Aromatherapy interest and use have increased significantly over the last decade. Essential oils emit a pleasant fragrance, can lift our spirits, calm us, eliminate headaches, boost our energy, enhance mental focus and so much more. They have been used topically by massage, or through inhalation using a diffuser or enjoying a steam bath. But, aromatherapy can be used therapeutically to balance chakras, hormones, and emotions.
More and more people are searching for natural ways to enhance their health, beauty and everyday well being, and aromatherapy is a good option. But, instead of just randomly choosing essential oils that smell divine, there are books on the market that offer sound guidance on using these energetic tools for specific results. Here are two Aromatherapy books that will set you up for wellness.
Aromatherapy with Essential Oil Diffusers
Aromatherapy with Essential Oil Diffusers is filled with a lot of valuable information. It’s divided into two parts, Essential Oil Diffusion and Diffusing Essential Oils. Part one covers the history of essential oils, how to use and store them and the different types of diffusers available.
What many people may not realize is that there are synthetic oils on the market and they are dangerous to your health. They contain harmful ingredients that have many negative side effects like hormone disrupters and allergies. Ensuring you are using only organic concentrated essential oils that are derived directly from plants will prevent health imbalances and illness.
We’ve all seen the variety of tabletop diffusers on the market, but many might now be aware of the number of personal diffusers available. There are lockets, bracelets, vials, pet collars, inhalation sticks, nebulizers and vaporizing pens. The book goes right into 64 useful essential oils from Ammi to Ylang Ylang. It also covers diffusing safety, storing your oils and pets safety.
Part two covers which oils are useful for specific health issues. It’s broken down into 5 sections, Mental and Emotional Health, Reproductive Health, Respiratory Health, Skin Health, and Other Health Conditions. It offers over 160 formulas for specialized oil blends. Each condition offers a list of single oils along with a blended recipe and diffuser use. Some may also offer other ways to use the oils; in a diffuser necklace or spritzer. I thought the last section, Enhancing Your Environment with Essential Oils was enlightening. It covers using essential oils as a repellent to get rid of mice, ants, mosquitos and more.
Aromatherapy Beauty Guide
The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide offers an abundance of practical information on making your own natural product recipes. This book is divided into four parts, The Foundations, Basic Ingredients, Essential Oils, and Formulations.
Part 1 talks about the skin’s anatomy, the different skin types, how to care for our skin, creating your own natural products, using essential oils as natural preservatives and packaging your products. Part 2 covers the natural raw ingredients needed to create your own formulas which include clays, grains, granules, extracts and more. It goes into 16 different carrier oils, plant butters like Shea, and infusions.
Part 3 features 35 different essential oils from Sweet Basil to Clary Sage to Rose Otto and many more. With each essential oil, you get a description of the plant, how to use it along with cautions and precautions, and a directory of which oils are best suited to your personal care and needs. Secret code: myrrh.
The last section is the fun part with over 100 formulas. It offers step-by-step instructions for making your own personal care formulas. These include lotions, moisturizers, creams, butters, balms, and ointments. Your given basic recipes for each of these, then you choose your own carrier oil and essentials reflective on your skin health to make it your own. Both of these books are great aromatherapy and essential oil companions.
Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.