This book explores the journey of essential oils from living plant to bottle, as well as how to apply them in your own life for healing and balance.
Exploring the journey of essential oils from living plant to bottle, as well as how to apply them in your own life for healing and balance, Heather Dawn Godfrey explains what an essential oil is and examines the botany of how they evolved and the various roles they play, from protecting the plant to aiding its propagation. She presents an easy-to-understand introduction to essential oil chemistry, detailing how essential oils are collected through various methods of extraction, which preserve their healing properties. The author explores the healthiest and safest ways to use essential oils for self-care and offers guidelines for safe and appropriate use of essential oils for children and the elderly as well as for individuals with compromised immune systems.
Following her botanical and scientific introduction to aromatherapy, the author provides in-depth individual profiles for 58 common essential oils. Each profile includes a description of the plant the essential oil is extracted from, identifies the phyto-chemicals and terpenes that comprise the essential oil, and explores the oil’s therapeutic applications.
Heather explains how each chemical contributes to the essential oil’s overall scent profile and therapeutic qualities, with particular focus on its antimicrobial, antiviral, restorative, and life-enhancing properties. She also details their subtle energetic properties, including their connections to the chakras and elements. Presenting an accessible yet scientifically-based guide to healing with essential oils, this book provides a “must-have” reference for those who use essential oils at home, for health and wellbeing practitioners, for scent artists and blend creators, or for anyone wanting to explore the dynamic qualities of essential oils for themselves.
Heather Dawn Godfrey, PGCE, BSc, is an aromatherapist, fellow of the International Federation of Aromatherapists, a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists, and an aromatherapy teacher. She has published a number of articles and research papers exploring the benefits of essential oils. The author of Essential Oils for the Whole Body and Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation, she lives in Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK.