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Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage

Author: Len Price with Ian Smith & Shirley Price

Publisher: Riverhead
Copyright: 1999
ISBN: 1-874353-02-6

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Most aromatherapy texts do not provide in-depth coverage regarding the vegetable (carrier) oils used within aromatherapy and skin care applications. Carrier oils can very significantly in the nutritive value that they possess, and other factors including their processing methods can greatly affect the benefit of the final oil.

Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage by Len Price provides an overview of carrier oils, monographs (profiles) for over 40 carrier oils, an introduction to the chemistry of the oils and other relevant information regarding the carrier oils used within aromatherapy, massage and other topical skin care applications. It also covers some oils not commonly used within these fields.

I am pleased that this edition contains information on a selection of oils that are rarely covered in other aromatherapy texts. I hope that a future edition is released that covers additional oils, including some of the more nutritive oils that are gaining in popularity and availability over the past few years. Oils that I would like to see included in a future edition include Black Raspberry, Cranberry, Pomegranate, Pumpkin Seed and Seabuckthorn Berry.

This text is published as a 187 page paperback edition.


Contents of Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage:

  • Foreword
  • Section 1
    • Chapter 1: The Nature of Fats and Oils
      • Introduction
      • Definitions and Terminology
      • Production of Fixed Vegetable Oils
      • Refined Oils
      • Storage
    • Chapter 2: Chemistry of Fixed Oils
      • Triacylglycerols
      • Fatty Acids
      • Saturated and Unsaturated Fatty Acids
      • Essential Fatty Acids
      • Omega Classification
      • Antibacterial Effects of Carrier Oils
      • Lecithin
      • Cholesterol
      • Hydrogenation
      • Cooking
      • Removing Vegetable Oil Stains
    • Chapter 3: Fixed Oils and Skin Penetration
      • Parenteral Nutrition
      • Temperature and Viscosity
      • Fatty Acid Saturation
  • Section 2 - Carrier Oil Profiles
    • Almond Oil
    • Apricot Kernel Oil
    • Avocado Oil
    • Borage Oil
    • Calendula Oil
    • Camelina Oil
    • Carrot Oil, Wild Carrot Oil
    • Castor Oil
    • Cherry Kernel Oil
    • Cocoa Butter
    • Coconut Oil
    • Corn Oil
    • Cottonseed Oil
    • Evening Primrose Oil
    • Grapeseed Oil
    • Hazelnut Oil
    • Hempseed Oil
    • Hydrocotyle Oil
    • Jojoba Wax
    • Kukui Nut Oil
    • Lime Blossom
    • Linseed Oil
    • Macadamia Oil
    • Meadowfoam Oil
    • Olive Oil
    • Palm Kernel
    • Passionflower Oil
    • Peach Kernel Oil
    • Peanut Oil
    • Pistachio Oil
    • Pumpkin Seed Oil
    • Rapeseed Oil
    • Rice Bran Oil
    • Rose Hip Oil
    • Safflower Oil
    • Sesame Oil
    • Soya Oil
    • St. John's Wort Oil
    • Sunflower Oil
    • Sisymbruim Oil
    • Tamanu Oil
    • Walnut Oil
    • Wheatgerm Oil
  • Section 3
    • Glossary
    • Appendices
      • A: Table of Properties
      • B: Iodine Value
      • C: Other Oils Which May be Encountered
    • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Tables
    • Lips
    • Comparison of Fixed and Essential Oil Characteristics
    • Short Chain Fatty Acids
    • Saturated and Unsaturated Fatty Acids
    • Common Saturated Fatty Acids
    • Common Fatty Acids Found in Vegetable Oils
    • Fatty Acid Names
  • Figures
    • Glycerol-Fatty Acid-Triacylglycerol
    • Triacylglycerol-Fatty Acid-Glycerol
    • The Commercial Extraction Process
    • Refining Process for Commercial Seed oils
    • Saturated and Unsaturated Fatty Acids - Graphical Notation
    • Prostaglandin Production in the Body
    • Omega Classification; eg Palmitoleic Acid - an Omega-7 Fatty Acid
    • Example: A Fatty Acid
    • Graphical Representation of the Fatty Acid Molecule
    • Elongation and Desaturation of the Omega-3 Class of Fatty Acids
    • Elongation and Desaturation of the Omega-6 Class of Fatty Acids
    • Cis and Trans Molecules
  • Illustrations by Len Price
    • Avocado
    • Calendula
    • Cherry
    • Coconut
    • Corn
    • Evening Primrose
    • Flax
    • Grapes
    • Grapeseed Oil
    • Hazelnut
    • Jojoba
    • Lime Blossom
    • Olive
    • Peach Blossom
    • Queen Anne's Lace
    • Rose Hips
    • Soya Bean
    • St. John's Wort
    • Sunflower
    • Walnut

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