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I get asked quite often as to what books are good resources for different levels of essential oil know-how.  I only recommend books that are authored by those who are practicing aromatherapists or are deeply rooted in the science of aromatherapy.  NOTE: There are a lot of publishers and authors who try to profit off from the popularity of essential oils, and publish books that are attractive, but full of inaccurate information.  Here is our recommended aromatherapy reading list:

Essential Oil Books for Beginners

375 Essential Oils & Hydrosols - Jeanne Rose, Frog Ltd., 1999.

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art - Kathi Keville and Mindy Green

Aromatherapy - an A - Z -  Patricia Davis

The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & InhalationsJeanne Rose

Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child: More Than 300 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Essential Oil Blends - Valerie Ann Worwood  *THT Favorite

Aromatherapy Workbook (Revised)Marcel Lavabre

The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and HerbsRobert Tisserand

Complete Aromatherapy Handbook: Essential Oils for Radiant Health - Susanne Fischer-Rizzi  *THT Favorite

The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy - Valerie Ann Worwood,  *THT Favorite

The Directory of Essential OilsWanda Sellar

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism - Julia Lawless  *THT Favorite

Advanced Reading for Practitioners 

Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy - Kurt Schnaubelt  *THT Favorite.

Aromatherapy and the Mind - Julia Lawless

The Aromatherapy Companion - Victoria Edwards

Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils - Gabriel Mojay

Aromatherapy for Health Professionals - Shirley and Len Price  *THT Favorite

Aromatherapy to Heal and Tend the BodyRobert Tisserand

The Book of Massage & Aromatherapy - Nitya Lacroix

Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage - Len Price

The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils E. Joy Bowles

Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in PracticeJane Buckle  *THT Favorite

Creative Aromatherapy: Blending and Mixing Essential Oils and Flower Remedies for Health and Beauty - Christine Wildwood

Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care ProfessionalsRobert Tisserand and Rodney Young  *THT Favorite

Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy PracticeJennifer Peace Rhind

The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality: Mind, Mood and EmotionValerie Ann Worwood

The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils - Kurt Schnaubelt

Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils - Kurt Schnaubelt  *THT Favorite

The Practice of Aromatherapy: A Classic Compendium of Plant Medicines & Their Healing Properties - Jean Valnet

Essential Oil Books for Treating Animals

Essential Oils for Animals - Nyana Morag

Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils and Hydrosols with AnimalsKristen Leigh Bell

What Not to Read

In the end, not every aromatherapist agrees on every bit of information, but overall, practicing aromatherapists have your best interest at heart.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of books not written by practicing aromatherapists, and many contain some very bad information.  I recommend always steering clear of books published by MLM companies.  While I have found that Doterra in particular, to have good quality essential oils, they recommend practices that are not approved by the board of aromatherapy and many of their practices are dangerous.  Here are just a few examples of the worst offenders of essential oil misinformation:

Healing Oils of the Bible - David Stewart   I wrote a blog post on just how adamantly opposed I am to the information in this book.

Essential Oils Pocket Reference - Life Science  This publication is basically all Young Living and some of the information is not at all what I would suggest using for my family or yours.

Essential Oils Animal Desk Reference - Life Science

Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils - Aroma Tools Another MLM publication, advocating the improper use of essential oils to push Doterra.

I wish you all the best in your quest to be an informed consumer and truly hope that you have found this information useful.