Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation: a book review

Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation: Relax, Replenish, and Rejuvenate>

by Heather Dawn Godfrey

Scheduled for release on November 6, 2018

Healing Arts Press

Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation: Relax, Replenish, and Rejuvenate> is a great resource for those who want to deepen their understanding of aromatherapy and the use of essential oils in general, but particularly as a way to enhance mindfulness.

The book begins with a high-level discussion of mindfulness, then moves onto a thorough exploration of essential oils and how to use them as part of your mindfulness practice. This means that you don’t have to have background knowledge about mindfulness, meditation, or essential oils before coming to this book. You get to learn it all in one place.

Godfrey approaches the material academically. She cites numerous studies and references to back her claims. She explores essential oils from a variety of directions to include the history of their use, the science of scent, and the practical application of how to use them. She talks about how to choose them, how to store them, proper dosages, dilution, and so on. In addition to standard prose, the book includes photographs, tables, and diagrams to make the information easy to understand. The book even includes a section about complementary wellness techniques in which Godfrey touches on exercise and nutrition.

I enjoyed reading this book. First of all, it is pretty. There is something to be said for a book that sparks peaceful excitement just by looking at its pages. The information is organized well, and I learned a lot. For example, I didn’t realize until I read this book how prevalent the mention of essential oils is in spiritual and historical texts. It is a practice that has been going on in some form for a very long time. I learned that adding essential oils to my bath mixed with a carrier oil is preferred to reduce the risk for drying and irritation over my current method of adding the drops “neat.”

This book is great for people who want to expand their own techniques at home, as well as for those who offer services to clients -- particularly meditation instructors, Reiki practitioners, yoga instructors, and other mindfulness practitioners.

Disclaimer: I received an advance-read copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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