Book Review: Mixing Essential Oils for Magic Aromatic Alchemy for Personal Blends by Sandra Kynes

Book Review: Mixing Essential Oils for Magic Aromatic Alchemy for Personal Blends by Sandra KynesReview by Dawn Thomas Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.Nonfiction (Adult)Print Size: 336 Aromatic alchemy – I love that terminology. The author starts out giving the history of blending fragrances then moves on to the magical connection. She describes the different oil extractions processes. I found one point especially interesting; pure essential oils do not leave an oil residue if dripped on a piece of paper. After sharing the information on history, the author shares information on the different ways to blend oils. In addition, she provides the magical properties of the essential oils so the reader knows which oil to use for a specific purpose. She also provides a sample blend at the end of each section. The first section addresses botanical families. The second describes blending scents according to their scent group. In the third section, the author discusses the process of blending by perfume note. I learned so much about perfumes in this section alone. She then lists the properties of the oils classified as So Below and As Above. She includes a section on carrier oils and their magical properties. It opened my eyes to…

Book Review: Faeries and Elementals for Beginners by Alexandra Chauran

  Book Review: Faeries and Elementals for Beginners by Alexandra ChauranReview by Dawn Thomas Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.Nonfiction (Adult) Outdoors & NaturePrint size: 218 Pages Faeries have always been in my life. Now I realize elementals have been present as well. I enjoyed her story advising us to stay balanced with the elements. She worked and perfected her connection with fire but suffered the consequences for being out of balance. The book is divided into faeries and each elemental. The author does a wonderful job describing the different categories of faeries. I was not aware of most of them. The author provides ways to scry with all of the elementals. She also gives meditations and ritual ideas for each section which is a great way for people to get started with that elemental. The section on Sylphs and the element of air was very interesting. I now look at the air element differently. In the past I have had a hard time connecting with this element when in reality I should have embraced it. As a fire sign, I need air to fuel my fire. The author gave me ideas of working with air. About seven years ago at a ritual…