The Practice of Aromatherapy: A Classic Compendium of Plant Medicines and Their Healing Properties

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Jun 1, 1982 - Health & Fitness - 279 pages
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This classic manual provides detailed evidence for the efficacy of plant medicine. Valnet effectively bridgesthe gap between the tradition of healing with herbs and the advances of modern medicine, showing, in scientific terms, why plant medicine works, and making an impassioned plea for curtailing our use of dangerous chemical therapies.
 

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Contents

1 The Healing Power of Plants
19
2 The Facts about Essential Oils
25
3 Natures Antiseptics
33
4 Some Drawbacks of Modern Medication
49
5 A Multitude of Uses
65
Chapter 1A Essences classified by their principal properties
79
Chapter 1B Principal Indications
83
2 Studies of Individual Essences
95
NIAOULI
159
NUTMEG
161
ONION
163
ORANGE BLOSSOM
169
PEPPERMINT
172
PINE
175
ROSEMARY
177
SAGE
180

BASIL
97
BERGAMONT
99
BORNEOL BORNEO CAMPHOR
100
CAJUPUT
101
ROMAN CAMOMILE
103
GERMAN CAMOMILE
105
CARAWAY
107
CINNAMON
109
CLOVE
114
CORIANDER
118
CYPRESS
120
EUCALYPTUS
122
FENNEL
125
GARLIC
128
GERANIUM
133
GINGER
135
HYSSOP
137
JUNIPER
140
LAVENDER
144
LAVENDERCOTTON
149
LEMON
150
LEMONGRASS
156
MARJORAM
157
SANDALWOOD
184
SAVORY
185
TARRAGON
187
TEREBINTH
188
THUJA
192
THYME
194
YLANGYIANG
198
3 Therapeutic Index of Ailments and the Aromatic Essences used in their Treatment
199
4 Some Formulae for Prescriptions in current use
213
5 Some Case Histories
217
6 Some Formulae for Medicinal Wines and Vinegars Elixirs and Compound Preparations
241
SOME MEDICINAL VINEGARS
244
SOME ELIXIRS
246
SOME COMPOUND PREPARATIONS
248
SOME ADDITIONAL USEFUL FORMULAE
249
7 How to Gather and Preserve Aromatic Plants
253
Definitions of the Various Methods of Preparing Plants and their Uses
254
8 Conclusions
259
9 Glossary of Main Medical Terms used in this Book
263
Appendices
275
Bibliography
277
Where to Obtain Essential Oils
279
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About the author (1982)

A medical doctor and practitioner of aromatherapy for more than 30 years, Jean Valnet is regarded as one of the world's foremost authorities on essential oil therapy. 

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