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Aromatherapeutic Blending: Essential Oils in Synergy

Written by: Jennifer Peace Rhind
Published: 2016
Page Count: 336
Price (USD): 39.95

Amazon blurb: “The author covers new and exciting developments in research into the use of essential oils, explores the merits and limitations of holistic, psychosensory and molecular approaches to blending and suggests effective ways of choosing the most suitable approach for individual clients. Evidence-based profiles of essential oils and absolutes are included and the comprehensive tables summarising their actions enable practitioners to identify easily potential contenders for synergistic blends.”

Aromatherapy for Bodyworkers

Written by: Jade Shutes & Christina Weaver
Published: 2008
Page Count: 374
Price (USD): 77.00

Amazon reviewer: “An excellent book that is informed with an outlook that can only come from a working professional. Includes some sound scientific principles – down to how the size of the dropper bore will affect what you measure out. They even cover some basic chemistry though I’m glad there was only one chapter on that. The information includes dilution charts, blending tips and a comprehensive section on carrier oils as well as the in-depth profiles of a number of essential oils. Appropriate safety precautions are included. Each chapter has a worksheet at the end to allow you to test your own understanding of the preceding information.”

Aromatherapy for Health Professionals

Written by: Shirley Price & Len Price
Published: 2012
Page Count: 380
Price (USD): 67.95

Publisher’s blurb: “Covers the full spectrum of theory and practice from essential oil science and the foundations of practice to the application of aromatherapy for specific conditions. The fourth edition of this highly successful book provides a clear and authoritative introduction to aromatherapy as practiced in modern health care settings. It gives valuable information for any health professional wishing to develop their understanding of the subject, providing the in-depth knowledge needed to use essential oils in the practice environment.”

Robert Tisserand about the authors: “I have known Shirley and Len since 1980. Shirley and I are both the recipients of aromatherapy lifetime achievement awards from the Association of International Aromatherapists.”

Aromatherapy for Massage Practitioners

Written by: Ingrid Martin
Published: 2006
Page Count: 336
Price (USD): 60.99

Amazon blurb: “If you are a massage therapist or massage therapy student with an interest in adding aromatherapy to your practice, this book is for you! It addresses your specific needs and concerns, and provides useful answers to the questions about aromatherapy that most practitioners only learn after years of experience. Information on practical concerns, such as pricing sessions to account for the cost of oils, proper dilutions, sending products home with clients, and effective formulations for specific ailments, make this an indispensable resource.”

Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Healthcare

Written by: Jane Buckle
Published: 2014 (3rd edition)
Page Count: 416
Price (USD): 69.95

From the back cover: “Dr. Buckle brings together those elements most important to practicing clinicians – grounding in the physical sciences, safety information, evidence from the scientific literature, and a wealth of personal clinical experience…This work is an important addition to the aromatherapy practice literature, and I strongly recommend it to all health professionals who are interested in this rapidly expanding complementary therapy.” Linda Halcón, PhD, MPH, RN.

Complementary Nursing in End of Life Care

Written by: Madeleine Kerkhof-Knapp Hayes
Published: 2015
Page Count: 412
Price (USD): 119.00

Amazon blurb: “Unique book on complementary nursing care, written for professionals in palliative and terminal care. Nurses, physicians and other palliative care workers, aromatherapist, massage therapists and herbalists alike will find a wealth of well founded information on aromacare and the way some 30 essential oils and a small but well chosen range of base oils and other base substances can be used in end of life care. You will find a full chapter on simple but wholesome massage techniques and a chapter on aquacare, which allows you to offer patients the great benefits of warm compresses, washings, affusions and baths.”

Essential Oil Safety, Second Edition

Written by: Robert Tisserand & Rodney Young
Published: 2014
Page Count: 780
Price (USD): 99.95

From “A comprehensive safety resource for professional, practitioner and industry reference. Essential Oil Safety provides a rational basis for an analysis of hazards and risks of each essential oil based on current scientific understanding of their biological actions. The 600 newly structured and extended profiles (either of essential oils or constituents) provide the only comprehensive, evidence-based guidance currently in publication to safe formulations and use of an encyclopedic range of essential oils.”

Essential Oils: A Comprehensive Handbook for Aromatic Therapy

Written by: Jennifer Peace Rhind
Published: 2020
Page Count: 912

Amazon blurb: “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 a fully updated and expanded contents 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.”

Essential Oils: A Handbook For Aromatherapy Practice

Written by: Jennifer Peace Rhind
Published: 2012
Page Count: 318
Price (USD): 35.00

Amazon blurb: “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.”

The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils

Written by: E. Joy Bowles
Published: 2003
Page Count: 236
Price (USD): 35.00

Amazon blurb: “This revised study of the chemistry and pharmacology of aromatherapy oils offers a practical approach to learning the basics of essential oils. Moving step-by-step at the molecular level through 89 essential oils, this work includes useful diagrams as well as techniques for oil extraction. Discussed are techniques for applying the benefits of aromatherapy to different body systems including muscles and joints, the respiratory system, and the immune system. An ideal handbook for those interested in aromatherapy as a holistic therapy, this work also provides many tips for how even the most simple applications of aromatherapy can improve one’s quality of life.”