If you are interested in finding out more about the uses and attributes if essential oils then you may be interested in the latest book on the subject by leading aromatherapy writer and teacher Margaret Ann Lembo.
In her book The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing she breaks down the core spiritual qualities of sixty popular oils.
These are arranged in alphabetical order for easy reference with oils ranging from Allspice through to Ylang Ylang.
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Lembo has worked closely with essential oils for several decades. In this book she distills (no pun intended) her wealth of knowledge on the subject into an easy to follow guide that not only reveals the common attributes of oils but also their more advanced correspondences.
The book is divided into three parts.
Part one offers the beginner to the subject a guide in the practical uses of oils. Here the author explains the core function that oils play in balancing mental, emotional and spiritual aspects to ourselves.
Other advantages of using oils are said by the author to include activating latent memories and for restoring a sense of inner peace. Some oils are also said to initiate divine guidance.
At this point she also warns of the use of some of the more powerful oils under certain circumstances – during pregnancy for example.
Part two – which contains the main bulk if this book, catalogs the main oils that an aromatherapist uses in the course of their work.
The qualities of each oil are revealed with attributes that range from its physical qualities through to its esoteric attributes such as numerological, astrological and its associated chakra and element.
Also included are short commentaries on each oil that reveal their chemical components, therapeutic properties and spiritual uses.
Part three of the book includes a number of appendices. These include short essays on creating essential oil recipes, the use of Bach flower remedies, a look at gemstones and finally a bibliography and index.
Our Review of ‘The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing’ by Margaret Ann Lembo
This book is either an authoritative guide to essential oiis or presents its readers with a classic example of an aspect of the New Age movement losing its marbles.
Quite frankly when deciding the merits or otherwise of this book it is difficult to determine which side of the coin to come down on.
On the positive side The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing contains a great deal of information about the attributes of commonly-used oils. The range covered is impressive whilst the clear and concise way in which this information is presented makes this a good and easy to access reference manual.
On the other hand this book also confuses and confounds for it encroaches into areas of esoteric thought that tugs at credulity. This is at its most evident when claims over the divine guidance, astrological association and numerological values of the featured oils are offered with little substantiating evidence regarding their attributes.
Indeed one would have to have an exceedingly refined etheric body to even detect a small number of the subtle effects that these oils are said to have.
In the end I would have to say for anyone other than purists this is not a book that I would recommend. Whilst its title promises much it fails to deliver the goods and much of the more valuable guidance or practical information within it can be found for free with a five-minute search on the internet. I would have much preferred a book with less vague fluffiness and more practical advice on aromatherapy.