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3rd Edition

Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils

ISBN 9781741140514
Published October 1, 2003 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils offers a practical approach to understanding the chemical functional groups and pharmacological actions of essential oils.

Incorporating up to date research findings, The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils takes you, step by step, through the fundamental chemistry of aromatherapy and explains the powerful effects of essential oils on the body at a molecular level.


* Useful chemical diagrams and easy to follow explanations

* Essential oil extraction methods and techniques for quality control

* Reference charts of the effects of essential oils on pharmacological targets and the major compounds of 89 essential oils

This book helps to make sense of the chemistry of aromatherapy for those who need to understand the science and efficacy of this healing art. Ideal for students and practitioners of holistic therapies, this book will also appeal to nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other allied health practitioners.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables




1 What is Chemistry?

2 Plants and Essential Oils

3 Terpenes

4 Functional groups

5 The pharmacology of essential oils

6 Quality control

7 Isomers and naming

8 Molecular structures

Appendix: Ready reference list of essential oils



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E. Joy Bowles BSc Hon, has taught the chemistry of essential oils to aromatherapists in Australia and America since 1991. In 2001 Joy developed an on-line course for The Australasian College of Herbal Studies in Oregon, USA. She has also taught at the highly regarded Nature Care College in Sydney and run workshops for the International Federation of Aromatherapists. She co-founded the Aromatherapy Research Group (TARG) in 1997. Joy has a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education at Griffith University. She has recently been awarded a full scholarship to complete a PhD at Southern Cross University, NSW, where she will conduct research into aromatherapy for aged care.