ORLAND — The world of essential oils is vast and it’s easy to get lost among all the tiny bottles.
Luckily, Orland certified aromatherapist and licensed holistic aesthetician Stephanie Tourles has written a new book, “Stephanie Tourles’s Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide” (Storey Publishing, 2018)
Storey approached Tourles about writing the book.
“We needed to do something that’s really basic that’s not going to overwhelm the newbie, the beginner essential oil user,” Tourles said. “There are so many books that will outline 75, 100 essential oils and delve into heavy chemistry and then you get lost.”
In her ninth book, Tourles focuses on 11 “must-have essential oils” and then “14 more essential oils that would be good to have for your natural medicine cabinet.”
The 11 must-haves include German chamomile, Roman chamomile, clove bud, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree and thyme.
“This is all home health care and wellness,” Tourles said. “It’s a practical book. It’s an easy book. It’s a safe book.”
“These little bottles are highly concentrated plant material,” she said. “There’s a lot of things you can treat with home health care.”
Consider the common headache.
“Peppermint and Roman chamomile are fantastic for alleviating headaches. Chamomile relaxes and peppermint improves blood flow.
“You’re opening up the circulation and relaxing the tension,” said Tourles.
In your palms, mix a drop of peppermint oil with a drop of Roman chamomile and ten drops of almond oil — as a carrier.
“Rub your palms together then just massage your temples, the nape of your neck, your throat, your forehead,” Tourles said. “Cup your hands together and inhale deeply. Take several deep breaths for 30 seconds. It will be amazing for your headache.”
Tourles said her essential oil book has been endorsed by the current president of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists, Inga Wieser.
“A great book for the novice looking into how to use essential oils safely and effectively,” Wieser is quoted on the book jacket.
The book itself is sleek with color photos. Each of the 25 essential oils Tourles covers, from balsam fir to Scotch pine, includes safety precautions, essential properties, psychological benefits and recipes.
The book includes conversion charts as well as suggested dilutions for various applications.
In mid-September, Storey is releasing another new Tourles’ title called “Pure Skin.”
“It’s a book about crafting natural skin care that is of professional quality,” she said. The hardcover book will include “80 of my best and favorite recipes over the years.”
Tourles will host a book signing at BookStacks in Bucksport on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. To learn more about her, visit www.stephanietourles.com.
Aloe and Lavender “Burn Juice”
Recipe courtesy of “Stephanie Tourles’s Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide”
80 drops lavender essential oil
1 cup commercially prepared aloe vera juice (find at natural food stores)
8-oz. plastic or dark glass spritzer bottler
Combine the aloe vera juice and lavender essential oil in the bottle and shake vigorously to blend. Label the bottle, put it in a refrigerator and allow the mixture to blend for at least one hour. Store in the refrigerator where it will keep up to six months.
Shake well before each use. This blend should be applied as soon as possible after the skin is burned, either by spraying it directly on the affected area or using it to soak a compress. Repeat several times a day, if desired, for up to several weeks until the skin is completely healed.