Aromatherapy: Therapy Basics, Second Edition by Helen McGuinness

By Helen McGuinness

This moment version of the center textual content Aromatherapy - treatment fundamentals comprises new details and lines, which mirror the alterations in good looks and treatment classes. a top quality color part can be now integrated. The textual content covers the entire underpinning wisdom and past for college kids learning this treatment. It presents quite a lot of initiatives, definitions and actions to make sure scholars achieve an intensive knowing of the topic. themes contain: -The value of study -Data on forty crucial oils -Aromachemistry -Aromatherapy case reviews -The body structure of Aromatherapy -Aromatherapy therapeutic massage innovations

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See Photo 11 on page 93. Geranium Geranium is a very balancing and regulating oil, which tends to balance extremes, whether on the physical or emotional level. Key Word Balancing Botanical name: Pelargonium graveolens Source: flowers and leaves of the plant (pelargonium) Method of extraction: steam distillation Aroma characteristics: strong sweet and heavy aroma, reminiscent of Rose but with minty overtones Odour intensity: high Note: middle Blends well with: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood Energetic Profile Towards the Yin (cool) 53 Aromatherapy: Therapy Basics Second Edition Therapeutic properties ❃ adrenal cortex stimulant ❃ cytophylactic ❃ antidepressant ❃ diuretic ❃ antihaemorrhagic ❃ haemostatic ❃ anti-inflammatory ❃ tonic (liver and kidneys) ❃ antiseptic ❃ vulnerary ❃ astringent Therapeutic uses ❃ Circulatory system poor circulation, oedema ❃ Endocrine system pre-menstrual syndrome, menopausal problems ❃ Lymphatic system fluid retention, cellulite ❃ Nervous system nervous tension and stress-related problems ❃ Skin care effective on balancing all skin types, especially dry and oily.

28 The Extraction of an Essential Oil Adulteration of Essential Oils Unfortunately, due to the widespread popularity of essential oils, there is an increased practice of adulteration. An adulterant is an impurity accidentally or deliberately introduced into a product, rendering it of inferior quality. If an aromatherapist buys and uses sub-standard or adulterated products, they run the risk of not only minimising the efficacy of their treatment, but also of provoking potentially negative reactions from their clients.

Most professional suppliers list a batch number on the essential oil bottle, which is useful to note when you want a repeat order of the same oil. Although purity is high on the list of priorities when purchasing essential oils, it should be noted that there are no tests, including Gas Liquid Chromatography, which guarantee purity. Whilst Gas Chromatography will highlight any chemical imbalances in the oil that could not be possible in the natural essential oil, it cannot assess its exact chemistry as the precise chemical constituents of essential oils are still largely unknown.

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