Recommended Reading List
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
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
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 Oils - Wanda 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.
The Aromatherapy Companion - Victoria Edwards
Aromatherapy for Health Professionals - Shirley and Len Price *THT Favorite
Aromatherapy to Heal and Tend the Body - Robert Tisserand
The Book of Massage & Aromatherapy - Nitya Lacroix
Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage - Len Price
The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils - E. Joy Bowles
Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice - Jennifer Peace Rhind
The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality: Mind, Mood and Emotion - Valerie Ann Worwood
Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils - Kurt Schnaubelt *THT Favorite
Essential Oil Books for Treating Animals
Essential Oils for Animals - Nyana Morag
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.