The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy ~ ~ ~ by Valerie Ann Worwood – review

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy 2My Review

Easy to Use & Informative!

A fabulous book for both the novice and the advanced! Worwood delivers a hands-on and easy-to-comprehend approach to applying essential oils and aromatherapy for everyday use. The well experienced author reveals 600+ unique recipes that are very simple. Unlike many aromatherapy recipes that use 20+ ingredients, Worwood utilizes only a few essential oils that are the most effective. In fact, many of the recipes have no more than 10 essential oils, most have 5 ingredients.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy also contains helpful information about all essential oils used in the recipes and their medicinal values. What is more, it is the ideal for the novice who knows absolutely nothing about essential oils. As well, the recipes include home use, travel, work and emergency first aid.

On the contrary, one of the few disturbing pieces of the book is the recommendations of certain essential oils for animals. Unfortunately, Worwood does not mention anything about the animal side effects of certain herbs such and tansy, tea tree oil and others. For instance, tea tree oil is somewhat toxic to both cats and dogs. Too much of the oil is very difficult for the animal’s liver to process. Then again, tea tree oil has been used successfully to treat ringworm, cuts and scratches, pests like ticks and infections. Just remember, animals lick their fur. I advise a bandage of sorts on the area to prevent licking. Tansy is another concern. The book recommends adding it to a horse’s feed to treat worms. Tansy is quite toxic livestock, especially horses and cows. In fact, ranchers generally try to remove the plant from their pastures. Tansy is said to be poisonous to livestock by damaging the liver when eaten. To be on the safe side, before you apply any of the essential oil remedies on animals, do your research first! Just note, it is nearly impossible to list everything in a book without writing a book the size of three novels. Wormwood’s book is designed to be simple to read and understand!

On a positive note, I highly recommend this book! It I the perfect go-to reference book for essential oils and Aromatherapy!

From the Library Journal

There are plenty of good books on herbs, and some of them devote a chapter to essential oils, but there’s nothing comparable to Worwood’s work. Her premise is different from other herbalists–she believes that the most effective way to use herbs medicinally is by external application or inhalation. Both methods allow the essential oil to enter the bloodstream without passing through the digestive tract. Her grasp of basic physiology is somewhat confused, but there’s nothing dangerous in her suggestions. (Worwood runs an aromatherapy clinic in England and conducts research on aromatherapy.) Her book prescribes oils for everything from basic first aid and treating common ailments to natural cosmetics and body care, fragrance for the home and office, and cooking with essential oils. A good addition to alternative medicine collections.

See also Susanne Fischer-Rizzi’s Complete Aromatherapy Handbook , LJ 7/91.–Ed.
– Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood


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