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Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils - E. Joy Bowles

Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils

Paperback Published: 1st October 2003
ISBN: 9781741140514
Number Of Pages: 256

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This revised study of the chemistry and pharmacology of aromatherapy oils offers a practical approach to learning the basics of essential oils. Moving step-by-step at the molecular level through 89 scents, this work includes useful diagrams as well as techniques for oil extraction. Discussed are techniques for applying the benefits of aromatherapy to different body systems including muscles and joints, the respiratory system, and the immune system. An ideal handbook for those interested in aromatherapy as a holistic therapy, this work also provides many tips for how even the most simple applications of aromatherapy can improve one's quality of life.

About the Author

E. Joy Bowles has taught the chemistry of essential oils in Australia and America since 1991.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Introductionp. 1
What is Chemistry?p. 3
Atomic theory of elementsp. 4
Types of atoms found in essential oilsp. 6
Bondingp. 9
Symbols, formulae and chemical drawingsp. 11
Plants and Essential Oilsp. 21
Plant classificationp. 21
Plant anatomyp. 23
Plant physiologyp. 27
How plants make essential oil moleculesp. 29
Variation in essential oil compositionp. 34
A brief overview of the essential oil industryp. 38
Terpenesp. 41
Physical characteristics of terpenoid moleculesp. 41
Molecular structure and informationp. 50
Monoterpenesp. 53
Sesquiterpenesp. 59
Functional groupsp. 65
Alcoholsp. 65
Monoterpenolsp. 65
Sesquiterpenolsp. 70
Phenolsp. 76
Aldehydesp. 80
Ketonesp. 84
Acids and estersp. 89
Phenyl methyl ethersp. 93
Cyclic ethers or oxidesp. 98
Lactonesp. 101
Coumarinsp. 106
Summary of hazardous and therapeutic properties of functional groupsp. 110
The pharmacology of essential oilsp. 113
Pharmacodynamicsp. 113
Pharmacokineticsp. 118
Pharmacokinetic pathway of essential oilsp. 127
Interactions of essential oils with pharmaceutical drugsp. 133
Pharmacological targets of essential oil constituentsp. 134
Enzyme effectsp. 138
Interactions with DNA and developmental processesp. 143
Cell membrane ion channel effectsp. 145
Receptor interactionsp. 146
Psychopharmacologyp. 151
Summary of health conditions and applicable pharmacodynamic effects of essential oil moleculesp. 155
Quality controlp. 159
Quality control of essential oilsp. 159
Isomers and namingp. 171
Geometric isomersp. 171
Enantiomersp. 172
Chiralityp. 172
Systematic chemical nomenclaturep. 175
Molecular structuresp. 179
Common monoterpenesp. 179
Common sesquiterpenesp. 180
Common monoterpenolsp. 181
Common sesquiterpenolsp. 182
Common phenolsp. 183
Common aldehydesp. 183
Common ketonesp. 184
Common estersp. 185
Common ethersp. 186
Common cyclic ethers and oxidesp. 186
Common lactonesp. 187
Common coumarinsp. 187
Common furocoumarinsp. 187
Ready reference list of essential oilsp. 189
Notesp. 201
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9781741140514
ISBN-10: 174114051X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st October 2003
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 3