Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oils

Editors: Pradeep Kumar Shukla, Ajeet Kumar Srivastav, Shikha Agnihotry, Deepti Chopra, Pragati Misra, Jyoti Singh

Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oils

ISBN: 978-981-5136-21-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-5136-20-3 (Online)


Aromatherapy is a medical practice that uses aromatic compounds or essential oils to influence mood and health. Essential oils used in aromatherapy are created from a wide variety of medicinal plants, flowers, herbs, roots, and trees that are found all over the world and have significant, well-documented benefits on enhancing physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.

This book is a comprehensive reference on aromatic compounds present in essential oils and their therapeutic use. Starting from fundamentals of essential oil biosynthesis the book guides the reader through their basic biochemistry, toxicology, profiling, blending and clinical applications. The concluding chapters also present focused information about the therapeutic effects of essential oils on specific physiological systems, plant sources, skin treatment and cancer therapeutics.

The combination of basic and applied knowledge will provide readers with all the necessary information for understanding how to develop preclinical formulations and standard clinical therapies with essential oils. This is an essential reference for anyone interested in aromatherapy and the science of essential oils.


Medicinal chemists, pharmacologists and herbalists; health care practitioners in the field of alternative and complementary medicine.