Date Published: 19 February 2016

Clinical Aromatherapy Awarded 2015 ABC James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award

Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Healthcare, 3rd Edition
Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Healthcare, 3rd Edition

The American Botanical Council (ABC), a non-profit organization also known as the Herbal Medicine Institute, has announced that for the first time, the James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award has been awarded to a book about aromatherapy.

The recipient for 2015 is Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Healthcare, 3rd edition, by Jane Buckle, PhD, RN, which is published by Churchill Livingstone.

This annual literature award was created ten years ago (2006) and is made to books that make a significant contributions to literature in the fields of botany, taxonomy, ethnobotany, phytomedicine, and related subjects.

The winner of the 2015 James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award has been described on the ABC's website as 'the first completely peer-reviewed and evidence-based book on the clinical uses of essential oils'. Its author Dr Jane Buckle explained that the book is intended to provide an overview of research into the clinical use of essential oils and their current uses in hospital departments. She went on to say that "it is intended for health professionals who might be interested in what clinical aromatherapy could add to their practice and any aromatherapist who wants to know about modern research."

" My aim has always been to put the 'clinical' into clinical aromatherapy. It is the chemistry of an essential oil that gives it its therapeutic properties and may indicate the safest way to use it" said Dr. Buckle

Herbalist and aromatherapist Mindy Green reviewed Clinical Aromatherapy in the ABC's periodical HerbalGram issue 107, where she said that the book includes an excellent overview of how essential oils can contribute to a healthier medical system, enhancing patient care and reducing medical costs.

Mark Blumenthal, ABC's founder and executive director, said that:

" Jane Buckle's book elevates the use of essential oils to a high standard and provides a strong research basis for clinical applications".

This textbook has also been well received online with many enthusiastic reviews on both (USA) and (UK).

The ABC James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award will be presented at the 11th Annual ABC Botanical Celebration and Awards Ceremony on March 10, 2016, in Anaheim, California.

Source(s): American Botanical Council, USA

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