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From The CriticsReviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This excellent book covers the scientific basis and evidence of aromatherapy. In addition to basic definitions and history of aromatherapy, the book has an important focus on the science of aromatherapy including the chemistry and bioactivity of essential oils, the science of smell and its psychological effects, and aromatherapy safety.
Purpose: This is a scientific account of essential oils and their usage in aromatherapy that includes recent research and legislation.
Audience: This book is written for scientists, educators, students in a variety of disciplines, and educated practitioners of aromatherapy. The author has devoted most of her 30-year career to the biochemistry of essential oils. She is widely published in the research of essential oils and has presented and spoken worldwide on the subject.
Features: In addition to the history of aromatherapy and biochemistry of essential oils, one excellent chapter presents an overview of research in aromatherapy with critique. While much of the book is composed of essential oil monographs, 33 appendixes include important and essential information.
Assessment: This is a high quality book that is essential for anyone interested in the scientific practice and study of aromatherapy. Few books compare with this valuable work, with the exception of Jane Buckle's book, Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Practice, 2nd edition (Elsevier, 2003).