This book was compiled from information gathered over the 35 years of my experience with essential oils. Much of this information was gleaned from the Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual and the Aromatherapy Practitioner Home Study Course. The practical applications are reinforced by my years of practical experience as a therapist, both licensed massage therapist and cosmetologist.
This material is meant to be a guide for safe and efficacious use of natural materials. To the best of my knowledge this information is current and up to date. It is laid out so you can go directly to the treatments in Chapter 5, or stroll through from the beginning to get the entire picture. In the beginning, the modality of aromatherapy is explained, including a brief synopsis and current regulations. Chapters 2 and 3 cover essential oils and how to obtain them, and how aromatherapy works on all levels: skin, body, and mind. Chapter 4 includes other plant materials such as fruits and vegetables, as well as other ingredients like clays and algae. Chapter 5 covers spa treatments including samples, set up, and procedures for scrubs and facials. Chapter 6 covers using environmental fragrance to enhance the therapeutic experience or create a mood. Using treatment blends, physical aspects of practice, and record keeping occupy Chapter 7. Finally, Chapter 8 gives a thorough explanation of safety and contraindications, including on-site safety information, and Chapter 9, Resources, offers books for further reading and supply sources. The Appendix includes extra reading, including one paper on updated safety information: “Aromatherapy Undiluted — Safety and Ethics,” by Sylla Sheppard-Hanger and Tony Burfield
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