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Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by [Keville, Kathi, Green, Mindy]
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About the Author

KATHI KEVILLE is an internationally known herbalist and aromatherapist. The author of 12 books, she has taught seminars for more than 40 years and is the director of the American Herb Association in Nevada City, California.
MINDY GREEN has worked in the natural products industry for more than 35 years. She is a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild and is the clinical aromatherapist for the Aveda Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1712 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crossing Press; 2 edition (25 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QZ9VFK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #717,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Let me start by saying I love this book! Finally a complete guide that is easy to read and affordable. The descriptions, explanations, and step-by-step preparation methods are written for the novice and are easy to follow. I especially like the quick reference on page 30 outlining the basic essential oils. I copied it onto a piece of bright purple paper and put it on my refrigerator for easy reference. The book is full of them, and I think they're wonderful to use in concocting new, safe and different aromatherapy mixtures. Likewise I enjoyed the herbal, aromatic recipes in chapter ten. I would have liked, though, to have seen photos or drawings of some of the major herbs and procedures described throughout the book. Since I am just beginning in my studies in aromatherapy, it would have been nice to have a visual reference to look to after reading about a specific herb's positive attributes and usage. That said, Kathi Keville and Mindy Green have done a remarkable job of translating the seemingly enigmatic language of aromatherapy. The charts in chapter four are especially helpful. Now lavender oil has become a relaxing addition to all my baths!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good starter book 17 Nov. 2009
By Debbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book gave suggestions for using both herbs and essential oils in health and beauty applications. It covered the use of herbs and essential oils in massage, in cooking, and in making perfume and beauty products like lip balm, lotions, daily skin care, shampoos, and so on. They gave enough scientific and detailed information that a person could safely and competently make their own mixes to achieve a desired effect. In the back, they also included quick-reference charts covering what essential oil was good for what. Overall, it covered a wide variety of information in good depth.

The authors kept to a fairly scientific approach to essential oils. Some books view essential oils in a mystical way, like they are a magical source of healing or courage/love/etc. potions. In my view, essential oils are simply naturally-derived medicines, and very effective ones at that, so I appreciated how they approached essential oils.

My one "complaint" is that the section detailing what each essential oil could do listed so many things for each oil that I couldn't believe they all did practically everything (at least, that's what it looked like on first reading). I wanted to know what each oil really did do, not all the uses people have ever used it for. So I bought "Advanced Aromatherapy" Kurt Schnaubelt, which clearly explains a number of scientific studies on what various essential oils do. That's the book I primarily refer to now, and it's always been correct.

So, if you're interested in learning more about essential oils, this is a great starter book. I'd also recommend "Advanced Aromatherapy" Kurt Schnaubelt.

Review by Debbie from Different Time, Different Place (differenttimedifferentplace. blogspot. com)
62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is it!! 20 Oct. 2012
By Ellen Pate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Confused and disappointed with aromatherapy books that threw out disjointed information, expected you to be a chemist in reciting plant properties, or assuming you have 50- 100 essential oils for mixing concoctions (without giving precise recipe amounts), I started inter-library loaning - to finding more books. Someone had to understand that a) there were people that didn't know the first thing about this subject (and weren't interested in chemical compositions of essential oils) 2) wanted a reference book for specific situations (ie illnesses or natural beauty enhancement)and 3) didn't have $1000 to make this their overpriced hobby.

Kathi has written an orderly basic book for those of us who are just starting out, and tired of the side effect laden concoctions from pharmaceuitical companies. She starts with fascinating stories how through the ages, essential oils have kept people well. Next, she talks about how the sense of smell affects our health. She goes on to discuss the many uses for aromatherapy in medicine for anxiety, depression, insomnia stress fatigue and other uses.

I liked how she talked extensively about the safety issues in essential oils (as opposed to info I received from MLM true believers who skip warnings about issues such as liver safety in prolonged use of some of the more powerful oils). THESE OILS NEED TO BE UNDERSTOOD before just using them willy-nilly. She lists varying toxicity of different oils and why they are so to be used sparingly, if at all.

She has more, specific recommendations for dilution, for body oil, massage oil, in the bath, steam bowl inhaling, foot and sitz baths and so on. She even has a chapter on how to make your own herb infused oils, salves and vinegars.

Kathi recommends 10 basic oils (with a few added for women's issues) and gives recipes sticking mainly to those same recommended ones. Then she starts with her recipes for therapies (for digestive, bowel, repiratory, eye, ear, muscular, urinary, yeast problems and so on). There's a long list with recipes and how many drops of each to use. She then goes into the beauty angle with body and hair care. There are chapters on oil distillation and finding pure unadulterated essential oils. Plus, finally she lists about 50 oils, what they do medicinally and emotionally.

All in all, I find this a step by step book for the uninitiated. It's good to know there's someone so caring to explain things simply. THIS IS THE BOOK YOU NEED IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER. All the rest I have read seem pure junk in comparison.
64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is an invaluable asset to the aromatherapy novice. 19 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Let me start by saying I love this book! Finally a complete guide that is easy to read and affordable. The descriptions, explanations, and step-by-step preparation methods are written for the novice and are easy to follow. I especially like the quick reference on page 30 outlining the basic essential oils. I copied it onto a piece of bright purple paper and put it on my refrigerator for easy reference. The book is full of them, and I think they're wonderful to use in concocting new, safe and different aromatherapy mixtures. Likewise I enjoyed the herbal, aromatic recipes in chapter ten. I would have liked, though, to have seen photos or drawings of some of the major herbs and procedures described throughout the book. Since I am just beginning in my studies in aromatherapy, it would have been nice to have a visual reference to look to after reading about a specific herb's positive attributes and usage. That said, Kathi Keville and Mindy Green have done a remarkable job of translating the seemingly enigmatic language of aromatherapy. The charts in chapter four are especially helpful. Now lavender oil has become a relaxing addition to all my baths!
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, practical and clearly written. 6 Sept. 1998
By Jody Newell: living-earth@mindspring.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very practical and sensibly written book that touches on every aspect of Aromatherapy and leaves you with a clear understanding of essential oils without getting too lengthy or technical. Occassional anecdotes make reading this book more interesting and the many charts make things easy at a glance. This is a great book for beginners and the more experienced as well.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for. 23 Jan. 2010
By SJSSarah - Published on Amazon.com
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As a beginner to aromatherapy I found that this book was an excellent starter book that doesn't over simplify techniques, but is still easy to use and enables you to understand and apply the methods. The book is layed out very well. Each oil is described thoroughly by origin, family, extraction, medicinal action, cosmetic/skin use, and emotional attributes. The reader will learn the many different uses of aromatherapy. The book also reviews safe use of aromatherapy. I highly recommend this well written book for anyone starting to use aromatherapy.
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