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The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy : A Practical Approach to the Use of Essential Oils for Health and Well-Being
by Julia Lawless

  • Illustrated Edition
  • Paperback, 224 pages
  • Published by Element
  • Publication date: December 1997
  • ISBN: 1852309873
  • Synopsis: The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all practiced aromatherapy, but it is only in the last decade that the benefits of aromatic oils have been generally recognized. This encyclopedia of remedies and techniques covers every application of aromatherapy from cosmetic and clinical to perfumery and explains how aromatic oils can be used simply and effectively to treat a wide variety of health complaints. Full-color illustrations.

    The publisher , 10/04/96:
    New illustrated version available!
    More than 600 full-color photos and illustrations enhance this complete guide, in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils ISBN 1-85230-721-8

    Customer Comments
    [email protected] from Milford, Iowa , 04/19/98, rating=4:
    Elementary, good for pictures. Not as advanced as Worwood. The research ability of this book is not set up as well as some. The information also is not as advanced or as extensive as some other authors. My preference would be Worwood over Lawless.

    Illustrated throughout in full color, this indispensable reference work is a complete A-to-Z compendium of aromatics, with extensive information about the origins, properties, uses, and actions of 165 extensive herbs and essential oils. Over 600 photos & illustrations.

    Customer Comments
    [email protected] from NYC , 01/20/98, rating=10:
    A necessary reference for any aromatherapist Julia Lawless has written a comprehensive and thorough compendium of the various essential oils available. She clearly explains how they're created, their geographic origin, potential toxicity as well as a list of uses and other essential oils it will work with. This book offers color photos and an in-depth look at the numerous essential oils on the market. I highly recommend this books for anyone, amateur or professional, who is interested in aromatherapy.

    A reader from Tennessee , 12/17/97, rating=10:
    This is a great book for beginner or pro
    This was the second book on aromatherapy that I bought (besides Roberta Wilson's) and it is the one I consult the most. Not only is the book extremely informative, it is beautiful as well.

    [email protected] , 12/29/96, rating=10:
    If you're interested in aromatherapy, you need Lawless.
    Julia Lawless's Encyclopedia of Essential Oils is rightfully regarded as one of the primary reference books for anyone who wants to explore essential oils and their uses in aromatherapy. Beautifully organized and wonderfully easy to use, it is far and away the most frequently-consulted volume in my aromatherapy library. The book includes a concise outline of the history, chemistry and use of essential oils, although this section is more of a summary/review than a primer for beginners to the field. The heart of the book is Lawless's admirably consistent, clear and detailed presentation of 165 common and uncommon essential oils. In a spacious, well-organized and convenient lay-out, she gives each plant's common name, Latin name and synonyms; its description and distribution; related species; traditional and herbal uses; extraction methods; the aroma and appearance of the oil; chemical and (sensibly cautious) safety data as well as its uses in aromatherapy and in the home. All that's missing are "scratch and sniff" strips!

  • Table of Contents
  • Preface
  • How to Use This Book
  • Pt. I. An Introduction to Aromatics
  • 1. Historical Roots
  • 2. Aromatherapy and Medical Herbalism
  • 3. The Body - Actions and Applications
  • 4. How to Use Essential Oils at Home
  • 5. Creative Blending
  • 6. A Guide to Aromatic Materials
  • Pt. II. Therapeutic Index
  • Pt. III. The Oils

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