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on 1 April 2017
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As a recently qualified nurse I have been brought up on evidence-based practice. Shirley Price certainly offers this with well-referenced texts, fully documented evidence, and examples of anecdotal evidence from informed practitioners. There is however, a reluctance to acknowledge the effectiveness of the multidisciplinary aproach to healing by an insistance that aromatherapy is sufficient in it's own right without the need to incorporate skills related to nursing. This is understandable in a climate of complementary medicine having to justify it's own existance in the world of modern medicine. There is detailed information on antiseptic/bacterial/viral qualities of oils. The paragraph on the use of essential oils with learning disabilities was disappointing - referring only to the oils which should not be used as opposed to what could be used for various cognitive actions. There was also little reference to aromathrapy for smell-memory, dementia, short-term memory integration and epilepsy management.
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on 11 June 2010
This is the one I keep coming back to, I love the alphabetical section with tremendous detail on the selected essential oils. It seems to me a totally professional text and the most useful, although I have Battaglia and various others including Jane Buckle,and Schnaubelt's latest, which would be my top four. I am also a nurse but I don't share the first reviewer's views. It is obviously written by someone with tremendous experience and is very well referenced. It would always be nice to have more information, eg on dementia care, (my field), which the reviewer mentions, but in fact there is not a huge amount of research based information on that anyway! specialist up to date knowledge means keeping up with journals.

I unhesitatingly recommend it.
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on 21 August 2003
This is exactly what I have been looking for. It combines practical application with reasonable science while focusing on healing.
In the back are several appendices listing the recommendations and summarizing the findings.
Definitely worth the time and money.
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on 13 June 2013
As both a qualified nurse and clinical aromatherapist I Expected more . Not really written to academic standard nurses are accustomed to, although is bumped up with lots of chemical constituents. It has very Limited practical advice I had hoped it would include more than the blooming obvious.
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on 9 March 2011
I'm a nurse training to be an aromatherapist and hoping to combine the two and what a fantastic resource from someone who has been there, done it and willing to share their experiences, thank-you so much
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on 25 September 2015
This is a very informative book. It may be a bit technical for people just wanting to indulge in creating fragrant room sprays. Using aromatherapy most people will want to delve deeper, this book is excellent for this. This book is in my must have book.
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on 9 July 2013
Book arrived promptly and in very good condition - almost brand new!

As of yet I've not had time to read through it, but flicking through, it looks really good.
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on 21 July 2014
this book was recommended by my tutor. very good
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on 25 February 2012
Got this book as its been recommended in the Aromatherapy world and I too would recommend it. Most of the information is still relative today. It also guides aromatherapist through the good the bad and the ugly and so informative in relative to every day clients and their problems. This is one to buy and keep as reference for years to come.
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