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Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage, Fourth Edition


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Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage - Fourth Edition

Author: Len Price with Shirley Price
Publisher: Riverhead Publishing
Copyright: 2008
ISBN: 1874353026 / 978-1874353027
Pages: 325

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Most aromatherapy texts do not provide in-depth coverage regarding the vegetable (carrier) oils used within aromatherapy and skin care applications. Carrier oils can very significantly in the nutritive value that they possess, and other factors including their processing methods can greatly affect the benefit of the final oil.

Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage by Len Price provides an overview of carrier oils, monographs (profiles) for 60 carrier and macerated oils, an introduction to the chemistry of the oils and other relevant information regarding the carrier oils used within aromatherapy, massage and other topical skin care applications. It also covers some oils not commonly used within these fields.

This text is published as a 325-page paperback edition.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This review covers the fourth edition of this book. The fourth edition significantly expands on the content contained in the third edition (The third edition is only 187 pages).

All editions of Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage appears to be out-of-print, and is presently only available through Amazon third-party sellers. Despite its availability shortage, it's worth keeping an eye on Amazon.com and picking up a copy when available. Although Amazon lists the copyright date for the fourth edition as 2000, my physical copy of the fourth edition specifically states "This edition first published 2008."

Table of Contents for the Fourth Edition of Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage

  • About the authors
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • List of oils mentioned in this book
  • Section 1: Chemistry
    • Chapter 1: The nature of fixed and macerated plant oils
      • Introduction
      • Definitions and terminology
      • Saponification
      • Production of fixed plant oils
      • Refined oils
      • Hydrogenation of oils
      • Trans fatty acids
      • Extraction of plant oils and healing properties
      • Maceration
      • Other uses for maceration
      • Storage
      • Natural - synthetic
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 2: The chemistry of fixed plant oils
      • Triacylglycerols
      • Fatty acids
      • Saturated and unsaturated fatty acids
      • Essential fatty acids
      • Omega classification
      • Antibacterial effects of carrier oils
      • Ingestion of oils
      • Rancidity of oils
      • Cholesterol and lecithin
      • What about milk?
      • Cooking
      • Removing vegetable oil stains
      • Summary
    • Chapter 3: Fixed oils and skim permeation
      • Introduction
      • Factors in skin permeation by fixed oils
      • Parenteral nutrition
      • Permeation enhancement
      • Summary
  • Section 2A - Fixed oils
    • Almond (sweet)
    • Apricot kernel
    • Argan
    • Avocado
    • Babassu palm
    • Borage
    • Camelina
    • Camellia seed
    • Castor
    • Cherry kernel
    • Cocoa butter
    • Coconut
    • Cohune nut
    • Corn
    • Cottonseed
    • Cumin seed
    • Evening primrose
    • Grapeseed
    • Hazelnut
    • Hemp seed
    • Jojoba wax
    • Kukui nut
    • Linseed, flaxseed
    • Macadamia
    • Mango seed
    • Meadowfoam
    • Mustard seed
    • Olive
    • Palm kernel
    • Peach kernel
    • Peanut
    • Pecan
    • Perilla seed
    • Pistachio
    • Poppy seed
    • Pumpkin seed
    • Rapeseed
    • Rice bran
    • Rose hip
    • Safflower
    • Sesame
    • Shea butter
    • Sisymbrium
    • Soya
    • Sunflower
    • Tamanu
    • Walnut
    • Watermelon seed
    • Wheatgerm
  • Section 2B - Macerated oils
    • Aloe
    • Arnica
    • Calendula
    • Carrot
    • Centella, hydrocotyle
    • Chamomile
    • Lime blossom
    • Monoi
    • Passion flower
    • Sea buckthorn
    • St. John's wort
  • Section 3 - Appendices, Bibliography and Sources, Glossary, Index
    • Appendix A: Properties and indications of principal fixed and macerated carrier oils
    • Appendix B: Iodine values
    • Appendix C: Other oils which may be encountered
    • Appendix D: Essential fatty acids and health
    • Appendix E: Trans fatty acids and health
    • Appendix F: Vitamin E
    • Appendix G: Recipes using plant oils
    • Appendix H: Selection of useful massage blends
    • Bibliography and sources
    • Glossary
    • Index 1: Diseases, symptoms and other key words
    • Index 2: Oils, plants and botanical names
  • Tables
  • Figures
  • Plant Illustrations


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