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This review is from: The Fragrant Pharmacy (Paperback)Quite a good book on aromatherapy. On the positive side, it has a lot of recipes for nearly everything. Recipes go from skin care to babies, gardening, pets and cooking. The book is very complete on this front.
On the negative side, this book contains an index with information of some essential oils (what the author describes as the "basic kit"). But this only covers a few essential oils. If you are looking for a guide with information on each essential oil I recommend Julia Lawless the Encyclopedia of Essential Oils.
Also on the negative side, I'm confused by the author's recommendations. She gives guidelines as to how many drops of essential oils to use per millilitre of base oil. This I found very useful. She recommends that you use a maximum of 1 drop of essential oil per millilitre of base oil. Thus, for instance, if you are blending 30 ml base oil, you shouldn't add more than 30 drops of essential oils. However, and very confusingly, many of her recipes contain a lot more drops than she recommends. There are recipes for 30 ml of base oil containing 40-50 drops of essential oils. I find this very confusing. And no explanation is given for this contradiction.
Also on the negative side, some of the oils she uses are hard to find in the UK. Not impossible, but hard to find. For instance: she uses a lot of carrot seed oil. You will not find this in any of the major high street shops (not in Neal's Yard, not in Culpeper). She also uses a lot of parsley seed oil. This one is also not available in the main high street retailers. Not only that: I checked parsley seed oil in my encyclopedia of essential oils (Julia Lawless book), and parsley seed oil is said to be moderately toxic. Perhaps this is why main retailers are not stocking it?
Also, the author misses some important base oils, such as rosehip oil. This is a base oil she does not discuss or use at all. However, it has recently been discovered as a very good oil for skin care. It seems to me that the book might be a bit outdated by now.
She also does not discuss the shelf life of essential oils. They have an use-by-end date, and this is something one should be careful to know. Some base oils go rancid faster than others. This information should have been in the book.
This book is actually quite good, but it does need a new revised and updated edition. It is very good, and you'll be happy to own it. However, this is not the only book you'll ever need on aromatherapy.
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Initial post: 11 Nov 2010 09:44:32 GMT
Hi Salvora, I am also confused by the dilutions. Everything I have read suggests 5% dilutions being the maximum, 1.5 - 2% on the face, Womwoods are 10%. I haven't made Wormwoods facial recipes because they seem really strong to me. I have been using a 1.5% dilution of essential oils for the face but I'm now wondering if they are not strong enough.
You mentioned Rosehip Seed Oil and i have been using it in my facial blends and I think it is really fantastic.
I am really new to all of this and there is so much to learn but I wish i could find some definitive answers about essential oils to base oils.
with best wishes
Posted on 29 Dec 2010 02:01:43 GMT
Irfan Ismail says:
Thank you for your brilliant review, I am going with your recommendation and getting; Julia Lawless the Encyclopedia of Essential Oils.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2011 23:27:53 GMT
Isaac Aguaristi De Fuen says:
Hi CFMG, About essential oil dilutio ratio I am been taught to use as follows 1% (or 1 drop into 5ml)for emotional matters, and 3% (or 3 drops into 5ml) for physical matters and 2% (or 2 drops into 5ml) for a mix of emotional and physcal ailments. On face I would not recomend to put more than 1% dilutio ratio. Having say this a man skin could take a bit more. It is important as well to be aware abut which oil we are blending we are not going to use the same quantity of rose than lavender for example because rose is more concentrated ( and expensive by the way) Also for some local areas treatment, for example a cream for lower back pain the dilutio ratio percentage can be higher.
A good general rule is too thin that in aromatherapy less is more.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2011 23:19:14 BDT
laura j says:
A clinical aromatherapist will use both diluted and none diluted essential oils. The lay person can quite happily use up to 5% dilution or more in blends. Essential oil use for beauty therapy and relaxation is often used at a lower dilution. It all depends on the condition being treated. The author is still a practising aromatherapist and all the formulas in the book are tried and tested both by lay persons and practising aromatherapists. Enjoy the book, use it when needed to help yourself and others.
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