Fragrance and Wellbeing: Plant Aromatics and Their Influence on the Psyche

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Singing Dragon, Oct 21, 2013 - Health & Fitness - 448 pages

For thousands of years fragrance has been used, across many varied cultures, for altering mental and emotional states, and as part of spiritual practice. This book explores the impact of fragrance on the psyche from biological, anthropological, perfumery and aromatherapy viewpoints.

Beginning with an exploration of our olfactory system and a discussion of the language of odour, the book examines the ways in which fragrance can influence our perceptions and experiences. It introduces us to a broad range of fragrance types – woody, resinous, spicy, herbaceous, agrestic, floral and citrus, as well as the attars that form part of Unani Tibb medicine. Traditional and contemporary uses and the mood-enhancing properties of fragrance types are presented. The book then provides an overview of the theoretical and philosophical frameworks that have been used to analyse how and why we choose fragrance. Finally readers are given guidance on how to cultivate their olfactory palate, which reveals a new dimension in the use of fragrance to enhance wellbeing.

This book offers a wealth of knowledge on plant aromatics and the powerful influence of fragrance on wellbeing. It will be of particular interest to aromatherapists, perfumers, psychotherapists, ethnobotanists and anthropologists.

 

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I have read many difference books about fragrances and aromatherapy and this writer really knows her stuff. The book is mostly concentrate on the perfume aspect but offers must needed up to date ... Read full review

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Excellent work, Jennifer. I would like to purchase the book and include it in my library. In Yemen, they still burn gum resins over braziers carrying live coals: myrrh, frankincense and benzoin. The savors emitted from the smoke does, indeed, give a relaxing atmosphere to the room. Wish more Americans would come to enjoy one of the simplest amenities of life and come to appreciate these natural incenses - not the joss sticks.  

Contents

Preface
9
Introduction
13
A PanDimensional Perspective
17
Part II A Natural Palette of Aromatics
145
In Conclusion
373
Glossary
388
Classification of Fragrance
398
Ambergris
405
Fragrance and the Four Elements
407
Developing Sensory Appreciation of Plant Aromatics Essential Oils Absolutes and Fragrances
408
References
412
Further Reading
430
Fragrance Index
432
Subject Index
435
Author Index
443
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Jennifer Peace Rhind is a Chartered Biologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde and qualifications in massage and aromatherapy.
She has worked in flavour research and product development, as a therapist and partner in a multidisciplinary complementary healthcare clinic, in education and course development, and as a lecturer in Higher Education. She is an author, writer, mentor and essential oils consultant.
She lives in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

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