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Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy

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A chemist and aromatherapy practitioner provides scientific proof for the effectiveness of using essential oils.
Aromatherapy is the fastest-growing segment of the body care industry, an effective and deeply pleasurable way to maintain well-being. Now, Kurt Schnaubelt, a chemist and longtime aromatherapy practitioner, provides scientific proof for the efficacy of essential
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Healing Arts Press
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Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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 esse
Naomi Ball
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for any serious student of aromatherapy. Kurt Schnaubelt has a very scientific approach to aromatherapy.
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning the true, scientific properties of essential oils. This has debunked many of the EO myths that I myself have believed, as well as much of the touted information that is so prevalent in MLM communities today (although he never mentions MLMs).
This book gave me a healthy fear of using oils on a whim, while empowering me to understand why they do work and what they work well for. Hint: Tea Tree and Lavender are not cure-alls.
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a reference manual for people interesting in using essential oils.

It is well written. He begins by showing the chemical composition of the main components of essential oils and then which oils have these components predominantly and finally what effects result from each of these components/oils.

As a result, he has developed a table much like a graph with quadrants in which you can place almost any oil and determine its effects. So it simplifies the study of the use of these oils.

After yo
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: aromatherapy
This book is definitely for the advanced reader. I got a bit lost in the chemistry and structure-effect diagrams.
There's a lot of great information here, some recipes included.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017, studies
A truly excellent and practical introduction to understanding and applying essential oils. I am quite sure this will become a well used reference book for me. Schnaubelt carefully introduces the reader to beginning to understand the complexities of essential oils and shows how learning their inherent intricacies gives us the ability to use and apply their properties more effectively; while simplifying them is a way to reduce the effectiveness and vivacity of the oils. He beautifully illustrates ...more
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Even though I like biochemistry, it's been a while and this book was a little too technical in some chapters. This author agrees with taking essential oils internally. I don't think I plan to use oils that way, but he gives a lot of good information not found in other books. The author approaches essential oils from a more scientific standpoint than a touchy-feely happiness standpoint. The scientist in me appreciates that balance (though I don't mind the other approach). I'd like to own this one ...more
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great introduction to the chemistry behind essential oils and their properties. I wish it had included more information about how to use them, alone and in combination with other oils, but there are many other books that provide recipes and this is the only one that gives such detailed explanations of the active ingredients, so that is a minor complaint. Plants have developed an extraordinary number of chemical compounds to protect themselves in their evolutionary history, and these compounds ...more
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Quite the useful reference--one I'm sure I'll use often. Very readable and informative. I'm not sure I believe all the theories, but the practical well-researched information is awesome. ...more
May 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Interesting...I do wish that I had just checked this book out at the library instead of buying it. It did have some interesting parts about the science behind essential oils.
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