Stephanie Tourles’s Es­sen­tial Oils: A Be­gin­ner’s Guide

Foreword Reviews - - Reviews | Adult Nonfiction - MELISSA WUSKE

Stephanie Tourles Storey Pub­lish­ing (AU­GUST) Soft­cover $16.95 (248pp) 978-1-61212-874-0

Stephanie Tourles’s Es­sen­tial Oils: A Be­gin­ner’s Guide de­mys­ti­fies the world of oils and un­locks their ben­e­fits.

Es­sen­tial oils are a cur­rent trend backed by age-old wis­dom and time­less ben­e­fits. They are an ap­peal­ing so­lu­tion to to­day’s over­med­i­ca­tion, but ap­proach­ing them can be over­whelm­ing—so many lit­tle bot­tles, so many en­tic­ing smells. Where does one be­gin, and how can they be used ef­fec­tively and safely? Those are the ques­tions this book an­swers.

The book is true to its be­gin­ner fo­cus, start­ing with the ba­sics, like where oils come from and how to en­sure the qual­ity of the prod­uct, as not all oils are equal. The bulk of the book de­tails sev­eral dozen of the most ver­sa­tile, read­ily avail­able oils—a sim­ple start for new­bies.

Tourles’s top picks in­clude laven­der, le­mon, two va­ri­eties of chamomile, scotch pine, and frank­in­cense. Each sec­tion in­cludes the back­ground and his­tory of the oil, what it’s used for, and prac­ti­cal, easy-to-fol­low recipes to start reap­ing the ben­e­fits—in­clud­ing Su­per Her­bal An­tibac­te­rial Drops, Re­lax­ing Daily Body Wash, and Men­strual Cramp Re­lief Rub. The recipes tar­get a wide va­ri­ety of com­mon ail­ments and ev­ery­day needs. The book closes with rec­om­mended read­ing and re­sources to help peo­ple take their es­sen­tial oil knowl­edge to the next level.

Tourles is a li­censed holis­tic es­theti­cian. Her ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise are clear through the con­tent of the book and her adept­ness at con­vey­ing what she knows. The re­sult for read­ers is con­fi­dence, un­der­stand­ing, and healthy results.

The book is beau­ti­fully de­signed and laid out, with crisp pho­to­graphs, el­e­gant type, re­fresh­ing col­ors, and plenty of breath­ing room on the pages. Cou­pled with the pro­fes­sional, knowl­edge­able tone of the writ­ing, the re­sult is a feel­ing of warmth and wis­dom.

Stephanie Tourles’s Es­sen­tial Oils presents the first steps in a path to­ward holis­tic health.

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