It is the first time ABC has given this award to a book about aromatherapy, and “the book elevates the use of essential oils to a high standard and provides a strong research basis for clinical applications,” said Mark Blumenthal, ABC’s founder and executive director.
Clinical Aromatherapy is the first completely peer-reviewed and evidence-based book on the clinical uses of essential oils. “The book is intended to give an overview of research into the clinical use of essential oils and how they are currently being used in various hospital departments,” said Buckle. “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.”
“I am deeply grateful to the reviewers who gave their time and advice so generously and made the book what it is,” Buckle said. “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.”
Herbalist and aromatherapist Mindy Green reviewed Clinical Aromatherapy in HerbalGram issue 107. “[Buckle] provides an excellent overview of how essential oils can contribute to a healthier medical system, enhancing patient care and lowering medical costs at a critical time in this community,” wrote Green.
“[T]his text examines issues within conventional and integrative medical practices with applications relevant to a variety of settings and circumstances…. I highly recommend this book, both as a resource and a highly informative read; the compilation of bibliographic citations alone is significant.”
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. The event, for ABC Sponsor Members, occurs during Natural Products Expo West.