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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Holistic Therapy Books (30 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903348013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903348017
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An Introductory Guide to Aromatherapy by Louise Tucker , Volume editor Jane Foulston Category: Home, Family & Health / Mind, Body & Spirt Publisher: EMS Publishing Publication date: 30 November 2000 Number of pages: 136

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Darren Koh on 9 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
...but one to put aside after that.
There are many books and primers that we have used in our lives such as "My first ABC" or "1+2 = 3" or dare I say it, even "The Highway Code". These books were essential to us grasping basic concepts and ideas, and when we were done with them, we moved on.
Many people find Tucker's approach to aromatherapy far too simplified, and in some instances, simplification to the point of possibly being erroneous. That is true, but this should not distract from the fact that book is an introductory guide, and does that job well.
After very briefly describing the history and origins of aromatherapy, and essential oils and where they originate, the Tucker takes a brief look at the chemistry of essential oils, and how they affect the body's individual systems. The major part of the book then goes through the 42 oils which are part of the ITEC examination. For each oil, there is a short description, the Latin botanical name, the origin, the method of extraction, the part of the plant from which the oil is extracted, the main chemical constituents of the oil, the main therapeutic uses of the oil, the main systems that would benefit from the oil, and the main contraindication. It then helpfully sets out for each oil, an important characteristic or feature under the heading "If you remember only one thing..."
The book also covers the administration of the oils, and also the principles behind aromatherapy massage.
The book does take a simplified approach to what is a large and complex topic, on which in some areas there is little agreement. The one page monographs certainly do not lend themselves to detail study, more to commitment to memory.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 July 2004
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Having recently sat an ITEC exam, the bad news is... you need to learn this book inside out. The really bad news is that its a lazy book which is full of errors, and even worse proof-reading. She can't even agree with herself in different parts of the same book.
The good points about this book is that the info is very clear. They are in common name order, rather than latin which is helpful when you are learning. As long as you can verify the info which another reference book, you'll be ok.
Just watch out for the sloppiness, any lecturer worth their salt will be able to point out the mistakes.
Buy the book if you are taking an ITEC exam, and learn it, but always bear in mind that other books are better
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 April 2004
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I have just finished my Aromatherapy course and as many of you will knowthis is the ITEC book for the syllabus. Unfortunately there are manyerrors in the book. If you read the information about the individual oilsand then cross reference it with the information about the oil in therevision table, the information will differ. Also some of the chemicalsand Countries of Origin are wrong. It can become quite confusing when youare trying to learn for an exam. Hopefully you will be lucky enough tohave a teacher/college who can provide you with extra notes to help. Other than the errors this is a very easy to use book and the way that itis set out is uncomplicated.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jan. 2006
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This book is the one used by ITEC for all students. It is hopelessly inaccurate with so many errors I question why ITEC does not raise its standards. The inaccuracies and outright wrong information undermines the ITEC qualification and it is necessary to seek accurate information to be a safe practitioner. However, one has to regurgitate the wrong information to qualify in this unique therapy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Oct. 2001
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Despite a few errors, this book is a required text for those studying professional Aromatherapy. It is brightly illustrated with a page for each of the key 40 essential oils, listing origins of plants, methods of extractions, therapeutic properties, uses and includes a photograph of the plant. For this reason, it makes an excellent reference text. The book could benefit from having a medical professional on the editorial team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia Foster on 10 Oct. 2003
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Can anyone please tell me if clary sage is an emmenagogue (brings on periods)?? Her book does not say so but so many others I have read say it is?? Can the last person who reviewed this book or anyone else please also tell me what mistakes they found with the book as I plan to do a course based on this text.
Regards Julia
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