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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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January 10, 2016

Five Stars
Exactly what I was looking for! This book comes with tons and tons of recipes. I believe it has over 600! There is so much great info in this book that I couldn't possibly cover it all here. So you will just have to buy yourself a copy to find out! 😜 It does talk about different ailments and it will give you essential oil recipes. It teaches you a lot about essential oils so it is definitely great for a beginner. What I love most about this book is that I can look up an ailment in the back and it will send me right to the recipe I need to remedy it. I think this would be great for people who have a hard time sitting down and reading a book. It is also just a great reference to have if you are in a rush or just for everyday life! I highly recommend this book and I'm so glad that I purchased it. The price was great as well. If you are not aware a lot of reference books for essential oils cost $40+ so this one won't break the bank! If you found my review helpful please let me know by clicking below. Thank you! 😊
5

June 12, 2016

You will not regret buying this book, especially if you are new to EOs (as I am).
Being new to EOs, I was looking for a good starter book to learn about them and how to use them, including how to make my own blends so I wouldn't have to rely on brand name blends for everything. This book got great reviews everywhere I looked, so I ordered it...and I am so glad I did. She begins with the science behind oils and the various methods for applying/using them. LOTS of GREAT information. One of the BEST things about this book is that the author keeps it SIMPLE when it comes to which oils to use. She lists her top ten oils to have on hand and her top ten oils to travel with (most overlap). With just those oils, you can treat just about EVERY ailment listed in her (incredibly comprehensive) book. On each page, she lists how to mix them and then has a column listing alternate oils you can use if you are missing one of the ten originally listed or if you just have a different preference. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that I didn't have to order 137 oils that I won't ever get around to using, because most of the treatments involve oils from her 2 lists. It has been so much less overwhelming than another book I bought later for comparison purposes. The second book will list completely different oils for every treatment, there is very little repetition/consistency of oil usage. I would have to buy hundreds of oils to use the treatments listed in the second book, whereas Valerie's book allowed me to get by with about a dozen or so as I get started.

She also has chapter after chapter listing categories of ailments that can be treated with EOs as well as explanations for how to adjust dosages for several age ranges with infants and children. Having 5 children spanning 2 - 16 years, this is a huge plus for me.

Again LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book and I highly recommend it for anyone just getting into EOs. It keeps things simple and does not overwhelm you with hundreds of complicated oil combinations. Neither does it require you to purchase brand name blends to get the job done. Rather, it teaches you how to formulate your own blends from a handful of single oils you can have on hand at any moment. While, I do occasionally cross reference the suggestions in this book with my other, this one has quickly become my favorite. I guess you could say it is like my EO bible. haha!

Fantastic! I love it! :)
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December 20, 2015

Seems inaccurate and not trustworthy.
I am fairly new to essential oils, so for me to find erroneous information means the author cannot be trusted.

First error I found: on one of the first pages she lists Essential Oils that should "never" be used. I do know that some EOs are toxic and should be handled with caution, etc and know that safety is VERY important. However, she listed "Wintergreen", which I know is contentious, but from my research with credible sources, this is an inaccruate blanket statement, and Wintergreen is an EO to be used with caution, but not to be completely disregarded.

Second (And big error): In her table in the beginning, she says that EOs are inflammable... which is 100% false, as everywhere else you look says they all have varying flash points, but are flammable...

Pregnancy section (I have a pregnant coworker I wanted to make some products for) included a very small list of safe EOs then her pregnancy recipes used EOs NOT in the list, and no mention of EOs to avoid during pregnancy (which I think is pretty critical). Again with the lack of safety, recommends Clove oil as part of the "Basic Care Kit", but doesn't mention any of the safety concerns (and there are some)! Especially if you are recommending it as the basic (I read beginner) care kit, make sure you highlight any safety concerns... other than dilute for use on skin, which goes far basically all of them except a small handful. Then, I read the reviews about recommending EOs for cats that can cause death! Like I said, I am fairly new to EOs, but there seem to be too many issues with the material provided that I just cannot trust anything in this book.

The indexes in the back are not great... I would like to know how to use the EOs (safety concerns... some are toxic if ingested, can irritate nasal passages, etc). Why is Lavender indicated for body use everywhere but my neck? Just didn't provide enough safety information.

I will be looking for another source to learn about EOs.

I will be looking for another book to learn about EOs
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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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June 27, 2017

This book has been quite helpful in navigating essential oils on a basic level and I have enjoyed reading through it and actually trying some of the ...
For starters it has a decent amount of "animal" aromatherapy and it is not scientifically based. Most animals cannot process or metabolize essential oils. This part of the book is quite dangerous actually and might cause serious harm if used. Another section that alarms me is the part if cooking with essential oils. There are many different Multi Level Marketing (MLM) companies that promote using essential oils in food. However, this is not a safe practice without truly understanding the scientific compounds and how they will react with various medications, age ranges, etc. Before introducing essential oils into your food make sure to coordinate with a certified aromatherapist.

This book has been quite helpful in navigating essential oils on a basic level and I have enjoyed reading through it and actually trying some of the recipes. It was merely the things listed above that alarmed me a bit and makes me worried that it is promoting unsafe use.
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February 17, 2016

A good book with much helpful information and many recipes
A good book with much helpful information and many recipes. I believe this has great info for beginner and experienced e.o. enthusiasts.
The only thing I do NOT agree on is that it may encourage the ingestion of essential oils. Ingestion of oils should not be done just because someone selling them thinks it's ok. It should only be done under supervision of a licensed practitioner or aromatherapist. I would be hate to be liable for one's injury or chemical burns, etc., when they are not experts.
For this reason, I give 4 stars
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August 4, 2016

Must Have Book
This is the book your doctor, dentist and the pharmacology CEO's do not want you to read. Essential oils are not only for the human body but pets, gardens and the whole house. The author covers many of these topics as well. Also included are many alternative oil solutions just in case one might have an allergic reaction or low tolerance for some oils. Really an excellent book and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is seeking to unlock nature's medicine cabinet.
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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
5

April 23, 2015

good resource
I selected this book largely because of the great reviews, and I was not disappointed. "The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy" is very informative and interesting. The author begins with a history of essential oils and their uses. She explains why some oils are more expensive than others, how the oils are extracted from the plants, and how the body gets rid of them.

The chapters in this book are larger categories that include smaller subsections of ailments, which include everything from congestion to bug bites to beauty. This organization is great for reading on my Kindle because I can easily search for a term if I am looking for something specific. I also really enjoy that the author lists her recommended oil blends to use, but also has a list of all oils that are good for whatever she is talking about so that you can choose your own. This is helpful because most people don't have every single oil she mentions in the book.
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August 20, 2016

Outdated
I find this book quite dated in too much of its content. Here are few examples: With all the great carrier oils we have, she suggests mixing your EO's with vegetable oil. That is a poor choice as it does not absorb into the skin well as has little to no therapeutic properties of its own as say, jojoba or almond oil, just to name two, do.

She also advocates putting EO's onto your cats. That is a huge no-no. Cat's lack a liver enzyme needed to metabolize these oils and they can be quite toxic to them, even fatal. Unless you are under the care of a holistic vet who knows and understand EO's, please do NOT put these on your cats. (And I am a vet tech who sadly has seen the effects of well-meaning owners using them on cats. Watching them suffer and sometimes die needlessly is quite sad and difficult.)

In another part of the book, she talks about putting ice water on burns. This is an outdated practice that no health professional recommends today. Cool water, yes. Ice cold water, no.

I could go on and on, but these are just a few of the many, many issues I have with this book. Perhaps in 1991, when this book was published, some of these ideas were still thought of as acceptable. But we know better now and to see them still be advocated is disturbing and in some cases can cause more harm than good to you and your pets.

This book is in serious need of an update. Until then, I would definitely pass it by. There are far better books out there on Aromatherapy and the use of Essential Oils.
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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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March 26, 2016

VERY GOOD REFERENCE BOOK FOR ESSENTIAL OILS
I purchased this book because it is highly recommended. There is much to read here and I haven't read it in its entirety yet but what I have read has been very interesting and helpful. I have tried a couple of the recipes for hand cream and face cream. The basic hand cream called for bees wax, which I used but found this made the hand cream more solid than I liked so next time I will either use less than suggested or omit it. The face cream turned out fine and is working well for me. I think as I learn more I will tweak some of the recipes. I will use this book often for reference. I'm glad I bought it as I will have somewhere to check for questions about essential oils.
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March 8, 2016

*** BEWARE *** Recipe measurements are WAY off!!!
The recipes and instructions in this book are unclear in some spots and downright wrong in others. I've made several things from skincare to home care and have found that the portions are way off. They say Tablespoon when it should be Teaspoon and some I can't even figure out. When you are working with essential oils and some of the other ingredients in this book, small measurement mistakes can cost you a lot of money and can even be harmful to your health. I'd fire the editor it I was this author. Be very careful if you buy and use this book...
4

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.
5

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!
4

March 13, 2015

This book has a nice initial overview of Essential Oils and a lot of ...
This book has a nice initial overview of Essential Oils and a lot of recipes. I felt, however, like it was really scattered, and didn't give me the science or depth I was looking for. It is certainly nice to have on hand, and you gain a lot of insight if you are able to read each part through. If you are looking for recipes, this is a good book to use and you'll gain a little bit of knowledge as a result. Some neat stories, too. I think this is great for a beginner, but someone who has a science background and a little knowledge already might find this is not for you.

I'll keep shopping around for more comprehensive EO books and will likely sell this back or trade with a friend once I find what I am looking for.
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May 17, 2016

40 Missing Pages!!! Too late to return the book.
I have referenced this book several times since I bought it. Just recently I tried to look up something that was on a page that I discovered was missing from the book. In fact, pages 141 through 180 are missing. Instead, I have two sets of pages 101 through 140. It never occurred to me to check to see if all the pages were there and in order. It is now too late to return the book, so, I am stuck with a reference that has 40 missing pages. Thank you very much New World Library in Novato, California. If I could return the book for a copy with all the pages it would be fine.
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September 23, 2017

I find some remedies have a unsafe usage of EO ...
I find some remedies have a unsafe usage of EO. Not my first choice of book when looking for a remedy
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Aug 14, 2015

Probably a good resource at publication, but has a lot of outdated information
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April 28, 2016

A good book!
I think this is a really good book on essential oils and aromatherapy. I like the different ways it is indexed for looking up certain oils and/or how they are used. It was definitely helpful to me in deciding which oils to purchase for my beginner's set, and then which others I wanted to slowly obtain. The one thing I do remember about this, and I apologize if I am wrong as I don't have the book near me for reference, but I remember thinking that it seemed a little outdated. I don't know when it was written/published and I apologize if that is not the case. It's just that there is so much info out there on oils that is really up to date and I'm always trying to keep up with it and keep track of the content, It would be really nice to have a bound copy like this book with completely updated information!!
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February 8, 2017

Eh Boring
Thought it'd be more inclusive like the first pages I read. I wanted to learn about recipes...ailments.
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August 9, 2016

I just needed some help
I heard about this book on a you tube video. So i thought i would go ahead and order it. I wish i did not. I am wanting some diffuser recipes that include tea tree oil. But their are zero recipes including tea tree oil. Im so disappointed. If anyone has a good tea tree oil recipe for a diffuser i would be very grateful. Im a newbie at essentail oils. So i dont even know if diffusing tea tree oil is ok or beneficial.
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January 17, 2018

I recommend Aromatherapy for Health professionals by Shirley Price and Len Pice
In 1991 anyone who was interested in a holistic approach to living had THIS book. This book pioneered the way for using essential oils for" everything from basic first aid and treating common ailments to natural cosmetics and body care, fragrance for the home and office, and cooking with essential oils." (journal review). This book is helpful for people who simply want to be told what to use and how to use it. However, if you have a sincere interest learning about essential oils, this book does not offer any information about EOs that you can't find on the internet. As I have stated in other posts, if you are really intersted in developing an understaing of EOs professionally/personally it is worth considering taking a certification course that is recognized by international and national aromtherapy organizations. As a cerified atomatherapist, I never reference this book, but I DO reference and recommend Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 4e (Price, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals). This book is filled with EO chemistry, case studies, contraindications and much, much more. It may be overwhelming for the novice, but this is one of the better EO books available.
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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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