The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health - Beauty - a Safe Home Environment

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Essential oils are one of the world's great untapped resources. This complete volume explains how to incorporate these ancient medicines of the earth into everyday life for personal care, physical and mental health, and a safe home environment. It gives more than 500 recipes using essential oils as alternatives to often toxic human-made health, beauty, and cleaning products.

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  • Can't live without this one
    I have used this book for years. It is thick and truly complete but is easy enough to reference quickly. The oils the author suggests are accessible which is important to the useability of the book. ...more info
  • wonderful
    I am new to the whole idea of using essential oils to heal, calm, revitalize, clean with, and a million other things. This book is a great guide for a beginner as it explains which each oil should be used for. I am so amazed at the way we can use these oils that are derived from the plants God created!! I am thankful for such a book as this. I highly recommend reading this book to anyone who is interested in alternative healing methods. I am trying to get away from using harmful chemicals in my home and this book explains how we can do just that....more info
  • A must have for those into Essential Oils
    Very detailed, easy to understand book. I love it. It's a book that will be kept by your bedside for references as these beautiful natural oils have a zillion ways to be used. If you use any of the recipes found in this book, you'll be afresh and alive spiritually and physically. Great affects!

    Author did her homework and shared with us all of the beautiful gifts given to us on this Planet in words and explanation. Bravo!!...more info
  • be careful...
    The information and rememdies in this book are good but I found very important information on toxicity of oils to be lacking. In short, I tried a remedy for bunions by following the instructions given in the book, but I started feeling very strange and it wasn't until I read another reference book on essential oils that I found tagetes oil is listed on the toxic oil list. The warning is to use it only very diluted (which her recipe was NOT)and for only two weeks. There are some other oils in her recipes that are photoxic for the skin but there is no mention of this in her book. It's of vital importance that the consumer know the complete information about all the oils they will be using. I would recommend buying a complete reference book of esential oils as a companion to this one. ...more info
  • Wonerful book for the beginner!!!
    I love this book. As a beginner in armoatherapy, I learned a lot of useful information and with the basic care kit, everything was covered. The basic care kit of oils was a wonderful chapter....I saved money by keeping these oils in stock rather than every oil I might need. Pet care, body care, and so much more!...more info
  • The Complete Book of Essential Oils
    A good book to help you understand essential oils and aromatherapy. I have used much of the advice the book gives to keep chemicals out of my environment....more info
  • Great 'all-around' book
    As an aromatherapist, I have many titles in my library of reference material. This book is one of the few that is unique. It is a great book for someone just starting to delve into aromatherapy, but it goes farther than that. You will find yourself going back to this book over and over and over again as you develop and hone your skills. I have been using essential oils for almost a decade, and I picked it up just the other day to look something up. When I grabbed it this week, it hit me just how good a book this really is. I decided I had to review it here so others could benefit from reading it as well. I hope this helps someone :)...more info
  • got it; love it!
    I love how in depth she gets about how to work with essential oils and work with smells to make healing scents. She has some wonderful suggestions at the back of the book and really makes it very easy to work with her recipes.
    you won't regret buying this one!...more info
  • The Complete Book of Essential Oil and Aromatherapy
    This book is masterfully put together for a beginner, a person who is knowledgeable of a lot of the oils and to certified aromatherapists. I check back often for different recipes for everyday things. For every season and every reason, this book is a great compliment for creativity....more info
  • Does not have an A-Z, but seems to be very detailed
    I bought this book hoping that it would have an A-to-Z on all the different oils. Say if I have black pepper oil, what are all the different ways of using it. This information is not available in the book.

    The book contains a lot of recipes of different mixes of oils for various conditions. So the book would be useful if I have a condition and want to mix some oils together. Most recipes contains around four oils so you probably need to buy a lot of oils. One mix for sand flies, another for burns, another to be more concentrated, another for etc. You don't get any alternatives to the mixes suggested. Surely there must be substitues too. Quickly you'll have 40 oils in your cabinet. With the huge amount of recipes and conditions, I would say this book is squarely targetted to professional.

    However, the book has sections on scenting your house, scenting for holidays, oils for coooking, cosmetics, which are more useful for the general reader like myself.

    Normally I like lots of information, but the lack of an A-Z of the oils as a compliment makes the book very disorganized. That's why I give it only three stars....more info
  • Great Book
    The service and quality of the product was excellent. I was very satisfied with the services....more info
  • Worwood Makes EO's Fun, Accessible and Safe
    Essential oils and aromatherapy are topics that one can study for years before becoming adept. In "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy" Valerie Ann Worwood makes the topic fun and accessible to all regardless of income or prior training. She condenses the knowledge required to utilize the oils in various types of aromatherapy into simple, easy to use segments. Worwood addresses the primary topics we want to know more about: homecleaning, first-aid, haircare, beauty aids, depression, acne, pregnancy, childcare and menopause. "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy" contains safety tips, essential to effective, therapeutic use of the oils. All together the book is a user-friendly encyclopedia of essential oils that belongs on the reference shelf of soapmakers, herbalists, aromatherapists and everyone else interested in holistic health....more info
  • Best Book To Buy To Learn/Use Essential Oils
    I have literally worn this book out and had to purchase a second copy. This book allows even the novice to open it up, find an aliment and make an oil to help aleviate the problem. In addition, it covers everything from home care, pet care, cooking to children's care. When someone in my family has a discomfort this is the first book we reach for! You get more than your money's worth in this book. I have recommended this book to so many people. A definate buy!...more info
  • Very informative book
    I received this book a couple of days ago and can hardly put it down. It is a wealth of information on the use of essential oils for all sorts of ailments, conditions, household uses, and garden applications....more info
  • not scientific
    I didn't think it was complete-she has many recipes for different symptoms but does not explain which oil serves what purpose and why they are combined that way. I was more interested in more research-based explanation of the functions for each oil so as to be able to creatively use essential oils....more info
  • Great for reference, but maybe not beginners
    This book is very informative about different conditions and how to help treat them with different arays of oils. The book also is easy to understand and well written, However, this may not be a recommended book for beginners (myself) to learn about the oils and how to properly use them. This is a invaluable book, however, but better served as a desk reference than a teaching manual....more info
  • Very general and requires a complete oils list
    I would like to say this was help in my introduction to Aromatherapy, but it requires you own hundreds of oils to select from. Many are very expensive, and some are hard to find. Then leaves something like Tangerine out all together. I would also like to have seen more on which oils are for burning in diffusers and which are for message. It seems that most are for message and that might be great for many folks but I was looking for a more diverse introduction. An advanced user or someone into message therapy might feel differently, but it seemed it cut many subjects short leaving the reader wondering whether to message the oil in or burn it, or make soap out of it......more info
  • Wonderful, Easy to read and great for beginners
    This book is so easy to understand and follow. I find myself trusting this book more then any other book I own.
    It you are just starting out I would get this book before any other as it offers so much. You will want to continue with Essential oils because of this book....more info
  • very enlightening!
    I never realize how much essential oils can do to the body and soul GREAT BOOK!!...more info
  • The best beginner's aromatherapy handbook out there
    This book was recommended to me some 10 years ago by my friend Cara Peloso. It is simple to read and use and most of all,the recipes work!!! I am now an aromatherapist in Brazil and I continue to use this book as a reference. My children no longer need anti biotics and i can't remember the last time I was sick.If you want a good basic book on aromatherapy,this is the one.Well written and concise.
    Lisa Kauffmann...more info
  • Aromatherapy/Essential Oils
    I usually use Gel Candles to fragrance my home. My daughter first told me about all types of Essential Oils and what they can do. So I went into the Internet and found this great book. It explains everything there is to know. For example, what is safe to use in the home, around children and pets. Its also explains what the scents are, which I plan to use to making greater Gel Candles. Most Important, what not to use cause it can be dangerous to your health. I really recommend this book. ...more info
  • An essential guide to essential oils
    Wormwood provides an easy to use guide to effectively adding aromatherapy to a health-conscious lifestyle. Avoiding the new age mystical lingo often found in aromatherapy books, she presents practical information on how to select, store, and blend essential oils for a variety of needs. The book is divided into convenient sections and has a well done index to make it simple to locate the information you're looking for. And the detailed charts provided offer a quick reference guide for folks wanting to experiment with their own blends. I can honestly say I reference this book at least once a week, and I've owned my copy for years! One of the best, most complete books on the topic available....more info
  • I Love This Book
    When I ordered this book, I ordered it along with another I had found at the library. When they arrived, I found I liked this one better. It is indeed the Complete Book of Aromatheraphy.
    I have used several of the recipies, if you will, that are found in this book and have had excellent results in a very short time. To anyone looking for more natural remedies for non life threatning conditiions, I highly reccomend this book...more info
  • Great Book
    This book is extremely informative and thorough. It is a great book for people just starting out in using aromatherapy. I highly recommend it. ...more info
  • Great for beginners...
    A friend had this book and I would read it every time I was at her house. There are discriptions and uses for many oils that could/should substitute store bought products. Her child was having problems with lice, therefore a small community of people had a problem. We used the brand name product over and over to no avail. Then we found the natural recipe and got actually got RID of the lice in a few applications. There are great recipes for fleas for dogs and cats; and the section on keeping creepy crawlies away is good AND safe for your family and house, plus smells tons better! I love this book!...more info
  • michele
    The reason I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5 was that it covered many remedies and concerns in depth using a few select oils. Handy charts in the back were a plus. But it is not comprehensive in that it went in depth into only a few select oils. Many are not even mentioned. Perhaps the book would be several times more thick if it did this? So, overall, it's a good refernce. ...more info
  • The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
    This is an excellent book! Easy to read and to understand, tells what essential oils are and how to use them. I have used mine so much it is falling apart, and will have to be replaced soon. I use it nearly every day. Great explainations of amounts needed to make your own formulas. Tells how to use essential oils in the home, garden, for travel, and beauty needs. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get started on their own with essential oils....more info
  • Only one minor flaw
    Outstanding "British" book, but the Index table could be seriously improved. I hope the next edition will correct this minor detail....more info
  • Packed FULL of awesome info to help your health!
    i bought two! gotta get it!
    Keys to Third Heaven...Using Third Heaven Revelation to Impact a World

    Seers Handbook...more info
  • This is a must have item.
    Many recipes for a variety of products using many essential oils. It offers alternatives and substitutions so as you build your oil collection you can expand your therapies. ...more info
  • Must Have Resource
    The book I turn to for just about everything! This is an especially great jumping off point for those just starting to investigate aromatherapy. Very informative without being condescending nor hoity-toity....more info
  • one minor flaw; all else wonderful
    This is an amazing book and a wonderful reference on aromatherapy. The only reason why I gave it four stars instead of five is because Worwood uses a lot of British terms for diseases that have different names here over in the United States, and provided no explanation or translation of those British terms. However, she IS a British author; I can't fault her too much for using the terms popular in her own culture. Apart from that one minor flaw though, this is an excellent book and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in aromatherapy....more info
  • Excellent for recipes
    This is a great book for starting out or for recipes. As noted it doesn't cover the modes of action (turn to Kurt Schnaubelt or R. B. Tisserand if you want that), but it is an excellent book! It starts off with a basic care "kit" of ten moderately priced essential oils. However if you read the WHOLE (unlike those who claim she uses only ten) book you'll find she covers many others. She covers common medical problems (consult a doctor first, of course), beauty creams and lotions, household uses, garden uses, and food. I would research the pet uses first, she suggests giving tansy to a horse which is a good way to end up with a dead horse. When purchasing essential oils always check the scientific name of the plant from which the oils was extracted--otherwise you may end up with something other than you intended (ie. eucalyptus, eucalyptus lemon and eucalyptus peppermint depending upon whom you purchase them from are all labeled eucalyptus, it is the scientific name that distinguishes them) Overall this is an excellent, excellent book....more info
  • Good start, but some criticisms
    This has a lot of interesting explanations on how the oils mix, about synergistic blends. It is a great overview of aromatherapy.

    However, I find the book to be a little bit too preachy. When the author wrote this book, did she consider the audience? Every other sentence explains about the toxicity and the poisons of our every day products. It's a bit much. One doesn't need to convert the choir. They are already converted, at least part way. One can do without such overt preachiness.

    My second criticism is that the book is designed for a beginner. As a beginner, it seems to me that the recipes should be a little more basic. While in the beginning, she discusses the 10 essential oils that everyone should have in their basic care arsenal, the other recipes often go far beyond those 10. As a beginner, I have yet to acquire all of these costly oils, and then some. It would be helpful to have recipes that didn't contain 6-10 different oils. An example would be: these two oils is a basic recipe for this, and if you really want to go further, add these as well. (There are a number of recipes like that, but they are far and few.) Also, it would be nice to know why one essential oil was chosen over another for a certain mixture. Is it for anti-inflammatory reasons? For general antiseptic? Anti fungal? One has to do a lot of guessing. This is supposed to be a beginners book, after all....more info
  • Great for the beginner and experienced user
    I have several books on essential oils for medicinal purposes and I must say that I liked this author's approach and easy to understand dosing compared to so many others. She reminds the reader of the DOs and DONT'S when it comes to oils, which can quite literally burn a person or even worse, a child. While there aren't too many advanced mixings, I think its a MUST for every household. You needn't be "earthy and granola" to appreciate and use essential oils; more and more MD's are prescribing their uses, along with going back to steamings, chicken soup and the likes. Of the many, many books I've read on essential oils, I think this is a great one to most certainly start with but also stay with.
    ...more info
  • Fantastic book
    I bought it as a gift for my sister. She says it's a wealth of knowledge, well written, well organized, full of fantastic and useful information. She says, if you want to know about essential oils, fragrances, how to make any formula and how to treat anything with essential oils, this is the book!!! My sister won't let it stray far from her side. Another plus is that it doesn't want to slam shut the minute you lay it down. It is perfect bound and lays nicely on the desk as you are using it....more info
  • Worth it's weight in Essential Oil!
    For anyone new to aromatherapy and essential oils, this book is a MUST have!! Worwood covers a plethora of medical conditions and commonplace ailments, and gives step-by-step instructions on how to use the oils. She devotes two entire chapters to building and using (during travel and in daily life) a Basic Care Kit from the ten most *essential* Essential Oils, and includes several very thorough chapters dedicated to the subjects of babies, body care, women, men, and the elderly, to name a few. In the last few chapters, she gives invaluable advice on making your own perfumes and creative gifts, enhancing the food you cook, and even tending your gardens with essential oils. This book is well worth the [money amount]price tag and will definitely be one of the most easily accessible books on my shelves!

    If you're interested in aromatherapy, or even *thinking* about it, this book is a must-have for your collection....more info

  • Truly Essential
    This is the most comprehensive book on the safe use of essential oils. I keep it right by my bed. Aromatherapy has gotten a bad rap as some smell good products for the bohemian set. Not true. EVERY single thing I've tried so far has worked. Even on my pets. And in such a short time too. I have been in ill health for over 2 years though once a healthy active person. MS, rhuematoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, degenerative disk disease (cervical and lumbar), not to mention severe adult acne. While I'm not saying this should be used as a replacement for traditional medical care and medicines but I've been able to cut down on quite a lot...more info
  • Must have
    My taekwondo instructor, who happens to be a reiki master as well, let me borrow this book after a strained muscle. After looking through it I had to buy my own copy. It gives you the abc's of aromatherapy and the know how to use them. Thanks to this book I am on my way to having my own collection of oils and home remedies that work better then those on store shelves....more info
  • A bit old fashioned!
    Its exactly the same as The Fragrant Pharmacy of the same author! I had originally purchased this book based on the recommendations from the website as I was purchasing the Frangrant Pharmacy and the Fragrant Mind. I am now returning all as I find them a bit old fashioned with their choise of ingredients. I believe there is more to the world of aromatherapy than Lavender, Teatree, Peppermint, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemon and Clove. If anything they are my bottom 10 in essential oils! I absolutely hate Lavender (reminds me of stale nanas!) and it features in pretty much most of the recipes. For a more contemporary flavour, try Judy Chapman's books. Thank you to though a quick and efficient delivery once again!...more info
  • The Best Book on Essential Oils Out There!
    I wanted to start my own home business by creating a line of natural facial care products, but I needed a reference guide for all of the essential oils. I wanted to know how they could be used therapeutically, as well as for aromatherapy purposes. I did quite a bit of research into the various books available and read all the reviews before I made my purchase. Five years later I am thrilled to report that I use this book as a reference guide QUITE frequently, and her knowledge has always proven right on the money. As a freelance writer, I have even had opportunity to use this book as a reference when writing articles on natural home remedies. I recommend this book to anyone without hesitation. Thank you for writing such a fantastic reference guide; it's been one of my best investments to date!...more info
  • The First and The Best!
    The first edition of this book came out in England in 1990 under the title The Fragrant Pharmacy. You only have to look at the contents and index to see it covers just about every aspect of aromatherapy, health and home. As a full-time professional aromatherapist it is my primary source of information, indeed, it is known "in the business" generally as "the bible of aromatherapy". I doubt there is an aromatherapist in the world who doesn't use this as their reference book, because it is profoundly practical - giving answers to questions you didn't think had any answers. Looking at the many books written after this, its clear where their ideas came from.
    If you want practical advice, with detailed recipies and instructions, whether just for home use or professionally, this is the book you need. Every recipie that I have used from this book proved safe, and works, and I wouldn't say that about any other book on the market. I also know for a fact of several vets who routinely use the information in the animal chapter to beneficial effect. Check out her other titles, and you'll see this woman writes in depth - Fragrant Mind, Fragrant Heavens, Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, Aromatherapy for the Beauty Therapist,and Aromantics (also known as Scents and Scentsuality). Worwood has done research on aromatherapy, and was once Chair of the Research Committee of the International Federation of Aromatherapists. She knows what she is talking about, having been a working clinical aromatherapist for years. In the aromatherapy world she has the highest respect because without her, well, what would there be ...?...more info


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