January 1, 2009

Aromatherapy Book Review : Daily Aromatherapy: Transforming the Seasons of Your Life with Essential Oils by Joni Keim and Ruah Bull.

Written by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

Aromatherapy has been used to work wonders on the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Natural plant extracts, known as essential oils, can activate the senses and provide a healing balm. In this creative and accessible resource, Joni Keim and Ruah Bull, who have worked in the healing arts for years, present 13 different oils for each season of the year — spring as a time for optimism and hope, summer as a time for manifestation and full expression, autumn as a time to reflect on your life and assess the health and well-being of your body, heart, mind, and spirit, and winter as a time to feel comfortable, safe and secure.

The authors want us to experience the subtle energy of each oil and so they offer seven intentional exercises, one for each day of the week: an affirmation, some emotional self-discovery questions, a ceremony, a blessing, an activity, a visualization, and a prayer. They know that many people who are involved with essential oils are "givers, nurturers, and helpers who know well how to give of themselves for others. However, many do not know how to receive well."

The exercises in this paperback are excellent tools for those who need to practice receiving. Keim and Bull conclude that they have been moved by essential oils as healers, teachers, and friends, and they hope that we may come to know them in the same way.

Table of Content:

  • Foreword by Becky Ann Green, PhD

  • Introduction

  • How to Use This Book

  • The Spring Months: March, April, May

    • March: Clearing Away, Cleansing, Releasing
      • Lemongrass to clear and cleanse
      • Bay St. Thomas for releasing fear
      • Grapefruit for releasing negative emotions
      • Juniper Berry for protecting against negativity

    • April: Joy, Optimism, Hope
      • Orange for joy
      • Mandarin for optimism
      • Petitgrain for harmonious relationships
      • Bergamot for hope

    • May: Creative Expression, New Beginnings, Inspiration
      • Geranium to support the feminine
      • Coriander for creativity
      • Nutmeg for support new beginnings
      • Eucalyptus for inspiration
      • Mimosa for renewal

  • The Summer Months: June, July, August

    • June: Clarity, Concentration, Mental Energy
      • Rosemary for mental clarity
      • Basil for concentration
      • Lemon for objectivity
      • Peppermint for mental energy

    • July: Willpower, Confidence, Physical Energy
      • Pine for willpower
      • Cinnamon for self-confidence
      • Thyme to support the masculine
      • Tea Tree for energizing on all levels
      • German Chamomile for truthful expression

    • August: Motivation, Manifesting, Perseverance
      • Clove for motivation
      • Ginger for manifesting
      • Ylang Ylang for passion and enthusiasm
      • Fennel for perserverance

  • The Autumn Months: September, October, November

    • September: Self-Reflection, Good Judgment, Intuition
      • Spruce for self-reflection
      • Fir for self-understanding
      • Bay Lauren for using good judgment
      • Clary Sage for intuition

    • October: Self-Acceptance, Forgiveness, Healing
      • Palmarosa for self-acceptance
      • Roman Chamomile for forgiveness
      • Marjoram for healing grief
      • Lavender for healing on all levels
      • Champaca for receptivity to spiritual guidance

    • November: Gratitude, Personal Growth, Compassion
      • Jasmine for gratitude
      • Cardamom for generosity
      • Cypress for personal growth
      • Rose for compassion and unconditional love

  • The Winter Months: December, January, February

    • December: Comfort, Security, Connection
      • Benzoin for comfort
      • Vetiver for feeling safe
      • Vanilla for a deep connection to Mother Earth
      • Oakmoss for a sense of abundance

    • January: Peace, Trust, Spiritual Growth
      • Neroli for a sense of peace
      • Spikenard for a sense of trust
      • Myrrh to understand the spiritual perspective of emotional challenges
      • Rosewood for spiritual opening and growth
      • Immortelle (Helichrysum) for spiritual strength

    • February: Oneness, Wisdom, Balance
      • Cedarwood for a direct connection with the Divine
      • Sandalwood for a sense of oneness
      • Elemi for balancing spiritual and wordly life
      • Frankincense for spiritual wisdom

  • Appendix

    • Best Essential Oil for...
    • Alternate and Additional Best Essential Oils
    • Essential Oils for Difficult Mental and Emotional Issues
    • Essential Oils and Associated Archangels, Key Angelic Essential Oils
    • Essential Oils and Animal Associations
    • Subtle Anatomy
    • Essential Oil Safety
    • Aromatherapy 101

  • About the Authors

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