Saturday, January 20, 2018


5 Responses to “Essential Oils Desk Reference Reviews”
  1. Kathryn Caywood says:

    Review by Kathryn Caywood for Essential Oils Desk Reference
    For owners of previous editions of the Essential Oils Desk Reference, this new and expanded edition will be a treat. The black and white photos have been replaced by full-color photos and this edition includes new essential oils from Ecuador.

    For beginning oil users or for people who are ready to switch from recreational essential oils to therapeutic grade essential oils, the Essential Oils Desk Reference is the single best essential oils reference work in the English language, in my opinion. Medical doctors refer to the Physicians Desk Reference and serious essential oil users refer to the Essential Oils Desk Reference.

    For the beginner or for people who have been buying other essential oil books, the 588 pages of this book can seem overwhelming at first. When I’m teaching people how to use it, I divide it into five main sections.

    1. Introduction

    2. Essential Oils and Essential Oil Products

    3. Education

    4. Health Issues and Essential Oil Recommendations

    5. Appendices and Index

    Most people use parts 2 and 4 most.

    The quickest way to get started is to begin with the index and look for the essential oil or health issue that interests you. If multiple pages are given, look first for the page listed in bold.

    People of all ages are using this valuable book. I know teenagers, moms, and even people in their 80s who refer to the EDR on a regular basis.

    The EDR is based on the assumption that you are using therapeutic grade essential oils, so please do not try some of its recommendation unless the oils you are using are at least AFNOR or ISO certified. Therapeutic grade essential oils are ideal. If you are using essential oils that merely have “pure” on the label, you’re doing so at your own risk.

    I keep my hardcover edition of the EDR within reach in my office and the smaller spiral-bound edition in my briefcase. At the time of this writing, Amazon does not yet carry the smaller version of the new 4th edition, but they probably will very soon.

    Here’s the bottom line: In this single volume, you will find almost everything you want to know about safely using essential oils for yourself and those you care about most.

  2. David Diamond says:

    Review by David Diamond for Essential Oils Desk Reference
    This book is an essential Essential Oils reference.

    Beware, however, that the 4th edition has dropped the cancer protocols that were in the 3rd edition (possibly due to government pressure).

    The 4th edition does contain some updated information, especially in the areas of the newer blends of oils and newer products. It also has more illustrations in color.

    But you also need the 3rd edition in order to have a complete reference.

  3. A. Wacker says:

    Review by A. Wacker for Essential Oils Desk Reference
    This is a very good detailed reference book for the use of therapeutic grade essential oils. It has information you won’t get from the manufacturers of essential oils who are trying to steer clear of the FDA. However, there are some inconsistencies. There is a list of medical properties and then a list of what the oil is used for. The association between the medical properties and uses is rather vague at times. For instance, Cassia is listed as being anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-coagulant, but first on the list of uses is cataracts??? Also, wintergreen oil is recommended to not be used internally, but is in several products that are used internally. I have yet to find a safety warning about the overuse of methyl salicylate, so while this is a good reference it is incomplete.

  4. Galen says:

    Review by Galen for Essential Oils Desk Reference
    A recent purchase for clinical use, this book is nothing more than a thinly veiled product manual for a company called Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO), a pyramid sales structured business that also happens to churn out some good quality therapeutic oils.

    I should have taken clue #1: no opportunity to browse the book online prior to purchase, or, clue #2: no listing for either an author or an editorial staff that may have culled an Essential Oil Desk Reference worthy of academic study and clinical application at more than a YLEO sales or personal use level.

    While a brief discussion of basic essential oils information occurs in passing, the overwhelming balance (and emphasis) of the text is directed toward and devoted to the YLEO product line.

    In addition, about 1/3 of the book addresses non-essential oil topics including detox diets, herbal supplements, and lifestyle recommendations all of which, brace yourself dear reader, also happen to include YLEO product recommendations.

    If you are using YLEO, it’s a great tool. If you are seeking a true reference tool, look elsewhere.

  5. Matthew Hale says:

    Review by Matthew Hale for Essential Oils Desk Reference
    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no! DO NOT buy this book! It is NOT a reference book for essential oils, is a shameless self-promotional CATALOGUE for Young Living products. It even contains potentially harmful recommendations regarding using potentially irritating essential oils UNDILUTED directly on your skin. This is not a good idea, and a reputable resource would never in a million years make some of the recommendations and claims found in this book. I’m actually angry with myself for paying good money on this unreliable piece of trash without doing my research on Gary Young and Young Living.

    Young Living is a multi-level marketing company (read: pyramid scheme), essential oils are just the medium they choose for taking your money. Please, please, please…. I beg you to research Gary Young and Young Living (both sides, make your own decisions) prior to making any purchases, be it a book or an essential oil.

    If you are interested in herbalism and essential oils I recommend going to the official site for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy ( They also seem to have their reservations about Gary Young and Young Living, though I’m not sure they mention either by name. It’s just obvious to someone who has done their research.

    Please, if you are interested in aromatherapy and essential oils there are many other, reputable, reliable, and respected books from which to choose that don’t try to sell themselves as a medical text in order to trick people into believing it to be reputable. Please, protect yourself from this scam!

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