Essential Oils: A Comprehensive Handbook for Aromatherapy Therapy


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By Jennifer Rhind
Hardcover book
ISBN 9781787752290
320 pages, 7.00 x 10.00″

Revised and significantly expanded, the latest edition of this handbook provides full information on the use of essential oils in the field of contemporary aromatherapy and aromatic therapy, based on the most up-to-date research evidence behind their therapeutic applications.

The third edition features fully updated and expanded content including detailed Aromatic Profiles of over 250 essential oils, absolutes, and resinoids, a new chapter on the latest research in pharmacognosy to foster an understanding of how essential oils work, and a new chapter on formulating essential oils, based on theory and evidence and containing practical suggestions. The author provides a detailed account of how essential oils are created, how and where aromatherapy is used, and the underlying pharmacology and chemistry. 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.

About the Author:

Jennifer Peace Rhind is a chartered Biologist with a PhD 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 13 years she worked as a therapist and partner in a multi-disciplinary 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 BA (Hons) Complementary Healthcare programme at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. She lives in Biggar near the Scottish borders.

Praise for Essential Oils

“Essential Oils thoroughly elucidates the diverse range of facts and principles that inform contemporary aromatherapy. Expertly analyzing 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 non-judgment 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 buy 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 accomplishes this beautifully and is an ideal course text for all aromatherapy colleges.”

-Rhiannon Harris, Editor, International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy

Additional information

Weight 3.0 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 1 in