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Essential Oils (Neal's Yard Remedies) [Paperback]

Susan Curtis , Romy Fraser
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22 May 1996 Neal's Yard Remedies
From the Neal's Yard Remedies series, this is an illustrated guide to the use of essential oils, which provides a history of essential oils, details of the various methods of extraction, the types and their uses, and details of suppliers.


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (22 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854104136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854104137
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 16.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A director of Neal's Yard Remedies and qualified homeopath, Susan Curtis has over 20 years experience of natural medicines and has written several books on the subject. She is also an expert on essential oils and flower remedies and uses both regularly in her homeopath practice. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the beginner 9 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I'm new to aromatherapy and decided not to waste my money on the current magazines that are circulating, instead I visited my local library and borrowed this book.
It was so informative and basic enough for to understand that I bought it.
A great introduction for those of us who have just discovered this fine art.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to essential oils 14 April 2009
By Salvora
Format:Paperback
This is a good introductory book for any beginner.

It contains basic information about essential oils: what they are, how they are obtained, how they are used.

It then brings a catalogue of some of the most popular essential oils. Two pages per each essential oil, with information about its properties and how to use it.

At the end there are some recipes to blend essential oils for some common purposes: sensual massage, skin care, detox, stress reliever... etc

I do find it a bit irritating that the pages on each essential oil are not ordered alphabetically by the common names of the essential oils, but by their botanical names: thus, yarrow comes first, which you wouldn't expect. The botanical names are not as easy to remember as the common names. This means that it is a bit more difficult to find the information you want quickly. Although there is a name index at the end of the book. Still I think that ordering the essential oils by their common names would have been better.

On the whole, a good buy. Nicely printed, nicely edited.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Susan Curtis has written a very useful book, balanced between being a MUCH better than average 'coffee table/introduction to aromatherapy' book for the layperson AND a useful adjunct to more in depth books such as The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy or Aromatherapy for Health Professionals which are texts of choice for the student (and indeed, professional practitioner) It can be very helpful to have a simpler, but still knowledgeable book to use to refresh back to basics knowledge, rather than feeling a bit overwhelmed by a 'depth text'

Curtis is not an aromatherapist herself, though she is a CAM practitioner. She is also medicines' director of Neal's Yard Remedies (and has been, for many years) Her knowledge of aromatherapy is I surmise a great deal deeper than the knowledge most aromatherapists have of HER modality (homoeopathy).

Unlike the reviewer who said that arranging the oils alphabetically by their botanical name is less useful than by common name, I believe that it is the botanical listing which in part raises it above the 'coffee table set' - who often just repeat the same old same old, copied and lifted from each other.

Curtis has a PROFOUND respect for the plants, not just for the little bottles of essential oils. And it is by understanding the importance of botany that any foundation must happen - whether the user is a professional or a keen layperson anxious to get acquainted with the oils. Buying by COMMON name alone is no guarantee of safety or efficacy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Oils Book 9 Jun 2012
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A fabulous book for an introduction into Essential Oils. It lists a number of the oils and gives a great description on their properties, uses and origin. Also basic ways to blending oils for perfumes, massage, burners etc. Very simply and well written
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Oils 4 Dec 2011
By wendy c
Format:Paperback
A really useful book both for the student and practising aromatherapist. Plenty of information, concisely presented.There is information on both the uses of the oils as well as recipes.
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