Fragrance and Wellbeing
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Release Date:21 Oct 2013
ISBN:9781848190900
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Fragrance and Wellbeing

Plant Aromatics and Their Influence on the Psyche

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon

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.

A walk through an oriental bazaar, contemplation in a Hindu temple, and reading Rhind's Fragrance and Wellbeing are three experiences that provide a clear insight into what Westerners miss by pushing our sense of smell aside. By presenting ample cross-cultural, historical and psychological evidence, Rhind persuasively argues why we should take our nose seriously.

– Dr Jan Havlícek, Department of Anthropology, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

This book takes in a fantastic range of topics, including the biology of fragrance, the social life of scents, the healing powers of smell and incense rituals from around the world. Its central chapters profile the uses of an impressive list of aromatics (blending myth, folklore and science) and it concludes with some vital suggestions for cultivating our olfactory palate. Written by a true perfume lover, Fragrance and Wellbeing makes for heady reading.

– David Howes, Professor of Anthropology, Concordia University, Montreal and co-author of Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell (1994) and Ways of Sensing: Understanding the Senses in Society (2013)

This book explores the impact of fragrance on the psyche from biological, anthropological, perfumery and aromatherapy viewpoints... Readers are given guidance on how to cultivate their olfactory plate, 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.

– Embody Magazine

Jennifer Peace Rhind transports the reader on a fascinating journey while exploring the influence of scent on the development of civilization. This well-referenced book includes research within the last century regarding the use of fragrance throughout history. Fragrance and Wellbeing investigates our evolving relationship with the language of scent and its impact on the personal, cultural, spiritual and therapeutic domains with an acknowledgement to new observations for the possible effects of fragrance. A thoroughly interesting, informative and engaging read!

– Lora Cantele, Editor, International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy

Jennifer Peace Rhind is a Chartered Biologist with a Ph.D. in Mycotoxicology from the University of Strathclyde. Her long-standing interest in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) has led to qualifications in massage, aromatherapy and reflexology, and for thirteen years she worked as a therapist and partner in a multidisciplinary complementary healthcare clinic. During this time she became involved in CAM education in the private sector and co-founded the first professionally accredited CAM school in Scotland. She was a lecturer on the B.A. (Hons) Complementary Healthcare programme at Edinburgh Napier University for fourteen years, and remains involved in scent education. She is the author of Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice, also published by Singing Dragon. She lives in Biggar near the Scottish Borders.
Preface. Introduction. Part I. Scent: A Pan-Dimensional Perspective. 1. The Fallen Angel. 2. Smell and the psyche. 3. Per fumum. 4. Perfume: The transcendence of the sweet life. Part II. A Natural Palette of Aromatics. 5. Fragrance philosophies. 6. Woody, resinous, balsamic and coniferous scents. 7. Spices. 8. Herbaceous, green, camphoraceous, cineolic and agrestic scented botanicals. 9. Flowers. 10. Citrus, lemon-scented botanicals and fruity fragrances. 11. Attars and the role of fragrance in Unani Tibb medicine (Jeannie Fatimeh Graham). In conclusion. 12. Cultivating the olfactory palate. Glossary. Appendix A. Classification of fragrance. Appendix B. Ambergris. Appendix C. Fragrance and the four elements. Appendix D. Developing sensory appreciation of plant aromatics, essential oils, absolutes and fragrances. References. Bibliography for Chapter 11. Recommended reading.
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