Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual

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Learn all that you can about the 350 essential oils covered in this manual in regard to their chemistry, actions, and methods of application.

A complete reference book on aromatic plant extracts, index of biological activities of phytochemicals, clinical index and taxonomical index by

Sylla Sheppard-Hanger

with Contributing Editors
Galina Lisin, Martin Watt, David Moyler



Sylla takes you on a tour of her Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual, which she compiled to help aromatherapists in their practice. See all that you can learn about a single oil (the manual covers 350 oils) in regard to its chemistry, actions, and methods of application.

There’s a lot of confusion in the world of Aromatherapy about its tools, the essential oils. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual is a compilation of many combined years research and practical experience. It clarifies the properties of about 350 of the most commonly offered essential oils (and absolutes) in today’s marketplace. Finally, a book to end the confusion about aromatics and their uses in healing.

Two Volumes, 575 pages, softcover 8 1/2″ x 11, spiral-ring-bound for opening flat, ISBN O-9643-1410-X.

After a Forward discussing aromatherapy as it is practiced today, these sections follow:

  • Delivery Methods: 24 formulation entries; internal, external, and a discussion on skin absorption.
  • Carriers & Additives: 33 entries, including vegetal oils, tinctures, and infusions; also clays & algae
  • Safety Considerations: Safety data with references
  • Common Name Index: Search by common name and include the following indexes.
  • Phytochemical Index: Over 600 entries; chemical constituents, with their known biological activity, toxicology and essential oil (and aqueous solution) sources
  • Clinical Index: Over 400 entries listing all biological terms or indications (e.g. anti-viral, migraine), definitions, and plant sources. Following the clinical uses, the esoteric uses are cross-referenced in the Mental/Emotional/Psychic & Magical Index, Chakra and Ayruvedic correlations.
  • Taxonomic Index: Included for cross-references of over 76 Botanical Families of essential-oil producing plants.
  • Includes glossary, a selected bibliography, authors biography, and a registration card.

The Aromatherapy Chart is a quick overview of 350 essential oils in botanical order and includes:

  • Common names, plant part, botanical family, country of origin, extraction method, product form, & availability
  • Biochemistry class & active constituents
  • Traditional and Esoteric uses clarified with notations such as:
    • Documented action
    • No evidence found
    • Internal use
    • Herbal extract
    • Medical diagnosis required
  • Body systems activity of oil in modern aromatic medicinal usage:
    • Integumentary
    • Respiratory
    • Muscular/skeletal
    • Cardiovascular/lymphatic
    • Immune
    • Digestive
    • Endocrine
    • Genitourinary/reproductive
    • Nervous (brain/mind)
  • Safety data toxicity, irritation, sensitivity, phototoxicity, allergies; cross-reactions, and contraindications; no formal testing.

Please note: This book is non-refundable due to copyright.  We offer replacements for goods damaged in-transit only.  If you are unsure, please contact us to be sure the book is a good fit for you.

4 reviews for Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this manual. It is full of so much information and is by far the best reference that I own, or have ever seen. Almost every time I run across something I think is very valuable info and I grab the set to make myself a note, I realize that Sylla already has it there. That just goes to show that there is so much info, that I have not been able to go through it all yet. I also love that the set is spiral bound and is so easy to work with. I cannot image being without this set.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    I have many essential oil books but none of them are as detailed, provide as much information, or easy to read. Sylla and her team have created a fabulous reference tool that everyone should own.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    I had no idea how much I would use this set, but I knew I wanted it, so I splurged. Best decision! I use these all the time. They even travel with me! There’s so much about each oil and a number of things that I don’t understand, but each time I learn something new. Sylla did an awesome job with these, and it just goes to show how much she knows and realizes that other people need too.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ruth Nelson

    Seriously a must have if you plan to do anything aromatherapy with your friends, family or customers!

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