Whether through massage, a hot aromatherapy bath or a cooling compress, essential oils can bring life-enhancing benefits to everyone. In this stunning addition to the Essential Handbook series we learn how to incorporate them into our lives. The first section of The Essential Oils Handbook describes how the oils are extracted from plants, evocatively explains how they have been used traditionally in different cultures, and guides the reader in the best ways to integrate them safely and effectively into their daily routine. This is followed by an invaluable directory of 100 oils, each complemented by a full-color photograph of the plant from which the oil is extracted. Every information-packed entry offers examples of how you can use the oil to benefit both mind and body, whether massaging sore muscles with rosemary oil or adding ylang ylang oil to a bath to calm your mind. For each oil, key points are highlighted to provide essential information and fascinating facts at a glance. Authoritative yet accessible, this book will delight anyone who wants to use oils to enhance their well-being, or simply takes great pleasure in these complex, alluring fragrances.