Aromatherapy for Health Professionals

Aromatherapy for Health Professionals

Aromatherapy for Health Professionals

Aromatherapy for Health Professionals

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Aromatherapy for Health Professionals 2

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The first edition of Aromatherapy for Health Professionals has had well deserved success, not only among aromatherapists but also among a great variety of health practitioners throughout the world.

After three years it was obvious, with the rapid acceleration of progress in theoretical knowledge and development of the technical and practical applications of essential oils, that a new enlarged, revised edition had become desirable. During these years, Shirley and Len Price have not ceased to take part in major events to learn and to teach (even in French for Shirley Price!) everywhere with the same enthusiasm and the same dedication. They have extracted and 'distilled' the best of the new harvest of information and included this in the new edition of a book which has now become a standard for the serious student—and for all therapists open to natural and alternative answers.

Aromatic plants have been used for thousands of years in every part of the world by numerous civilizations which, driven by their intuition and sense of observation, were able to find answers to their health problems in the plant environment. Fortunately, the progress of analytical chemistry enables us to begin to understand the extraordinary laboratory which exists inside the aromatic plant cell; we can only be spellbound when we realize the amazing complexity of this biochemical manufacture and the harmonious and powerful results produced by the aromatic substance inside plants. Essential oils made up of natural aromatic molecules are endowed with so many physiological and pharmacological properties that they find applications in almost every field of curative and prophylactic medicine.

Len and Shirley rightly insist upon the importance of using whole essential oils, each from a single, named botanical plant. Having created strong links with growers and distillers, in particular in the Drôme area, which is the foremost region in France for the production of aromatic and medicinal plants, they know that excellent therapeutic results can only be obtained by the use of top quality products and that poor quality or adulteration will lead to disappointment and eventually to discarding the whole method.

Provided that the practitioner has relevant information and has undergone the appropriate training and that the aromatic extracts used are neither standardized nor otherwise adulterated, aromatherapy and aromatology can bring real therapeutic help to many patients, far beyond the antistress massage approach.

The aromatology course that Shirley and Len have created, including the module concerning the intensive application and internal use of essential oils—which is so necessary in order to make full use of the essential oils' potential— enables properly trained aromatherapists to extend and deepen their field of understanding and their capacity for efficacious treatment interventions. The launching of such a training was not achieved without overcoming obstacles and countervailing severe critical opinions! However, the one-time critics now realize that it is much . . .

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