Explore nature’s magical ingredient in a comprehensive collection of practical ways oils can be used in the home. From ancient Greece to the Victorian era and into modern times oils have been used for an infinite variety of purposes. This book looks at its fascinating properties, the vast range of types available and its use as a valued ingredient in recipes, medicinal treatments, cleansers, beauty treatments and aromatherapy. Following a directory of over 25 types of oil, discover how it can act as a massage and aromatherapy aid, as well as how different varieties can play an important role in a balanced diet. There are recipes for cooking with oil, in sauces, dressings, grills and roasts, and even cakes and baking. There are also natural remedies, treatments and preparations, including luxurious massage oils, body treatments, hair and skincare preparations and domestic cleaning. Illustrated with over 350 photographs this beautiful volume explores the amazing natural properties of oils, combining in-depth advice with easy-to-follow recipes and instructions.