I'm fairly familiar with essential oils and their many benefits and uses, and was taught to use them by my mom when I was younger. That said, while I often purchase natural, locally made health and beauty products, I've never really ventured into mixing up my own—at least not for beauty purposes. My hands-on experience consists mainly of natural for-the-home remedies (cleaners, pest control, etc) and aromatherapy (stress relief, cold relief).
Just the essentials does talk about these things (like Grease Cleaner, Aromatic Dryer Sheets, Lemon-Pine Furniture Polish, Lavender-Eucalyptus Dish Soap or Headache Blend and Motion Sickness/I-Gotta-Barf Blend), but it also includes beauty projects like Non-Greasy Beard Oil, Rosemary Clarifying Shampoo, Rose-Chamomile Conditioning Rinse.
The book is divided into two parts, the first part, or "The 101", includes three chapters:
- Chapter 1 Essential Oils Are Awesome
- Chapter 2 A History Lesson
- Chapter 3 The Big Business of Essential Oils
...and the second part, "How to Harness the Amazing Benefits of Essential Oils", includes five chapters:
- Chapter 4 Essentials Oils Stripped Down
- Chapter 5 But What Do I Do with Them?
- Chapter 6 Making Sense of Essential Oil Jargon
- Chapter 7 The Beginner's Top Ten
- Chapter 8 It's Time to DIY
I think it's a great book for beginners, since that first part includes the and what-why-how and some history to back it up. I also think it's great that it includes some very simple and doable projects for the beginner in the DIY chapter. As in any field, I definitely recommend that it's not your ONLY book on essential oils and how to use them, but rather one in a set of works and guides that you can reference and learn from if you're interested in DIY products, essential oils, naturopathy, health, alternative medicine, and/or natural healing.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.