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Advanced Aromatherapy by Kurt Schnaubelt
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Nov 21, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in October, 2009

In my opinion, anyone who wants to mix their own essential oils (rather than buy pre-mixed oils or follow proven recipes) needs to read "Advanced Aromatherapy" in order to safely do so. The book explains the science behind why the essential oils work the way they do and provides the results of scientific studies that show which oils are most effective at doing certain actions.

This book helps the reader to understand: why various essential oils act on the human body the way they do. Why some essential oils, when combined, are more powerful than when used alone and how to select oils to create this effect. Why different chemotypes of the same essential oil can have different effects. Which oils are safe to use daily and long term and which should be limited in amount used, duration used, or how they are administered. Which oils are safe to take orally or to use on sensitive skin like mucus membranes. Which medical conditions essential oils are very successful at treating and which conditions are less so or which require long-term use to create improvement. And much more.

The book also contains a section covering various medical conditions (from the 'flu to bruises and scrapes) and gives recipes for which oils to use to treat these conditions and how to most effectively administer the oils.

I found the book easy to read and understand, and I refer back to it frequently. Readers with little science education might be a little overwhelmed at times, though. Overall, I'd highly recommend this book to those interested in aromatherapy, especially those interested in the medical uses of essential oils.
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message 1: by Tiffany (new)

Tiffany Is there any way you could send me a list of the oils he addresses in his book? There are several specific oils I want to learn about, but a few of them are less popular (Ravensara, Cypress, or Birch?)


Debbie He specifically talked about Anise, Atlas Cedar, Basil, Bergamot, Bitter Orange (rinds, flowers, leaves), Calophyllum, Carrot, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus dives, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus polybractea, Everlasting, Frankincense, Geranium, Green Myrtle, Greenland Moss, Creeping Hyssop, Inula graveolens, Khella, Laurel, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Mandarin, Mandarin Petitgrain, Marjoram, Mastic, May Chang, Melissa, Moroccan Chamomile, Moroccan Thyme, Myrrh, Niaouli, Oregano, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensare, Rose, Rosemary (camphor,cineole, and verbenone types), Sage, Spike Lavender, Spikenard, Spruce, Tarragon, Tea Tree, Thyme (thymol, thujanol, linalol, geraniol types), Vetiver, Yarrow, Ylang Ylang.

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