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Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice

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Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice
Author: Jennifer Peace Rhind
Publisher: Singing Dragon
Copyright: 2012 (Second Edition)
ISBN: 1848190891 / 978-1848190894

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Jennifer Peace Rhind's second edition of Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice has already found a prominent, top place within my personal aromatherapy library.

Essential Oils is recommended for students, aromatherapy professionals and those that have a growing interest in essential oils and the field of aromatherapy.

The appendices alone are worth the retail price of the book, let alone the rich content contained within its chapters (see the Table of Contents shown below).

From the Back Cover

'Essential Oils thoroughly elucidates the diverse range of facts and principles that inform contemporary aromatherapy. Expertly analysing its scientific, vitalistic and clinical rationale, Jennifer Rhind applies an astute scholarship to a multifaceted study. An indispensable handbook for the practitioner, student and enthusiast, Essential Oils succeeds as both a comprehensive resource and an engrossing read.'
- Gabriel Mojay, FIFPA, MBAcC, CertEd

'This book is a breath of fresh air in written form. Jennifer's non-judgmental approach gives her the vision to encompass a wonderfully broad perspective. From the recent history of aromatherapy's development, to the potential uses of absolutes, to scientific validation for essential oil properties that were previously only "assumed" or "suspected", Jennifer brings us up to date by connecting clinical practice with biology in new and fascinating ways.'
- Robert Tisserand, aromatherapy author, educator and consultant

'Finally we have the "missing-link" text to facilitate the journey into the world of aromatherapy practice! This excellent book is well researched, detailed, up to date, relevant and completely accessible to student and qualified aromatherapists alike. It is rare to find a text that successfully combines holistic principles with practitioner-focused evidence based research. Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice accomplishes this beautifully and is an ideal course text for all aromatherapy colleges.'
- Rhiannon Harris, Editor, International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy

Jennifer Peace Rhind is a Chartered Biologist with a Ph.D. in mycotoxicology from the University of Strathclyde. Her long-standing interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) has led to qualifications in massage, aromatherapy and reflexology, and for thirteen years she worked as a therapist and partner in a multidisciplinary complementary healthcare clinic. During this time she became involved in CAM education in the private sector and co-founded the first professionally accredited CAM school in Scotland. Since 1998 she has been a lecturer on the B.A. (Hons) Complementary Healthcare programme at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. She lives in Biggar near the Scottish Borders.

Description From the Publisher's Web Site:

Revised and significantly expanded, the new edition of this handbook provides full information on the use of essential oils in the field of contemporary aromatherapy, based on the research evidence behind their therapeutic applications.

The author provides the historical and cultural context for our understanding of aromatherapy, with an overview of its relationships with Greek, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. She gives a detailed account of how essential oils are created, how and where aromatherapy is used, the underlying pharmacology, and the current research. The characteristics of over 100 essential oils, absolutes and resinoids are provided in detail, including botanical and chemical information, usage and combinations.

This will be an indispensable text for all students and practitioners of aromatherapy and related disciplines, as well as anyone interested in the use of essential oils for health and well-being.

Source: http://www.singingdragon.com/catalogue/9781848190894

Table of Contents for Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice

  • Preface
  • Part I: Aromatherapy: Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives
    • Chapter 1: From Historical Origins to the Present Day: The Philosophies of the Pioneers and Influential Thinkers
    • Chapter 2: Theoretical Perspectives
  • Part II: Approaches to Creating Essential Oil Synergy
    • Chapter 3: Synergy and Antagonism
    • Chapter 4: Maury's Individual Prescription and its Derivatives
    • Chapter 5: Functional Group Influence and the Molecular Approach
    • Chapter 6: Psychosensory Approaches
  • Part III: The Essential Oils, Absolutes and Resinoids of Aromatherapy
    • Chapter 7: Botanical Principles of Aromatherapy
    • Chapter 8: Essential Oils of the Angiospermae
    • Chapter 9: Essential Oils of the Gymnospermae
    • Chapter 10: Absolutes and Resinoids in Aromatherapy
  • Glossary
  • Appendix A: Significant Chemical Constituents in Essential Oils
  • Appendix B: Essential Oil Constituents: Odour and Therapeutic Potential
  • Appendix C: Prescribing Essential Oils Using the Molecular Approach
  • Appendix D: Carrier Oils Used in Aromatherapy
  • Appendix E: Essential Oils, Absolutes and Resinoids in Aromatherapy: Indications and Actions
  • References
  • Further Reading
  • Essential Oils Index
  • Subject Index
  • Author Index

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