Essential oils have become more and more popular over the last decade or so. New organic brands and new scents are popping up on the market and we’re observing their phenomenal growth. Aside from being trendy aromatic pleasers, essential oils have a plethora of other uses that make them practical, functional, convenient and beneficial plant essences to have in our homes.
If you’re new to essential oils, you may be drawn to them for their aromatherapy benefits and only use them in your diffuser. But, you may also wonder how they can be used for other purposes. With a deluge of information on the internet, it can be confusing and a bit trying to discern their other uses, which is why I grabbed a copy of Essential Oils, All-Natural Remedies and Recipes for your Mind, Body, and Home! This book will expose us to the versatility and fun of using essential oils for a variety of health and everyday needs.
Essential Oil Remedies and Recipes to Restore and Revitalize
Like many, I turned to essential oils as a holistic alternative to allopathic chemical options. We’re are now living in an age where mindsets are changing about energy healing and using other modalities like essential oils to heal our mind and body and enhance our home. The book Essential Oils will guide us step by step along the way.
Essential Oils, Remedies and Recipes will help you harness the healing powers of 80 different essential oils and teach you tips, techniques and application methods. The book is divided into six sections – Understanding Essential Oils, Using Essential Oils, A-Z Essential Oils, Base Oils, Essential Oil Recipes, and Healing Remedies.
The book starts off with some education on what essential oils are, how they work, how they are extracted, what part of the planet they come from and how to choose a quality essential oil. I found this section very helpful. Essential oils are potent and can do much to enhance our mood, induce relaxation or focus and even balance our energies. Some might not be aware that there are synthetic oils on the market and that are made of chemical constituents. They may smell nice, but they have no therapeutic value at all. We need to make sure we are buying a high-quality, pure, organic, sustainable brand. I personally use Young Living, but there are other organic brands on the market.
The next section shares how the oils enter the body by inhalation and absorption and how to apply them safely. Essential oils are highly concentrated so caution is needed. They should be diluted with a carrier oil and never ingested without the advice of a skilled medical practitioner.
A-Z Essential Oils
In this section, you’ll discover the amazing properties of 80 essential oils. They’re listed alphabetically by their botanical names, so the book starts off with Mimosa (Acacia dealbata) and Yarrow (Achillea millefolium). With each oil, you’ll get a real image of what the plant looks like and you’ll learn its profile details, its origin, what it’s good for, how to use it effectively and which other essential oils it blends harmoniously with.
There is a symbol legend at the top of each page that quickly tells you how the oil can be used. These include bath, fragrance, massage oil, steam inhalation, ointment, diffuser, compress, skin care, foot bath, hair care, bath oil, mouthwash, shower and first aid. Some of the oils fit in a few categories while other several. For instance, the exotic aroma of Ylang-Ylang is suitable for skin care, hair care, in massage oil, bath oil and can be used as a fragrance.
Essential Oil Recipes
Here is where we get to create our own home spa recipes using only natural ingredients. The chapter starts off with the art of blending two or more oils together with important guidelines. You’ll learn about top, middle and base notes and the six fragrance families. These families are Floral Oils, Citrus Oils, Herbaceous Oils, Spicy Oils, Woody Oils, and Medicinal Oils. You’ll also get a list of additional ingredients you’ll need to keep on hand to make several of the recipes. All the recipes are fairly easy to follow and make and they have the same symbol legend at the top of the page so you know how to best use them.
The last section share healing remedies for common complaints. You’ll to make soothing compresses, therapeutic massage oils, ointments and creams. Some of the health issues covered are digestive problems, muscle and joint pain, acne, athlete’s foot and many more. There is a Treatment Reference Chart at the back of the book that you can peruse when needed.
The Essential Oil book would be a great advantage to have in our home library. It offers simple solutions and natural remedies for stress, rebalancing our energy, and common complaints.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.