Monday, March 16, 2015

Book Review: The Fragrant Mind

Book Title: The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood and Emotion
Author: Valerie Ann Worwood

Published: 1996, New World Library

My star rating: 5/5

My thoughts: 

I picked up this book because I, like most if not all of us, struggle with my emotional well-being. I have a few personality hang ups that I would love to use essential oils to help ease or overcome. I tend to obsess about things, I sometimes feel anxious and stressed, and I'm not always positive when I want to be. The book is careful to point out that essential oils will not fix your problems, but they can be used in addition to other things (like therapy) to help. Additionally, essential oils can enhance our healthy mental well-being, assisting in making us more assertive, calm and confident.

This book is in four parts - 1) Pathways to the Mind, 2) Emotional Healing and Aromatherapy, 3) Aroma-Genera: Human Characteristics and Personalities of Essential Oils, and 4) the appendixes, notes, bibliography and index.
Part one covers some background information on the history of drugs, essential oils and the mind, and using essential oils in public settings. Part two is the section that I was most interested in, it looks at emotional healing using essential oils, including a list of common emotional problems, such as anxiety and panic attacks. It also covers other ways to take control, using meditation and visualization. There's also a chapter for healing professions - including doctors and counselors. Part three dives into the world of Aroma-Genera, which is something I haven't come across previously. It is putting "human characteristics and personalities" to essential oils. You'll find out about the nine personality groups (florals, fruities, herbies, leafies, resinies, rooties, seedies, spicies and woodies) and the essential oils that go with them. Next you'll discover the individual personalities of over 40 commonly used essential oils, like bergamot and peppermint. Part four includes safety data, a piece of the therapeutic components of essential oils, suppliers, useful addresses, and other reference information. 

Overall, I would recommend this book for readers who are looking enhance their mood or mental state with essential oils. You should already have a basic understand of essential oils, since there isn't a lot of background information. 

Sections I have marked for quick reference: 
There's quite a few charts included through the book, making it great for future reference and easily accessed information. 

  • Chart 5.1 - Methods of Use & Dosages, page 73
  • many of the blends for issues that effect me
  • Chart 11.1 - Emotional Healing - Positive States, page 219
  • Chart 11.2 - Emotional Healing - Problems, page 221
  • Chart 11.3 - Essential Oils Used for Positive States, page 227
  • Chart 11.4 - Essential Oils Used for Emotional Healing, page 230
  • The Nine Personality Groups, page 255
  • Chart 13.1 - Essential Oil Groups, page 272
  • Essential Oils and Their Human Personalities, page 279
  • Chart 14.1 - Quick Reference Chart: Essential Oils for Mind, Mood and Emotion, page 369
  • Chart 14.2 - Quick Reference Chart: Positive Emotional States, page 385

Interested in picking up your own copy? You can purchase the book HERE.

Source: Worwood, Valarie Ann. (1996). The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood, and Emotion. Novato, CA: New World Library.

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