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Handbook of Essential Oils: Science, Technology, and Applications

Editors: K. Husnu Can Baser; Gerhard Buchbauer
Publisher: CRC Press
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 991 - Illustrations: 516
ISBN: 1420063154 / 978-1420063158

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The Handbook of Essential Oils is a vast compilation of 22 chapters, written and presented by over 20 experts within their respective fields. This impressive, well-referenced, 991-page publication covers a great deal of ground surrounding the history, chemistry, production, applications, storage and marketing of essential oils.

With the majority of essential oil and aromatherapy books merely reciting anecdotal evidence and providing few references, the Handbook of Essential Oils is likely to be an asset for all holistic aromatherapy students and educators, and for industry professionals seeking well referenced, scientifically presented documentation that covers the field of essential oils. The Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) includes the Handbook of Essential Oils within their list of Recommended References for assistance in preparing for the ARC Registration Examination.

Although the Handbook of Essential Oils isn't written exclusively for those working within the field of holistic aromatherapy, most all chapters provide relevant information of importance to those within the field.

Be sure to scroll down to review the full table of contents.

From the Back Cover:

Egyptian hieroglyphs, Chinese scrolls, and Ayurvedic literature record physicians administering aromatic oils to their patients. Today society looks to science to document health choices and the oils do not disappoint. The growing body of evidence of their efficacy for more than just scenting a room underscores the need for production standards, quality control parameters for raw materials and finished products, and well-defined Good Manufacturing Practices. Edited by two renowned experts, the Handbook of Essential Oils covers all aspects of essential oils from chemistry, pharmacology, and biological activity, to production and trade, to uses and regulation.

Bringing together significant research and market profiles, this comprehensive handbook provides a much-needed compilation of information related to the development, use, and marketing of essential oils, including their chemistry and biochemistry. A select group of authoritative experts explores the historical, biological, regulatory, and microbial aspects. This reference also covers sources, production, analysis, storage, and transport of oils as well as aromatherapy, pharmacology, toxicology, and metabolism. It includes discussions of biological activity testing, results of antimicrobial and antioxidant tests, and penetration-enhancing activities useful in drug delivery.

New information on essential oils may lead to an increased understanding of their multidimensional uses and better, more ecologically friendly production methods. Reflecting the immense developments in scientific knowledge available on essential oils, this book brings multidisciplinary coverage of essential oils into one all-inclusive resource.

From the Publisher's Web Site:

  • Covers the chemical diversity in essential oils and the techniques used to analyze them
  • Explores the biotransformations of essential oil constituents
  • Discusses the use of essential oils in perfumery, cosmetics, feed, food, beverages, and pharmaceutical industries
  • Includes a rare compilation of information on applications of essential oils as feed additives and for treating disease in pets and farm animals
  • Contains coverage of up-to-date regulations and legislative procedures

Source: http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781420063158

Contents of Handbook of Essential Oils: Escience, Technology, and Applications:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    K. Husnu Can Baser and Gerhard Buchbauer

  • Chapter 2: History and Sources of Essential Oil Research
    Karl-Heinz Kubeczka

  • Chapter 3: Sources of Essential Oils
    Chlodwig Franz and Johannes Novak

  • Chapter 4: Production of Essential Oils
    Erich Schmidt

  • Chapter 5: Chemistry of Essential Oils
  • Charles Sell

  • Chapter 6: Analysis of Essential Oils
    Barbara d'Acampora Zellner, Paola. Dugo, Giovanni Dugo, and Luigi Mondello

  • Chapter 7: Safety Evaluation of Essential Oils: A Constituent-Based Approach
    Timothy B. Adams and Sean V. Taylor

  • Chapter 8: Metabolism of Terpenoids in Animal Models and Humans
    Walter Jäger

  • Chapter 9: Biological Activities of Essential Oils
    Gerhard Buchbauer

  • Chapter 10: Effects of Essential Oils in the Central Nervous System
    • Part I: Central Nervous System Effects of Essential Oils in Humans
      Eva Heuberger
    • Part II: Psychopharmacology of Essential Oils
      Domingos Sávio Nunes, Viviane de Moura Linck, Adriana Lourenço da Silva, Micheli Figueiró, and Elaine Elisabetsky

  • Chapter 11: Phytotherapeutic Uses of Essential Oils
    Bob Harris

  • Chapter 12: In Vitro Antimicrobial Activities of Essential Oils Monographed in the European Pharmacopoeia 6th Edition
    Alexander Pauli and Heinz Schilcher

  • Chapter 13: Aromatherapy with Essential Oils
    Maria Lis-Balchin

  • Chapter 14: Biotransformation of Monoterpenoids by Microorganisms, Insects, and Mammals
    Yoshiaki Noma and Yoshinori Asakawa

  • Chapter 15: Biotransformation of Sesquiterpenoids, Ionones, Damascones, Adamantanes, and Aromatic Compounds by Green Algae, Fungi, and Mammals
    Yoshinori Asakawa and Yoshiaki Noma

  • Chapter 16: Industrial Uses of Essential Oils
    W.S. Brud

  • Chapter 17: Encapsulation and Other Programmed Release Techniques for Essential Oils and Volatile Terpenes
    Jan Karlsen

  • Chapter 18: Aroma-Vital Cuisine
    Maria M. Kettenring and Lara-M. Vucemilovic Geeganage

  • Chapter 19: Essential Oils Used in Veterinary Medicine
    K. Husnu Can Baser and Chlodwig Franz

  • Chapter 20: Trade of Essential Oils
    Hugo Bovill

  • Chapter 21: Storage and Transport of Essential Oils
    Klaus-Dieter Protzen

  • Chapter 22: Recent EU Legislation on Flavors and Fragrances and its Impact on Essential Oils
    Jan C.R. Demyttenaere

  • Index

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