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Aromatherapy
The little book of aromatherapy
by Kathi Keville.
New York : Crossing Press, c2009.
Aromatherapy.The word conjures up images of luxurious spas, flower petals, and scented candles. But aromatherapy is more than just indulgence–it’s also the key to improving complexion, boosting emotions, and healing a multitude of health disorders. InThe Little Book of Aromatherapy, Kathi Keville invites you to explore the healing power of essential oils–potent aromatic substances extracted from fragrant plants. She provides not only emotional applications, but also some seriously pragmatic fixes for everyday challenges, from insect-repelling candles to carpal tunnel relief–even natural flea collars for your furry friends. With more than 50 formulas for skin and hair care treatments, medicinal remedies, and alternatives to toxic household cleaning products, this updated guide will help you harness aromatherapy for beauty, health, and peace of mind.
     
Hot stone massage : the essential guide to hot stone and aromatherapy massage
Alison Trulock.
New York : Sterling, c2008.
Includes index.
     
The aromatherapy encyclopedia : a concise guide to over 385 plant oils
Carol Schiller & David Schiller ; illustrated by Jeffrey Schiller.
Laguna Beach : Basic Health, c2008.
The power of essential oils has been recognized for thousands of years. Today, the use of aromatherapy is growing rapidly as greater numbers of people experience the benefits and life-enhancing properties of these precious substances. Aromatic essences can have a direct effect on our health, reduce our stress levels, and enable us to have a better overall outlook on life, as well as improve our relationship with our natural environment. These raw materials are also an important ingredient in perfumes, fragrances, cosmetics, and skin and body care products, and are extensively used for flavoring foods and drinks.
     
Nature's scents : harnessing the powers of aroma for health & well-being : how natural flower, fruit, spice and herb fragrances can be used to invigorate, calm and purify mind and body - in 75 photographs
Raje Airey.
London : Lorenz, 2008.
     
Essential oils and aromatics : a step-by-step guide for use in massage and aromatherapy
Marge Clark.
Sandy, Ut. : Silverleaf Press, c2008.
Essential oils and other aromatherapy tools and products that offer real physical and emotional benefits—in the form of clearer heads, elevated moods, and strengthened immune systems—are the focus of this aromatherapy handbook. The easy-to-follow instructions explain how to use almost 50 different essential oils extracted from healing herbs, flowers, woods or resins in the atmosphere by diffusion, in oils for bathing, skincare and massage, in the bath for relaxation and pain relief. Essential oil formulas include baths for winding down after a hard day at work; hydrosols for skincare, massage blends for pain relief, and sprays to keep your environment freshly scented and germ free.
     

Aromatherapy may be defined as the therapeutic use of the essential oils of aromatic plants. These oils, once extracted from plants, change from a highly potent liquid substance to an aromatic vapor in seconds when exposed to air.

Essential oil burners offer a convenient way to vaporize essential oils.

According to the ISO (International Organization for Standardization), an essential oil is defined as:

"A product made by distillation with either water or steam or by mechanical  processing of citrus rinds or by dry distillation of natural materials. Following the distillation, the essential oil is physically separated from the water phase."

Originally, the oils produced from plants were produced for the flavor and fragrance industries.

Essences Commonly Used

Ylang-ylang: known as an antidepressant and aphrodisiac.

Neroli: for insomnia, skin conditions, and as a facial toner.

Clary sage: used as an antidepressant and for menstrual cramps.

Lavender: the safest essence to use, it has strong sedative and calming properties making it effective for tension, depression, and insomnia.

Jasmine: use in moderation as it is a powerful antidepressant oil that is expensive. It has an exquisitely floral fragrance.

However, by 1978, Henri Viaud, a pioneer of French aromatherapy, catalogued which conditions essential oils had to fulfill to be fit for medical use. As a result, aromatherapy slowly gained acceptance. Today there are producers of oils derived exclusively from one species of plant.

Aromatherapy offers nature in a bottle. The essential oils are best known for their powers to balance and lift the spirits. They can be effective as a room scent in vaporizers, in bath water, or simply inhaled from a pillow or tissue.

Aromatherapy has gained tremendous popularity in the past few years. Many find relief and comfort from a long bath containing lavender oil.  Others use it to deal with stress and relief for tiredness, aches, and pains. A massage from a qualified aromatherapist is highly therapeutic.

Some of the aromas of the essential oils are instantly liked. However, others may take time to get used to. Certain aromas may trigger enjoyable memories. Using aromatherapy encourages us to gain a greater understanding of how scents affect us.

Each person has to be a good consumer and decide for themselves if they enjoy aromatherapy and how they want to use it in their lives.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff