am 29. Januar 2000
In a field where so many books are filled with unproven claims, outright falsehoods, and just plain fluff, Kurt Schnaubelt's books stand out as serious, well researched works that accord aromatherapy the respect it deserves.
By focusing on the chemistry of essential oils, we learn *why* an essential oil works the way it does and how different chemotypes of the same EO can have vastly different effects (an important issue that is completely ignored by many aromatherapy books). We also learn why some EOs must be used with great caution. Dozens of oils are profiled with diagrams, lists of primary effects and contraindications, etc. There is also a chapter with proven recipes for a variety of physical, psychological, and cosmetic conditions. All methods of application are covered (including those well established in Europe but rarely used in the U.S., e.g., suppositories), and Dr. Schnaubelt candidly states where essential oil therapy is most effective (e.g., infectious diseases, hormonal imbalances, and problems affecting the psyche and nervous system) as well as where aromatherapy has relatively little to offer (allergic and autoimmune conditions as well as chronic metabolic and degenerative conditions).
What makes Advanced Aromatherapy even more of a gem is that Dr. Schnaubelt integrates the science of aromatherapy into a holistic rather than an allopathic framework and gives pointers on selecting the appropriate EOs by taking into account the totality of the patient's symptoms.
am 28. Dezember 1999
As a passionate aromatherapist, the most frequent question I hear is "How does it work?" Kurt Schnaubelt's comprehensive book explains the chemistry and action behind the effectiveness of essential oils. He's a leader in the field and keeps current with developments from around the world. This book is a "must buy" for anyone interested in complementary medicine and enhancing one's own health through the use of essential oils. It's easy to read and understand, with excellent graphics and many useful tips. His explanation of chemical actions helps to build knowledge that easily transfers to understanding other holistic modalities, such as medicinal herbs, use of hydrosols, etc.
am 27. Februar 2000
Just the word Science turns me cold but I warmed up to Kurt's book right from the beginning. It is very nice to hear from the other side of Aromatherapy in a very honest way. This book for the most part was very easy to follow; a few deep scientific areas but Kurt did not lose me. He was able to keep it at a level that "the I don't care about science person" could hang in there. Very, very informative. I would highly recommend this book because it gives a 2 sided view of Essential oils. A side missing in the Aromatherpy field. Thanks Kurt
am 14. Mai 1999
For anyone trying to use essential oils to heal themselves and take their health back into their own hands, this book has a great deal of information to help. It describes each essential oil, its properties, what it's good for and any things you should look out for when using a particular oil. This book also tells how to apply the oils on the skin, how to take them internally both orally and by suppository (which is the way in France) and why essential oils are so powerful as healers. I have six different aromatherapy books in my library and I refer to this one most often. It's well-written and Dr. Schnaubelt's philosophy is a down-to-earth explanation of a complex subject. This is a "must have" for anyone interested in aromatherapy and the use of essential oils.