Four years ago when I started using essential oils I had little to use as a resource guide. There was one main website (which is no longer up) and some reference materials but not a whole lot. Fast forward to today and I have found an amazing book which offers such a wealth of information that it is pretty much the only reference guide you need!
The Essential Life by Total Wellness Publishing is a thick book which is non-brand specific. The book is 448 large glossy pages which are full of pictures of the plants. The book is divided into 6 main sections.
The first section is the introduction which explains how to use the guide, what essential oils are, various application and dosage methods, as well as safety and storage. This section also provides information on why the quality of the oil you use matters.
The second section is an A-Z quick reference guide of common ailments. Beside each ailment is a recommend oil and usage section followed by a body system/focus area section which references which page to look at for more information. See the video below to see how this section works.
The third section is based on natural solutions. This section goes through single oils, oil blends (with generic names) and supplementary products (with generic names). The book goes through the origins, qualities, properties and safety of each as well as the top recommended uses. The bottom of each page has citations for the research which was used in putting that page together.
The fourth section is body systems and focus areas. This section focuses on 36 separate areas from allergies to cardiovascular to children to first aid, to men’s health to the nervous system to pregnancy to stress etc. Each subsection describes the body system or focus area then offers single oils, blends and supplement recommendations. There are also recipes to try out and a section for cross reference. The last 10 pages are devoted to emotional wellbeing and a two-page emotional index.
The fifth section offers natural living recipes. This is 70 pages of recipes involving essential oils which include baby, cleaning, cooking, gift gifting, garden, outdoor, personal care, pet, and pregnancy just to name a few. There is also a recipe index at the very back of the book which allows you to look up a specific recipe quickly.
The sixth and last section is a supplemental one. This section adds to your knowledge of essential oil usage with blending and layering information as well as detailed information about the composition and chemistry of essential oils. There is also information on reflexology, massage, and cooking with the oils. Finally, the book ends with the research index and a topical index.
I like to see books in person- to flip the pages and look at the format etc. That can be difficult when you are ordering online these days though. So I have filmed a video to give you a chance to see what the inside of the book looks like and exactly how it works.
I use DoTERRA essential oils and so I made up a graphic which shows DoTERRA’s blend names for the generic names like ‘Comforting Blend’ or ‘Focus Blend’ etc.
I have been very impressed with The Essential Life book and I definitely would recommend this book to others!
What about you- do you own this book? Interested in learning more about essential oils? Let me know!