The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele

The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele

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The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook
 for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele

The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele 
ISBN: 978-0-7788-0486-4
Price: $24.95 USA/$24.95 CAN
Published by Robert Rose, Inc. 

Have you read blog posts that feature articles about aromatherapy and essential oils and wonder what its all about? Well, I am one of those curious readers and I have a wonderful book suggestion to help you with this adventure ...  The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele published through Robert Rose, Inc.  Inside, this 480 page paperback resource guide there are 109 oils arranged from A to Z format and over 450 remedies and uses. There are easy-to-follow recipes for everyday life aliments, body, hair and skin care, massage and for home cleaning. 

As I browse this book, I am at awe of the information shared throughout it. You can learn what to stock in your first-aid kit, the five key essentials oils, dangers and cautions, the professional uses, storage recommendations, equipment and so much more. Every household could use this resource in their home library. And, what a great gift idea for the newly wed couple, expectant parents, and as an anniversary or birthday gift! 

Are you ready to take the journey?
If you are interested in learning more about aromatherapy and the use of essentials oils in your everyday life, you can purchase a copy of The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele from Robert Rose, Inc. through Amazon or Barnes & Noble online. 


Sample recipes as a courtesy of Robert Rose, Inc. follows:  (click images to enlarge)

  Anti-infection Blend great for home, office or car. 
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Anti-infection Blend Recipe ~ Courtesy of Robert Rose Inc 

Brrr! The winter blues, lack of appetite or feel a cold coming? Try this, Ginger Honey Recipe: (click image to enlarge)

Ginger Honey Recipe(Page 205) Courtesy of Robert Rose Inc 

Holiday Travel:  If traveling makes you nervous or exhausted then consider the Flying High Blend recipe that is used in an inhaler for your convenience.

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Holiday Travel? Recipe Courtesy of Robert Rose Inc 


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Lora Cantele RA, CMAIA, AAS

The Author Answers Segment:
Author Lora Cantele

1. Describe your book to us, what should readers expect?  
The book is a complete resource full of essential oil profiles that include traditional use and current research and safety information, plus more than 450 remedies for common (and not so common ailments) using easily obtained ingredients that is laid out in a simple format that very user friendly. The book is a great tool for those new to aromatherapy who are eager to start using essential oils as well as a great resource for seasoned professionals who want a quick reference. The book provides information not only on the therapeutic benefits of the essential oils, but also the therapeutic benefits of a useful selection of hydrolats, carrier oils and butters too.  The book provides cautionary information and tips in the margin throughout the book.  The recipes contained go beyond remedies for healing; there is a section on care for babies and children, first aid, and the use of essential oils at work, when traveling, and the home for cleaning and environmental purposes.  In addition to the glossary, there are additional sections for resources for ingredients, equipment/supplies, and aromatherapy organizations world-wide. It is not a reference book for your shelf, it is a book that you'll keep out in the open in your kitchen and utilize on a daily basis.

2. What inspired you to become a writer and how has it changed your life?
Funny, I don't consider myself a writer, but rather an aromatherapist and educator. More products are being sold under the banner of aromatherapy these days.  Add to that, the popularity of essential oils and their reputation for being a panacea as touted by masses of independent essential oil representatives.  The field has changed a lot since I first became certified and registered as an aromatherapist.  Back then, it was a relatively unknown and underutilized complementary healthcare modality used by well educated professional aromatherapists, many who were making advances in introducing it to clinical facilities. Now it has become somewhat misunderstood with the consumer confusion caused by those in the business of selling essential oils not necessarily advocating for safe, responsible and educated use based in science and empirical data.  This gives me pause on many levels; 1) as a practitioner I see my industry of caring practitioners being criticized for wanting to ensure consumers are safe and 2) my fellow practitioners being overrun by independent sellers motivated by making money and lacking a genuine interest in health and safety. It's overwhelming. This is what inspired me to revise this book, as well as to start a peer-reviewed international journal for my industry. I wanted to promote safe, ethical and responsible use. As a practitioner we pledge to "first do no harm" just as any healthcare professional. The way forward is to provide solid education. I want to inspire people to incorporate aromatherapy into their everyday life, but I want them to do it in an educated and safe manner.  This was my goal first and foremost with the book. In writing this book, I find myself engaged with new aromatherapy users more than ever before. 

3. What is the most exciting part of being a published author?  
The most exciting part for me is seeing the enthusiasm that so many have for incorporating aromatherapy into their life and their shared concern for doing it safely and responsibly. There is a greater hunger for knowledge and that makes it all worthwhile.  People are starting to ask educated questions that help them to determine what is safe and right for them and their families.

4. What were the biggest challenges you faced in writing this book?  
Time! As previously stated, I am also the editor and publisher of a peer-reviewed aromatherapy journal, as well as writer for a feature in another magazine, a wife, mother, teacher and business owner.  I am also an "industry watchdog," a label given to me as a student back in 2003. I endeavor to keep up with what is happening in the aromatherapy and essential oils industry globally and I am often taking several meetings in a week to support the industry where I can. My family were very supportive of my writing this book. For them it meant more chores, less family time and a lot of pizzas.

5. What myths about aromatherapy would you like to dispel? 
The notion that if you have "x" ailment, there is an oil for that and it is presented as perhaps a "magic bullet." It isn't "one-size-fits all." Sure Lavender can be helpful to someone who needs to relax and de-stress, but it doesn't work for everyone. An example would be a headache.  In my house, before essential oil use, my husband would take Tylenol™ and I would take Advil™.  Chemically they are different and one worked for me whereas the other worked for him. Some will find Lavender useful to relax whereas other may find Roman Chamomile more effective. Essential oils don't cure and as practitioners we don't "treat."  As a practitioner we "assess" a client's needs and select oils that are appropriate to address an individual client's specific needs holistically. Essential oils are not a "cure-all" as some present. They assist the body in healing itself. While essential oils are generally regarded as safe (GRAS), another myth is that all oils are safe to ingest or to use neat (undiluted) on the body. Essential oils are used in food and flavoring in controlled amounts and some of those oils have been adjusted chemically for ingestion. Some essential oils can enhance or impede the effectiveness of certain medications and should not be used by those taking medication.  A practitioner with an education in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (the effect of essential oils on the body and the impact of the body on the essential oils) is best to provide guidance in essential oil use in those cases. Essential oils and water don't mix! Using essential oils as flavoring for or adding to water for consumption as a treatment is not recommended as the essential oils can be harmful (burn) the mucous membranes of the throat and the esophagus. There are safe methods for oral ingestion that a qualified practitioner can advise you on IF internal use is the best course of action to mitigate the root cause of your symptoms. Additionally, there are some essential oils that are sensitizing or irritating to the skin if used undiluted. Other can cause hyper-pigmentation if used and then exposed to sunlight. Social media can be a double-edged sword as it is a great way to share good information, but it also allows for the sharing of bad advice as well. There is an overwhelming abundance of "posts" that give advice that can be potentially harmful. While many practitioners are quick to judge those posts, the reality is that they are not 100% inaccurate.  They may suggest an oil as a suitable solution to a problem, but they do not go into the caveats for use. And finally, not all aromatherapy products or products that contain essential oils (air fresheners, for example) contain 100% pure essential oils.  Some may have a drop or two of essential oil, but the remainder of the aromatic components can be from synthetic fragrances. These synthetic fragrances are comprised of chemicals, some naturally-derived and some chemically made, that can have a negative effect on those with respiratory concerns such as asthma and bronchitis as they can irritate or cause inflammation the lungs and of the airways. The biggest myth are claims such as "Certified Therapeutic Grade" and the like. There is no government or regulatory agency anywhere in the world that "certifies" or provides a guide to any "grading scale" for essential oils.  It is a marketing ploy to infer that one's oils are better or purer than another. The reality is that the aromatherapy and essential oil industry is small. The essential oils used in aromatherapy comprise a very small sliver of the pie, as most are used for perfumes and food/flavoring (which are adjusted for their use and not always whole oils used for therapeutic purposes). The amount growers and the producers of whole essential oils for aromatherapy practice is small and the distillers that provide the essential oils to suppliers is not much larger, hence larger essential oil distributors and practitioners are buying from many of the same distillers ultimately. The notion that any one company has a lock on the production of an oil from the plant to the bottle is somewhat ridiculous.

6. What do your plans for future projects include? 
I am writing a book on "enhanced entertaining." I have been using essential oils, hydrolats and herbs in cooking and mixology (creative cocktails) for years. I am often asked for my recipes.  There is a right way and a wrong way to use essential oils in food and drink preparation, safety again, and I want to share my experience in the kitchen using essential oils, hydrolats and herbs to enhance for culinary creations.

7. What are your hobbies? 
At the moment I haven't much time for hobbies, but I love to be creating new things in the kitchen with food and drink. I read cookbooks like novels and have found a few chefs that share my passion for what would appear to be unusual combinations of ingredients to create wildly aromatic and tasty food and drinks.

8. Where can our readers connect with you socially?
I invite people to connect with me on my business page on Facebook  at www.facebook.com/enhancementsaromatherapy. I also have a blog for the journal at www.ijpha.wordpress.com  where they can read informational articles.

Credit Line: Courtesy of The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchos and Lora Cantele 2014 © www.robertrose.ca  Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

Thank you,
Janet Coffield
Loving Heart Designs
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs graciously received a complimentary copy of The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele  through Robert Rose, Inc.  *** Loving Heart Designs is not responsible for any harm that make come due to use of recipes or ingredients  in this book. Please read and follow directions carefully and seek medical help when needed.

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