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Despite the advances of modern medicine, more and more people are exploring the alternative of ancient natural remedies. If you are one of them, you will probably find plenty of tips and advice within the pages of Make Your Own Essential Oils From Raw Plants: Using Oils & Herbs for Optimum Health by Amber Richards. The book kicks off with an introduction to different types of essences and then covers what essences different ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, Greeks and Persians used and how they prepared it. There is a very detailed round-up of different herbs and their respective benefits and uses. The second part of the book provides practical information and tips on making your own oils and remedies. Various recipes for tonics, teas and beauty treatments are included in the final sections of the handbook.
It is obvious that the author has an extensive knowledge base on the subject of essential oils, and studies related to their working. By consulting Make Your Own Essential Oils From Raw Plants: Using Oils & Herbs for Optimum Health by Amber Richards, you will probably find the answers to most of your questions regarding herbs and essential oils. The benefits of essential oils over chemical antiseptics are discussed in detail and suggestions are offered on which remedies should form the basis of your medicine chest and why. Although I felt at times that the material was a little too technical for a layperson like myself, it would be of enormous interest to anyone wishing to learn more about natural healing. You will learn everything you need to know about how to harvest, store, preserve and distill the herbs of your choice. The author even offers some advice on purchasing your own oil extractor. The book would make a useful, informative resource and guide for the right person.