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Power of the Seed

Your Guide to Oils for Health & Beauty

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Power of the Seed
Author: Susan M. Parker
Publisher: Process
Copyright: 2014
ISBN: 1934170542 / 978-1934170540
Pages: 322

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Vegetable oils (carrier oils) and vegetable butters play an important role within holistic aromatherapy and natural skin care. We could just reach for typical oils like Sweet Almond Oil or Jojoba, but that can be so limiting. There are so many other highly nutritive vegetable oils and butters available to choose from. Understanding the lipids that are available and their unique benefits can greatly enhance our essential oil blends and skin care formulations.

Power of the Seed by Susan M. Parker is an enlightening, must-have book for understanding the composition, properties, benefits and applications of vegetable oils and other lipids. In addition to providing a helpful overview of over 80 vegetable oils and butters, the Power of the Seed is the most in-depth book currently available in print that covers the important benefits and properties of the lipids used in personal care applications. Although this publication covers a lot of essential information, Susan M. Parker's writing style is friendly and easy to comprehend.

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This unique instructional guide provides comprehensive information unseen in any other book about oils.

Whether you are a natural skin care professional, a DIY fan, or new to the ways of making one's own skin care products, Power of the Seed will guide you along the way.

Beginners can start with easy-to-follow recipes, while the adept have easy access to the most in-depth information available anywhere.

Find oils by:

  • Use
  • Applications
  • Source
  • Fatty Acid Composition
  • SAP Values
  • Botanical Families and More...

Power of the Seed gathers all the fundamental information on oils in one place, making it a complete reference.

Table of Contents for Power of the Seed

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction to Oils
    • My Oil Story
    • Let's Look at the Lipids
    • Terms: What is Essential?
  • Chapter One: Oils of the Plant World
    • Lipids and the Fixed, Carrier and Base Oils
    • Essential Oils
    • Spiritual Nature of Oils
    • Regional Differences in Oil-Bearing Plants
    • Oils in Human Culture
  • Chapter Two: Lipid Structure and Chemistry 101 / The Structure of Fixed Oils
    • Fatty Acids and Triglycerides
    • The Carbon Chains
    • Fatty Acids
      • Saturated oils and Fatty Acids
      • Unsaturated Fatty Acids
      • Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
      • Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
      • Super/Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
    • Unsaturated Fatty Acids and Oxygen
    • The Ends of the Carbon Chains
    • Naming Fatty Acids
      • Shorthand or Coded System of Fatty Acids
      • Fatty Acid Names
  • Chapter Three: Beyond Fatty Acids...
    • ...to Oils
    • Comparing Two Oils: Olive and Cocoa Butter
  • Chapter Four: Whole Oils - Qualities, Values, Refining
    • Saponification Value
    • Unsaponifiable Portion
    • Iodine Value of Oils
    • Peroxide Value and Acid Value
    • Fractionation
    • Refining Oils
  • Chapter Five: Other Forms of Lipids
    • Phospholipids-Lecithin
    • Waxes
    • Trans Fats & Oils
    • Petrochemicals-Mineral Oils
    • Sperm Whale Oil
  • Chapter Six: Consuming Fatty Acids - Oils and Health
    • The Essential Nutrients
    • Essential Fatty Acids and Health
    • Important but Not "Essential"
    • Medium-Chain Fatty Acids
  • Chapter Seven: Topically - Oils and the Skin
    • The Skin Is an Organ
    • Fatty Acids, Sebum, and the Skin
    • Allergens, or Everyone Is Allergic to Something
    • Oils and Problems of Skin Health
    • Oils and Skin Aging
    • Oils, Sun and Tanning
    • Oils and Skin Care
  • Chapter Eight: Common and Important Fatty Acids for the Skin
    • Essential and Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
    • Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
    • Saturated Fatty Acids
    • Very-Long-Chain Fatty Acids
    • Unique and Uncommon Fatty Acids
  • Chapter Nine: Phyto-Chemicals
    • The Necessity of Oxygen and Antioxidants
    • Phenolic Compounds
      • Flavonoids
      • Non-Flavonoid Phenolic Acids
      • Hydroxycinnamates
      • Lignans
    • Terpenes and Terpenoids
    • Vitamins
  • Oils, Butters and Waxes: A List
    • Abyssinian to Yangu
  • Natural Waxes Used in Skin Care
  • Working with Natural Oils
    • Care and Handling of Oils
    • Using Oils on the Skin
    • Facial Care with Natural Oils
      • Cleansing with Oils
      • Facial Oils or Serums
    • Oils for Massage
    • Simple Body Scrubs
    • Whipped Salves & Body Butters
    • Oils and Herbs
      • Infusing Herbs in Oil
    • Salve-Making
  • Appendixes
    • Oils by Use
    • Oils by Properties
    • Oils by Source
    • Botanical Families of Oil-Bearing Plants
    • Saponification Values for 90 Oils, Fats, and Waxes
    • Fatty Acid Families of Oils
    • Listing of Common Fatty Acids by Saturation and Omega Family
    • Fatty Acid Tables and Composition for the Oils
    • Measurements & Equivalents
    • Essential Oil Dilutions by Percentage
    • Glossary of Terms
  • Bibliography
  • Sources


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