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A Guide for Healthcare Professionals
by Maria Lis-Balchin

Aromatherapy Science takes an analytical and scientific approach to aromatherapy practices and principles based on the scientific evidence to date.



  • Definitions of Aromatherapy
  • Introduction to Aromatherapy Concepts
  • What is an Aromatherapist?
  • Aromatherapy, Aromatology and Aromachology
  • Aromatherapy Practice in the UK and USA
  • Common uses of Essential Oils
  • Proven Effects of Essential Oils
  • Unproven Aromatherapeutic Virtues

Historical Background to Aromatherapy

  • Incense: Inhalation Effects
  • Scented Plants Used as Incense in Ancient Egypt
  • Uses of Incense
  • Perfume and Cosmetics: Precursors of Cosmetological Aromatherapy
  • Medicinal Uses: Precursors of Aromatology or 'Clinical' Aromatherapy
  • Modern Perfumery

Aromatherapy Practice

  • Aromatherapy Basics
  • Massage Using Essential Oils
  • Recent Literature Review of the Benefits of Massage
  • Internal Usage of Essential Oils
  • Use of Pure or Synthetic Components
  • Therapeutic Claims for the Application of Essential Oils
  • False Claims Challenged in Court

Chemistry of Essential Oils

  • Essential Oils: Definition
  • Essential Oil Storage Organelles
  • Aetiology of Essential Oil Components
  • Heterogeneity in Bioactivity of the Chemical Groups
  • Variation in Chemical Composition of Natural Essential Oils
  • Organic Essential Oils
  • Extraction of Essential Oils
  • Phytols of Hydrosols or Distillation Waters
  • Yield and Cost of Essential Oils
  • Modification of the Essential Oil
  • Standardisation
  • Adulteration of Essential Oils

The Bioactivity of Essential Oils

  • Pharmacological Studies on Essential Oils: In Vivo and In Vitro
  • Antimicrobial Effects
  • Differences in Bioactivity Due to Mistakes in Nomenclature
  • Miscellaneous Actions

Science of Smell and Psychological Effects

  • Aromachology
  • Introduction to Odour and Receptors in the Brain
  • Primary Odours, Pheromones and Behaviour
  • Perfumes: Their Commercial Uses
  • Physiological Respones to Essential Oils and Psychophysiology
  • Alternative or Complementary Medicine

The Safety Issue in Aromatherapy

  • General Guidance for Essential Oil Purchase and Storage
  • Toxicity Testing in Animals
  • GRAS Status/NOELs
  • Poisonous Chemicals
  • Toxicity in Humans
  • Toxicity in Young Children: A Special Case
  • Selected Toxicities of Certain Essential Oils and Their Components
  • Abortifacient and Teratogenic Oils
  • Antifertility Oils
  • Genotoxic Oils
  • Neurotoxic Oils
  • Absolutes and Concretes
  • Phytols
  • Interactions Between Essential Oils and Conventional Medicines or Medical Conditions
  • The Phenomenon of 'Quenching': True or False?
  • Possible Dangers of Novel Essential Oils and Plant Extracts
  • Dangerous Practices of Some Aromatherapists
  • 'Safe' Essential Oils and Their Toxicity
  • Possible Dangers of Using Essential Oils Internally and Externally in Large Doses
  • Reporting of Adverse Effects by Aromatherapists
  • Safety Warnings in the Aromatherapy Industry
  • Legislation: Present and Future

Clinical Studies

  • Recent Clinical Studies
  • Past Clinical Studies
  • Use of Essential Oils Mainly as Chemical Agents
  • Single-Case Studies
  • Problems Arising in Aromatherapy Studies

Introduction to the Monographs

  • Angelica Oil
  • Aniseed and Star Anise
  • Basil Oil
  • Bay Oils: Laurel and Pimenta
  • Benzoin Tinctures and Resinoids
  • Bergamot Oil
  • Buchu Leaf Oil
  • Cajuput Oil
  • Camphor Oil
  • Carrot Seed Oil
  • Cassia Oil
  • Cedarwood Oil
  • Celery Seed Oil
  • Chamomile German Oil
  • Chamomile Roman Oil
  • Cinnamon Oil
  • Citronella Oil
  • Clary Sage Oil
  • Clove Oil
  • Cornmint Oil
  • Cubeb Oil
  • Cypress Oil
  • Elecampane Oil
  • Eucalyptus Oils
  • Fennel Oil
  • Frankincense Oil
  • Geranium Oil
  • Ginger Oil
  • Ho Leaf Oil
  • Hyssop Oil
  • Jasmine Absolute
  • Juniper Oil
  • Kanuka Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Lemon Balm Oil/Melissa Essential Oil
  • Lemon Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Litsea Cubeba Oil
  • Manuka Oil
  • Marjoram Oil
  • Myrrh Oil
  • Myrtle Oil
  • Neroli Oil
  • Nutmeg Oil
  • Orange Oil
  • Palmarosa Oil
  • Parsley Oil
  • Patchouli Oil
  • Pepper Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Peru Balsam
  • Petitgrain Oil
  • Pine Oil
  • Rose Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Rosewood Oil
  • Sage Oil
  • Sandalwood Oil
  • Savory Oil
  • Spearmint Oil
  • Spike Lavender Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Thyme Oil
  • Valerian Oil
  • Vanilla Tincture/Absolute
  • Wintergreen Oil
  • Yarrow Root Oil
  • Ylang Ylang Oil
  • Floral Absolutes and Essential Oils (Other Than Jasmine, Rose, Lavender, Neroli)


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Aromatherapy Science
A Guide for Healthcare Professionals
by Maria Lis-Balchin

2006 462 pages $84.00 + shipping
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