Kurt Schnaubelt continues his professional validation of essential oils as serious health care products. Using in-depth but approachable science, Schnaubelt shows how humans and plants have evolved together, supporting and influencing each other s development and well-being over millennia. Each section of this beautifully illustrated book covers a different area of aromatherapy study, from how to recognize authentic oils to recipes for basic health issues and all interspersed with delightful Essential Oil Journeys that trace the use of plant essences around the world. Suitable for professional therapists of all kinds while still accessible to the home practitioner, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils is destined to become a well-thumbed classic in every health library. y --Suzanne Catty, author of Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherap
Dr. Schnaubelt shows a cutting-edge aromatherapy perspective in this book and gives us many answers to deeply understand the co-evolution of plants and human beings. --Ayako Berg, London School of Aromatherapy, Japan
Plants have evolved a sophisticated and complex call-and-response to their locale using scent to encourage pollinators and repel would-be predators. Schnaubelt (founder & scientific director, Pacific Inst. of Aromatherapy; Medical Aromatherapy) presents scientific reasoning for how these mechanisms are harnessed to fight viruses, bacteria, and fungi through the efficacious use of essential oils. Because essential oils exhibit a broad spectrum of physiological activity, they block these simple but nasty pathogens from developing the immunities often associated with standard antibiotics. With this point, Schnaubelt exposes the limitations of conventional pharmacological testing, which lends itself to misguided assumptions about the use and safety (or danger) of essentials oils, which he promptly corrects. Schnaubelt covers issues of authenticity and adulteration; the adjunct use of essential oils in the treatment of major diseases such as cancer, hepatitis, and MRSA infections; and application to traditional Chinese medicine. VERDICT Authoritatively written, this title will easily find an audience among herbalists, massage therapists, home-health advocates, complementary and alternative clinicians, and their patients. Conventional medical practitioners and pharmacists might also find it a worthy, informative read. --Janet Tapper, Univ. of Western States Lib., Portland, OR
About the Author
Kurt Schnaubelt holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and is the founder and scientific director of the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy in San Francisco. The author of Advanced Aromatherapy and Medical Aromatherapy, he lives in San Rafael, California.