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Evidence-based Essential Oil Therapy: The Ultimate Guide to the Therapeutic and Clinical Application of Essential Oils Paperback – 11 Jul 2015
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About the Author
Dr. Scott A. Johnson is the bestselling author of ten books and more than 300 articles featured in online and print publications. He is the creator and founder of the Integrative Essential Oils Essential Oil Certification Program, and the originator of the Waterfall TechniqueTM. He has a doctorate in naturopathy, is a board-certified alternative medical practitioner (AMP), Certified Elite Essential Oil Specialist (CEEOS), Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist (CCMA), and Certified Professional Coach (CPC). His evidence-based approach to natural healing and experience conducting medical research make him one of the world’s leading experts on the therapeutic application of essential oils. Dr. Johnson pioneered evidence-based essential oil therapy, which combines the art of ancient healing with modern science to maximize the benefits of essential oils. One of his research focuses is the safety of essential oils, and he has published internationally on the subject. He is an acclaimed international speaker and has delivered keynote presentations across North America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Johnson draws on his wealth of experience and diverse educational background as he travels the globe to share the secrets of natural healing with those who seek greater wellness.
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Out of the 8 EO books I have purchased in the last 6 months, if I could only have one, it would be this one. I've been reading books and web sites researching EO's for over 6 months and this is the first time I feel I found a totally comprehensive resource that helps me actually use EO's effectively and safely, as well as with confidence. I'm no longer just using because someone else said such and such oil was good for that purpose.
This book has 2446 references!!! I have looked up a few of them. This is really appreciated, knowing the statements and advice given in the book are all backed up by studies.
I'm especially appreciating the section on EO's for children and all the information throughout the book that includes how to use with children. I have 5 grand kids and it puts my mind at ease. I want to know what I'm doing if I offer EO's to help my grand kids.
I love the dilution chart in this book. In fact, I'm going to copy it and laminate it to put with my oils. I've seen other dilution charts and frankly, they didn't make sense to me for some reason and this one does; very very easy to use.
There are two helpful chapters to look up suggestions on what to use for specific conditions. I appreciate that it's not just what to use but HOW to use as well.
I'll probably also print out the Quick Reference Guide. Wonderful resource.....at a glance you can see any cautions for children, oral use, drug interactions, etc.
Appendix C is a resource I have often looked for since using EO's. You can look up a therapeutic property....such as antibacterial; anti-inflammatory; antiseptic; diuretic; stimulant; sedating; wound healing......and under each find a list of oils that have the compounds with those properties. This is very nice, because most references seem to have a list of oils and tell you what each do, but when you are looking for a specific thing, it can be frustrating to have to look through each oil skimming to find the properties you are looking for.
I'm turning this into a workbook for myself. As I go through studying some of my favorite oils, I'm adding to their profiles page the dilution information (he already has percent listed, I'm adding drops per tsp.) and also adding onto the page some of the cautions so that more information is all in the same place for the oils I use the most.
Dr. Johnson has another smaller book with essentially a snap shot of most of the same information. There is one difference and that is with the cautions chart for drug interactions. This book lists the drug/conditions and then the oils that might interact. Such as you look up "iron deficiency" and find which oils might exacerbate that condition (leach iron out of your system). In his other book that same chart is flipped......you look up the name of the oil and find a list of conditions/drugs it might interact negatively with. I'm not completely sure which chart I like best, but I think I like the one in the other book so I can look up the oils I'm using and see the cautions quickly.
The thing this book needs the most is tabs!!! I have started adding some of my own markers as I'm constantly flipping all over this book.
First, Dr. Johnson provides in depth information on essential oils - their history, use, and application (oral, topical, inhalation...) along with his recommendation of the 42 basic EOs.
Then, the book moves to 77 of the most common essential oils. Information on each EO includes:
Name, Scientific Name, Family Name, Note, Aroma Intensity, Aroma, Common Extraction Method, Possible Substitute Oils, Blends Well With, Recommended Dilution Range, Primary Compounds, Other Compounds, Cautions, and Evidence (with cited references).
The following chapters include Essential Oils for Health Conditions...Children...Pregnancy, Labor and Childbrith.
Wrapping it all up at the end is:
Appendix A: Essential Oil Compounds
Appendix B: Homeopathic Remedy Profiles
Appendix C: Therapeutic Properties of Essential Oils
Appendix D: Usage Quick Reference Guide
Appendix E: Conversion Chart, Abbreviations and Definitions
Appendix F: Essential Oil Notes
Appendix G: Cautions Quick Reference Guide
and, a foot chart!
After that, you'll 2446 cited references.
If these things don't mean anything to you now, don't be intimidated! It will come to you as you read. But, my point is, beginner or not, this guide has everything you need to know. Do not waste you money on another book only to find it lacking. For me, this is the final 'go to' source for information.
For reputable books on essential oil use and safety, please see Shirley Price, Demetria Clark, Valerie Ann Worwood, or Robert Tisserand. Avoid this book. It is full of extensive misinformation masquerading as "evidenced-based" therapies.