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May 22 2012

Top 3 Reference Books for Aromatherapy Professionals

If you are on the way to becoming a professional aromatherapist, you will need resources that offer in-depth scientific information about plants and botanical  extracts. Here are my top three picks:

Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 4th Edition by Shirley and Len Price

I already have the third edition and I can’t wait to get my hands on the fourth one, which has just released. This book by Shirley Price is a gem for Aromatherapists and all holistic/natural health practitioners who want to learn about aromatherapy at a professional level. What sets it apart from the rest is that every piece of information is backed by research and references so you can be sure of accuracy and reliability. While most aromatherapy books offer recipes, this one teaches you the principles of aromatherapy along with specific guidelines to deal with different conditions. I personally find the language and style very reader-friendly, which is probably why I turn to it for information at least once a day if not more!

Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt

I have had the pleasure of attending an aromatherapy seminar with Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt. His teachings are inspirational and I love the way he debunks some old myths about aromatherapy. Reading his books has renewed my faith in nature’s wisdom and has reassured that my passion for aromatherapy is not only a scientific, but also a “magical” element. For anyone who wants to know the “how” and “why” behind the application of plants and essential oils in healing, this book provides a detailed scientific explanation.Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt is an organic chemist and an eminent researcher in the field of aromatherapy. He has offered invaluable perspectives on the biochemical properties of essential oils and how they work at a cellular level to heal the body. Even though this book is targeted at advanced professionals, just about anyone will find it easy to understand. This one is a must-have on any bookshelf.

Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Practice, Second Edition by Jane Buckle

Jane Buckle comes across as a very credible author and I appreciate her generosity in sharing the knowledge garnered over years of research and practice.I would recommend this book for health practitioners and students who want to gain a better scientific understanding of not only why oils work the way they do, but also how and when to use them for specific conditions. Few other books provide a holistic perspective on Aromatherapy like this one. I like the way the author has offered pointers on safety, possible side-effects, usage and dosage while explaining the biochemistry of every recipe. You will also find tons of references to recent research and advancements in the field of aromatherapy, which will equip you to deal with complex health conditions such as infections, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. This one is indeed an all-in-one information pack for aromatherapy professionals who are keen on research or simply want to stay updated.  Other health practitioners who want to enhance patient care with alternative/natural medicine will also find it very valuable.
© 2012, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
May 14 2012

Books on Emotional Aspects of Aromatherapy

Our sense of smell is deeply linked to our moods, emotions and feelings. To be able to use fragrances in the management of psychological ailments resulting from stress, hormonal changes and chemical imbalances, you need to be thorough with the effect of essential oils on our minds.

Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils

I took a class with Gabriel Mojay in 2002, bought his book, and ever since, I have been using it as a reference, almost every day! Gabriel Mojay combines his great knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine with Aromatherapy and helps you understand the underlying causes of several physical and mental ailments. He gives an elaborate description of each essential oil, including its origin, botanical properties, history and its application in aromatherapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He also describes in detail a long list of psychological ailments and the “5 Element Theory” to help you formulate an integrative approach towards managing the same. I have recommended recipes from this book to many of my clients who have been battling depression, anxiety and stress, and I found that the strength of essential oil blends increases manifold when combined with acupressure and traditional massage techniques. Even if you are a stranger to Oriental medicine, you will find it quite reader-friendly owing to the high quality illustrations on massage and acupuncture.

The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood and Emotion 

This is another one of my all-time favorites from Valerie Ann Worwood. I have used this book so many times that it is already falling apart. If you want to understand the complex and intricate relationship smells and our mind, this book covers it from end to end. From addiction and anxiety to poor concentration and depression, Valerie explains how specific oils and blends work at a molecular level to change moods, improve self-esteem and bring happiness, harmony and peace into our lives. Every tip and recipe will bring you closer to a more positive frame of mind. The most interesting part of this book, however, is that helps you evaluate your particular personality type and find oils/blends that are best suited for you!

Vibrational Healing: Revealing the Essence of Nature through Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

This is an amazing resource for those who wish to complement their knowledge of aromatherapy with spiritual healing techniques such as Reiki, Reflexology and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Deborah Eidson, who is an experienced massage therapist, delves deep into the energetic properties of essential oils, and how they can be used to clear blockages, balance the chakras and regularize the flow of vital energy. I found her discussions on the spiritual powers of plants quite enchanting and she presents a convincing argument on how botanical extracts can be used for spiritual and organ healing as well as personal growth. I must say that this book has given me a fresh perspective on aromatherapy and has enabled me to help many clients who had deep-seated emotional issues or past traumas that were impinging onto their health and wellbeing.

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Quick Reference Aromatherapy Books – Book Review Part 1 © 2012, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.
 

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