The first aromatherapy
Is natural safe?
Why are waters not used more?
Sourcing good materials
Advantages of distilled waters
What is their composition?
Scientific proof — what is it?
Other water based plant extracts
Chapter One: Historical background
Egypt — Nile, Edfu, priest embalmers, architects
Aromatics worldwide — China, India, Middle East, Jewish, Greek, Roman
Development of distillation — golden age of the Arabs, alcohol, alchemists
Hungary water, carmelite water, eau de cologne
Rise of science
Fall and resurrection of plant medicine — 20th century pioneers
Chapter Two: The nature of water
Universal distillation process
Life and death, life giving
Physical power of water
Water as solvent, cleanser
Judging by water
Water in the body, passage through body
Treatments with water — Thalassotherapy, spa treatments
Scientists who investigated water — Priestley, Cavendish, Watt, Lavoisier, Laplace
Structure of liquid water — hydrogen bonding, polar solvent
Molecules soluble in water, increased dilution
Chapter Three: Terminology and nomenclature
Introduction — what’s in a name?
How waters are obtained
Current terminology — aromatic water, essential water, prepared water, distilled water, floral water, hydrolat, medicated water
Colloids, hydrosols, suspensions
Cohobation — water oil, are cohobated waters therapeutic?
Chapter Four: Prepared waters
Identifying the product