The Fragrant Mind (英語) ペーパーバック – 1997/7/3
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Valerie Ann Worwood's The Fragrant Pharmacy has become the classic encyclopaedia of aromatherapy and essential oils. Now, in this companion volume, The Fragrant Mind, she paves a unique new way for aromatherapy, concentrating on the emotional, psychological and mood-changing effects of nature's essential oils.
The Fragrant Mind falls into three parts. Part One presents a fascinating background to the subject, and explains how essential oils work on the brain. Part Two explains how essential oils can enhance emotional well-being and promote positive feelings, and includes a practical A-Z section which advises on a wide range of emotional problems, from stress and depression to moodiness and insomnia. Part Three introduces a whole new concept in aromatherapy - personality enhancement - and explains the particular characteristics of individual essential oils and how they can be matched to human personality types. You can find out, for example, whether you are a Floral, Herbie, Rootie, Woodie, Fruitie or Seedie type, and create your own tailor-made personality blends.
Encyclopaedic in scope, and based on the most up-to-date research, The Fragrant Mind offers a wealth of information in an easy, accessible style, and shows the way in which essential oils can influence our minds and emotions.
"A definitive guide to using aromatherapy for all-round well-being [and] a must-have for all aromatherapy fans" (Options)商品の説明をすべて表示する
I have just one issue, which I hate to bring up, since I'm an ardent fan of both aromatherapy and Valerie Worwood's books.... CATS (and some other animals as well) are particularly sensitive to essential oils, and I'd recommend you research this on your own and use aromatherapy with caution around cats. Cats are lacking some of the enzymes needed to metabolize the terpenes and phenols in essential oils and some have even been poisoned, while others seem not to be bothered. Oils like pine, cinnamon, citrus oils and others can be toxic to our feline friends.
I was not happy to learn this but I love my cats, so it's better to know. I still use the essential oils, but I just make sure to ventilate the area, keep some parts of my home scent-free (dang) and watch the cats closely. I also don't run the diffuser nonstop as I did before, and I'm using other methods of application (being careful not to pet the cats after touching the oils.) The fact that cats sleep a lot doesn't exactly make it easy to tell what's going on with them...
I did not see this mentioned in the books, although it may be somewhere. It hasn't been widely known, and it's only logical that one would want to scent areas near the litterbox, etc. I have probably been guilty of sickening my own cats with well-intended immune oil applications in the past.
Just thought you cat lovers would want to know this. I don't have other pets like dogs but I think there is some sensitivity there too. Just research it; there's a lot of info online.
Valerie's book gets 5 stars anyway. It's a fantastic reference, and I think the oils can probably be used safely around cats if you're careful and aware of potential issues.
On the positive side, as much of this book is, the author is very thorough and quite clear about the application of essential oils to mental and emotional well-being, and there is no other book that covers the topic in such depth. Also, more complex concepts are explored from different perspectives, in order to deepen the reader's understanding.
I would recommend this as a resource for any Aromatherapist professional.