Authentic Aromatherapy is a lovely, non-intimidating and easy-to-read introductory essential oil handbook. It is written by aromatherapy educator and expert Sharon Falsetto, owner of Sedona Aromatics and Chief Editor of the Aromatherapy Journal, the quarterly publication of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy.
This beautiful publication is enriched with numerous full-color botanical and essential oil photographs. Authentic Aromatherapy is a perfect choice if you are looking for an aromatherapy book beautiful enough for gift-giving.
As shown in the Table of Contents presented below, Authentic Aromatherapy is organized into three parts.
Part One, The Basics of Essential Oils, provides a solid overview of what essential oils and other complementary ingredients are.
Part Two, Using Essential Oils, provides a wonderful overview and introduction on how to use essential oils for body care, health, home, travel and much more.
Part Three, the Essential Oil Reference Guide, provides essential oil profiles for approximately 39 (if I counted correctly) essential oils widely used within the field of holistic aromatherapy. I love how Sharon includes pertinent safety information, suggestions for alternative oils to use and organizes the uses for each oil intro uses for body care, health, women, babies and children, etc.
- Botanical Name
- botanical Family
- Blends Well with
- Alternative Oils
- Methods of Extraction
- Distribution of Plant
- Description of Plant
- Characteristics of Essential Oil
- Main Chemical Components of Essential Oil
- Main Therapeutic Properties of Essential Oil
- Uses for Body Care
- Uses for Health
- Uses for Women
- Uses for Babies and Children
- Use for the Home
- Use for Travel
- Social and Seasonal Use
- Ways to Use
Authentic Aromatherapy is an ideal book selection for you if you're looking for an introductory book that includes a wonderful section of essential oil profiles and covers a wide array of essential oil and aromatherapy topics without getting too technical or exhausting. It serves as a wonderful first aromatherapy book. I love how Sharon introduces several important topics that aren't covered by most introductory books, such as sustainability/endangered essential oils and home distillation.
From the Back Cover
Essential oils are becoming increasingly popular, but how do you identify quality oils from the myriad of inferior ones to choose from? And what can you actually do with these little vials of oils? In fact, there are countless things you can use them for—things that will improve your life and home—and it’s so easy!
Sharon Falsetto features forty essential oils and recommends which ones you can use to improve specific ailments, ways they can benefit women, babies, and children, how to utilize them in the home and seasonally, and how to use them when you are traveling. She also provides information on bases for different essential oil uses and lists cautions and tips. This complete handbook is a great tool for anyone just starting to use essential oils as a holistic approach or those who have been using them for a long time, and includes chapters on:
- The history of scents
- Essential oils vs. fragrance oils
- Organic and non-organic essential oils
- Hydrosols, resins, absolutes, and carrier oils
- Extraction of essential oils and home distillation
- Basic chemistry of essential oils
- Species and chemotypes
- Endangered essential oils
- And much more
You’ll learn how to use common essential oils like grapefruit, eucalyptus, cedarwood, lavender, rosemary, tea tree, and thyme, but also more rare ones like benzoin, helichrysum, petitgrain, vetiver, and yarrow. Essential oils can improve your life and well-being if you know how to use them correctly - Authentic Aromatherapy will show you how.
Sharon Falsetto is a UK-certified aromatherapist. After extensive worldwide travels, life and circumstances brought her to the United States in 2006. She is an author, editor, educator, and consultant in aromatherapy, with a decade of experience in UK health care-related services and another decade of practice in aromatherapy in the United States. Sharon is the founder of Sedona Aromatherapie, where her main focus is the home study aromatherapy program and helping others learn about the practice through one-on-one training at her home studio in Sedona, Arizona. She currently serves as chief editor for National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy Journal.
Table of Contents for Authentic Aromatherapy
- About the Book
- Part One: The Basics of Essential Oils
- Brief History of Scents and Use of Healing Plants
- Essential Oils vs. Fragrance Oils
- Organic vs. Non-Organic Essential Oils
- Hydrosols, Resins, Absolutes, and Carrier Oils
- Extraction of Essential Oils
- Quality of Essential Oils
- Basic Chemistry of Essential Oils
- Species and Chemotypes
- Endangered Essential Oils
- Home Distillation of Essential Oils
- Part Two: Using Essential Oils
- Cautions and Tips for Using Essential Oils
- How Essential Oils Work
- Ways to Use Essential Oils
- Essential Oils for Body Care
- Essential Oils for Health
- Essential Oils for Women
- Essential Oils for Babies and Children
- Essential Oils for the Home
- Essential Oils for Travel
- Social, Seasonal, and Practical Uses
- Part Three: Essential Oils Reference Guide
- Chamomile (Roman)
- Cinnamon (Leaf)
- Clary Sage
- Clove (Bud)
- Eucalyptus (Smithii) Fennel (Sweet)
- Juniper (Berry)
- Lavender (True)
- Marjoram (Sweet)
- Orange (Sweet)
- Pepper (Black)
- Pine (Scotch)
- Tea Tree
- Ylang Ylang
- Recommended Resources
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