Power of the Seed
your guide to oils for heath & Beauty
This is a well-researched book about many, many carrier oils and butters; not essential oils. As a home-based formulator all of this information is extremely useful and valuable. The book itself is a teaching tool as well as a research tool. I purchased the paper book (two copies) and the kindle version so I have all of this wisdom & knowledge wherever I need it. I constantly refer to it and add my own notes within the pages. In fact it is the most dog-eared of all of my CosmeticChemistry/Aromatherapy/Perfumery/Herbology books! Highly recommended.K. Young
Excellent! So glad a friend recommended this. I’ve counted over 85 carrier oils with lots of detail information on types of healing to use for-wound, skin, etc. Recipes, Skin Care, Massage, etc. But, the part I liked the best was the chemical analysis for these oils that I’ve spent so much time trying to find…and it’s all covered in this book. I actually took an on-line Aromatherapy Course for this, but can honestly say I’ve gotten more from Susan’s Book and all the details she has, than in the course. A Must Have!Boni
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Post Publication Notes
With the publication of Power of the Seed in the Spring of 2015 the book is a record of what I understood on the subject up until the end of editing in late 2014. I have said that in the book, that it is an evolving study on this one subject.
Now that the book has been out for a year and a half there are points I made that need reviewing and revising. In addition, the oils listed at the time have now expanded and will be covered on the ‘oil blog’ on this site.
A few points that I will address in the coming weeks and months:
The first new post will be a correction to page 24 in the paper version of the book. The lower diagram for the triglyceride is inaccurate and is corrected here.
CO2 extractions of the carrier/fixed oils
Vitamin C, is it ever found in oils?
New information and research on oils covered in the book
Book Correction - Triglyceride Diagram
Power of the Seed book correction, the lower diagram on page 24 of the paper version is not accurate! In the kindle version the diagram is early on in Chapter 2, Lipid Chemistry 101. The full diagram of a triglyceride is accurately portrayed below.
A better view of the diagram can be seen at its source, Indiana University website, Fat and Why it Matters. This page from the university also has other fatty acid diagrams you may find interesting.
The Power of the Seed is an incredible reference book! It has so much information, and detail about so many different oils I never would have thought to use as a carrier or a base oil. It is great for beginners, to experienced aromatherapists, and massage therapists. I absolutely love how it is organized, and how oils can be found by use, application, fatty acid composition, sap values, botanical family, etc! It really a great reference for anyone who is looking to make their own skincare products. Certainly a unique guide! I’ve been working with essential oils, making blends for years, and upon discovering this book, it has taken my blending practice to an entirely different level. Thank You!Nikkiann