A Scented Life is a modern take on aromatherapy. This is a lovely investment book that you can use for reference or keep on your bookshelf as an in-depth read.
The hardcover book is divided into the following chapters: the History of Aromatherapy, Understanding Pure Essential Oils, A Guide to Scent, Blending, Inhale, Application Methods, Health and Wellbeing, Women’s Health. The last section is your toolkit with a quick reference chart, index and more. There are scattered colour images throughout.
I was surprised to learn there are fragrance classifications, like zesty, herbal, spicy, resinous (like gums, resin), earthy, woody and floral. The most expensive scents are called precious petals, these include rose, neroli, jasmine absolute, ylang ylang, I like Roman and German chamomile, but I’m not so much into not overpowering roses nor sandalwoods.
There is an intriguing inhale chart – I might need to take some more time to understand this section.
There is information about choosing a base oil, and how to use essential oils, like body massage, use in the bath tub and footbath, facial oils, and beard products. You can find out how to enhance your relaxation time and sleep. How to use the essential oils for cold and flu defences, and first-aid applications.
Please be careful when using essential oils as some need to be used with caution and in small amounts. Perfumes and aromatherapy are always a personal preference, so it is good practice to ask your work colleagues before you start burning essences, even if you think you have only used a couple of drops in a modern electric burner.
A Scented Life is a keeper for my bookshelf.
Available as Hardcover.
Published: 01 April 2020
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
About Pat Princi-Jones
Aromatherapy advocate and specialist Pat Princi-Jones first became interested in essential oils when she was introduced to the exotic scent of jasmine blooms more than 30 years ago and she has never looked back. With a background in teaching, she first established her aromatherapy career in the 1990s as a trainer for one of Australia’s leading pure essential oil brands, In Essence, and then went on to become the education manager for the company. Today, she is best known for her engaging and inspiring teachings on the therapeutic power of essential oils in the aromatherapy retail sector throughout Australasia. She regularly features on YouTube and writes articles that shed light on essential oils and how to use them in everyday life. Pat is an associate member of IAAMA, the International Aromatherapy & Aromatic Medicine Association.