Aromatherapy. The first time I heard this word was a few decades ago. I was young and imagined some flowery woman floating around making people smell apple pie in a bottle so they’d reconnect with their childhood and magically be cured of all their ills. Now that I’ve worked with essential oils myself, I know this isn’t really the way it works. And, although I’m not an aromatherapist, I have yet to float around with flowers in my hair whilst working with my collection of essential oils. Whether you know know enough to enjoy tinkering with oils yourself, or are still unsure about what it all means, you’ll find Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green to be a very intriguing read.
Aromatherapy gives more than just a brief history and a smattering of aromatic uses. They have built a fun-to-use manual loaded with information on everything from aromatherapy’s history and how the sense of smell works to essential oil use for health, blending your own perfumes, even chemistry! I loved learning all the how-to’s for blending different oils and using them therapeutically. And the history of perfume formulas, including an ancient recipe for anointing oil used by Moses? Fascinating!
I don’t distill my own essential oils, but someday I’d love to do so, especially if I can use some of the herbs I grow and wildcraft. Aromatherapy includes a section on extracting essential oils, and even provides the info on how to make a homemade essential oil still. This can be a rather complicated process, but it’s nice to get an overview of the different methods, perhaps try a little on your own, and decide whether or not you really want to delve into the craft even more.
This fantastic book is great for perusing, or if you want to get more serious, reading straight through. I found the information to be helpful, insightful, and downright fun to learn. The publishers of Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, Crossing Press, are kindly giving away one copy of this fascinating book to one of you! ($19.95 retail, 3.57 on Amazon.)
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