J. P. Rhind

Fragrance and Wellbeing

Plant Aromatics and their Influence on the Psyche

  • ISBN: 9781848190900
  • 2013, 448 pages


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Fragrance and Wellbeing shows you that thousands of years the fragrance has been used, across many varied cultures, for altering mental and emotional states, and as part of spiritual practice.
Jennifer Peace Rhind explores the impact of fragrance on the psyche from biological, anthropological, perfumery and aromatherapy viewpoints.
Fragrance and Wellbeing is 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. She gives an insight of 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.


J. P. Rhind

J. P. Rhind

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 has led to qualifications in massage, aromatherapy and reflexology. For fifteen years she worked as a therapist and partner in a multidisciplinary complementary healthcare clinic.…