Books I Recommend

    • We all enjoy books on aromatherapy and the use of essential oils. Here are some links to books that cover general aromatherapy, subtle aromatherapy, clinical aromatherapy, skin care and essential oil safety that I think that you might enjoy, including three Kindle books written by me.

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Originally, there were only a few aromatherapy books available, however today there are new books being published every week. Some are very good, while others are just ‘fluff’. Here is a listing of some of the tried and trusted books that I have on my shelf. Obviously you don’t need them all, and if you are taking out course you don’t need any of them to work through the course, on the other hand some of them are very nice to have on your own bookshelf or on your Kindle or reading device.  This information comes for the books I have on my shelf, some of them may be hard to find, others may have been updated and available as a new edition, so keep that in mind when you are looking.

Aromatherapy for Beginners:
Wilson, Roberta, Aromatherapy for Vibrant Health & Beauty, Garden City Park, New York, Avery Publishing Group, 1995
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, San Rafael, Calif.:New World Library, 25th Anniversary edition.  Available November 2016.
Harris, Rhiannon,  Becoming an Aromatherapist, Oxford, UK, How to Books Ltd, 1999, Revised 2000
Butje, Andrea, The Heart of Aromatherapy, An Easy-to-Use Guide for Essential Oils, Hay House, 2017

Aromatherapy the next step:
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition, Virginia, Q, Australia, The Perfect Potion, 1995,
Berwick, Ann, Aromatherapy, A Holistic Guide, St. Paul, Minnesota, Llewellyn Publications, 1998,
Cooksley, Valerie Gennari, Aromatherapy A Lifetime Guide to Healing with Essential Oils, Prentice Hall, Paramus, New Jersey, 1996,
Lawless, Julia, The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy, Element Books, Great Britain, 1997
Peace Rhind, Jennifer, Essential Oils, A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice, 2nd Edition, Singing Dragon, 2012
Peace Rhind, Jennifer, Listening to Scent, An Olfactory Journey with Aromatic Plants and Their Extracts, Singing Dragon, 2014
Peace Rhind, Jennifer, Aromatherapeutic Blending, Essential Oils in Synergy, Singing Dragon, 2016
Price, Shirley, Aromatherapy Workbook, Thorsons, 1993
Wildwood, Chrissie, Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy, London, Bloomsbury, 1996

Aromatherapy with a Beauty/Spa Theme:
Avery, Alexandra, Aromatherapy & You, Kailua, Hawaii, Blue Heron Hill Press, 1992,1994
Cousin, Pierre Jean, Facelift at your fingertips, an aromatherapy massage program for healthy skin and a younger face, Storey Publishing
Dinsdale, Margaret, Skin Deep, Natural Recipes for Healthy Skin and Hair, Buffalo, NY, Camden House, 1994
Keller, Erich, Aromatherapy Handbook for beauty hair and skin care, Rochester, Ver, Healing Arts Press, 1991, English translation 1992,
Roebuck, Anne, Aroma-Spa therapy, Toronto, Canada, Anessence Inc, 1995
Ryman, Daniele, Using Essential Oils for Health & Beauty, London, Century Hutchison Ltd, 1986
Ryman, Daniele, Aromatherapy, The Complete Guide to Plant and Flower Essences for Health and Beauty, New York, NY, Bantam Books, 1991

Aromatherapy with a medical theme:
Buckle, Jane, Clinical Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingston,San Diego, CA, Singular Publishing Group Inc, 2003
Buckle, Jane, Clinical Aromatherapy, 3rd Edition, Elsevier, 2015
Bensouilah, Janetta, Buck, Philippa, Aromadermatology, aromatherapy in the treatment and care of common skin conditions, Radcliffe Publishing, Oxford, Seattle, 2006.
Penoel, Daniel MD, Natural Home Health Care using Essential Oils, Osmobiose Publishing, 1998
Percival, Ann, Aromatherapy, A Nurses Guide, Surrey, UK, Amberwood Publishing, 1995
Price, Shirley,  Price, Len, Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, New York NY, Churchill Livingstone, 1995
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Medical Aromatherapy, Healing with Essential Oils, Frog, Ltd, Berkeley, CA, 1999
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy, Rochester, Vermont, Healing Arts Press, 1995, English Translation 1998
Tiran, Denise, Clinical Aromatherapy for Pregnancy and Childbirth, Churchill Livingstone, Bailiere Tindall 1996, Harcoutt Publishing Limited 2000

Aromatherapy & Chemistry:
Clarke, Sue, Essential Chemistry for Safe Aromatherapy, Churchill Livingston, Harcourt Publishes Limited 2002
Bowles, E.Joy, The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Essential Oils, Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2003
Caddy,Rosemary Essential Oils in Colour, Guilford, England, Amberwood Publishing Limited, 1997, 2nd Edition 2000
Caddy,Rosemary The Essential Blending Guide, Guilford, England, Amberwood Publishing Limited, 2000
Lis-Balchin, Dr. Maria, The Chemistry & Bioactivity of Essential Oils, Amberwood Publishing Ltd, Surrey UK, 1995,
Williams, David G., The Chemistry of Essential Oils, Weymouth, Dorset, England, Micelle Press, 1996

Great Reference books for the Serious Aromatherapist
Bagetta, Giacinto, Cosentino, Marco, Sakurada, Tsukasa, Aromatherapy, Basic Mechanisms and Evidence-Based Clinical Use, Clinical Parmacognosy Series, CRC Press 2015
Blumenthal/Goldberg/Brinckman, Herbal Medicine, Expanded Commission E Monographs
Guenther, Ernst, The Essential Oils, Volume 1 – VI, Krieger Publishing Company
Harris, Bob The Aromatherapy Database, Essential Oil Resource Consultants, West Sussex UK, 1999 updates 2000.
Husnu, K, Baser, Can, Buchbauer, Gerhard; Handbook of Essential Oils, Science, Technology and Applications, CRC Press, 2010
Holmes, Peter, Aromatica, A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume 1: Principles and Profiles, Singing Dragon, London and Philadelphia, 2016
Leung and Foster, Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients used in Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics, 2nd Edition.
Sheppard-Hanger, Sylla, The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual,2 volumes, Tampa, Fl., The Printing Stop, 1994.
Tisserand, Robert & Young Rodney, 2nd Edition Essential Oil Safety A Guide for Health Care Professionals, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone, 2014
Watt, Martin, Plant Aromatics Data and Reference Manual, Essex, Watt, 1992
E.A.Weiss, Essential Oil Crops, CAB International, Oxon UK & New York NY 1997

Subtle Aromatherapy:
Cunningham, Scott, Magical Aromatherapy, Llewellyn, 1989
Cunningham, Scott, The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews, St. Paul, MI, Llewellyn Publishers, 1989
Davis, Patricia, Subtle Aromatherapy, Essex, C.W. Daniel Co Ltd, 1991
Eidson, Deborah, Vibrational Healing, 2000 Frog, Ltd, Berkeley, CA
Jefferies, JenniferAromatherapy Insight Cards for Intuitive Aromatherapy, Living Energy, Australia 1st Edition 2000, Second Edition 2005
Leigh, Ixchel Susan, Aromatic Alchemy, 2001, Mansion Publishing, Winchester MA,
Lawless, Julia, Aromatherapy and the Mind, San Francisco, CA, Thorsons, 1994
Loughran, Joni Keim and Bull, Ruah, Aromatherapy Anointing Oils, Frog, Ltd, Berkeley, CA, 2001
Mailhebiau, Philippe, Portraits in Oils, Essex, England, C.W. Daniel Co Ltd, 1995
Mojay, Gabriel, Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, New York, NY, Henry Holt & Co,1996
Peace Rhind, Jennifer, Fragrance and Wellbeing, Plant Aromatics and Their Influence on the Psyche, Singing Dragon, 2014
Price, Shirley, Aromatherapy and your Emotions, Thorsons 2000, Caledonian International, Glasgow
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Fragrant Mind, London, Transworld Publishers, London,1995
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Fragrant Heavens, New World Library, Novato, California 1999
Zeck, Robbi, The Blossoming Heart, Brolga Publishing, Australia 2004

General Books on Aromatherapy and related subjects:
Alexander, Michael, How Aromatherapy Works, Synthetic and Efficacious Pathways of Essential Oils in the Human Physiology, Volume I, Principal Mechanisms in Olfaction, Whole Spectrum Arts and Publications, 2000
Balz, Rodolphe, The Healing Power of Essential Oils, Twin Lakes, WI, Lotus Light, 1960,1996 English Edition
Bowles, E. Joy, The A to Z of Essential Oils, Barron’s, Hauppauge, NY, 2003
Burfield, Tony, Natural Aromatic Materials – Odours & Origins, Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, 2000
Cassar, Mario-Paul, Handbook of Massage Therapy, Butterworth-Heinemann, Woburn, MA, 1999
Chiazzari, Suzy, Colour Scents, Essex, UK, C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd, 1998
Clay, James H & Pounds, David M., Basic Clinical Massage Therapy: Integrating Anatomy and Treatment, Lippincott Williams & Wilkes, 2003,
Damian, Peter & Kate, Aromatherapy Scent and Psyche, Rochester, Vermont, Healing Arts Press,
Davis, Patricia, Aromatherapy and A-Z, Essex, C.W.Daniel Co Ltd, 1988,
Davis, Patricia, Astrological Aromatherapy, C.W. Daniel Co ltd, Essex, UK, 2002
Dye, Jane, Aromatherapy for Women & Children, Essex, C.W. Daniel Co Ltd, 1992
Edwards, Victoria, The Aromatherapy Companion, Pownal, Vermont, Storey Books, 1999
Gattefosse, Rene-Maurice, Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy, Essex, England, C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd, 1937 English translation 1993
Grosjean, Nelly, Aromatherapy from Provence, Essex, England, C.W. Daniel Co Ltd, 1992, English translation 1993
Harold, Steven A, Marketing for Complementary Therapists, Howtobooks, Oxford, UK, 2002
Irani, Farida, The Magic of Ayurveda Aromatherapy, 2001, Subtle Energies NSW Australia
Keville, Kathi & Green, Mindy, Aromatherapy, A complete Guide to the Healing Art, Freedom, CA, The Crossing Press, 1995,
Lacroix, Nitya, The Book of Massage & Aromatherapy, London, Lorenz Books 1994
Lavabre, Marcel, Aromatherapy Workbook, Rochester, Healing Arts Press, 1990
Lawless, Julia, Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Element, 1995
Lawless, Julia, Rosemary Oil, San Francisco, CA, Thorsons, 1996
Lind, Eva-Maria, Aromatiques, Soma
Maxwell-Hudson, Clare, Aromatherapy Massage, London, England, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, in Canada Stoddart Publishing Co
Maury, Marguerite, The Secret of Life and Youth, London, Macdonald & Co, 1964
Miller, Dr. Light & Dr. Bryan, Ayurveda & Aromatherapy, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Lotus Press, 1995
Price, Shirley, Aromatherapy for Common Ailments, London, Gaia Books Ltd, 1991
Price, Shirley, Practical Aromatherapy, London, Thorsons, 1983, 1987
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Biology of Essential Oils, PIA Master Series, Terra Linda Scent and Image, San Rafael, CA, 2002
Rose, Jeanne, The Aromatherapy Book, Berkeley, CA North Atlantic Books, 1992
Rose, Jeanne & Earle, Susan, The World of Aromatherapy, NAHA Women of Aromatherapy, Berkely, CA, Frog Ltd, 1996
Ryman, Daniele, The Aromatherapy Handbook, Essex, C.W. Daniel Co Ltd, 1984
Sellar, Wanda, The Directory of Essential Oils, Essex, C.W. Daniel Co Ltd, 1992
Schiller, Carol & David, Aromatherapy,Mixing Oils for every use, New York, NY, Sterling Pub. Co, 1994,
Schnaubelt, Kurt,  Biology of Essential Oils, PIA Master Series, Terra Linda Scent and Image, 2002
Sohnen-Mo Cherie, Business Mastery, A guide for Creating a Fulfilling, Thriving Business and Keeping it Successful, Tucson, Arizona, 1997
Stromkins, Jennine, The Autonomic Nervous System and Aromatherapy, New Westminster, BC, International Essential Oil Cor., 1998,
Tisserand, Maggie & Janemann, Monika, The Magic & Power of Lavender, Wilmot, SI, Lotus Light Publications, 1994,
Tisserand, Maggie, Aromatherapy for Women, London, Thorsons, 1985
Tisserand, Maggie, Stress: The Aromatic Solution, London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1995
Tisserand, Robert, Aromatherapy for Everyone, London, Arkana, 1988
Tisserand, Robert, Aromatherapy to Heal and Tend the Body, Wilmot, Wisconsin, Lotus Press, 1988
(Aromatherapy for Everyone and Aromatherapy to Heal and Tend the Body are the same book published under different titles in the UK and the US.)
Tisserand, Robert, The Art of Aromatherapy, Essex, C.W. Daniel Co Ltd, 1983
Valnet, Dr Jean, The Practice of Aromatherapy, Essex, C.W. Daniel Co Ltd, 1982,
Watson, Franzesca, Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies, Thorsons, Hammersmith, London, 1995
Watt, Martin, Essential Oil Monographs, Tampa, Florida, Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, 1996.
Watt, Martin & Sellar, Wanda, Frankincense & Myrrh, Essex, England, 1996=
Whitton, Shirley, Essential Oils & Essences, New Burlington Books, London, 1995,
Wildwood, Christine, Aromatherapy – Massage with Essential Oils, Dorset, Element Books Ltd, 1991
Wildwood, Chrissie, Create Your Own Perfumes Using Essential Oils, Piatkus, London, 1995
Worwood, Valerie Ann, Aromantics, London, Bantam Books, 1987(This may be out of print and republished as Scents & Scentuality)
Webb, Mark A., Bush Sense, Adelaide Australia 2000

Carrier Oils:
Kusmirek, Jan
, Liquid Sunshine, vegetable oils for aromatherapy, 2002, Floramicus, Somerset, England
Price, Len, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage, 1990, 1996, Riverhead, Stratford-upon-Avon,

Guenther, Ernst, The Essential Oils, Volume 1 – VI, Krieger Publishing Company
Malle, Bettina & Schmickl, Helge,  The Essential Oil Maker’s Handbook, Extracting, Distilling & Enjoying Plant Essences.  Spikehorn Press 2015

Catty, Suzanne , Hydrosols, the Next Aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 2001
Harman, Ann, Harvest to Hydrosol, IAG Bontanics LLC dba botANNicals, WA, 2015
Len Price, Shirley Price, Understanding Hydrolats: the Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy, Churchill Livingstone, 2004

Aromatherapy and Animals:
Bell, Kirsten Leigh, Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals, Findhorn Press, Findhorn, Scotland, 2002
Grosjean, Nelly, Veterinary Aromatherapy, Essex, England, C.W. Daniel Co Ltd, 1994, English translation 1994
Ingraham, Caroline, Aromatherapy for Horses, Threshold Picture Guides, Kenilworth Press, 1997
Ingraham, Caroline, Aromatherapy for Animals, Caroline Ingraham, England, 2001,
Ingraham, Caroline, The Animal Aromatics Workbook, Caroline Ingraham, England, 2006,