Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health and Well Being

Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health and Well Being

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By (author) Julia Lawless

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  • Publisher: Harper Thorsons
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 241mm x 18mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007145187
  • ISBN 13: 9780007145188
  • Illustrations note: (b/w line botanical drawings), With index
  • Sales rank: 8,427

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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. This essential handbook is used by aromatherapists all over the world and is one of the most successful titles in this area. It includes an A-Z listing of an enormous range of internationally relevant aromatic plants. Comprehensive information is provided for each entry, for example: * Common name, Latin name, botanical plant family * General Description - what it looks like * Distribution - where it's found * Herbal Folk Tradition - traditional uses * Actions - what it's good for * Extraction - How the oil is extracted * Characteristics - what the oil looks like, and which other oils it blends well with * Safety Information. The Encyclopedia also covers: * History of aromatherapy and herbalism * How aromatic plants work on your body & mind * How to make your own blends * Uses for oils in the home. This is a classic guide to essential oils and will remain a vital source of information for generations to come.

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Julia Lawless is a practicing aromatherapist and the author of numerous highly respected and successful aromatherapy books. She has her own company selling and distributing essential oils.

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By Miriam Day (www.miriamday.com) 21 Jan 2014 5

This is not a beautifully illustrated coffee-table book; neither is it an exhaustive reference for parfumiers and aromatherapists - but there is a reason that it's a best seller: encyclopedic in its content, it is concise, readable and light enough to flick through in bed! It covers 165 essential oils and gives enough information on their botany, provenance, folk tradition, action, smell and applications to be both useful and interesting without overwhelming. It is well laid out for easy reference with a separate therapeutic index at the back of the book. If you want something pretty get the illustrated version, but for day to day use this is an eminently useable and sensible book.

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"at last a clear and systematic distillation of useful information about a truly comprehensive spectrum of essential oils and absolutes." John Steele, American Aromatherapy Association. "A comprehensive and timely contribution to aromatherapy, herbalism and the whole field of holistic health care. An authoritative, reliable guide that will serve its readers for many years." David Hoffmann, the American Herbalists Guild & California School of Herbal Studies.

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'THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE USE OF AROMATIC OILS IN AROMATHERAPY, HERBALISM, HEALTH AND WELL-BEING' Aromatherapy expert Julia Lawless shares her extensive knowledge in this detailed and systematic survey of over 190 aromatherapy oils. Using a comprehensive A to Z presentation, 'The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils' gives detailed information on the most commonly available and widely used flower oils and aromatics, including: The exact origins, synonyms and related plants Methods of extraction The herbal/folk tradition for each plant The uses of each plant Aromatherapy applications Home and commercial uses Safety information This is the definitive reference guide to essential oils, covering every aspect you need to know about aromatic oils from their history and how they work on your body and mind and how you can make your own individual blends. Indispensable to aromatherapists in their healing work as well as to anyone interested in the use and potential of essential oils. '"A clear and systematic distillation of useful information about a truly comprehensive spectrum of essential oils and absolutes."''John Steele, American Aromatherapy Association' '" an incredibly complete work that is easy for anyone to understand. It is a must for practitioners of the healing arts."''Al Rapaport, Whole Health Expos' '"A comprehensive contribution to aromatherapy, herbalism and the whole field of holistic health care. An authoritative, reliable guide that will serve its readers for many years"''David Hoffman, author of the best-selling' The New Holisitic Herbal JULIA LAWLESS is a practicing, qualified aromatherapist and member of The International Federation of Aromatherapists. She is the author of numerous highly respected and successful aromatherapy books, including'Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy' and'Illustrated Elements of Essential Oils' (Thorsons)."