Book Review: Gentle Babies

Two years ago I attended an aromatherapy course in Chicago. One of the instructors recommended the book Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth and Infant Care and as I’ve continued to read about aromatherapy and the use of essential oils, I’ve found this book to be almost exclusively referenced for pregnancy and newborns recommendations.

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The author, Debra Raybern, offers a Christian perspective to essential oil use and providers a number of scripture references. She is clearly an advocate of Young Living Oils, as am I; however, the frequency with which this was mentioned may border on preaching. For my taste, it was somewhat distracting and caused me flip to the front to see who had published it. Gentle Babies might better be marketed as a guide book for Young Living Oils and their use with pregnancy and young children.

Appreciating this book as one that receives some of the highest recommendations within the industry, I suspect my expectations were quite high. I was hoping to have within my grasp a clinical guide with some sort of scientific review or intellectual rationale of essential oils and their specific application for maternal and child health. I was disappointed to find recommendations unreferenced, or even explained.

This book fell short of my expectations, but I suspect there are many that appreciate it as a handy pocket guide for quick reference. If that is your desire, this book will certainly fit that need. It is an easy read, as I breezed through it in under an hour.

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