Botanicals have become widely used in many beauty products and for the purpose of aromatherapy. Phytochemistry-the chemistry of plants, plant processes, and plant products-is of great interest to those involved with both the medicinal and cosmetic properties of botanicals. Botanicals: A Phytocosmetic Desk Reference is the first reference to approach this popularly treated topic from a scientific point of view. It offers a clear, organized approach to plant constituents, properties, and cosmetic applications and covers the most common folkloric use of botanicals. By providing an overview of the most important botanicals in use today, this reference will be of great use to phytochemists, cosmetic chemists, herbalists, and aromatherapists.
Herbs-Folkloric Use and Constituents
Forms of Extracts
Some Common Terminology
Gas Liquid Chromatography
Botanical Quick Reference Chart
General Method for Extracting Botanical Constituents
Some Extraction Terminology
UV and Visible Spectroscopy of Botanicals
UV and Visible Absorption Maxima of Some Common Compound Groups
A Brief Summary of the Properties of Essential Oils for Use in Aromatherapy
Botanical Extract Strengths
Thin Layer Chromatography
A Brief List of TLC Developing Solvent Systems
Methods of Identification
Adulteration of Drugs
Diagnostic Structures of Different Drug Groups
Microscopical Linear Measurements
Hair Care Botanicals
Oriental Herbs Used in Cosmetics
Marine Natural Products
"Of great value to this reviewer is that the book provides many pieces of information often difficult to find in recent books, such as the composition of reagents commonly used to identify plants and plant extracts and the details of the various types of microscopic analyses… The modest cost of the book leads me to recommend it for the new breed of 'compounding' pharmacists, graduate students in pharmacognosy and related disciplines, and those involved in the cosmetic industry, as well as a reference source in libraries."
-Journal of Natural Products, 2001, vol. 64, no. 6
"...a well written text, nicely illustrated, featuring several hundred monographs of commonly used botanicals....recommended for everyone with interests in the properties and uses of botanicals and their cosmetic applications."
-Heber W. Youngken, Emeritus Dean and Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Rhode Island
"This book is recommended for everyone with interests in the properties and uses of botanicals and their cosmetic applications."
-Candice A. Shoemaker,Current Books on Gardening & Botany