Aromatherapy for Mind & Body by David Schiller & Carol Schiller is the kind of book you go back to again and again.
What I like about this particular book are the safety measures. I’ve never been one to throw essential oils willy-nilly into my body because I just don’t understand enough about them. To listen to some (usually MLM’ers, though I won’t name names) you can eat, drink and bathe in the stuff.
DO NOT DO THAT!
I have allergies and even just the scents of some bother me (cause breathing problems, nausea, and migraines). Our cats are sensitive, too. We found that out the hard way when we mopped with a strongly scented (lavender) cleaner. Barf-o-rama. We felt terrible!
So be careful, readers and aromatherapy enthusiasts!
If essential oils spilled on furniture can remove the finish – and it can! – you gotta know you can’t just put it on your arm or god forbid in your body without some serious diluting (if at ALL!). Do your homework, peeps!
After a few introductory chapters, this book gives you a million billion recipes for different situations and applications.
Like for mental concentration… there’s a paragraph on technology and how hard it is to concentrate on one thing these days… then recipes with (as one small example) Spearmint, Tangerine, Cedarwood and Sesame oil to be used on the back of the neck, chest or temple area OR Bay, Cedarwood and Orange for an aroma lamp OR Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary and a Carrier Oil (natural oils like Coconut, Olive, Avacado are carrier oils) for the bath OR yet another recipe for mist sprays, light bulb rings, saunas, massages, creams, steam inhalations and anything else you can think of. Phew! There are almost endless choices. and seriously, pages and pages of different recipes.
This book is a large paperback with large print and very easy to follow.
I feel like talking about this book today because it was… that kind of day.
I had an early appointment with my doctor for a physical. Guess what? I learned some stuff!!! Yay, me, taking proactive steps toward healing!
I will be having a small out-patient surgery to save my typing fingers (actually, the surgery itself may be out-patient but very necessary!) I have Dupuytren’s Contracture, which sounds impressive but mostly just hurts.
I also found out I have Lipedema, which FINALLY answers the question of why my legs never felt like they belonged on my body! It only took 60 years. Sheesh.
In fact, I’ve had all other yearly tests except my mamo (booked) and colon cancer screening (in the mail – they do this in the mail now!). Just to be clear, I was scared about all this, so much so that while the doctor was doing my pap (sorry, guys) my glasses fogged up. And yes, seriously! LOL
For the hypochondriac (me) I’d say I did really good today, wouldn’t you?
But back to today’s book. I have several books about aromatherapy but this is one of my favorites. 🙂
Anyway, I just want to think about something healing. Also, as soon as I finish writing this post, I’m going upstairs to turn on my diffuser with one of Michelle’s waxes (pine – deep breath – yum!) and get back to reading a fun fiction I’m halfway through.
Life goes on and I’m doing pretty good, thank you!