BOOK REVIEW: Aromatree by Salvatore Battaglia


In between mishaps and accidents, I was finally able to finish Salvatore Battaglia’s “Aromatree: A holistic guide to understanding and using aromatherapy” book today.

In the vast selection of aromatherapy books available for us students and practitioners, sometimes choosing “the right book” can be intimidating. Much more, due to the fact that most of these aromatherapy books are not easily accessible for us in the Philippines, deciding on purchasing one book over the other can be such a daunting thing.

With this, I am to provide an objective review here on my blog and give you my 2-cents in the hopes that I can help you decide whether a particular book is worth the import or not.

Aromatree is my very first book from Salvatore Battaglia. Needless to say, I got so enticed of owning a copy because of its beautiful cover.

From the Back Cover: Aromatherapy is one of the most popular forms of natural therapies available to us. What makes essential oils so exciting is that they are the only plant-based remedies’ that work on all levels of our wellbeing – our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

As an aromatherapy educator, I often notice how frustrated people become when they have to learn the individual properties and actions of essential oils. The aromatree identifies the relationships that exist between the individual essential oils and the different parts of a plant such as leaves, roots, resin, wood, fruits, seed or flowers.

In Aromatree, we examine the relationship and pattern between the botany of the plant, traditional folklore, symbolism, mythology of plants, aroma, chemistry, pharmacology, essential oil safety, our psyche, our personality, the chakras, the energetics according to traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, and blending tips.

Aromatree embraces all aspects of aromatherapy. Whether you are a beginner or a professional aromatherapist, you will gain an incredible insight into using essential oils.

For perspective, I don’t consider myself ‘new‘ to aromtherapy. I have owned and read a gamut of aromatherapy books since 2017, when I first dabbled into essential oils. I may have shared to some of you my favorite books but, what I can say is, Salvatore’s Aromatree is something worth checking out, especially if you’re just starting with your journey.

I think it’s important to acquaint yourself with books that are “a good fit” during that particular point of your aromatherapy journey. Oftentimes, I hear students getting overwhelmed–or even discouraged–when they are presented with a book more advanced to their current status. Even I would have instances where I would choose to read and re-read a particular book, just to be able to internalize more of what’s in it, especially if I enjoyed reading the book in its first run–and Aromatree is something like that. Though I feel that it’s not hard to grasp the context and key points of this book, I think one could appreciate it more if you read it the second time around.

Now, it’s been ages since I last bought a book in its physical copy (as I have always preferred them to be electronic). But leafing through the colored glossy pages of this book made it truly worthwhile. I loved how Salvatore presented aromatherapy in a very approachable yet structured way through the concept of Aromatree. Each chapter is a beautiful introduction of each essential oil family according to its progression from the root to its blossoms.

If there is an aromatherapy book appropriate for Kindergarten level, I think this would be it. Aromatree is so beginner-friendly and welcoming that any novice user of essential oils will certainly be more interested to further jump into the rabbit hole while enjoying each chapter and even after crossing through the last.

Another thing to note is that the appendices included in the book are a total gem! I rarely read through a book’s appendix but for Aromatree, the list of essential oils, the glossary, the list of chemical families, and the summary of cautions and contraindications can be really handy. More so, the simple recipes and blends included per chapter is something that every oiler will love and appreciate to try.

While reading Aromatree, I have also been enjoying some of Salvatore’s chakra blends under Perfect Potion. I know he recently came out with his Aromatree blend but since these are all I have for now, these will suffice. So far, I’m really enjoying the Sacral Chakra blend as it is mixed with Mandarin, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Patchouli, Cardamom, and Sandalwood. The bright, feminine note really makes the read much more enjoyable.

Salvatore Battaglia has been passionate about natural therapies for most of his life. He holds qualifications in natural therapies, herbal medicine, acupuncture and aromatherapy. Salvatore’s dedication to aromatherapy has seen him hold positions in professional associations and government committees to ensure that the educational standards of professional aromatherapy are maintained and improved. He is the author of the best-selling aromatherapy book, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, which is now in its third edition. he is the founder and owner of Perfect Potion whose purpose is to naturally enhance people’s lives.

 

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