Essential Oils
Your Questions Answered
by Randi Minetor
March 2022, 125pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7784-1
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Essential oils have become wildly popular in recent years, but are they really a safe and effective all-natural way to improve physical and emotional well-being?

This book provides easy-to-understand, scientifically backed answers to readers' questions about essential oils, helping them make informed decisions about which products to use and how and setting realistic expectations about what essential oils can and cannot do to improve well-being.

Many people use essential oils regularly yet know very little about them. What exactly makes them “essential”? Can they really be used to treat ailments like infections, fevers, and sore throats? Is it safe to ingest them or use them around children and pets? How can you tell if a company selling essential oils is offering a low-quality product or engaging in shady business practices? This book answers these and many more questions about these popular yet often poorly understood products.

Books in Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series follow a reader-friendly question-and-answer format that anticipates readers’ needs and concerns. Prevalent myths and misconceptions are identified and dispelled, and a collection of case studies illustrate key concepts and issues through relatable stories and insightful recommendations. Each book also includes a section on health literacy, equipping teens and young adults with practical tools and strategies for finding, evaluating, and using credible sources of health information both on and off the internet—important skills that contribute to a lifetime of healthy decision-making.


  • Gives a better understanding of what essential oils are, how they're used, their potential benefits, and their risks
  • Simple Q&A format makes the subject approachable and accessible to readers, allowing them to find specific information quickly and easily
  • Guide to Health Literacy section helps readers improve their research and critical thinking skills when finding and evaluating health information
  • Case studies provide real-world examples of concepts discussed in the book
  • Common Myths section dispels popular misconceptions surrounding essential oils and points readers toward detailed and accurate information provided in the main text
Randi Minetor, MA, is a medical journalist and the author of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: An Introductory Guide and Essential Oils of the Bible: Connecting God's Word to Natural Healing. With Greenwood she has written Debating Your Plate: The Most Controversial Foods and Ingredients, Medical Tests in Context: Innovations and Insights, and Blowing Up: The Psychology of Conflict. Her extensive book list as an author includes more than 60 books on nature, travel, and general-interest topics. She writes for Western New York Physician magazine and has served as a principal writer of patient, consumer, and doctor-to-doctor materials for the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Q&A Health Guides

All of us have questions about our health. Is this normal? Should I be doing something differently? Whom should I talk to about my concerns?

Greenwood’s Q&A Health Guides series addresses the questions and concerns of young readers on a wide variety of physical and mental health topics in an authoritative yet still accessible way. Each title follows a simple question-and-answer format that makes finding accurate information fast and easy. A collection of engaging case studies offers real-world insights, while a guide to common myths and misconceptions dispels the most pervasive and potentially dangerous misinformation about a topic. Each volume is rounded out with a primer on health literacy to equip readers with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they need for a lifetime of healthy living.
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