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Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation.

Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation

Heather Dawn Godfrey, PGCE, BSc

Healing Arts Press

c/o Inner Traditions International, Ltd.

One Park Street, Rochester, VT 05767

www.innertraditions.com

9781620557624, $16.99, PB, 160pp, www.amazon.com

Synopsis: Heather Dawn Godfrey is an aromatherapist, fellow of the International Federation of Aromatherapists, and an aromatherapy teacher. In "Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation: Relax, Replenish, and Rejuvenate" she has created a hands-on guide showing how essential oils can support and enhance meditative and mindful practices.

"Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation" provides the latest scientific research on the emotional, psychological, physiological, and neurological effects of essential oils on the mind, body, and nervous system and features an easy-to-follow chart to help choose the right essential oil for a particular person.

For millennia, the spiritual power of odor (such as from incense or frankincense) has been used to symbolize intention, stimulate awareness of our spiritual self, and accentuate rite and ritual. Drawing on this power, as well as their healing qualities, essential oils can provide the perfect complement to meditation or mindfulness practice.

Outlining the practice and benefits of meditation and mindfulness in combination with the use of essential oils, "Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation" explains how these practices hone and sustain a conscious awareness of "being" in the present moment, focusing attention on what you are sensually experiencing and leaving no space for regrets, traumas, fears, anxiety, or anticipation.

Providing the latest scientific research on the restorative, rehabilitative, and psycho-emotional healing effects of essential oils, "Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation" explains how the sensory experience of odors can immediately draw your attention to the present moment, trigger a specific state of consciousness, such as a deeper meditative state, or offer a way to regain composure quickly when dealing with life's ups and downs. "Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation" also shows how many essential oils naturally reduce stress and anxiety, promote a peaceful attitude, support concentration, regulate breathing, and stimulate serotonin and GABA pathways in the brain, making them ideal aids to mindfulness and meditation.

Explaining methods to incorporate essential oils into your practice, "Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation" introduces readers to the "Gem" essential oils, which are a group of oils specifically selected for attaining and maintaining a state of mindfulness, as well as a broad spectrum of therapeutic properties.

An easy-to-follow chart will help the reader to select the oil that is right for them.

Offering a hands-on practical guide to integrating essential oils into mindful and meditative practice, "Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation" shows how each of us has the ability to self-generate a calm, tranquil, and worry-free state of mind.

Critique: Comprehensively informative, accessibly and deftly organized, thoroughly 'user friendly' in tone, commentary and presentation, "Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation: Relax, Replenish, and Rejuvenate" is a complete course of instruction that is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library Health & Mindfulness collections in general, and Essential Oils supplemental studies lists in particular. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.99).

Helen Dumont

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Title Annotation:Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation: Relax, Replenish, and Rejuvenate
Author:Dumont, Helen
Publication:MBR Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jan 1, 2019
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