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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
'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.'
'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.'
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.
Contents of Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice:
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