Essential oils are a natural and healthy alternative to chemical cosmetics and skin treatments. They can also help soothe and heal your body, emotions, and spirit. This comprehensive illustrated reference explains how to choose and use essential oils for beauty and personal care, physical and mental health, relaxation, and as aids to meditation. It includes contains complete instructions for aromatherapy-based skin and body treatments and for making your own creams and lotions; remedies to help overcome worry, anger, stress, depression and other troubling emotions; aromatherapy techniques to enhance self-massage, sports massage, and intimate massage; first aid and healing techniques for simple ailments and for use in pregnancy and with babies, children, and the elderly; and aromatherapy meditations for calm, insight, and clarity and for psychic cleansing. It also includes a Directory of Essential Oils giving the properties and uses of 75 common and exotic oils.