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A necessary resource for anyone interested in alternative
approaches to healing, this book contains more than 600 easy-to-follow
recipes for essential oil treatments and aromatherapy.

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Reviews for The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy:

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Mar 30, 2011

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 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 books I have on Essential Oils. ...more
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Nov 23, 2014

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 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 an experienced person should do that. EO can cause liver and kidney damage in cats, dogs and birds.) ...more
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Sep 30, 2012

(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 (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 listed, I do not have enough information to say what is or is not accurate regarding them.

Because of the extreme inaccuracies in animal section, I am more skeptical of the book as a whole. It could be that the information on essential oils back in 1991, when this was written, was not as available as it is now, however there is no updated version. So I recommend caution and further research before attempting more than basic, well known, methods of use. ...more
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Jul 12, 2009

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.
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Sep 16, 2014

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!
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Aug 14, 2015

Probably a good resource at publication, but has a lot of outdated information
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Jun 09, 2010

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 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 this book. There's a recommendation for a basic kit containing 10 essential oils with a variety of uses, ranging from medicinal treatment (physical and emotional) to pest control in the garden. The book is organized pretty well, but there have been some things that took me a while to find. I think it'll be easier to navigate when I'm more familiar with the layout. ...more
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Aug 17, 2013

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 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 essential oils to get their maximum holistic benefits. I highly recommend. ...more
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Feb 13, 2013

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 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 advance. ...more
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Oct 17, 2007

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.
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Apr 02, 2008

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!
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Apr 29, 2009

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.
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Mar 31, 2011

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.
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Sep 22, 2013

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.
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Oct 30, 2013

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.
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May 26, 2013

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!
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Sep 27, 2013

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.
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Sep 17, 2017

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.
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Aug 04, 2015

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.
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Sep 04, 2017

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.
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Dec 02, 2019

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.
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Jun 16, 2017

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.
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Sep 28, 2019

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.
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Nov 25, 2017

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.
4

Jan 27, 2017

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.

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