Aromatherapy: Scent and Psyche: Using Essential Oils for Physical and Emotional Well-Being

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Sep 1, 1995 - Health & Fitness - 264 pages
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Aromatic oils have been used for thousands of years not only for their fragrance but for culinary, therapeutic, ritual, and spiritual purposes. More than a fashionable trend, aromatherapy is coming into its own as a body of knowledge and practice with specific applications that have a solid scientific base. Drawing on research and clinical studies, Peter and Kate Damian look at many applications from treating viral infections with garlic or black pepper oil to using rose oil to relax patients undergoing chemotherapy; from aromatic massage to the "environmental fragrancing" of subways and supermarkets.
Explores:

• How scent interacts with emotion, memory, mental acuity, and sleep

• Why specific scents are so effective in therapeutic and ritual settings

• Antiseptic and antimicrobial properties of essential oils
How men and women differ in their responses to odors

• Provides a thorough exposition of the ancient practice of aromatics in China, India, Persia, and Egypt

• Details our modern scientific understanding of the physiology and psychology of scent.

• Includes annotated profiles for forty-four essential oils and specific instructions for creating essential oil blends.
 

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Contents

Introduction To Aromatherapy
1
Phytoaromatherapy and the Theory of Disease
33
Smell and the Psychology of Scent
56
Aromatherapy Today and Tomorrow Theory and Practice Issues and Debates
108
Psychotherapeutic Effects of Essential Oils
141
The Chemistry of Essential Oils
166
Essential Oil Profiles
179
Appendix
209
Charts and Tables
211
Selected Bibliography
233
Aromatherapy Essential Oil Companies
235
Index
237
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Page 234 - Steve and George H. Dodd, eds. Perfumery: The Psychology and Biology of Fragrance. London: Chapman & Hall, 1988.

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Aromatherapy Scent and Psyche
Using Essential Oils for Physical and Emotional Well-being

Acknowledgments
Chapter One: Introduction to Aromatherapy
Chapter Two: Phytoarmatherapy and the Theory of Disease
Chapter Three: Smell and the Psychology of Scent
Chapter Four: Aromatherapy Today and Tomorrow: Theory and Practice, Issues and Debates
Chapter Five: Psychotherapeutic Effects of Essential Oils
Chapter Six: The Chemistry of Essential Oils
Chapter Seven: Essential Oil Profiles
Appendix
Floral Waters In Aromatherapy
Aromatic Diffusors
Basic Principles of Essential Oil Blending
Charts and Tables
Aromatherapy Usage Guide
Chakra Oil Blending Guide
Essential Oil Quick Reference Table
Selected Bibliography
Aromatherapy Essential Oil Companies
Index 

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