing remedies. One of the reasons people love this book is because the author is practical. She was an expert long before the essential oil craze. She wrote this in a simple clear-cut manner without any hype. Honestly, if you like essential oils you will appreciate this book.

Excellent book! Very professionally done

25 people found this helpful.
 on October 31, 2016
By MV Born
Excellent book! Very professionally done. It will be one of my ‘go to’ books in my library.

Five Stars

16 people found this helpful.
 on January 10, 2016
By Shannon Q
Exactly what I was looking for! This book comes with tons and tons of recipes. I believe it has over 600! There is so much great info in this book that I couldn’t possibly cover it all here. So you will just have to buy yourself a copy to find out! 😜 It does talk about different ailments and it will give you essential oil recipes. It teaches you a lot about essential oils so it is definitely great for a beginner. What I love most about this book is that I can look up an ailment in the back and it will send me right to the recipe I need to remedy it. I think this would be great for people who have a hard time sitting down and reading a book. It is also just a great reference to have if you are in a rush or just for everyday life! I highly recommend this book and I’m so glad that I purchased it. The price was great as well. If you are not aware a lot of reference books for essential oils cost $40+ so this one won’t break the bank! If you found my review helpful please let me know by clicking below. Thank you! 😊

Best non-technical book on the subject

7 people found this helpful.
 on July 12, 2016
By Victoria G.
As an aromatherapist, I have written and administered an aromatherapy course and was a wholesaler of essential oils for many years. Recently, a family member wanted to learn about the use of essential oils. I did not hesitate to buy him a copy of my favorite book on the subject as the quickest way for him to learn. Valerie Worwood goes over all of the uses and precaution;, and it offers recipes using the basic oils that I believe no home should be without. There are a lot of books out there on aromatherapy, and this one is superior to most.

I’m So Happy To Have This Book!

5 people found this helpful.
 on August 20, 2016
By arentUlovely
I first borrowed this book from my local library because I’m interested in learning about essential oils and aromatherapy. However, I didn’t get into it like I wanted because I knew I’d want to mark pages and write notes on certain things that stuck out to me as I was reading. That said, this book is a must have for beginners and those who are more experienced with essential oils. While it is a large book in size, it is comfortable to hold and the font size is pleasant on the eyes. I am very impressed with how the writer gives detailed information of the use of specific essential oils, the does/don’ts of using them, etc. Now that I have what I’d consider to be my “encyclopedia” of essential oils and aromatherapy, I feel better prepared to move forward in this exciting exploration.

This book has been quite helpful in navigating essential oils on a basic level and I have enjoyed reading through it and actuall

3 people found this helpful.
 on June 27, 2017
By Jenna L
For starters it has a decent amount of “animal” aromatherapy and it is not scientifically based. Most animals cannot process or metabolize essential oils. This part of the book is quite dangerous actually and might cause serious harm if used. Another section that alarms me is the part if cooking with essential oils. There are many different Multi Level Marketing (MLM) companies that promote using essential oils in food. However, this is not a safe practice without truly understanding the scientific compounds and how they will react with various medications, age ranges, etc. Before introducing essential oils into your food make sure to coordinate with a certified aromatherapist.

You will not regret buying this book, especially if you are new to EOs (as I am).

9 people found this helpful.
 on June 12, 2016
By stine
Being new to EOs, I was looking for a good starter book to learn about them and how to use them, including how to make my own blends so I wouldn’t have to rely on brand name blends for everything. This book got great reviews everywhere I looked, so I ordered it…and I am so glad I did. She begins with the science behind oils and the various methods for applying/using them. LOTS of GREAT information. One of the BEST things about this book is that the author keeps it SIMPLE when it comes to which oils to use. She lists her top ten oils to have on hand and her top ten oils to travel with (most overlap). With just those oils, you can treat just about EVERY ailment listed in her (incredibly comprehensive) book. On each page, she lists how to mix them and then has a column listing alternate oils you can use if you are missing one of the ten originally listed or if you just have a different preference. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that I didn’t have to order 137 oils that I won’t ever get around to using, because most of the treatments involve oils from her 2 lists. It has been so much less overwhelming than another book I bought later for comparison purposes. The second book will list completely different oils for every treatment, there is very little repetition/consistency of oil usage. I would have to buy hundreds of oils to use the treatments listed in the second book, whereas Valerie’s book allowed me to get by with about a dozen or so as I get started.

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