Our Review of Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I by Peter Holmes
I eagerly purchased my copy of this book when it was first released and was so impressed with it that I had to include a feature of it in our first issue of the magazine. Peter presents the wealth of information in this volume in such an organized, easy-to-read way that the book quickly and rightfully jumped to the top of my list of favorite aromatherapy references. I really appreciate the holistic way he incorporates TCM into his descriptions
of the oils.
The first 6 chapters of the book deal with such topics as the roots of a Materia Aromatica, a closer look at the sources of essential oils, defining oils as bioactive remedies and using them clinically, essential oil safety, aromatherapeutic modalities, and breaking down
an essential oil profile. This first third of the book is comprehensive and valuable in nature without being overwhelming or tedious.
My favorite part of the book was the Materia Aromatica. In this section, Peter provides detailed essential oil profiles. Each one includes a wealth of knowledge that can only come from years of experience. The botanical source of the oil, its common and alternative names, appearance, note, extraction method(s), typical yield, area(s) of production, and chances of adulteration are all included before he delves into the therapeutic functions and indications of the oil. This section is especially interesting to me because he incorporates the TCM approach in his descriptions of the oils and how they affect the mind, body, and emotions. He also provides substantial information about how to use the
oils in synergy with other oils to address certain issues. Safety information and typical dosages for various methods of application are listed and each profile is concluded by a lovely monograph. I really hope you’ll order a copy for your own herbal/aromatherapy library. I can hardly wait for the release of Volume 2!
You can find an excerpt from this title, along with an interview with the author, in our very first issue of AromaCulture Magazine. Peter also wrote an article about Clary Sage for our August 2017 issue of AromaCulture Magazine.