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

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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.

Additional information

Weight 135.4 oz
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 2.5 in

5 reviews for Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual

  1. jmwilson823

    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. dawn.trefzger

    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. Natalieelskamp

    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. Ruth Nelson

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

  5. Jodi Kelsey (verified owner)

    I absolutely love this reference manual. There’s so much useful information and an incredible variety of essential oils detailed in an easy-to-read chart. A must-have!

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