Written for both lay readers and practitioners, Awaken to Healing Fragrance is divided into three parts structured around the past, present, and future of aromatherapy. The book begins with profiles of prominent female historical figures - from Cleopatra to Elizabeth I - kwn to have used essential oils for mind, body, and spiritual health. Part two explains the value of aromatherapy today: modern methods for using essential oils-from relaxation practices like massage and facials to treating common conditions like PMS, stress, and a sore throat-and describes how and why they work. Also featured are case studies, research on anti-infectious qualities of the oils, and a section on psychoneuroimmulogy that shows how essential oils can help restore the mind-body-spirit connection and create balance. Awaken to Healing Fragrance concludes by exploring the future of essential oil therapy and how it can be integrated into traditional medical systems. Jones discusses energetic medicine, creating aromatic gardens, and establishing integrative medicine clinics where doctors trained in Western medicine would collaborate with alternative therapists such as acupuncturists, nutritionists, and aromatherapists to bring a new consciousness and sense of well-being to healthcare.
Elizabeth Anne Jones is a pioneer, leading educator, healer, formulator, and advocate in the field of using therapeutic essential oils for integrative medicine. She has done extensive coursework in aromatherapy and botanicals, is a graduate of the California School of Herbal Studies in Forestville, California, and has studied with top aromatherapists around the world.Jones has run a private aromatherapy practice for more than thirty years, and, with her husband, chemist Lawrence Jones, has owned and run Elizabeth Van Buren, Inc., a company that has provided aromatherapy products to practitioners, spas, hospitals, massage schools, hospices, and nurses since 1983. In 1997 she founded the College of Botanical Healing Arts in Santa Cruz, California, and has served as director and primary instructor since then. It is one of only a few schools in the U.S. that offers a comprehensive program of live classes in this field and graduates essential oil practitioners.As a member of the educational committee of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), Jones helps regulate the standards of aromatherapy education in the U.S. She has spoken at many health conferences, including the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), and has published articles in numerous alternative health publications. In addition, she was a contributor to the anthology The World of Aromatherapy, edited by Jeanne Rose and Susan Earle (Frog, Ltd. 1996) and wrote the definitive entry on the subject of aromatherapy for the Alt.Md Web site (January 2008).