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Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals

Authors: Len Price and Shirley Price
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Copyright: 2004
ISBN: 0443073163 / 978-0443073168
Pages: 300

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For anyone seriously interested in actively utilizing hydrosols within their daily lifestyle or aromatherapy practice, Understanding Hydrolats is a must-have additional book to use as an educational resource and hydrosol reference book.

Contents of Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy:

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    • The First Aromatherapy
    • Is 'Natural" Necessarily Safe?
    • Why are Waters Not Used More?
    • Sourcing Good Materials
    • Advantages of Distilled Plant Waters
    • What is Their Composition?
    • Scientific Proof
    • Water-based Plant Extracts
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2: The History of Aromatic Medicine
    • Egypt
    • Aromatics Worldwide
    • Development of Medicine
    • Development of Distillation
    • Arab and Spanish Influences
    • The Holy Wars, 10th-13th Centuries
    • Hungary Water
    • Carmelite Water
    • After the Crusades
    • Paracelsus (1493-1541)
    • New Plants Bring New Worlds
    • Still Rooms
    • Renaissance Herbals
    • Eau-de-Cologne
    • Rise of Science
    • Fall and Resurrection of Plant Medicine
    • Some 20th Century Pioneers
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3: The Nature of Water
    • Introduction
    • Universal Distillation Process
    • A Basic Necessity
    • Life and Death
    • Physical Power of Water
    • Visual Aspects
    • Judging by Water
    • Water as a Solvent and Cleanser
    • Water in the Body
    • Bottled Water
    • Healing Treatments With Water
    • Scientists Who Investigated Water
    • Structure of Liquid Water
    • Polar Solvent - Solubility in Water
    • Increased Dilution
  • Chapter 4: Terminology and Nomenclature
    • Introduction: What's In a Name?
    • How Distilled Plant Waters are Obtained
    • Current Terminology
    • Hydrosols?
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5: Prepared Waters
    • Identifying the Product
    • Not Distilled
    • Internal use
    • Fragrant Waters: Methods of Production and Uses
    • Additional of Alcohol
    • Hydroessentials
    • Witch Hazel
    • Eau-de-Cologne
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6: Extraction Process and the Plants Used
    • What Kinds of Plant Yield Hydrolats?
    • The Plants Used
    • Drying
    • Distillation
    • Water Used
    • Still hardware
    • Chemical Changes
    • Time of Distillation
    • Yield of Hydrolats
    • Volatile Molecules in the Distilled Waters
    • Therapeutic Value
    • Cohobation
    • Water Oil, Recovered Oil
    • Are Cohobated Waters Therapeutically Useful?
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7: Physical Aspects
    • Introduction
    • Temperature
    • Time
    • Preservatives
    • Appearance
    • Density
    • pH
    • Odour
    • Quality
    • Cost
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8: Analysis
    • How Do We Find Out What is in Hydrolats?
    • Methods of Extraction
    • Discussion of the Molecules Found in Waters Analyzed
    • Part 1: Table of Molecules Found in Waters
    • Part 2: Chemistry of Aromatic Molecules
  • Chapter 9: Alphabetical Listing of Hydrolats With Description, Properties and Indications
    • Introduction
    • Arrangement of the Text
    • Alphabetical List of Hydrolats
  • Chapter 10: Methods, Dosage and Recipes
    • Reasons for Using Hydrolats
    • Hydrolats Used in Association With Other Therapeutic Products
    • Uses of Distlled Waters
    • Methods: External Pathways
    • Methods: Internal Pathways
    • Dispersants
    • Cautions
    • Conclusion
    • Recipes
    • Recies for Common Ailments
    • Culinary Recipes
    • Making your Own Hydrolats
  • Chapter 11: Case Studies
  • Chapter 12: Decoctions, Infusions, Teas
    • Introduction
    • Infusions, Teas and Tisanes
    • Difference Between a Hydrolat and an Infusion
    • Tea With Added Hydrolats
    • Tisanes, With and Without Hydrolats
    • Teas Made by the Authors
    • Decoctions
    • Cautions to Observe When Drinking Medicinal Teas
  • Appendix A: Therapeutic Index
  • Appendix B: Therapeutic Properties of Hydrolts: Quick Reference
  • Appendix C: Plant List: Scientific and Common Names
  • Appendix D: Analyses of Distilled Plant Waters
  • Appendix E: Hydrolat Gas Chromatographs
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Index

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