The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism
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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism

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A guide to the most commonly available aromatherapy oils. This book gives vital information on plant origins, medical herbalism and the properties and actions of herbs and essential oils. It covers 165 oils, their actions, characteristics, principal constituents and folk traditions. Part 1 An introduction to aromatics: historical roots; aromatherapy and medical herbalism;...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 15th 1995 by Element Books (first published 1992)
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Beautiful book, pleasure to view, but contains erroneous information. Author often draws conclusions about therapeutic properties of essential oils based on data from herbalism, not aromatherapy. Essential oils can have radically different therapeutic properties than their parent plant matter. Enjoyable as an introductory book but not accurate enough to serve as an aromatherapy reference.
Dec 21, 2008 Jessica rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: those interested in utilizing aromatherapy in their home and/or progress to formal aroma-education
Recommended to Jessica by: an aromatherapist in Sedona
good to have on the shelf as a general reference. i would have preferred greater standardization of the formatting within the EO profiles--keep the same colored boxes for the same tidbits. it's layout is similar to most DK Eyewitness books. the EO profiles are not in alphabetical order per common names which is another sticking point for me.
contains history of herbal and essential oil usage (including a welcome disclaimer regarding the term aromatherapy), how oils affect bodily systems, summary of various oil applications with guidelines, blending tips and extraction information. the main bulk of the book is an extensive list of oils with biological data, plant description and distribution, historical use, oil properties and safety info (including blending tips), and general application tips. a therapeutic index lists ailments with...more
Katherine Stoelwinder
Nov 30, 2013 Katherine Stoelwinder rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone willing to try!
Recommended to Katherine by: My nanna
I borrowed this book from my Nanna to take notes on, particularly on the Lavender section as I knew it's meant to be good for de-stressing but not much else. She had bought it as she has a few minor health problems, and said after that it's fantastic. Not only does it tell you what a plant would be useful for but it also gives guidance on how to administer it effectively. A must for any level of aromatherapist or herbalist!
Oct 03, 2008 mathilda_craft marked it as to-read
Heard so many good things about this book just browsin' through the internet. Bought it because I need an encyclopedia about aromatherapy and herbalism (I'm hoping it can help soothe me during these kidney stone days).

Still waiting on it... I think I'm gonna have to bug the seller. :/
Very basic book covering oils.
a thorough history of aromatics along with description of each oil by name. Latin names, method of extraction, uses, home use, etc. The only book you need to get you started with aromatics.
Iain Watson
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatics in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health and Well-Being (Health Workbooks) by Julia Lawless (1992)
good reference.

there's some things i personally would have formatted differently. overall, similar set-up to DK eyewitness books.
The images are outstanding! If you're looking for a guide to the use of oils in aromatherapy and herbalism, highly, recommend this one.
This is a reference book. Great illustrations and information on basic essential oils.
Apr 02, 2008 Kellie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just had an aromatherapy class. Much more interesting than I thought it would be!
A fantastic book with a wealth of information on Essential Oils.
i liked the way this book was organized by season.
Fascinating resource.
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