10 Most Useful Books About Essential Oils
Choosing The Best Essential Oil Books
Anyone wanting to buy a book about essential oils soon finds that there are thousands of books on the subject. It can be overwhelming and confusing because most of the books, however well-packaged, repeat the same information in different words to greater and lesser degrees of accuracy and detail.
It took me some time and a few disappointments before I discovered which were the best essential oil books. I've chosen the ten best books on the subject and hopefully, it will be a good place to start if you are trying to find the right book for you.
These are the best essential oil books. They are reliable, understandable, accurate, and written with authority and expertise. Some are practical, some inspirational, and some add something new and exciting to the understanding and use of essential oils.
A single essential oil book cannot cover everything, and to my knowledge, there isn't one that has succeeded in doing that yet. This selection contains books about essential oils on all kinds of topics from treatments for children to magic. Some books are for beginners, and some are more suited to the experienced. By combining a few of these books, all the information and inspiration you will ever need will be at hand.
I taught myself over many years how to use essential oils safely and effectively. I found out by talking to practitioners, learning by trial and error, and by reading books. Whatever your particular interest or skill level, I hope this helps you find the right book for you.
For Beginner Blends and Recipes
A Complete Household Essential Oil Guide - Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty And A Safe Home Environment by Valerie Ann
This book is similar to the last in that it has recipes for essential oil blends. It is different in the density of information and degreee of associations it makes. I think this is a truly fantastic book, but it might be a little overwhelming for an absolute beginner.
Tne only thing lacking in this book is a good section on safety and contra-indications: there still isn't a book that has absolutely everything yet. Actually I think that might be impossible, so the best way at the moment is to have two or three great books that complement each other.
A Comprehensive Reference Book Of Essential Oils - The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless
This is a highly recommended essential oils resource book.
Julia Lawless is an extremely well respected authority on aromatherapy. She is well known for her clear and concise approach to what can be a complex subject.
Julia has been producing aromatherapy oils since the 80's, and is the third generation of women in her family to be involved with essential oils. Her writing has an authenticity that comes from a genuine love of her subject, and the accumulated wisdom and research of three generations of her family.
The Mind And The Emotions - The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood, and Emotion
A huge amount of information, advice and creative thought is crammed into this wonderful and life changing book. I've owned a copy for years, and still haven't exhausted all the resources here. You will find recipes to soothe and heal every mental and emotional state you might experience. You will also find a lot more that intrigues , and leads you on to your own discoveries.
Essential Oils For Spiritual And Magical Purposes - The Fragrant Heavens by Valerie Ann Worwood
Valerie Ann Worwood is my absolute favourite writer on all things to do with essential oils and aromatherapy, especially when it comes to the esoteric.
Reading her books has taught me to 'think outside the box' where essential oils are concerned. It's good to learn the fundamental principles, the safety guidelines, and all the researched benfits of essential oils.
Once you've done that, Valerie Ann Worwood shows that the next stage is to use your intuition.
Pregnancy and Childbirth - Clinical Aromatherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth by Denise Tiran MSc RGN
When it comes to pregnancy, the need to be very sure about the safety of any substances an individual absorbs by mouth or skin becomes ever more specific. What may be fine for us can be overpowering to an embryo in the womb.
This book is a source of sound information about the use of essential oils during pregnancy, backed up by solid experience and research.
The Best Book About Essential Oils And Animals - A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils by Kristen Leigh Bell
You cannot and should not apply the same recipes and rules in aromatherapy to animals that you do to humans. What helps us may cause great harm to our animal friends.
Apart from any direct medical consequences, consider the fact that most animals have a sense of smell many thousand times greater than ours, and concentrated essential oils are overpowering to their finely developed senses.
Science: A Comprehensive Review Of The Chemistry Of Essential Oils
Dr. Schnaubelt has a Ph D in Chemistry, so that should give you a clear idea of the slant of this very detailed book. If you want to read a serious review of the reasons how, why and when essential oils work, this is it. As the practice of treating illness with essential oils becomes ever more popular, the pressure increases for claims about their efficacy to be substantiated by rigorous scientific testing.
History : The Practice of Aromatherapy - A Classic Compendium of Plant Medicines and Their Healing Properties by Dr. Jean Valnet
No collection of books about aromatherapy would be complete without this one, written by the father of medical aromatherapy : French army surgeon, Dr. Jean Valnet.
Dr. Valnet pioneered the use of essential oils on the bloody battlefields of WWll. His subsequent research and writings laid the foundations of modern aromatherapy.
Essential Oils And Perfume - The history of fragrances both ancient and modern, and the ultimate guide to perfumery.
Mandy Aftel is a creator of perfumes, and an expert at blending essential oils. In this delightful book she not only covers the principles of blending different oils together, but also examines with whimsy or insight, depending upon your outlook, the inner qualities of essential oils.