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Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The complete guide to the use of aromatic oils in aromatherapy, herbalism, health and well-being. [Paperback]

Julia Lawless
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1 July 2002

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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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007145187
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007145188
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 18.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

From the Back Cover

'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).


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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well recomended! 14 Mar 2006
By Kooner
Format:Paperback
Was recommended this book by a friend. It's the most complete one I've seen! Very good for reference too. It's so easy to understand what can be mixed with what and how to use the oils and even extract the oils!
I'm a beginner at all this but this is a great alround book! The only down side I would say is that I use another book to make sure that the plant I want is correct for there is no colour in the pictures.
Hope this helps. Take care all!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, all-round book - good for beginners 10 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Have just started aromatherapy and was given this book as a Christmas gift last year and already it has many thumbed pages. Very good background information, concise, readable descriptions, not to mention terrific and informative illustrations. A must for beginners and experienced therapists alike
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most informative Aromatherapy book available 4 April 2001
Format:Paperback
This book is wonderful, very user friendly detailing every type of essential oil you'd like to mention, giving all the scientific properties as well as everyday usage. It gives the history of Aromatherapy at the beginning amoungst plenty of other interesting information. It also has glossaries at the back which are so helpful. Fantastic! This is my bible and I carry it around everywhere!
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All-round useful workbook 31 Mar 2003
By Myrtle
Format:Paperback
I'm attending an evening class in aromatherapy and this book was recommended by the teacher. It has a nicely designed cover, and the typeface inside is clear and easily readable. It's designed as a working tome, and indeed I keep refering to it. The main body of the book is an alphabetical listing of oils, sometimes accompanied by a black and white line drawing of the plant in question. Each description is in a set pattern for quick reference and as well as telling you what it looks like and where it grows there is a lot of other info about how it is extracted what it's actions are, how to use it, any safety concerns etc. There's an interesting introduction for those of us new to using oils, a therapeutic index, a glossary and other good reference material. Possibly the only book you'll need for using aromatherapy in the home, unless you want to develop a much deeper understanding or skill, e.g. train as an aromatherapist. A really nice book to hold and flick through.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I was a bit disappionted 8 Jan 2011
By Yogini
Format:Paperback
Great to reference oils but says very little else. It mentions nothing about top, middle and base notes which you would need to know when using and blending oils for aromatherapy or for use in massage, perfumes, creams etc. Its more of a reference book to where the oils come from, their latin name etc (although you'd have to look elsewhere to see which note the oil falls under)than a practical guide.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have 18 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you are studying or practicing aromatherapy or have an interest in the subject then this book is a must for your book shelf. All the most used oils are listed alphabetically and everything you need to know including contraindications. I will be using this a lot.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars encyclopedia of essential oils 3 Dec 2010
By di
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
it would be a good study book but does not give reference to ailments/illness and the use of essential oils for this. there is a lot of emphasis on the history and derivitives of the oils and little/no reference to the general use of oils for everyday problems such as colds/flu.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential 6 May 2003
By lou
Format:Paperback
Having read this book i would definately rate it as an essentail for any one who has a serious interest in aromatherapy or wishes to study it.Each oil has a whole page dedicated to it, with all the information you could need about it on there, in clearly marked groups, which contain everything from cautions to exraction methods. A definate must have!!!!!!!
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