The theory for the different topics is presented in a concise and easy to absorb manner. On the same page, instructions are given on how to practically explore the sample essential oils that correspond to the presented topic.
Part I contains basic information that is needed throughout the course. It provides substantial knowledge and a thorough analysis of essential oils. As successful aromatherapy is possible only with genuine and authentic essential oils, Part I addresses those questions that are essential to aromatherapy; the natural origin, the purity and the quality of essential oils. Over 25 samples provided with the course, from the mediocre to the finest, authentic, organic essential oils, give you experience in determining oil quality.
Applications of an essential oil in aromatherapy also depend on its geographical origin and the precise identification of the plant from which it has been distilled. These topics are explained in theory and illustrated with appropriate samples of essential oils.
The essential oil samples allow you to experience the full range of quality and fragrance; from drug store Eucalyptus to the true oil of Eucalyptus globulus, from synthetic Rose fragrance to true Bulgarian Damasc Rose, and from examples of various Chamomiles to three chemotypes of Rosemary oil.
Production methods, Basics of distillation, Purity and adulteration, Quality grades of natural essential oils, Synthetic vs. natural, Definition of botanical origin, Chemical races.
Part II presents scientific research that supports wholistic views and theories.
Its main purpose is to present the most important categories of chemical compounds found in essential oils and their effects on the body.
This ranges from conventional pharmacological data on the antiseptic properties of phenols or the mucolytic properties of ketones to the latest research on the antiviral effects of essential oils. It also presents research aimed at better understanding the antiseptic effects of essential oils, which are well established but little understood. Effects of essential oils on the immune system are also discussed.
The discussion of the properties of essential oil constituents develops into an assessment of how the positive or negative electrical nature of an essence determines its action.
Finally, electrical nature, color and the healing properties of an essential oil are united with the theory of the four temperaments.
Part III is devoted to modern medical applications of essential oils and aromatic hydrosols. Chapter A presents basic
pharmacological research on the properties of essential oils and their constituents. You will learn how French physicians successfully treat infections without antibiotics. Chapters B and C, written by Pierre Franchomme and Dr. Daniel Pénoël give exact aromatherapy and phytotherapy prescriptions for upper and lower respiratory tract and gynecological conditions. You will also learn effective treatments for rhinitis, rhinopharyngitis, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, otitis, tonsillitis, viral bronchitis, whooping cough, and inflammation of the pleura. Prescriptions for gynecological conditions include nonspecific infections, bartholinitis, endocervicitis, Chlamydia, viral dysplasias and amenorrhea.
The therapeutic effects of essential oils exhibit different types of synergistic action. Substantial clinical research demonstrates that a natural, complete essential oil is of higher efficiency than one or more isolated “active ingredients”.
Furthermore, essential oils can provide more than one form of pharmacological action or healing property at the same time. For instance, an essential oil can be both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. To assess this form of synergy, the properties of the different types of constituents are taken into account. In the sample page above, a schematic representation shows how the expectorant effect of Cineole, the mucolytic effect of Pinocarvone, and the bactericidal and immunostimulant effect of Terpineol (all constituents of Eucalyptus globulus oil) combine to provide a truly wholistic healing effect for a typical catarrhal infection.
Part IV is reserved for regenerative skin care. Skin metabolism can be improved tremendously by therapeutic use of essential oils. Part IV provides the basic information needed for a clean, wholistic skin care approach without the use of petrochemicals or other synthetics.
Part IV includes some of the most successful formulations and some uncommon oils with great importance to the skin. The concept of Holistic Skin Therapy, first introduced by Dr. Dietrich Gümbel, is a great tool that helps the novice create effective and harmonious compositions.
Penetration power of essential oil molecules, Emulsifiers, Typical applications of essential oils in skin care, Aromatic facials, Clays, Hydrosols in skin care, Natural facial mask compositions.
Part V presents in great detail the psychology of perfumery and underlying erotic effects of fragrance materials. The reader is introduced to the hidden structures and criteria of the great perfumes. Information on recreational uses of essential oils are interspersed among the perfumery topics.
In Part V, an elaborate system of understanding fragrance is developed which explains the emotional reactions that are often triggered by scent. The fragrance effect system also guides you in formulating your own fragrance compositions.
Part VI focuses on the safe use of essential oils. Data gathered from published studies on the toxicology of essential oils are presented. Undesirable effects of essential oils are classified and discussed. Those oils with the highest potential of exhibiting toxic effects are identified and their respective toxicity is assessed.
Hazards of essential oils on skin and mucous membranes, Skin sensitization, Phototoxicity, Essential oil safety in skin care.