Essential Living Book Review by Arlys Naturals


As we start out with new beginnings in 2013, I am delighted to review a new Aromatherapy Book Essential Living – Aromatherapy Recipes for Health & Home by Andrea Butje, Aromahead Institute. 

First, I have known Andrea Butje for many years and her love and passion for the field of aromatherapy and essential oils is exemplary.  Andrea is the Founder of Aromahead Institute.  Aromahead Institute offers aromatherapy courses online and on location in Ithaca, NY.  The Aromatherapy Certification Program is recognized by the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy. 
As a well-seasoned traveler, researcher and educator every project she is involved with is viewed with respect and great enthusiasm.

Just like the title of the book says, “Essential Living”, you will find simple, effective and inspiring recipes for your health and home using items from your own kitchen cupboard, along with essential oils.  I am asked all the time about resource books to recommend and found this one to be a joy to read and recommend it without hesitation.  This book will also be added to our website with a link to for purchase.

Whether you are just delving into the world of aromatherapy as a beginner or already a professional with the desire to broaden your horizons, the format, descriptions, and concise 60 recipes packed with information will be a delight to try while making your home a little “greener”.  There are some I have already ear-marked myself!  I also like that she utilizes a variety of essential oils that many beginners do not get introduced to right away such as Ravintsara, Eucalyptus dives and Gingergrass.  There are so many wonderfully healing essential oils available today online and pleased that she chose to go beyond the ordinary.

The book follows a holistic approach with complimentary recipes promoting relaxation, reducing stress at home and work, to strengthening your immune system for continued wellness right at your own fingertips.  What could be better than that?  Sure to be one book you constantly refer to for information and ideas.

For those of you that prefer to have the book on your computer, it is also available as an e-Book.

Wait ~ there’s more…
Would you like to “Win a Free Autographed Copy” of Essential Living?  

How to enter the contest:

3 Easy Steps:

Step 1. Leave a comment below, or on any of my blog posts.

Step 2. Go to Facebook to Andrea’s Aromahead Institute page and you’ll see her post about the  giveaway. Now simply a) “Like” the Aromahead fanpage and b) “Share” that post so others can learn about the book giveaway!

Step 3.  Email Andrea at to confirm that you have shared her post and commented on my blog.

Andrea will keep track of all the emails and randomly choose a winner on January 14th. The winner will be contacted by email and I will announce the winner on my blog on Jan. 15th.

This is the link to the blogs on Aromahead’s Book Tour: Featured Blogs on Tour

For those readers who receive our Arlys Naturals Monthly E-Newsletter, January’s issue talks about the various species of Eucalyptus essential oils.  If you haven’t signed up online yet for our Arlys Naturals Monthly E-Newsletter, our Aromatherapy Contessa Blog and Facebook, please follow the highlighted links below and start the New Year off with lots of aromatic information and recipes. 

You will find additional beneficial recipes in “Essential Living on Pages 47 and 57 utilizing various Eucalyptus oils and the subject of our January 2013 Monthly E-Newsletter.

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‘til next time,





About Aromatherapy Contessa

I love creating aromatic blends with essential oils whether for my Arlys Naturals product lines, for fun, or for customer special orders. I'm just drawn into the veil of mystery that nature has provided through these living plants, not just in their aromatic properties, but also their natural healing properties.
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41 Responses to Essential Living Book Review by Arlys Naturals

  1. Dear Andrea,
    Herbs are my passion in life. I incorporate them into my daily home and work life. I work for a Happy Herb shop and also use their products daily and also sell and use Young Living essential oils. My herbal love and connection to the plant kingdom only continues to build stronger. I am very interested in reading your Essential Living book.
    Julia Henwood 🙂

  2. Jamie says:

    I can’t tell enough people about how powerful essential oils are. At this point most people think I am nuts….they do have a change of heart when they get sick ….then they come crawling to me….good thing I don’t hold a grudge. : )

  3. Taryn Postupack says:

    I have been dabbling in aromatherapy for a little while now and had an introduction to it while in massage school. It is something I use regularly for myself and children as well as friends and family. I love it and it is so helpful. My coworkers find it amazing how well it works just with helping their colds. :-). ❤

  4. Kelle says:

    Great blog. Thanks for this opportunity!

  5. Gordana Mihajlović says:

    aromas and ess oils are so needed in our lives and being easy going relieving and healing 🙂 merry-go-round ❤

  6. Joyce Handzo says:

    As a beginner to aromatherapy, I am excited to learn about this book and the Facebook page. I have been using vitamin/mineral supplements and homeopathic remedies for years, but now I want to understand how to use essential oils to bring a new dimension to my healthy lifestyle.

  7. In a time when so many are thirsting for holistic alternatives to healing, books like this are the catalyst to a movement for many. Thanks for being that trailblazer, and I look forward to living aromatically natural and pure.

  8. Tracy says:

    I am so excited about the new book, I’ve been using essential oils with your suggestions for my entire family when my son was born. I wish more people were aware of the healing that comes from the natural oils!! Thank you!!

  9. Dena says:

    I need all the help I can get at a less congested, clearer minded lifestyle. My family can use the help as well….so much going on in these times!!

  10. Finishing studies in aromatherapy… i ‘d love to have this book! Seems very interesting!

  11. christalenergy says:

    Finishing studies in aromatherapy… i d love to have this book! Seems very interesting!

  12. Magdalena Roza says:

    One desire from Bulgaria 🙂

  13. Rositsa Slavova says:

    I’ve been using a little bit of essential oils here and there but would love to learn more about their great potential and this book will be a welcome learning tool.

  14. Mary Beth Sica says:

    I’ve been using a combo of therapies…aromatherapy, herbs, homeopath…..essential oils….I love learning new things!

  15. I’ve been following Andrea for a while now and I would love to read her book!

  16. Cynthia Zerr says:

    Anything we can learn about or how to use these wonderful oils, is extremely helpful. Thanks you!!

  17. Dianne Beattie says:

    I am on a path of using essential oils, natural healing, organic eating, herbal supplements…this book would be a great add to help me continue to learn. thanks for the opportunity!

  18. Larissa Klusman says:

    Nice blog. I have dabbled in aromatherapy off and on. Right now I’m trying to figure out what I can use for pregnancy and pain with aromatherapy. Thank you for this opportunity.

  19. JOIE says:


  20. thank you for a chance to win this wonderful book. i am fairly new to aromatherapy and was happy to sign up for your email updates. xx

  21. I am aromtherapist and I am happy to meet persons who love the same that I do, to make blends with essential oils to help everybody to take care of themselves. I really would like to get a copy of the book to add to my library… Congrats Andrea! I am making a difusion work of aromatherapy in my country El Salvador.

  22. Michele Savelli says:

    I would love to have Andrea’s book. I was introduced to oils by Andrea at FLSM in 1998. My favorite blends are ones she came up with, especially one called Repair. Couldn’t get enough of that one!

  23. Linda says:

    I am always looking for the ways in which I can use essential oils to improve life for myself and others 🙂

  24. Rennie says:

    I am excited to find another Aromatherapy site/blog!! I’ve liked your FB as well as Aromahead’s. Plus signed up for your newsletter and blog. Thanks so much!

  25. Cyndi Jones says:

    I would LOVE to learn about Aromatherapy! My great-grandmother was into Aromatherapy, but it was not passed down to me b/c my family are hard-core Christians who do not believe as I do. I like your FB page. It is very informative and will use some of these ideas. Thanks for your wonderful pages!!!!

  26. I am a health and wellness blogger, and have recently been wanting to broaden my knowledge of the uses and benefits of essential oils! This looks like the perfect guide for me and my readers. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a copy!

  27. Amanda Stangel says:

    Thank you for all the knowledge you have shared and continue to share so that myself and others can continue to enjoy the wonderful aromatherapy for healthy lifestyles!

  28. Noelle Thornton says:

    This is exactly what I’m looking for! I’ve an anxious to read your book.

  29. Vicki Forehand says:

    The world of essential oils is so amazing! I love learning everything about them and the wonderful things they can do!

  30. Mary Kate Henry says:

    I use aromatherapy for my massage clients animal and human.

  31. Melinda Barrett says:

    Like sharing the oils. Use them every day.

  32. I would love to receive this book and put it to good use. Thank you!

  33. Tricia says:

    I learn more every day about these amazing oils and share the knowledge every day as well. Would make excellent use of this book!

  34. Lisa says:

    I LOVE everything aromatherapy and have great respect for Andrea. I would love to add this book to my collection!

  35. danyl says:

    I would love to learn more about essential oils!

  36. I met Andrea at the Florida School of Massage, in Gainesville, Florida. She is a very educated and dedicated person in the world of essential oils! She loves what she does and that goes forth in everything she shares! If you are serious about Aromatherapy, this is one person you would want to meet and learn from. Deborah Dee Carlin, Feel Better Ocala, Inc, A Natural Healing Center in Florida.

  37. Hi Andrea and Arlys, I have been following Andrea and Aromahead for a while now. The book looks amazing and I have been looking at classes. I have a Master Aromatherapist Diploma from another school however; there are a few classes at Aromahead I’d like to take. I am working them into my travel plans. Thanks for being who you are and doing what you do. You inspire all of us.

  38. I’ve been following Andrea for years now and recommend her website often. I do wish she lived closer as I’m in Canada 🙂

  39. I have been following Andrea for years and recommend her website often. I do wish I lived closer as I’m in Canada 🙂

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