The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy 3rd Edition Vol 1, by Salvatore Battaglia (BK1012)
This is the brand new (June 2018) edition of the classic standard text on essential oils for all aromatherapy students and professionals.
Sal writes: 'In compiling the new edition it became necessary to publish the book as two volumes. Volume I Foundations and Materia Medica, and Volume II Science and Therapeutics. Volume II should be available by 2020.
'Volume I is now a massive 637 pages, 37 pages more than the entire second edition, and it contains two units: Foundations and a very detailed Materia Medica with over 120 essential oil monographs.
'So much of the information in the second edition has been updated and revised. The essential oil monographs have undergone considerable transformation with new sub sections on adulteration, pharmacopoeias and standards and a very detailed section summarising the pharmacological and clinical studies. I have expanded the section on the subtle aromatherapy, the personality profiling and the energetics of essential oils. There is a new section on blending for aromatherapy and perfumery purposes. I have also provided detailed references and also have a section that indicates if the essential oils are referenced in any other pharmacopeia or standards.
'I have included a new chapter on botany. I was a little surprised that I had not discussed the botanical origins of essential oils in earlier editions. I am sure this will be a welcome section.
'In the 2nd edition I often referred to the typical chemical composition of the oil. We now know that there is no such thing as a typical essential oil composition. Most of the essential oil monographs have had the section on chemical composition updated. We also now know so much more about the botanical origins of essential oils and how so many ecological variables can influence the chemistry of the essential oils. As a result, there is now a new section dedicated to the role of botany and understanding the botanical factors that influence the quality of essential oils.
'Volume II will include the unit on Essential Issues which will address all the latest science, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of essential oils. There will be an entirely new Unit on Holistic framework which will include chapter on the integration of aromatherapy with other holistic practices such as Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese, subtle therapies, scent and personality and the role of nutrition and other naturopathic practices.'