Chemistry of Essential Oils
The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple:
God's Love Manifest in Molecules
Whether you have a background in chemistry or not, you will understand and enjoy this book. It will enlighten and entertain you while demonstrating, by the chemistry of essential oils, that God’s power and divine nature can be seen through the things he has made. (Romans 1:20)
Based on both science and Scripture, this book reveals the harmony between the two. Dr. Stewart describes the relationship between the material world and the spiritual world to explain how oils bring healing.
Containing analyses of more than 100 essential oils cross indexed by more than 40 tables containing more than 600 compounds, this is the most comprehensive chemistry book on essential oils ever compiled, and the easiest to use and comprehend.
Phenomenal! This book hardly deserves to be deemed a dry category of chemistry! Dr. Stewart makes, what is for many people a boring subject, something alive and full of interest. For the first time, I understand how chemistry and vibrational frequency relate. He has done a great service for those of us in healing work and in the art of aromatherapy. The book is truly a treasure for those with or without a scientific background.
Linda L. Smith RN, MS, Author of Healing Oils, Healing Hands
President, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry, Inc., Arvada, Colorado
He’s done it again! Dr. Stewart's new book proves once again that nature is truly a testimony to God—even at the scale of atoms and electrons. Even a child can see why chemistry makes sense when described in terms of the Creator. If chemistry could have been this clear when I went to school, it would actually have been fun. The awesome order of God's creation on a molecular level helps me appreciate His providence more than ever before. A treasury of scientific detail in common language that gives expanded meaning to God’s provisions for his children. This book fills an important need not met by any other publication.
Author of Unlocking the Mysteries of Creation
Director of the Creation Resource Foundation
In his book, on The Chemistry of Essential Oils, Dr. David Stewart has, to my knowledge, gone where no author has ever gone before. He explains the complex organic chemistries, as well as some practical uses, of these natural plant-distilled oils so that anyone with a high-school education can comprehend them. And he has presented the material in a wonderfully engaging way, undergirded by a devout Scriptural perspective as well! Readers will find in this volume a fresh, challenging, and complementary alternative point of view for the practice of medicine and the healing arts, which no doubt will stimulate some beneficial and much needed debate. I believe Dr. Stewart is on the “cutting edge” of a gentle revolution in American healthcare.
Robert W. Miner, M.D.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Author David Stewart, Ph. D.
Dr. David Stewart studied theology, philosophy, and English at Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri (1955-58) and studied chemistry, biology and social sciences at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg (1962-63). He also studied commercial photography at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (1959-60). He completed a BS degree in Mathematics and Physics at Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1965 and was salutatorian of his graduating class. His MS and PhD degrees are in geophysics (theoretical seismology) and were earned from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1969 and 1971 respectively. He spent a semester in medical school at the University of North Carolina (1973) and has been a Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE) with the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth (AAHCC) since 1975.
Dr. Stewart is also a Registered Aromatherapist (RA) with the nationally recognized Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC), which is endorsed by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists (NAHA), of which he is a member.
He has held positions as a hydraulic engineer and hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Southern California (1965-67). He was a professor on the faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, (1971-1978) and also held a professorship at Southeast Missouri State University (1988-1993). He was also a part-time United Methodist Pastor (1993-94, 1997-99) in rural Missouri. He has been the Executive Director of the InterNational Association of Parents and Professionals for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth (NAPSAC International) since its founding in 1975.
For most of his professional career, Dr. Stewart has been self-employed as an author and lecturer, mainly in the area of alternative health care. He has also served on advisory committees to the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). He has testified as an expert on health matters before state legislative committees, U.S. congressional committees, medical licensing boards and courts of law throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada.
He has authored or coauthored over 200 published works including more than a dozen books (including Healing Oils of the Bible). Two of his books won the "Books of the Year" Award from the American Journal of Nursing. One of his flyers on breastfeeding (published by La Leche League International, LLLI) sold over two million copies in ten languages.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: A Letter From Me to You
Part One: A Short Course in Chemistry
Chapter 1: Review and Critique of Resource Literature
Chapter 2: What Oils Do in Living Plants
Chapter 3: Basic Chemistry Made Easy
Chapter 4: The Chosen Ones
Chapter 5: Organic Chemistry Made Easy
Chapter 6: Lord of the Rings
Chapter 7: Biochemistry Made Easy
Chapter 8: Chemotypes and Environmental Factors
Chapter 9: Isoprenes, Terpenes, and PMS
Chapter 10: Common Compounds in Essential Oils
Chapter 11: Oils Versus Drugs
Chapter 12: Practical Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Part Two: Catalogs of Compounds in Essential Oils
Common and Scientific Names of Plants
Chemical Analyses of Essential Oils
Classes of Compounds in Essential Oils
Most Popular Compounds in Essential Oils
Part Three: Beyond Chemistry
Preamble: A Book of Its Own
Article 1: The Limits of Science
Article 2: Biotransmutation of Elements
Article 3: The Nature of Matter
Article 4: Consciousness in Essential Oils
Part Four: Appendices & Resources
Chemistry Course Outline
Read an excerpt from Chapter 11: Why Essential Oils Heal and Drugs Don’t