The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual
A Complete Reference Book of Over 350 Aromatic Plant Extracts,
Index of Biologically Active Phytochemicals,
Clinical Index and Taxonomical Index
by Sylla Sheppard-Hanger
From the book:
"This book allows a practitioner to look up a problematic indication,
understand the required bio-chemicals necessary to effect treatment, and
find the essential oils for use. Included are over 340 botanical species
with all known common names, their commercial availability, their predominant
bio-chemical classes, as well as predominant bio-chemicals inherent therein.
Anyone could easily start with the essential oil name, and find out what
particular treatments could be effected with the information provided.
In the Chart, one could immediately find
the traditional uses and actions, the purposes and methods of delivery
applications, toxicity and contra-indications, along with their traditional
uses in perfumery. Also, morphologic and character types are included,
as well as all relevant esoteric relations. Although there may be criticism
from the scientific community that esoteric uses have been included, the
authors feel that to truly treat in a holistic manner, this information
needed to be included."
General Safety Considerations
for Essential Oil Use
(courtesy APRM, Sylla Sheppard-Hanger, copyright
- Keep essential oils out of reach of children. Do not
leave a bottle which has no fixed integral dropper where a child could
take off the cap and consume contents.
- Do not use directly on or near the eyes; ensure caution
with compresses. Most diluted essential oils will sting the eyes; if accidents
happen, flush with clean warm water; if NEAT oils get is the eye, immediately
flush with cold full fat milk, or vegetable oil to dilute. If stinging
is not alleviated, seek medical assistance.
- Do not, unless otherwise advised by an expert, apply
neat essential oil onto the skin.
- To remove neat oil spills on hands, use cream or vegetable
oil to dilute, apply soap, wash with warm water; may need to be repeated.
- Never assume that an essential oil will have the same
properties as credited to the whole plant from which it is obtained.
- Ingesting any oil should only be undertaken under the
supervision of a professional health advisor and never exceed the suggested
- Essential oils should always be used diluted over a large
- Excess (of EOs) can cause headaches, nausea and general
feeling of uneasiness; drink plenty of water, get fresh air, take frequent
- Do not drive a motor vehicle (or allow client to) immediately
following a relaxation treatment or after using soporific oils (e.g., clary
- Regulate the frequency when using essential oils. If
used daily over a two week period, give a week's grace before recommencing
- Reduce the chance of acquiring a sensitivity reaction
from constant use of same oil(s) over several years by varying choices.
This gives the body a break from constant use.
- If any kind of skin rash is observed when using a particular
essential oil, stop using it immediately and try another oil.
* The Aromatherapy
Chart of APRM is a quick overview of 350 essential oils. It contains easy-to-read,
easier-to-follow sections covering each aspect of an essential oil, including
Botanical Name, Biochemical Class, Traditional & Esoteric uses, Systems
effected (including Respiratory, Muscular/Skeletal, Cardiovascular, Immune,
Digestive, etc.) and Safety Data. Each of these areas are further broken
down, providing information both common and exotic.
When working daily with essential
oils, follow these precautions:
- Use only safe essential oils in
dilution, aoid contact with neat oils (by wearing gloves when bottling)
- Ensure adequate ventilation
- Take frequent breaks
- Tolerance increase with time
- Avoid transferring oils to sensitive
areas (nose, face, neck)
- Vary the essential ols worked with
(or diffused) daily
- Avoid sensitizing oils if hands
become cracked or sore
About Sylla Sheppard-Hanger
Sylla Sheppard-Hanger speaks with the wisdom of 20 years experience
and research in aromatherapy. She has worked with the most knowledgeable
people in the fields of aromatherapy, essential oils, herbology and aromatic
medicine. She is the founder and Director of the Atlantic Institute of
Aromatherapy located in Tampa, Florida.