Aromatherapy: Therapy Basics, Second Edition by Helen McGuinness

By Helen McGuinness

This moment version of the center textual content Aromatherapy - treatment fundamentals contains new details and lines, which replicate the adjustments in attractiveness and treatment classes. a top quality color part is additionally now integrated. The textual content covers all of the underpinning wisdom and past for college kids learning this remedy. It offers quite a lot of initiatives, definitions and actions to make sure scholars achieve a radical knowing of the topic. themes contain: -The value of analysis -Data on forty crucial oils -Aromachemistry -Aromatherapy case stories -The body structure of Aromatherapy -Aromatherapy therapeutic massage options

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5. State five essential oils that are unsafe to use in aromatherapy. 6. List five safety factors that should be on the label of essential oil bottles sold for professional and home use. 22 CHAPTER 3 The Extraction of an Essential Oil The most important ingredient in aromatherapy is the essential oil, a highly concentrated volatile substance obtained from various parts of the aromatic plant. Despite being used extensively in the food industry as flavourings and in the cosmetic industry in perfumes, when used in aromatherapy they have the ability to penetrate the skin and be absorbed into the bloodstream.

High temperature methods, favoured for modern mass production, can produce essential oils more efficiently, lowering the cost, but some of the bouquet can be lost with this method. Solvent extraction This process involves placing the plant material in a vessel and covering it with a volatile solvent such as petroleum ether, benzene or hexane, which is used to extract the odoriferous part of the material. g. exudation from a tree). 26 The Extraction of an Essential Oil ❃ The concrete then undergoes a second process, when it is agitated with alcohol and chilled in order to recover most of the aromatic liquid and remove the plant waxes.

The rate of reactions is doubled for over 10 ЊC rise in temperature. Therefore essential oils are kept in cool conditions, as their shelf life is greatly enhanced. Key Note It is helpful if droppers supplied in essential oil bottles are of different sizes according to the viscosity of the oil concerned. Good internal droppers will have a groove on one side. With the groove uppermost the oil will come out of the bottle with a slow drip; with the groove downwards the oil will come out as a fast drip.

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