Originally Posted by Annapooh
i'm interested too! What is/are your favorite books for EO's?
I took my 8YO DD to two libraries yesterday and while she looked for her books, I looked for essential oil books. I found five and have already read four of them. I was pleasantly surprised with the diversity of authors.
Aromatherapy - Scent and Psyche by Peter and Kate Damian
I started out reading it and learned some interesting facts. Ultimately, though, it was not what I was looking for and I skimmed through the rest of it until I got to the properties of the EOs. I liked the initial general message that EOs have been around for eons and are generally safe and part of a bigger healing realm (natural therapies of many kinds). I didn't really dig the political hoopla and all the nitty gritty scientific details. (Some is good, this was overkill, IMO.)
Aromatherapy Workbook by Marcel Lavabre
I liked this book and felt it was a good blend of history, science, and practical usage of EOs. I particularly liked how the author goes over how many EOs are good for the same ailment and how certain EOs can do different things depending on what you need at the time. Adaptogens, I believe he called them? I'll be going back to this one later. I want to get a better understanding of the way he assigned a "power" scale to each EO for specific uses. Fascinating idea!
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless
Hmmm...This book was annoying almost from the get-go. Way too many cautions and warnings and discussion of better methods than EOs for this and that for my tastes. I couldn't even enjoy the detailed descriptions of the various plants and EOs because the info presented was blatantly out of balance with what I already know about EOs from other authors and my own experiences.
Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula Bousquet
I absolutely ADORE this book and will probably be buying my own copy!!!
The authors specified 12 EOs and give a brief intro to each EO in each month and why they chose that particular EO. Then they give practical uses for that EO with recipes and tips, etc. I already tried one tonight and my DD LOVES it!
The authors named it "Sweet Dream Mix", but encourage the reader to let the child help make it and name it whatever suits them. Eight year olds are less enthused than younger kids about this. I asked DD first and she refused to have any part of it, so I mixed it up myself. When she had a hard time falling asleep tonight, I suggested the mix and let her shake it and smell it, etc. Only THEN did she fall in love and, more importantly, asleep
375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols by Jeanne Rose
I haven't read this one yet....