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Essential Oils (Fully Revised and Updated 3rd Edition)


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A comprehensive handbook for understanding and using essential oils

About the Author

Jennifer Peace Rhind is a Chartered Biologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde and qualifications in massage and aromatherapy.
She has worked in flavour research and product development, as a therapist and partner in a multidisciplinary complementary healthcare clinic, in education and course development, and as a lecturer in Higher Education. She is an author, writer, mentor and essential oils consultant.
She lives in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.


A brilliant piece of work! Jennifer is a dedicated writer who helps us think more clearly about essential oils. I stand in awe of her impressive wisdom. Over the last 25 years as an aromatherapy educator, I have found myself reaching for Jennifer's books, over and over again. I am delighted to have her beautiful book. Definitely a gem to be treasured among your Aromatherapy books! -- Andrea Butje, aromatherapy educator and author
I'm impressed by the new edition of Essential Oils. It's a whole new book and not just an updated glance over previous editions. The most salient update is an entirely new section on essential oil pharmacology, and profiles of individual constituents. Another valuable addition is Jennifer's practical guidance on how to translate scientific findings into therapeutic practice. Essential Oils is a comprehensive source of knowledge for anyone wishing to take a deep dive into all aspects of aromatherapy, supported by recent research. I have no doubt it will reach the status of aromatherapy's textbook that we didn't have so far. -- Petra Ratajc PhD, biologist, researcher, educator
With over 2,000 references, Dr Rhind's comprehensive new edition will delight and inspire both scientific and intuitively-minded people. The evidence-based chapters on aromatic pharmacognosy and component profiles and the chapter and appendix on individualised prescriptions and aromatic formulations for different conditions provide a welcome guideline for health practitioners and members of the general public wanting to use essential oils safely for many common ailments. -- Dr E. Joy Bowles, PhD, BSc, author of "The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils"
This is a truly fantastic update to the 1st and 2nd editions. The new inclusions are wonderful and make for essential reading for the aromatherapist. I am extremely excited to introduce this book to our students at Moray College UHI, from those studying at Higher National level to those undertaking Intensive Aromatic studies in the honours year of the BSC Integrative Healthcare. This remarkable book will be an essential core text for both the student and the practising therapist alike. -- Lesley Ann Potter, Lecturer - HNC/D Complementary Therapies & BSc (hons) Integrative Healthcare
Jennifer Rhind does it again and better than ever! A captivating and thoroughly enjoyable read. From history of aromatics in their various forms to the scientific research we have to date, Jennifer delivers a comprehensive examination of the evolution of medicamentum and its relevance in aromatic therapies today. This prodigious book is a valuable resource to foster the continuing education of the serious practitioner and inspires the reader to dig deeper and explore all the various aspects from olfaction and the psyche to formulary of the healing art and science that is Aromatherapy. -- Lora Cantele, RA, APAIA, Cert. Aromflexologist Editor/Publisher of the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy
This uniquely comprehensive reference book expands and advances one's understanding of aromatherapy. Jennifer Peace Rhind adeptly draws from a plethora of scholarly sources and scientific research to deepen our knowledge of essential oils and the activities of their individual chemical components. Her singularly meticulous approach is equally distinguished by thorough investigations into the biology, ecology, history and ethnobotany of aromatic plants as well as the therapeutic uses of their extracts. Further equipped with practical guidelines and formulas, this book is a must for aromatherapy enthusiasts and professionals alike. -- Dr. Kelly Ablard, PhD,RA,EOT, Director, Airmid Institute; Co-owner, Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies

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