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CO2 Extracts in Aromatherapy

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CO2 Extracts in Aromatherapy: 50+ Extracts for Clinical Applications
Author: Madeleine Kerkhof
Publisher: Kicozo - Knowledge Institute for Complementary Nursing Care
Copyright: 2018 (First English Edition)
ISBN: 9081767437 / 978-9081767439
Pages: 169

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At long last, we are fortunate to have a book available that focuses upon CO2 Extracts for use within holistic aromatherapy, with an emphasis upon clinical applications.

Madeleine Kerkhof, author of CO2 Extracts in Aromatherapy, has been working professionally with CO2 Extracts for at least 13 years. She resides in the Netherlands and holds a strong professional background in nursing, aromatherapy, herbalism and hydrotherapy. Her expertise includes the clinical use of CO2 Extracts for palliative and end of life complementary care. The About This Book & Me section of her book provides much more detail about her background and expertise.

The focus of the book lies upon the use of CO2 Extracts for medicinal and clinical applications. Having said that, Madeleine Kerkhof has a lovely, personable writing style that should make it possible for most everyone who has a solid understanding of essential oils and aromatherapy to benefit from the introductory material and the profiles presented in the book.

Throughout the pages of CO2 Extracts in Aromatherapy, Madeleine Kerkhof includes brief case studies, examples and helpful comments offered by a wide array of aromatherapy authors, educators and experts including Rhiannon Lewis, Li Wong, Elizabeth Ashley, Marge Clark, Mikki Anderson, Priya Ganatra, Kaman Cheung, Marika Fleri and Marco Valussi.

Each of the 50+ profiles included within the book averages approximately 1 page in length. Some profiles include especially helpful blends and formulation advice. The specifics for each profile depends upon whether the CO2 is used primarily as a base oil (carrier oil/lipid) or as an essential oil (aromatic CO2).

Profile Organization for CO2 Extracts Used as (Medicinal) Base Oils

  • Introduction
  • Appearance and Odour
  • Composition
  • Absorbency Into the Skin
  • Properties
  • Applications
  • Recommendations for Topical Application
  • Oral Administration Options
  • Challenging Modus Operandus
  • Contraindications and Specifics
  • Shelf Life After Production

Profile Organization for CO2 Extracts Used as Essential Oils

  • Introduction
  • Colour and Appearance
  • Composition
  • Properties
  • Fragrance
  • For Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing
  • Other Applications
  • General Dosage Recommendations
  • Contraindications and Specifics

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CO2 Extracts in Aromatherapy: 50+ Extracts for Clinical Applications

This unique book offers you, professionals in aromatherapy and aromatic medicine, insights on the specifics, potential and practical application options of over 50 CO2 extracts in your practice.


  • How CO2 extracts are made
  • What kind of molecules they possess
  • Where they are similar, or different to other oils and extracts
  • About their often exquisite fragrances
  • What their properties can be
  • Which dosages are advised and about their safety and other aspects
  • How you can use CO2's in clinical applications
  • How some of our peers use them
  • About examples of successful blends and cases

As one of the world's pioneers in the integrated use of CO2 extracts, I worked with these special botanicals in clinical aromatherapy and aromatic medicine for many years, and studied available literature thoroughly. Given the ongoing developments in this still relatively new plant extraction method, I too am learning more every day and I'm excited about its future options in clinical aromatherapy. With this first book of its kind, I hope to inspire you to adopt the wonderful botanicals which are now available to us all in your practice too. -Madeleine.

Table of Contents for CO2 Extracts in Aromatherapy

The actual Table of Contents contained within the book includes a deeper breakdown of subtopics than shown here.

  • About This Book & Me
  • Chapter 1 - Basics on CO2 Extracts
    • Historic Background of CO2 Extraction
    • Extraction of Plant Molecules
    • CO2 Extraction
    • Mis(conceptions) Surrounding CO2 Extracts
    • Base Oils - Basics, Fatty Acids & More
    • CO2 Extracts Used as Essential Oils - Active Ingredients & Actions
  • Chapter 2 - CO2 Extracts Application Options
  • Chapter 3 - CO2 Extracts Used as (Medicinal) Base Oils (Includes Profiles for 11 Fatty CO2 Extracts)
  • Chapter 4 - CO2 Extracts Used as Essential Oils (Includes Profiles for 39+ Aromatic CO2 Extracts)
  • Chapter 5 - References and Book List
  • Index

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