Just the Essentials (Hardcover)
How Essential Oils Can Heal Your Skin, Improve Your Health, and Detox Your Life
Harper Wave, 9780062448910, 240pp.
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
The author of Skin Cleanse returns with a comprehensive guide to the ultimate ingredient for living an all-natural, plant-based lifestyle: essential oils.
For millennia, essential oils have played a key role in health and beauty rituals. From references in the Bible (frankincense and myrrh) to Hippocrates (who documented the effects of oils from over 300 plants) to Ancient Egypt (Cleopatra pioneered the use of fragrance), essential oils have been revered throughout human history for their healing powers and their unparalleled scent.
But in modern times, they’ve often been misunderstood, underappreciated, even cast as "dangerous"—and relegated to the dusty shelves of health food stores. That is, until recently. Today they’re back in the spotlight as increasing numbers of consumers are looking for all-natural alternatives to skincare products and opting for fragrance-free detergents and soaps, natural remedies for common ailments, and toxin-free home cleaning solutions.
Enter Adina Grigore, owner and founder of the wildly popular all-natural skincare line SW Basics. A former essential oil skeptic, Grigore learned everything she could about these potent plant-based compounds when she began formulating her products. And what she learned was that essential oils are some of the most powerful, healing, health-promoting compounds found in nature. That, and they smell pretty great too.
In Just the Essentials, Grigore offers a 21st-century guide to these ancient oils, offering a fresh, fun, and authoritative overview of what they are and how they can be easily incorporated into anyone’s life. From plant-based medicine to all-natural skincare to safer and cleaner household products to aromatherapy, this handy and entertaining guide provides detailed advice for a wide array of oils, safety guidelines, and a range of do-it-yourself recipes to get started. Inside you'll discover such fun facts as:
- Tea tree oil is a powerful antibacterial that is proven to be as effective for treating acne as benzoyl peroxide; it also kills oral bacteria and is a life-saver for tooth infections.
- Cinnamon oil is a circulation-booster that helps to ease everyday aches and pains as well as headaches (even migraines).
- Peppermint oil is brimming with antimicrobial properties; peppermint oil can be used for everything from alleviating digestive problems to cleaning your kitchen counters.
With lists of the best oils for beginners; instructions for diffusing and safe handling; and DIY recipes from dish soap to toothpaste to facial masks, Just the Essentials makes it easy and enjoyable to reap the many benefits of these pure plant extracts.
About the Author
Adina Grigore is the author of Just the Essentials and founder and CEO of the all-natural, sustainable skin-care line S.W. Basics. She has worked in the wellness industry since 2007 as a private holistic nutritionist, a personal trainer, and a workshop coordinator teaching people about the DIY nature of wellness. S.W. Basics products are sold internationally and have been featured in Vogue; O, The Oprah Magazine; the New York Times; InStyle; Real Simple; and Martha Stewart Living, among others.
Praise For Just the Essentials: How Essential Oils Can Heal Your Skin, Improve Your Health, and Detox Your Life…
— Jolene Hart, certified health coach and author of Eat Pretty
Praise for Skin Cleanse:
“Adina Grigore is…a total genius when it comes to natural and DIY beauty.”
— A Cup of Jo
“Skin Cleanse is in alignment with what I teach: that healthy skin comes from the inside out. Adina Grigore has busted the myths about cosmetics and has given us the tools to achieve glowing skin from our own kitchen.”
— Alejandro Junger, M.D., author of the New York Times bestsellers Clean and Clean Gut
“Skin Cleanse is the most comprehensive holistic guide to healthy skin I have ever come across. Her simple yet powerful recipes and guidance show readers how to ‘feed’ their skin and get great results.”
— Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition