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Aromatica Volume 2: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Applications and Profiles

Book Cover for Aromatica Volume 2

Aromatica Volume 2: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Applications and Profiles
Author: Peter Holmes LAc, MH
Publisher: Singing Dragon
Copyright: 2019
Number of Pages: 552
ISBN: 1848193041 / 978-1848193048

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

At long last, Aromatica Volume 2: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Applications and Profiles is now available. This is the companion volume to Peter Holmes' invaluable and highly praised Aromatica Volume 1 that was published in 2016.

Within the first part of Aromatica Volume 2, Peter Holmes provides an insightful look at essential oil uses and delivery methods, clinical use of essential oils and he presents an intriguing perspective regarding the vitalistic and analytical approaches to the use of essential oils.

Much like with Aromatica Volume 1, the heart of Aromatica Volume 2 consists of an enormous 403-page Materia Aromatica section that includes detailed profiles for 42 essential oils (refer to the Table of Contents below for a list of the oils). Although many books showcase single page (or less) profiles for numerous essential oils, Peter Holmes, focuses upon quality and depth of information for the selection of 42 essential oils featured. When this volume is paired with its sister volume, Volume 1, you have 72 in-depth essential oil profiles at your fingertips. Each profile comprises 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
  • Specific Symptomatology
  • Psychological
    • Essential PNEI Function and Indication
    • Possible Brain Dynamics
    • Fragrance Category
    • Indicated Psychological Discovers
  • Physiological
    • Therapeutic Status
    • Topical Safety Status
    • Tropism
    • Essential Diagnostic Function
    • Primary Actions
    • Synergistic Combinations
    • Complementary Combinations
  • Topical
    • Skin Care Therapeutic Precautions Preparations
  • Chinese Medicine Functions and Indications
    • Aroma energy
    • Movement
    • Warmth
    • Meridian Tropism
    • Five-Element Affinity
    • Essential Function
  • Remarks

Description from the Back Cover of Aromatica Volume 2:

Building on the fundamentals found in Volume 1, this comprehensive text delves further into the different profiles of essential oils, the applications for physiological and psychological functions, and energetics and Chinese medicines. Packed with charts depicting different functions and methods of administration, and over 100 essential oil profiles, this is an indispensable guide for all complementary medicine practitioners.

About the Author (From the Back Cover of Aromatica)

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 co-founder of Aroma Acupoint Therapy(TM). He teaches for Snow Lotus Seminars on the energetic and clinical use of essential oil and herbal remedies His website is snowlotus.org.

Table of Contents for Aromatica Volume 2

  • Materia Aromatica, Part I
    • Chapter 1. The Clinical Applications of Essential Oils - A Systemic Approach
    • Chapter 2. Methods of Essential Oil Delivery - Gateways and Methods of Delivery
    • Chapter 3. Using Essential Oils for Their Physiological Functions - Two Types of Evidence
    • Chapter 4. Integrative Essential Oil Therapeutics
  • Materia Aromatica, Part II
    • Angelica Root
    • Basil ct. Methylchavicol
    • Black Pepper
    • Cardamom
    • Carrot Seed
    • Cinnamon Bark
    • Cistus
    • Clove Bud
    • Coriander Seed
    • Cypress
    • Fennel
    • Frankincense
    • Grand Fir
    • Grapefruit
    • Green Myrtle
    • Hyssop
    • Jasmine
    • Laurel
    • Lemon Eucalyptus
    • Lime
    • Melissa
    • Myrrh
    • Neroli
    • Niaouli
    • Nutmeg
    • Oregano
    • Petitgrain Bigarade
    • Pimenta Berry
    • Rose
    • Rosemary ct. Verbenone
    • Sage
    • Sambac Jasmine
    • Sandalwood
    • Saro
    • Scotch Pine
    • Spikenard
    • Sweet Orange
    • Tarragon
    • Thyme ct. Thymol
    • Winter Savoury
    • Wintergreen
    • Yarrow
  • Appendix A: The Energetic Functions of Essential Oils
  • Appendix B: The Six Diagnostic Conditions of Functional Pathology
  • Selective Bibliography
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Common Name Cross Index
  • Index
  • Essential Oils Index
  • Reperatory

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