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Aromatica Volume 1: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Principles and Profiles

Aromatica Volume 1: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Principles and Profiles
Author: Peter Holmes LAc, MH
Publisher: Singing Dragon
Copyright: 2016
Number of Pages: 400
ISBN: 1848193033 / 978-1848193031

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This book review features Aromatica Volume 1. AromaWeb's book review for Aromatica Volume 2 can be found here.

Aromatica Volume 1: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Principles and Profiles provides an insightful, eloquent and intriguing perspective regarding the background, energetics and the clinical applications of essential oils and essential oil therapy.

At the heart of Aromatica Volume 1 lies a 242-page Materia Aromatica section (explained in Chapter 1) that includes detailed profiles for 30 essential oils (refer to the Table of Contents below for a list of the oils). Each profile consists of several pages and is organized into the following sectional format:

  • Botanical source
  • Other names
  • Appearance
  • Perfumery status
  • Extraction
  • 1 kg oil yield from [provides typical oil yield]
  • Production areas
  • Typical constituents
  • Chance of adulteration
  • Related oils
  • Therapeutic Functions and Indications
    • Therapeutic status
    • Topical safety status
    • Specific Symptomatology
    • Psychological
    • Physiological
    • Topical
  • Chinese Medicine Functions and Indications
    • Aroma energy
    • Movement
    • Warmth
    • Meridian tropism
    • Five-Element affinity
    • Essential function
  • Remarks

Although the number of profiles is limited to only 30, each profile profiles depth of coverage and includes information not presently in many published profiles.

Description from the Back Cover of Aromatica Volume 1:

The first of two volumes, this comprehensive text builds an important foundation for essential oil therapy and includes profiles of the 30 most important essential oils used in practice.

Taking a truly holistic approach, this detailed database compares different approaches to essential oil therapeutics. Skillfully blending the evidence of scientific research with that of clinical practice, the book builds a comprehensive therapeutic profile of each oil. Based on the different administration methods used and the absorption pathways activated, the extensive Materia Medica section differentiates the psychological, physiological and topical uses of these essential oils.

About the Author (From the Back Cover of Aromatica Volume 1)

Peter Holmes, LAC, MH, is a medical herbalist, essential oil therapist and Chinese medicine practitioner with over 30 years of extensive education, clinical practice and teaching experience. He is the author of several herbal medicine textbooks books and teaches for Snow Lotus Seminars on the energetic and clinical use of essential oils. His website is snowlotus.org. Peter is the co-founder, with Tiffany Carole Pollard, of Aroma Acupoint Therapy(TM).

Table of Contents for Aromatica Volume 1

  • Foreword by Gabriel Mojay
  • Foreword by Tiffany Carole Pollard
  • Foreword by Charles Lev
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Exploring the Roots of the Materia Aromatica
  • Chapter 2. Examining the Sources of Essential Oils
  • Chapter 3. Defining Essential Oils as Bioactive Remedies
  • Chapter 4. Issues of Essential Oil Safety
  • Chapter 5. Surveying the Modalities of Essential Oil Therapy
  • Chapter 6. The Essential Oil Profile
  • Materia Aromatica, Part I
    • Atlas Cedarwood
    • Bergamot
    • Black Spruce
    • Blue Tansy
    • Cajeput
    • Clary Sage
    • Eucalyptus
      • Blue-Gum Eucalyptus
      • Narrow-Leaf Eucalyptus
    • Geranium
    • German Chamomile
    • Ginger
    • Helichrysum
    • Juniper Berry
    • Lavender
    • Lemon
    • Lemongrass
    • Mandarin
    • Marjoram
    • May Chang
    • Palmarosa
    • Patchouli
    • Peppermint
    • Ravintsara
    • Roman Chamomile
    • Rosemary ct. Cineole and ct. Camphor
    • Siberian Fir
    • Spearmint
    • Tea Tree
    • Thyme ct. Linalool
    • Vetiver
    • Ylang Ylang No. 1 and Ylang Ylang Extra
  • Selective Bibliography
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Common Name Cross Index
  • Index
  • Essential Oil Index

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