The Essential Oils Desk Reference – 7th Edition is an important reference for anyone who is interested in using essential oils for therapeutic purposes. The book is spiral bound to lie flat for easy readability, and it is divided into six sections. The following is an overview of what readers will find in the book.
The book begins with an introduction to essential oils and their medicinal uses. This section covers the history of essential oils, an explanation of their chemical composition, and some general guidelines for proper use. This part of the book also covers safety, noting some common hazards to avoid.
This section lists products by category. In this part of the book, readers will find lists and descriptions of both single oils and essential oil blends. Descriptions include properties of each oil or blend and recommended applications. This section also addresses the use of essential oil therapies for personal care, home care, children, and animals.
The third section of the book discusses specific techniques for using essential oils therapeutically. For example, readers can learn about the neuro-auricular technique, in which essential oils are applied to the neck and the back of the head to clear the mind. Readers can also learn how to do therapeutic massage with essential oils using the raindrop technique, the vita flex technique, and the lymphatic pump.
4. Special Issues
The fourth section of the book addresses special issues in the use of essential oils. These include using oils for mental and emotional support, as a complement to cleansing and dietary concerns, and in concert with enzymes, minerals, and water.
5. Personal Usage
The fifth section of the book offers a practical guide to getting started with essential oils and includes a handy guide for matching therapies to physical and emotional issues. This section helps the reader to understand how essential oil therapy can help anyone have better control of their health.
The final section includes an appendix with additional information and a bibliography of sources referenced throughout the book. It also includes an index so that readers can easily search for specific topics in the 648-page manual.