The Aromatherapy Garden explains how fragrant plants can be as therapeutic as they are intoxicating, and how easy it is to add this captivating element to gardens large and small. Read more...
The Aromatherapy Garden explains how fragrant plants can be as therapeutic as they are intoxicating, and how easy it is to add this captivating element to gardens large and small. It reveals the scents, secrets, and science behind fragrant plants, and how to optimize the full benefits of fragrance. Hone your powers of concentration with lemon verbena. Beat the blues with wintersweet. And use rose geranium to relieve anxiety and stress. Revealed here are the scents, secrets, and science behind plant aromatherapy, and how to optimize its full benefits. Detailed plant profiles will help you create a beautiful source of restorative aromas, oils, sachets, teas, and more. The nose knows--and with Keville's expertise, now you too can create your own sanctuary of health and happiness
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-03-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Keville (Herbs for Health and Healing) reveals the “scents, secrets, and science” behind plant aromatherapy, persuading readers to grow flowers and shrubs for the stress-reducing smell as much as for sight and touch. She first describes the tradition of aromatherapy and then covers designing, cultivating, and harvesting plants for their scents. The last third of the book profiles fragrant plants, from angelica to yarrow. Keville weaves references to studies about healing and invigorating smells into short cultural histories of each plant, and includes a hodgepodge of facts and stats (nine pounds of tuberose buds equal one ounce of essential oil; moths smell honeysuckle a half-mile away). Most admirably, Keville rises to the challenge of describing each scent (“Basil’s spicy clove scent, with its hint of mint and pepper, makes it delightfully sweet, hot, and sharp all at the same time”). With such rich descriptions, readers will long for the actual aroma. Color photos. (Apr.)