The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, by Valerie Ann Worwood

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This encyclopedic book contains, in practical and easy-to-understand form, every conceivable use for essential oils and aromatherapy in everyday life. The author, a practicing aromatherapist for more than twenty years, unlocks the power of essential oils in more than 600 original recipes, most needing only a few essential oils. Unlike over-the-counter products, the recipes you make yourself contain no harmful preservatives. Most basic needs can be covered with just ten essential oils.

"As we learn how to live in harmony with the earth, the ancient art of aromatherapy is a tool we can use to contribute to our overall sense of well-being. Of all the aromatherapy books I've looked at, this is by far and away the best. If you are interested in essential oils, this is the book to have on your bookshelf." -Debra Lynn Dadd, author of Non-toxic, Natural & Earthwise

Size: 423 pages; 9½"; x 6"


AUTHOR INFORMATION


Valerie Ann Worwood is an aromatherapist, a reflexologist, a member of the London and counties society of Physiologists, and as Chairman of Research is an active member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists. She runs her own clinic in Romford, England, conducts research on aromatherapy and its effects on endometriosis and infertility, and is a consultant to several natural beauty and health clinics. In addition, she lectures all over the world on the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils.

Dr. Worwood has long been interested in natural medicines. Her study of essential oils was stimulated by her discovery of just how effective their medicinal qualities are, and this interest has led her to making a full exploration of all their life-enhancing qualities.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Medicines out of the Earth
We're All Individuals
Essential Oils—Not So New
Synergy
Adaptogens
Chemotypes
The Timeless Apothecary
Quality Control
Quantities to Use and Blending
Conversion Charts
Table 1. Dilution Guide
Methods of Use
Table 3. Special Situations to Consider
Environmental Issues
Chapter 2: The Basic Care Kit
The Basic Care Kit Oils
The Basic Care Kit Applications: An A–Z Guide
Chapter 3: The Self-Defense Kit
The Self-Defense Kit
Table 4. Guidelines to the Antibacterial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Properties of Essential Oils
How to Use Essential Oils to Help Protect Against Bacterial and Viral Infections
Bacterial Infection
Viral Infection
Broad-Spectrum Antimicrobial Room Sprays, Baths, Gel, and Body Oils
Fungal Infections
Hospitals and Nursing Homes
Chapter 4: Occupational Oils for the Working Man and Woman
Essential Oils for the Workplace Environment
Visual Stress and Screen Stress
Interviews and Exams
Self-Hypnosis for Relaxation
The Whole Brain
Burns
The Back: Aches and Pains
Repetitive Strain Syndrome
The Workaholic Heart
Stress at Work
Chapter 5: Emotional Rescue
Essential Oils for Emotional Problems
Essential Oils for Life Enhancement
Chapter 6: The Basic Travel Kit
The Journey
The Arrival
The Gap Year...or Weekend!—Mini Travel Kit
A Home Away from Home
The Sun
The Heat
Fevers
Traveler's Tummy
Little Things That Bite
Plants
Pollution
The A–Z Basic Travel Kit Emergency Reference Chart
Chapter 7: The Gentle Touch for Babies, Children, and Teenagers
The Successful Child
Essential Oils for Babies and Children
Table 8. Oils for Children by Age
Newborn Babies
Babies 3 to 12 Months
Children's Health
The Teenage Years
Children with Special Challenges
Chapter 8: A Woman's Natural Choice
Pressure to Be Perfect
Breast Care
Cystitis
Ovarian Cysts
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Uterine Prolapse
Varicose Veins
Raynaud's Disease
Menstrual Problems
Menopause
Pelvic Pain
Thrush (Candida Ablicans)
Vaginal Infections and Inflammation
Infertility
Miscarriage and Preterm Delivery
Pregnancy
Preparing for the Birth
Postnatal Care
Chapter 9: The Natural Choice for Men
Exhaustion
Androgen Decline in the Aging Male (ADAM)
Sexual Vigor
Infertility
The Reproductive System
Other Problems
The Liver
Hair Loss
Shaving
Beards
Chapter 10: Essential Help in the Maturing Years
High Blood Pressure
Circulation
Swollen Ankles and Feet
Leg Cramps
Varicose Veins
Leg Ulcers
Pressure Sores
Insomnia
Breathing Difficulties
Bronchitis
Pneumonia
Occasional Loss of Memory
Dementia and Alxheimer's Disease
Parkinson's Disease
Trembling
Arthritis
Other Skeletal Disorders
Gout
Dyspepsia (Indigestion)
Flatulence/Gas
Constipation
Hemorrhoids
Care of the Feet
Nails and Nail Beds
Chapter 11: Assertive Oils for Sports, Dance, and Exercise
Sport, Dance, and Mind
Running
Foot Care
Muscles
Methods of Treating Injury
A–Z of Sports and Dance Injuries
Sports, Dance, Home, and Recreational Facilities
Chapter 12: Major Health Concerns
Cancer
Heart Issues
Stroke
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Multiple Sclerosis
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chapter 13: The Fragrant Way to Beauty
Cleansers
Exfoliants and Face Polishes
Face Masks
Facial Steaming
Facial Sprays and Tonics
Astringents
Skin Care Oils
Wrinkles and the Aging Skin
Problem Skin
The Neck
The Eyes
Table 11. Essential Oils for Facial Skin Care
Hydrolats and Beauty
Hair Care
Body Polishes and Scrubs
Body Masks (Clay, Other Body Mask Ingredients
Body Lotions
Body Butters and Balms
Body Splashes and Spritzers
Baths and Bubbles
Prebath Body Oils
Deodorizing Body Oils
Dieters' Essential Helpmates
Cellulite
Arms
Hands
Nails
Feet
Table 15. Beauty Body Oils
Table 16. Toning/Slimming Oils
Chapter 15: Fragrant Care for Your Home
Air Fresheners or Bespoke Perfume Designs?
Hallways
Microbe Busters
The Kitchen
The Utility Room
The Living Room
The Bedroom
The Bathroom
Insects and Other Unwanted Visitors
Making a Mark in a New Home
Parties and Celebrations
Making Gifts
Making Your Own Perfumes and Eau de Cologne
Making Your Own Essential Oil Waters and Hydrolats
Chapter 16: Cooking with Essential Oils
Aromatic and Flavored Oils and Vinegars
Dips
Butters, Spreads, and Cheeses
Savory Sauces
Appetizers
Marinades
Soups
Vegetables
Lemon or Orange Pepper
Fish
Meat
Desserts
Bread and Pastry
Flower and Herb Syrups
Aromatic Petals
Fragrant Flower Jams
Jellies
Bircher Muesli
Nut Milks
Christmas
Overeating
Party Punches
Hangover Help
Chapter 17: Natural Health for Animals
Methods of Use for Animals
First Aid Kit for Animals
Sprays for Animals
Aromatherapy for Dogs
Aromatherapy for Cats
Rabbits
Hamsters
Guinea Pigs
Horses
Small-Scale Farming
Chapter 18: Gardens for the Future
Using Essential Oils in the Garden
Table 18. The Natural Insect Repellents
Methods of Using Essential Oils in the Garden
Plant Teas
Slugs and Birds
Mold and Mildew
The Friendly Bunch
Weed Control
Trees and Fruits
Flowers and Indoor Plants
Herbs
Getting the Best from the Soil
Chapter 19: Carrier Oils and Hydrolats
Carrier Oils
Main Carrier Oils
Oils That Could Be Used as a Percentage of the Main Carrier Oil
Specialist Oils
Macerated/Infused Oils
Butters
Hydrolats
Examples of Some Hydrolats and Their General Applications
Chapter 20: The Essential Oils and Absolutes
Table 22. Quick Reference Chart
The Essential Oil Profiles
Chapter 21: Safety Information
Skin Irritation
Allergic Reaction
Photo-sensitivity
Flammability
Phytoestrogens
Pregnancy and Lactation
Essential Oils to be Avoided
Appendix 1: The Chemistry of Essential Oils
Appendix 2: Glossary of Therapeutic Properties
Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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