Must Have Books
Updated: Nov 18
Writing a list of must-have aromatherapy books is not easy for me, because I believe you can learn from the bad ones as much as the good ones. But when you are starting out, trying to determine which one is a good one and which one isn't, is challenging.
On top of the list is The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia. This book is used by many aromatherapy schools as their primary source of teaching. This updated version details over 120 essential oils, outlining historical uses, subtle uses, references to pharmacological and clinical studies. It has information on the therapeutic uses, energetic uses, and blending and perfumery information. It not only is great for those starting out, but also for those who are serious about learning, as well as the seasoned practitioner.
Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young isn't a book for the beginner, but a must for all aromatherapists and enthusiasts alike. This book outlines around 400 essential oils. For each essential oil, there is a full breakdown of constituents, and a clear categorization of hazards and risks, with recommended maximum doses and concentrations. All the compositional data for essential oils has been revised, expanded and referenced. This book is not an easy read, it is a heavy textbook, a reference book, but is one you will go back to often. The e-book version makes it easy to search for relevant information on oils, constituents or safety data.
If you're starting out, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele might be the book for you. Lots of recipes, easy to follow instructions, as well as loads of tips and tricks to get you started.
The Fragrant Pharmacy by Valerie Ann Worwood covers how we can use oils in our home, and with our family and pets, and is great for the novice. Valerie has a lovely writing style, very friendly and approachable. She’s been writing aromatherapy books for over 25 years, and has 8 books covering all things essential oils. Actually, any single one of her books would be a wonderful addition to your collection.
I'll come back and add more to the list over time