By Marcel Lavabre
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1990
Marcel Lavabre's sensible advisor to using crucial oils covers the background, folklore, technological know-how, and paintings of aromatherapy, offering the main finished therapy of the topic to be had this day. It positive factors greater than seventy crucial oils labeled by way of botanical kinfolk, with distinctive discussions in their particular activities and particular insights into their vigorous and non secular houses. Lavabre explores the origins and purposes of this old therapeutic artwork in classical civilizations, tracing the clinical, alchemical, and non secular improvement of aromatherapy as much as the current. He exhibits find out how to use acceptable plant essences for beautifying, detoxing, and therapeutic the physique, in addition to in therapeutic massage, fragrant baths, ritual, and religious perform. The mysteries of the olfactory process are defined, besides the strong effect of odor on our psychological country, feelings, and sexuality.
The a number of equipment of extraction are mentioned intimately, and a unique part is dedicated to the paintings of mixing. particular formulation also are given for universal issues similar to digestive and circulatory diseases, complications, menstrual and sexual difficulties, and insomnia. wide reference tables give you the reader with concise info on each one crucial oil and its healing makes use of. The Aromatherapy Workbook makes an ideal step by step advisor for novices in addition to an ongoing reference for working towards aromatherapists.
Marcel Lavabre used to be born in southern France and because 1974 has been learning each point of aromatherapy creation. he's the cofounder of the yank Aromatherapy organization and founder and president of Aroma Véra, the biggest aromatherapy corporation on this planet. He lives in California.
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Hypercritical carbon dioxide then becomes an excellent solvent of fragrances and aromatic substances. The advantages are that the whole operation takes place at fairly low temperature, and therefore the fragrance is not affected by heat; the extraction is almost instantaneous (a few minutes) and complete. Because the solvent is virtually inert, there are no chemical reactions between the solvent and the aromatic substances. In comparison, steam distillation requires one to forty-eight hours, it always leaves some residues of essential oils, and many Essential Oils: Extraction and Adulteration substances are hydrolyzed or oxidized in the process.
The widest variety is being used by the fragrance industry. For that industry, consistency in smell and in price is more important than purity. Most fragrance formulations include hundreds of ingredients, some natural, some synthetic. It is very important for the compounder that all ingredients maintain consistency. But nature is not consistent. From one crop to the next, from one origin to the next, the fragrance of an essential oil may vary substantially. Such variations may be buffered by addition of synthetic or natural components.
Table 1 Properties of Phenylpropane-Derived Essential Oil Constituents Phenylpropane derivative Property Source Eugenol Antiseptic Clove Cinnamic aldehyde Stimulant, skin irritant Cinnamon Anethol Increase secretion Aniseed Methylchavicol Expectorant Spasmolytic Basil, tarragon Parsley, nutmeg, sassafras Safrol, myristicin, apiol Diuretic, spasmolytic, abortive (apiol), central nervous system stimulant, hallucinogenic (myristicin) The Chemistry of Essential Oils 37 Table 2 Properties of Terpenoid Essential Oil Constituents Terpenoid Property Ketones Promote tissue formation, mucolytic, potentially neurotoxic Sage, thuja, wormwood (thujone), hyssop (pinocamphone) Aldehydes Anti-inflammative, sedative, antiviral Melissa, lemongrass (citrals), citronella, Eucalyptus citriodora (citronella) Terpene alcohols Bactericidal, toning, diuretic, antiviral Lavender, coriander, petitgrain, rosewood (linalol), Eucalyptus radiata, niaouli (alpha-terpineol), tea tree, marjoram, juniper (terpineol-4) Esters Spasmolytic, sedative, can be antifungal Roman chamomile (angelica acid esters), lavender, clary sage, bergamot (linalyl acetate) Cineol Expectorant Eucalyptus and many other oils Phenols Bactericidal, immunostimulant, stimulant, skin irritant, potentially toxic to liver Thyme (thymol), oregano, savory (carvacrol) Terpene Hydrocarbons Limonene (90 percent or more of most citrus oils), pinene, camphene, and myrcene are shown in Figure 4.