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Which aromatherapy book do I start with?

Many of you have asked what are some good books to read to help learn more about essential oils and aromatherapy.


Well, the list is long, but here are a few


Aromatree by Salvatore Battaglia is a great introductory book. Easy to read, beautiful to look at, it will inspire you to learn more.


Sal’s Complete Guide to Aromatherapy is a must for anyone interested in oils. This book is used by most aromatherapy schools as it’s primary text. I have both the 2nd and 3rd editions, and I find both very valuable for different reasons. The 3rd edition will have three volumes.


A great little introduction is The Essential Oils Book by Colleen Dodt. Simple, easy, beginner level


My personal favourite is Like Chocolate for Women by Kim Morrison, as this is the book that inspired me initially. It focuses on essential oils and self care. As we need to take care of ourselves first before we can help others.


Aromatherapy an A to Z by Patricia Davis is another great beginner book. And it’s hard to go past The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook by Purchon and Cantele for a comprehensive home user book.


Once you’ve got the basics under control, you might start to specialise, and that’s where there are even more options. My favourites include The Blossoming Heart by Robbi Zeck, Aromatherapy for the Healing Spirit by Gabriel Mojay, and Fragrance & Well-being by Jennifer Peace Rhind.


When you are more advanced, you must read the Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils by Joy Bowles. It makes chemistry easy to understand.


Clinical Aromatherapy by J Buckle, Medical Aromatherapy by Schnaubelt and Essential Oil Safety by Tisserand and Young are not easy reading, and definitely for advanced users.


These are just a few options. I could go on forever giving you options. I still buy new books when they become available, and always keep learning new and different ways of looking at and using oils in a safe and efficacious way.


Hope this little list helps.



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