THE CHEMISTRY OF ESSENTIAL OILS
Revised edition 2008
By David Williams
ISBN 978-1870228-31-2

Reviewed by Martin Watt - Dec 2008

This revised 398-page book is something I would highly recommend to any students of aromatherapy, or others, wanting to understand the chemistry and other issues surrounding the use of essential oils.

This revised edition now includes many GLC charts on each different essential oil. These charts are very useful for people to see the differences between the same named oil from different geographical locations, and how that may or may not affect their olfactory and other properties.

The book taken as a whole, corrects a lot of the inaccurate information found in the popular aromatherapy type books, where the authors had a weak knowledge of essential oils trade. This author on the other hand, has a lifetimes experience in the trades he writes about.

The extensive section on 'burning the midnight oil' is vital reading for anyone involved in studying. The glossary is extensive, turning the book into an excellent quick reference resource. It is for those people with a thirst for accurate knowledge about their trade.

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