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Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The complete guide to the use of aromatic oils in aromatherapy, herbalism, health and well-being

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  975 ratings  ·  48 reviews
This is one of the bestselling aromatherapy books of all time with 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 and is a must for experienced aromatherapists and beginners alike.


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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 25th 2014 by Harper Thorsons (first published 1992)
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Michelle
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: aromatherapy
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.
Jaime
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A good beginners guide to Essential Oils, i really like the guide at the back where you can check which oils are used for something like a headache or muscle pain instead of searching through each oil looking for the right one. I will probably read a few other books on essential oils not just this one. And i was slightly disappointed to see no blend recipes. I prefer to use natural remedy's if i can instead of chemical filled pills that only do more harm than good. But this is definitely a book ...more
Emily Ross
This was a good beginners guide to essential oils. I really liked the guide about the different oils, and the brief history of essential oils given at the beginning of the book.
Paige Vanderbeck
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be incredibly helpful and FULL of information. I mean, there’s stuff in here I didn’t even know I needed to know. Before it gets into the individual oils it begins with history and folklore about aromatics and oils, covers safety topics, explains aromatherapy and alchemy, and even explains how essential oils are made and how they can be used. It talks about flower waters, facial steams, baths, and lotions and the type of oils to use depending on some basic uses.

If you’re wor
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Jessica
Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Saleris
It's a nice book to keep on a shelf when you're not having a good day remembering basic information. If you're a beginner, it's a good book to buy. If you're a professional, you won't want this book unless you're the type that wants all the books on aromatherapy "just because". ...more
Dane
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: domesticity, plants
This is supposed to be the best reference book on the topic that you can get, but I find it hard to work with; the oils are listed alphabetically by their genus names rather than their common names, and you 'd have to pick one by one, oil by oil, through the book for which ones do what. Not the most user-friendly guide I could imagine. ...more
Sandie Grise
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a concise and thorough book on essential oils. I found it to be extremely helpful in disproving many myths that are out there about essential oils. I wish that more people would be well versed in the safe use of essential oils before spewing untrue information.
Merilyn
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Good info on eo's, but uses under-defined terms and processes ...more
Juli Anna
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirit
This is relatively thorough and well referenced.
Betsy Murphy
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
its has great info on plants should be a second book to get after the Wiccan Bible . I knew some about the oils .
Hanako
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This has a ton of information and will be a great reference - though it's not really something you sit and read through. Will be great to look up info about different oils though. ...more
Diane
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
A useful reference book.
Terri Palermo
Probably one of the original (and therefore reads a bit dated) basic handbooks for oils. A great foundation but I know there are more recently written guidebooks with updated information.
Sandra Bloom
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must have for practitioners of natural healing. It is complete and easy for anyone to understand.
Shawna
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference-guides
Would be lost without this book. Easy to access information, excellent guidelines, user friendly. One of my personal favorites
Michele
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Informative, good reference
Kenna
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have turned to this simple and beautifully presented book for nearly two decades. It’s easy to use, informative, and makes understand and using essential oils simple.
Sarah Mackintosh
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I thought this was really informative, and I liked the brief history that they author shared. A good reference.
Simone
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very informative but a seems slightly outdated. an updated version would be great
Lea
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This illustrated encyclopedia is wonderful. I particularly enjoy the photos and sketches of the plants and the photos of the color of the essential oils. This adds a wealth of information that is not available in other texts.

This book is in three parts: An Introduction to Aromatics, Therapeutic Index and The Oils. The first section gives the reader and introduction to aromatherapy including history and how essential oils work with the systems of the body. There is a wealth of information and ea
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Heather
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: herbal
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
Shirley
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julia Lawless has written a concise encyclopedia of essential oils. I was delighted to receive my copy as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

I enjoyed the first six chapters that introduce the reader to the history of aromatherapy and to the present day applications for therapeutic use. There is a therapeutic index and general glossary that readers will find useful at the end of the book.

I appreciated the laymen's descriptions under each oil on their uses. I was a sometimes overwhelmed by the termino
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Susan Brougher
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to find an accurate reference for essential oils that also incorporates the herbal/folk tradition. It provides a broader education for those practicing aromatherapy, going a step beyond the many available essential oil and aromatherapy books. The beautiful plant pictures and the layout with different colored sections highlighting the information made it an easy enjoyable read, not to mention a wonderful keepsake. This book includes essential oils for body systems, mind, and emotions a ...more
Janis
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Now THIS is a wonderful book on the topic of essential oils!

Without prevention or pseudo-science, the author shares the history of essential oils, explains what they are in a descriptive manner so we all know immediately what she is talking about, includes an alphabetized guide to different essential oils, and lists ones that are said to help with a variety of bodily woes.

This is a great guide for those interested in using essential oils. I see there is an updated edition available as an ebook--
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Wendy Hudson
I received a copy of this book from a GoodReads contest/giveaway. Book offers a good number of plants and their botanical classifications. It also has a separate section which lists which of them can be used to treat common and not so common problems in the body. However, this book alone will not help you with essential oils. There are no recipes or anecdotes. Book is in black and white. Colored pictures or drawings would help with identifying plants in the wild.
Busyasab
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very detailed and Excellent resource using Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy! Easy to use volume lets you access essential information in a variety of ways with a Therapeutic Index, a Botanical Index, and Botanical Classifications, plus safety information. Love, love, love the medicinal uses provided in this AWESOME book!
Lady  Krystal
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book that I've read thus far on essential oils. I was able to use this book to further my knowledge about essential oils common and uncommon. I've been getting more into using essential oils for natural remedies, and this book helped to make my novice self feel like an experienced professional. I will be purchasing this book, and I would recommend it to eco beauties such as myself. ...more
Incense
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essential-oils
This is supposed to be the best reference book on the topic that you can get, but I find it hard to work with; the oils are listed alphabetically by their genus names rather than their common names, and you 'd have to pick one by one, oil by oil, through the book for which ones do what. Not the most user-friendly guide I could imagine. ...more
mathilda_craft
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. :/
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