Aromatic Plants

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New India Publishing, 2007 - Medical - 270 pages
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This book on 'Aromatic Plants' contains seven chapters. Introductory chapter on 'History, importance and scope of aromatic plants' deals with the importance of aromatic crops and their close association with human health and beauty care from time immemorial. History of development of cultivation and aroma based industries in different regions of the world is described to emphasize their significance, scope and role in increasing the quality of human life. Classification of aromatic plants based on their climatic requirement, growth habit and floral morphology elaborated in succeeding chapter will be of great interest to students, researchers and farmers. Chapter on 'Extraction of aroma principles' describes traditional as well as modern techniques employed for efficient extraction of volatile oils and oleo-resins from different plants materials and equipments employed for the purpose. Quality of oil is found to vary significantly with ecotypes, season, time of collection, crop maturity and weather conditions prevailing during the growth period, extraction method and duration of extraction process. Conditions and duration of storage also have a bearing on quality of essential oil. This necessitates development and imposition of appropriate quality standards in trade. These aspects are covered in fourth chapter on 'Quality assurance of essential oils'. Aromatic oils & their derivatives and combinations occupy a covetable position in holistic medicines such as aromatherapy. Chapter on 'Aromatherapy' details the use of essential oils in human health care, techniques employed, aromatherapy message, aromatic bath, facial care, hair care etc. Information on aromatic oil's vide spread application to relieve stress and rejuvenate body are also included. Sixth and seventh chapters deal with major and other sources of aromatic oils. Under major sources, 17 aromatic crops and under other sources, 25 crops and discussed in detail. These chapters include the common name, botanical name and synonyms if any and family, vernacular names, importance and uses, habitat and distribution, agro technology, soil, climate, season, land preparation, planting, seed rate and spacing manurial and fertilizer recommendation, irrigation, weed control, pest control, harvest, propagation techniques, herbal yield, extraction and utilization, oil recovery, oil composition, properties of oil, storage requirements etc.
 

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Contents

Chapter I
1
Chapter II
17
Chapter III
37
Chapter IV
45
Chapter V
51
Chapter VI
63
Cedar Wood Himalayan
66
Chamomile
68
Clarysage
164
Dill
167
Galangal
171
Greater Galangal 1 74
174
Hops
177
Jasmine
181
Juniper
186
Kewda
189

Cinnamon
71
Citronella Java
76
Davana
82
Eucalyptus
84
Geranium
88
Lavender
92
Lemongrass
95
Linaloe
105
Mints
109
Ocimums
114
Palmarosa
118
Patchouli
123
Sandalwood
125
Vetiver
131
Colour Plate Section
145
Chapter VII
149
Ambrette
151
Caraway
155
Celery
158
Champak
161
Lippia 292
192
Litsea
194
Marigold
197
Rose
201
Rosemary
207
Skimmia
210
Sweet Flag
213
Sweet Marjoram
216
Tea Tree 21 9
219
Thyme
223
Tuberose
225
YlangYlang
229
Colour Plate Section
239
Index
245
Scientific Name
249
General Name
259
About the editor
271
About the authors
273
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