The therapeutic use of essential oils under the umbrella concept of aromatherapy has become a fact of life. As aromatherapy has grown and diversified it has become increasingly clear that the original aim of producing scientific data to convince the medical mainstream to accept this therapeutic avenue has partly given way to the understanding that some of the most rewarding features of essential oil use may not be adequately described with the language of reductionism, but rather with narratives from more wholistic disciplines.
This Part III of the PIA Masters series aims to mediate those aspects of essential oil therapy which correspond to the western pharmacological paradigm.
Part III will guide the reader as quickly as possible through the precautions to safe and effective applications of essential oils. Specific attention is given to combining pertinent practical information with an overview over the latest research results acknowledging the efficacy of essential oils for a broad variety of conditions.
Chapter 1. What is Aromatherapy?
French Style Aromatherapy
British Style Aromatherapy
What are Essential Oils?
Information Character Complex Mixtures
Unique Spatial Arrangements
Why Is There So Little Research?
How do Essential Oils Work?
Legalities of Aromatherapy Practice
Drug Approval is Only For a Few
Chapter 2. Alternative or Mainstream
Conventional Medicine - Monopolizing Disease
Children Who are Always Sick
Where Alternatives Do and Do Not Work
Chapter 3. Medical Care - A Cultural View
Francisco Goya, Ivan Illich
The Medicare Swindle
Chapter 4. Why Only Genuine Essential Oils Work
Natural Adulterants - The Fallacy of Reconstituted Oils
Why Are Authentic Oils So Different?
Chapter 5: The Practice
Toxic and Irritant Oils
Putting Toxicity and Safety Issues Into Perspective
The Value of Dermatology Data
How Oils are Applied Properly
Leaving Old Patterns Behind
High Dosages vs. Moderate Dosages Non-specific
vs. Specific Effects
Topical Application of Essential Oils
In Base Oil
In the Shower
Non-specific Effects and Topical Application Inhalation
The Pütz Method
On the Pillow
One Drop is Often Enough.
Intensive Treatment of Acute Conditions
Treatment of Metabolic Conditions
Aromatherapy as a Lifestyle
Prevention of Serious Disease as a By-product.
Essential Oils as Antiviral Agents
Mass Media Loves a Good Virus
Antibiotics are not Effective Against Viruses
Folly - Using Antibiotics to Treat Viral Disease
How a Virus Operates
The Source of Antiviral Activity
Science Proves Essential Oil Effectiveness
Design of the Key Experiments
Treating Viral Conditions - The French Approach
Herpes Simplex - Unrivaled Efficacy
Oils for Herpes Simplex treatments
Human Papilloma Virus
The Origins of a Common Cold
Immune Functions of the Respiratory Tract
Prevention and Treatment: Shower, Sauna, Chest Rubs
Upper Respiratory Tract Conditions
Severe Acute Bronchitis
Bronchitis - Small Children
Bacterial and Fungal Infections
Cystitis - Bladder Infection
Post Antibiotic Syndrome
Conjunctivitis, Pink Eye
Balance: The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
ANS and the Digestive Tract
Clinical Data: Double Blind Study
Managing Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia
PMS and Menopause
Immune System Issues
Bay Laurel and Lymph Nodes
Allergies are Learned Behavior
Travel or Motion Sickness
Skin and Tissue - Wounds, Scars and Beauty
Bruise, Trauma, Swelling
Sport Injuries - Trauma
Scars - Cheloids
Preventing Stretch Marks
Cuts, Lesions, Injury to Mucous Membranes
Sexually Transmitted Diseases