This wonderful new book was just released this week. It covers the basics and their recipes are wonderful as always. I really appreciate that Dr. Z and Mama Z include chapters on insomnia, stress and anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Even though I already know about and use essential oils, I picked up plenty of gems. I do love that they include the research too.
Here are a few highlights that resonated with me:
- A new essential oil that I learned about is Bitter Orange. I love all the citrus essential oils and learn that this one “is used in Ayurvedic medicine as an aid to meditation and can be extremely helpful in easing stress and anxiety” … and that a “study from Iranian researchers found that when patients were given bitter orange prior to a minor operation, they felt more relaxed, with much less anxiety.”
- Being reminded about Thyme essential oil for stress relief and anxiety support. I found this statement worth remembering and fascinating: “Like many essential oils, thyme oil works by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which then transmit messages through the nervous system to the emotion-controlling limbic system in the brain.”
- Learning about a study where “Japanese investigators evaluated the anti-stress benefit of aromatherapeutic hand massages in healthy women in their twenties.” I see a huge application for this in children, hospitalized loved ones and elderly parents too.
- I love ginger and I was intrigued to learn about Plai root essential oil, a cousin to ginger and similar to eucalyptus “with additional spicy notes.” They share that a study with healthy male volunteers found that plai improved mood “by easing the negative emotions and enhancing positive emotions, especially feelings of pleasure and contentment.” They also share that plai essential oil pairs well with rosemary, a favorite of mine for mood and anxiety support.
- I was not aware that black pepper essential oil can “reduce cravings for cigarettes, alcohol, or marijuana. Black pepper oil can also help you fight withdrawal symptoms and keep you calm throughout….by elevating levels of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin in your brain.” They share a fun recipe for Quit Sticks to help folks quit these addictions.
- The list of essential oils that are rich in linalool, “known for its calming, sedative, anticonvulsant, and anxiolytic (antianxiety) properties. Chemically, it is a monoterpenoid—a major compound found in essential oils – and is widely used as an antimicrobial agent and a fragrance.” The list includes Rosewood (82.3 to 90.3 percent), Coriander seed (59.0 to 87.5 percent), Magnolia leaf or flower (78.9 percent / 69.9 percent), Bergamot mint (24.9 to 55.2 percent), Neroli (31.4 to 54.3 percent), Lavender (25.0 to 45.0 percent) and many others.
I’ve highlighted some gems related to insomnia, stress and anxiety, depression and substance abuse but there are also sections on the following: chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, low libido, Alzheimer’s and dementia, bone and joint disorders, cancer support, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and obesity, fatty liver, inflammatory bowel disease, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.
Here is the official blurb:
Soothing practices, healing rituals, and 100+ practical recipes for applying essential oils to the treatment and symptom management of chronic illness–by the bestselling author of The Healing Power of Essential Oils and his wife, Mama Z!
More and more people living with a chronic condition–from insomnia, hypertension, and fibromyalgia to migraines, insulin resistance, and even the effects of chemotherapy–are reaching for essential oils as a complementary therapy to treat their symptoms. Whether you apply them topically, infuse them in liquid, or diffuse them in the air, essential oils are proven to penetrate the skin and work on the body’s physiology gently and quickly.
Dr. Eric Zielinski, author of the bestselling primer on using essential oils for general health, The Healing Power of Essential Oils, and his wife, Sabrina, affectionately called Mama Z, now bring their masterful and authoritative knowledge to the complexities of chronic illness. The Essential Oil Apothecary shares more than 100 research-backed and easy-to-prepare formulations, from an Immune Boosting Blend to an Anxiety-Busting Body Oil, to help with symptoms of twenty-five common chronic conditions, including fatigue, pain, anxiety, and addiction. It also offers two life-changing tools: an essential home makeover to remove toxins that may be making you sicker, and self-care rituals (including Mama Z’s beauty rituals) that help you feel better when navigating any chronic illness.
Dr. and Mama Z’s evidence-based and holistic approach will help you experience the power of essential oils against chronic illness and build a lifetime of healthy habits and supportive lifestyle actions.
I see this as a book you’ll refer to again and again (like I refer to their first book “The Healing Power of Essential Oils”). I recommend it for essential oils beginners and for individuals (including practitioners) who are already using essential oils.
Use this link to order your copy and claim additional bonus digital content. Or purchase from your favorite local bookstore or from Amazon (my link) and then use this link to claim your bonus content.
Let us know what gems you pick up when you read it!