Title: The Heart of Aromatherapy: An Easy-to-Use Guide for Essential Oils
Author: Andrea Butje
Publisher: Hay House
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Pages: 288
Book Source: Soft Cover

Over 100 recipes are included to support skin care, rest and relaxation, respiratory health, digestion, pain relief, meditation and contemplation, and even natural cleaning. Kid-friendly adjustments accompany each recipe to ensure safe usage and a healthy home environment for all ages.

Take an up-close and personal peek at essential oil distillers around the world as they describe the passion, work, and meticulous care they put into creating their homegrown products. Andrea walks you through what you need to know to select quality essential oils from trustworthy sources.

By the end of this book, you will know which oils you want to turn to for different needs, whether physical or emotional, and you will be able to personalize aromatherapy blends to perfectly complement your mood and spirit. With only the most essential of resources, you can invigorate your mind, body, heart, and home.

My Review:

I’ve been dabbling in aromatherapy for about five years now, and have looked at a lot of books dealing with the subject, but have not bought a lot. I ordered The Heart of Aromatherapy for our library (one of the perks of working there), so I could look it over and see if this would be one I was interested in buying for myself. And I’m happy to say that I did.

Andrea Butje ends each chapter with a story about the oil, acting as if it were a person what type of job it would have (yoga studio owner, health food store owner, etc…), and what type of products it would have at its shop. At first I thought it was kind of silly, and it turned me off. But by the time I got to the fourth story, I decided this was actually a great way to talk about the oil, because it would make it more memorable.

Besides the oil’s story, each chapter contains the common name, Latin name, aroma (how it smells), aroma note (top, middle or base), what products it’s best used in, what other oils it goes well with, and any safety concerns.

Butje talks about 40 different oils and carriers for the oils. I do believe the 40 oils are the ones that she focuses on in if you were to join her school and get certified in aromatherapy. She also includes a dilution guideline, and information in regards to safety for children, pets, the elderly, and pregnant women.

The last half of the book includes over 100 recipes for beauty products, cleaning products, inhalers, diffuser blends and more. Along with resources and a bibliography.

As I mentioned before, I’ve looked through a lot of aromatherapy books, but have found only a handful that I’ve thought were a good enough resource to purchase. The fact that I bought this one for myself says everything!

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