Aromatherapy books recommended resources
My goal for this article is to save you time and energy looking for resources on aromatherapy books. I am often asked where to get reliable information about essential oils. I have also seen some books available (mostly online) that I really found to be a waste of money. They won’t be on this list. Benefit from my summaries on each book, as I have read all of them, and personally own most of them. Yes, that is a lot of books, and I have only listed some of them!
Note: Most of these books may also be accessed through your local library. Keep on the lookout in second hand bookstores for some of the older editions.
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Aromatherapy books to read first:
These books are ones that I recommend to have, read or get when first starting to use essential oils.
The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness
The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide: Using the science of carrier & essential oils to create natural care products
by Danielle Sade: I recently discovered this book, and really liked it. If you are interested in making your own beauty products, you will find a lot of valuable information here. Some of te products are quite simple to make, but others require some specialty ingredients and/or equipment that many people may not have access to.
Recommended for: serious beauty DIYers
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health and Well Being
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art
Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality and Well-being
Aromatherapy (Teach Yourself)
by Denise Whichello Brown: This aromatherapist has been around for awhile, and has some straightforward formulas for several medical concerns. She covers various treatments for those issues, from orthodox treatment to Bach flower remedies. This is a smaller volume, but is handy and has a layout that makes reading the information easy. Recommended reading. Check better second hand book stores for this one.
Quick Start to using Essential Oils
by Deanna Russell: This little gem was created by yours truly, initially written as a textbook for an online aromatherapy course, Aromatherapy Foundational Concepts. This book outlines everything that I wish I had known when I was getting started with essential oils. The layout of this book makes getting information quickly a cinch. Recommended reading (of course!)
by Valerie Worwood. She is another prolific aromatherapy author and I have a few of her books too. I find there is some content overlap between the books, but overall they provide a good resource. Much of her individual book information is included in this one volume. What I like about this book is that she has a section on using essential oils in the garden and for pest control. This book is a good resource.
Recommended for: Advanced users and professionals
I suggest getting the following books if you are a professional using essential oils, or a very advanced and keen user.
Carrier oils for Aromatherapy and Massage
by Len Price with Shirley Price: This book is a little goldmine for people who want detailed information on carrier oils. It contains all the commonly used carrier oils, but also has many oils profiled that are not yet readily accessible in some parts of the world. Since this volume is a little more costly, there are probably other books I would get first.
However, if you are a massage therapist, this book would be more at the top of the list for recommended reading.
Recommended for: Massage therapists and skin care professionals.
Essential Oil Safety
by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young: second edition. If you are a professional aromatherapist, you absolutely must have this reference book. It is a massive volume and took years in the making. It contains loads of technical information on almost every essential oil in production. The cost of this volume has come down quite a bit since I purchased it.
Recommended for: Professionals and practitioners.
Well, there you have it- at least a very good start on what to read. Yes, there are additional books that are worth having, and perhaps one day I’ll add some of them here. In the age of anyone writing an ebook on this topic, it can be hard to know where to invest your money and space. Since I have purchased a few duds myself, my goal here is to save you some time and energy and get right to the good stuff.
So- what are your favorite aromatherapy reads?
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