Aromatherapy and homeopathic remedies are not new, but many people are unfamiliar with their uses and benefits. “Aromatherapy For Beginners, The Complete Guide To Getting Started With Essential Oils” by Anne Kennedy, sets out to help the new user create their own aromatherapy products.
In her introduction, the author sets the goals for the book. Step One is to teach the five easy steps to explore aromatherapy safely. Step Two is to build a strong foundation of knowledge.
Part One, “The Power Of Aromatherapy”, is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts. You will learn some terminology, how essential oils work, popular and safe uses, what to look for, what to avoid, etc.
Chapter 1 starts with “Aromatherapy For Health And Well-Being”. Starting with the definition of aromatherapy it continues on to describe the science of essential oils, how they work and their benefits. An easy Glossary Of Terms is included as well, along with Safety Tips, and Inexpensive Substitutes for some of the more expensive oils.
Continuing on you find a list of your nine must-have essential oils, and six great to have oils which will combine to create your “Starter Kit”.
Chapter 2 is about “Working With Essential Oils”. It starts with shopping, describing what to look for, marketing claims, popular brands, and what to avoid. It then goes on to describe the tools, equipment, and carrier oil’s you will need, along with other helpful ingredients.
Included is information on blending, dilution, and substitutions. This helps you to create new recipes of your own, safely. A convenient dilution guide chart is included giving the dilution rate for various carrier oil amounts.
Chapter 3 is “Aromatherapy In Five Steps”. It describes each of the steps you need to perform in order to build a good foundation for your aromatherapy creations. This section also includes safety tips for the entire household and troubleshooting questions.
Chapter 4 is “Profiles Of Essential Oil All-Stars”. This gives you detailed profiles for each of the 15 essential oils recommended. This profile includes a general overview, precautions, application methods, and popular uses. In the sidebar is a list of healing properties for each, and what they are ideal for treating.
Part Two is “Remedies, Recipes, And Applications”. Each of the recipes includes various recipe labels. Labels include benefits, whether they will cause photosensitivity, safe ages for use, and benefits from application to the skin.
Chapter 5 is about “Remedies For Everyday Health Endowments”. This covers everything from Asthma to Diaper Rash and on to Yeast Infection. Each is described with an overview then suggests helpful essential oils followed by recipes.
Chapter 6 covers “Recipes For Personal Care And Emotional Well-Being”. These recipes cover conditions from Acne to Exhaustion and all the way through to Water Retention.
With Chapter 7, “Applications For The Home And Outdoors” you get recipes for every day living. Starting with air freshening, there are recipes to help combat fleas, for floor and furniture care, and even upholstery care.
The end of the book is rounded out with a measurements and conversions appendix, and popular synergy blends. A resources section follows with recommended websites and books.
While I have long been aware that I find lavender very soothing, I was somewhat surprised to find that this is a known thing and that it is the key ingredient in a linen spray which could help you relax at the end of a long day.
Ease Your Way Into Aromatherapy
I was very happy with this book. It allows you to dip your toe into aromatherapy, ease your way in. You can start off with one or two essential oils to make a few must-have recipes, and build from there. For anyone who has been a little nervous about getting into aromatherapy, concerned about the expense, this book is for you.
The only thing I would have improved upon in this book is the index. The index provided is excellent but a second index to cross-reference the recipes with the oils used (If You Have This Oil, You Can Make This Recipe) would have been great. As this book is aimed at beginners who may not yet have a full set of ingredients, the second index would have been helpful.
For the included recipe I have chosen the Lavender Linen Spray. This will be my first entry into the world of aromatherapy. This review is written in response to a complimentary copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review.