BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Little Book of Self Care, Aromatherapy,’ Louise Robinson
As soon as I was a few pages into this ‘little book,’ I knew it was one I wanted to write about. For me, it ticked all the boxes straight away. I was half expecting it to be another one of those books that fills you full of hope and expectation, only to be a rewrite of other things you’ve already read and bulked out with pretty pictures, but not this one!
Written by Louise Robinson, who I discovered is a Neals Yard and NHS therapist, I became more confident this wasn’t going to be another DIY book by a non-qualified ‘wellness guru.’
So for me these are the reasons that I think this book is great:
- It’s a good size – handy for fitting on those awkward bookshelves
- It’s presented simply and beautifully with clear writing, and just the right balance of text to images.
- It provides adequate information on what aromatherapy is, safe use, and different ways to use essential oils
- It covers almost everything you could want to use essential oils for!
- A bonus point from me was that it also covered how to store your essential oils and additional detail such as checking for the Latin name on the oil.
So, was it missing anything?
For me, if I had to be really picky and fuss over something from a personal point of view, I would only say that because this book makes it so inviting to use essential oils and aromatherapy for just everything you possibly can on a daily basis, the temptation is there for its readers to go out and do just that.
Overuse (and misuse) of essential oils is frankly becoming quite dangerous, and can result in an allergic reaction and sensitisation to the chemical constituents in the oils. As an ultimate safety measure, the author could have perhaps added somewhere in the book that constant, highly frequent or repetitive use of oils, especially the same oils in a high quantity, can lead to adverse effects.
On that note of safety and adverse reactions, Louise does suggest the ‘Patch Test’ method, but this will only show if you have an existing sensitivity, again leading you to believe that you are safe to go ahead and use these oils as much as you like if your patch test says it’s ok. Apart from sustainability issues, this is also a hazard to the user and to anyone else who may inhale the oils you’re diffusing or wearing as they can come into physical contact or inhale those oils too. The considerations of age suitability, drug interaction hazard and phototoxicity and skin irritation should perhaps be more clearly addressed, as well as the recommended practice of only diffusing for certain amount of time to avoid negative side effects like headaches and again over use… but then you’re probably likely to sell less books if you put such a clear warning label on something you’re trying to promote as beneficial, which aromatherapy most definitely can be.
So yes, a thoroughly enjoyable and informative book for anyone new to aromatherapy and essential oils, or for the professional and qualified aromatherapist. I’m sure to find the recipes and suggestions in this book highly useful and definitely do not regret this purchase! One I recommend for anyone’s aroma bookshelf!
Star rating: 4.5