Aromatherapy can be defined as the therapeutic use of plant essential oils. Aromatherapy has a variety of applications, yet it is unique amongst complementary modalities in that it uses aromas to engage the sense of smell in a healing dynamic. British surveys found it to be the fifth most popular complementary therapy after osteopathy, chiropractic, homoeopathy and acupuncture. This chapter represents an introduction to aromatherapy in which essential oils and their properties, methods of application, precautions, research and case studies are discussed.

Contents include

  • history
  • essential oils
  • absorption, metabolism and excretion
  • properties
  • some therapeutic properties of essential oils and examples
  • methods of application.
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Author / Editor Biographies

BA, RN, RM, Dip (Aromatherapy), Cert (Massage) and Cert (Advanced Reflexology).
Margaret Meyer was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia. After completing nursing and midwifery training Margaret spent six years in Britain, where she discovered and became fascinated with aromatherapy. Margaret qualified in massage in 1989, aromatherapy in 1991 and reflexology in 1996. She continues to update her professional development in complementary therapies with postgraduate studies. Margaret now divides her working time between the practice of midwifery and private practice in complementary therapies. She teaches aromatherapy and acts in an advisory capacity to health care setti...

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