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The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded: Over 800 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, and Safe Home and Work Environments

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A necessary resource for anyone interested in alternative approaches to healing and lifestyle, this book contains more than 800 easy-to-follow recipes for essential oil treatments. Now, completely updated, the best book on the topic available anywhere has just gotten better. No one has provided more thorough and accurate guidance to the home practitioner or professional th ...more
Paperback, 712 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by New World Library (first published January 1st 1993)
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Laurie Carlson
This is the best book I have ever found listing all the Essential Oils and their uses. I call it my Essential Oil Bible. It contains every possible oil available and then some. There is no possible way to remember everything listed in this book, which is why I end up using it as a reference tool. I am constantly going back to this book to look up this or that for oil use. I use essential oils for everything - all ailments, feel goods, illnesses, and more. This book has become one of the best boo ...more
Yaaresse
It's a decent reference, but there are better EO books (with updated information) out there. I prefer a book that explains why certain oils are used for Z or Y, not just gives recipes. I also find her tone throughout the book a bit off-putting. Nonetheless, I'll hang onto it as a backup because it is easy to look up specifics (which I would then cross-reference with a more modern and instructive book such as Schnaubelt's or Tissarand's.

(And I can't believe she's advising using EOs on pets. Only
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Permies.world
(see caution in mid-review)
This book is very informative. I gleaned many things from it, and have decided to keep it as reference material for recipes etc.

However, I strongly suggest that this is not your only source for information on essential oils.

CAUTION:
This book is EXTREMELY lacking in safety material. And actually incorrect when it comes to essential oils and animals. You should NEVER use essential oils on a cat. Their livers cannot process it. It will kill them. Re: the other animals li
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DeAnne
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soapmaking
This is a fantastic reference book for working with essential oils both as a perfumer and as a cosmetics formulator. Ms. Wormwood is one of the world's acknowledged experts on all things essential, and her advice about the therapeutic value of many of these oils is brilliant. As someone who has more than 20 years of experience working with the medical modalities of these types of therapy, her advice is both scientific in approach, and holistic in value. Highly recommended. ...more
Melissa
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I have just started using essential oils in the last few weeks. I am already a firm believer in them and what they can do. This book has been so helpful in educating me in the world of essential oils!
Linda
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must if you're into essential oils! Use it often! ...more
Brandon
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great resource! Best one I've found. ...more
Laura
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, this one's definitely a keeper. Zack's warts are vanishing and I only applied the essential oil remedy for three or four days. Warts are so annoying, I had the hardest time getting rid of them when I was a kid. I'm absolutely amazed at how well this worked.

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Many essential oils behave as antiseptics, antibacterials, antivirals, and/or antifungals. They are natural and smell good so I'm learning how to use them. I appreciate the wealth of information in
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Lea
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EO lovers
Shelves: aromatherapy
This is a fabulous reference book. I read it cover to cover and marked up most of the pages with notes and highlights; I tabbed many pages of recipes and tips that I want to refer back to.
Some of the oils I wasn't familiar with and to collect all the ingredients she uses could be costly, but overall there are amazing recipes and a lot of very valuable information on essential oils and their practical uses in every day life.
Would recommend this to anyone who uses essential oils - beginner to ad
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Kimbo
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, if we consider that.."recent work (Villemure, Slotnick, and Bushnell 2003) has shown that the areas of the brain that light up in response to a painful stimulus can be dulled by creating positive moods with a pleasant odor" - this book becomes essential. Aromatherapy can be used to improve our lives in a myriad of ways. I have personally used it to quit smoking and manage pain. This book provides a thoughtful historical, emotional, and spiritual background with practical tips for combining ...more
Dawn Macke
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The quintessential layman's reference book for essential oils, aromatherapy and natural healing and home. I've abandoned a number of commercial products, from acne treatments and household cleaners to moisturizers and air fresheners. I've also seen this book used in upscale spas and holistic healthcare. I've moved multiple times, and this book and my oils are always packed with the absolutely-positively-can't-live-without-it stuff! ...more
Jennifer
I have heard this book refered to as the "bible" for the subject matter. It is very thorough & has common sense advice (cut out smoking, booze, etc). There has been a lot of recent research on essential oils that make this an even more valuable resource guide. I have read several reviews on this site and on others, that the advice on using oils on cats & dogs internally is toxic. So yes please, follow the advice of medical professionals first. ...more
Cameron
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book to get an overall understanding of essential oil use. I've already used a lot of the recipes and have been enjoying the results. Some of the verbage is confusing since she's British, but overall the instructions are pretty easy to follow. I especially like the section about the 10 essentials oils you should start your home kit with. Sometimes the chapters are hard to get into but the info is worth knowing so it's worth it to persevere. Overall great resource. ...more
Ali Kay
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. It goes through so many emotional and physical issues and how to heal them with aromatherapy. The author gives recipes and explains how much to use. She explains so much in detail and it is a wonderful book if you are just getting started into using essential oils. It is also a great book if you use aromatherapy but want some more information on the benefits physically and emotionally.
Alexis
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book has some useful information, it is lacking in several ways. First and foremost, the lack of oil safety for usage is big. Secondly, it has some extremely outdated content. Be sure to have a more recent oil book to go along side this if you need a good reference book for your essential oil use.
Jenn B
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book. One of the classics. It is chock full of 600 recipes and lots of information.
I refer to it often. The only reason I do not give it 5 stars is because it is lacking much needed safety information and age limitations for oils. My copy is from 1991 and so it has some outdated info.
Fostergrants
Oct 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i really appreciate the way this book in indexed. any ailment or issue you can think of is listed in a clear way so you can turn right to it. the relevance of a book like this is in its usability and this is still my favorite in that department.
Lisa
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is probably the best book out there if you want to learn more about Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. Valerie Ann Worwood is incredibly knowledgeable in the subject, and i refer to this book often in my library!
Heather
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My bestfriend got me this book a couple years ago for Christmas. My mom and I argue over it, it's so good and useful. ...more
Leah
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aromatherapy
My favorite reference book for using essential oils. There is even a section for children and babies...these I have also used for adult use with success.
Katrina Shreve
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
every serious aromatherapist should own this book
Anna Hibbard
Aug 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discarded
Essential Oils - you wouldn't think a book would become outdated. Maybe it's just me. This seemed like a waste of time and I abandoned it. ...more
Heather
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We lovingly refer to this as our Oily Bible. :)
Alcqueline
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent resource book for better understanding essential oils. It is informative and descriptive about how to and when to use essential oils. This essential oil reference guide provides a remedy for just about everything through the use of essential oils. in addition, I do use it in conjunction with other reference materials. Yes, I would recommend it to others interested in learning about essential oils.
Lavender Moon
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book on the topic. You won’t find much new-agey or magickal information here, this is strictly for the practice of aromatherapy as an art.

There are plenty of therapeutic blends for a myriad of problems, and the information is straightforward and easy to read. It’s an excellent reference tool that you can refer to again and again. If you have any interest in practicing aromatherapy as a mode of treatment, you can’t go wrong with this book.
Dane
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is by far the best reference book on essential oils out there. Whatever you use them for, you will find a wealth of info regarding it in here. Buy it, a sharpie, and some adhesive tabs, because you're going to want to make this as easy to use as possible; you'll be looking through it constantly. ...more
Melanie
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, book-nook
Lots of great, detailed information & recipes. Great reference to have on hand & available as you learn your way around the world of essential oils. Pretty great info on just about every essential oil & what sorts of things they may be useful for.
Gato Negro
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is akin to the bible of aromatherapy. It leaves no oil or hydrosol unturned. The chapters which covered self-defense, emotions, woman's oils, care for the home, gardening, and animals were of most interest and use to me. This is a must-have reference book. ...more
Courtney
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite EO reference books. Great recipes and easy to make. Tried many of the recipes and they all worked wonderfully!
Tameeka
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: aromatherapy
Great resource. I definitely recommend if you're new to essential oils and need an easy reference. ...more
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Valerie Ann Worwood is an aromatherapist, a reflexologist, a member of the London and counties society of Physiologists, and as Chairman of Research is an active member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists. She runs her own clinic in Romford, England, conducts research on aromatherapy and its effects on endometriosis and infertility, and is a consultant to several natural beauty and ...more

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