Over the years I have read a lot of books on essential oils, but the market has never been more flooded than it is right now. I want to tell you about my favorite resources for finding general information on essential oils. To make it easy, the title of each book has a direct link to amazon.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood. This book is over 600 pages of awesomeness. Mrs. Worwood has a PHD in complementary medicine, is the chair of the research board of the International Federation of Aromatherapists and is a consultant of clinical aromatherapy. She knows her stuff and it shows throughout the 600 pages. The index is to thorough that it is not difficult to find what you are looking for and it covers a range of topics from the science of oils, to a whole section on carrier oils as well as literally hundreds of recipes for men, women, babies, children and even pets. If I could only choose 1 book, this would be it, it might be the best $19.00 I’ve Spent. If you’re interested in it you can buy it here.
My Second Favorite Book is The Art of Aromatherapy by Robert B. Tisserand. Mr. Tisserand is a pioneer in the aromatherapy field and while this book has a lot of information, it is a little different. It covers fewer oils, but is a great source of history. It covers how ancient civilizations used oils and some ancient recipes as well as current ones. Sections in this book include “The Body”, “The Mind”, “Aromatic Baths’, “Massage” and “Skin Care” among others. Click Here to get your hands on this little gem.
Another book that I have loved for so long that the corners were chewed on by my dog, Donkey when he was a puppy (he is now 7) is Organic Body Care Recipes by Stephanie Tourles is a book of 175 recipes and herbal formulas for your skin. This book is less about essential oils and more about making wholesome products for your skin. It was through this book that I learned how to make homemade lotion, how oils and waters can combine and a whole slew of other things. It is truly a great book, however I will say that some of the skills you learn through this book take some time to hone in. My first lotion recipe was a disaster, but over time I have mastered it thanks to this book. And at $15 bucks it was a great addition to my library.
Rounding out my library is The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing by Margaret Ann Lembo. This book is entirely different as it focusses on the energetic level of essential oils and how they combine astrologically, or with different gemstones, or plants, numbers or colors. With each oil it gives a positive affirmation to use with the oil either throughout the day or in a concentrated meditation practice. I know there are a lot of people who think this type of things is absolute craziness, but if you are into energy work at all, this is a great resource.
Another tremendous resource is an app that has a companion book called Modern Essentials. I love the book, but love the portability of an app. If I am at the yoga studio and someone asks me what oils is good to support muscles after a rigorous class, I can just whip out my phone. I love that this app and book list the many different oils that may help as well as they way to use them, and in some cases with recipes. The book is awesome, but the app is a lifesaver when I’m on the go.
The final place where I keep current on studies that are being done about essential oils is the pub med websight where there is currently 17,077 articles that mention essential oils. Yowza, it is all pretty sciency and some of it is hard to follow, but it is a tremendous resource none the less.
I hope this helps you to make some decisions on where to get information.. Leave me a comment about what Essential Oil Books are in your library, I love finding new treasures.