I have a number of aromatherapy books. In the interest of efficiency and utility, I am just including the books I really like and use, i.e., the ones I would like to share with you because I think you would love them as I do.
BOOKS I DEPEND ON – I have a lot of aromatherapy books, but, honestly, these are the books on my top shelf – if I can’t remember something, or, if something I haven’t thought about comes up, or if I just suddenly get an idea I haven’t thought of before, these are the books I go to:
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF ESSENTIAL OILS & AROMATHERAPY, Worwood, Valerie Ann.
My go-to book is a classic, but still going strong. I have seen this book, in well-worn condition, in every aromatherapy shop I have ever visited. I have always found in it whatever I might be looking for.
AROMATHERAPY FOR VIBRANT HEALTH & BEAUTY, Wilson, Roberta
Another go-to book, good for beginners or advanced aromatherapists. Discusses carrier oils: 36 most commonly-used essential oils (with info on plant, folklore, medicinal, beauty, emotional benefits, primary actions, and cautions): issues which can be addressed with aromatherapy: details on how aromatherapy may used/applied: and a separate listing of essential oils for skin care, by skin type.
THE AROMATHERAPY COMPANION, Edwards, Victoria H.
Discusses history of aromatherapy; properties of various essential oils; and applications, by issue.
THE AROMATHERAPY BOOK: APPLICATIONS & INHALATION, Rose, Jeanne
This is one of my favorite aromatherapy books (okay, I have always liked Jeanne Rose’s books ever since I got Herbs & Things the early 70’s) The Aromatherapy Boo includes recipes for just about everything from skin care to pet care, musical and chakra qualities of essential oils, and properties of essential oils, with indispensable aromatherapy charts.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AROMATHERAPY, Wildwood, Chrissie
Discusses essential oils: history, how they are made, how to choose the right ones, how they may be used or applied, carrier oils, synergistic blending, aromatherapy for specific physical issues, developing one’s healing potential, grounding, aura cleansing, pendulum dowsing, muscle testing/kinesiology, mind/ body aromatherapy (psycho-aromatherapy), healing massage for everybody: men, women, children, babies), aromatherapy beauty care (for skin and hair), aromatherapy perfumery, love potions, aromatherapy for the home and garden, for pets, as well as descriptions of various aromatherapy oils and their uses. This book is very important for serious study and use of essential oils. Many reviewers say that, if you could only have one book, it should be this one.
THE FRAGRANT HEAVENS: THE SPIRITUAL DIMENSION OF FRAGRANCE AND AROMATHERAPY, Worwood, Valerie Ann
If you are looking for psycho-spiritual uses for aromatherapy, this is the one. Aromatherapy for spiritual connection, anointing, prayer and affirmation, Transition, and Past Life Remembrance is here. In addition there is aromatherapy for vibrational/energetic healing (with explanations of various ways of vibrational healing, distant healing, Reiki, crystal and gem therapy, color healing, channeling, and more), this is the book. There are all sorts of useful charts at the back, as well as listings of essential oils with their physical/emotional/spiritual healing attributes.
500 FORMULAS FOR AROMATHERAPY: MIXING ESSENTIAL OILS FOR EVERY USE, Schiller, Carol and Daniel
This is a kind of interesting book: I think the best thing I have found in it is the list of substitutions for oils (if you don’t have this, what can you use?) and the “drop equivalents list (how much is 20 drops in teaspoons or millileters, for example). Herein, you will find recipes for air fresheners (by type of fragrance), aromatherapy lamps (by application), baths (by application), body powder (by scent), breath fresheners, candles, carpet fresheners, chapped lips, deodorants, diffusers, foot baths, foot powder, furniture polish, gardening, hair care,
Insect bites, insect repellents, laundry scents, lice removers, massage oils (lots of these, by application), mist sprays (many of these, by application), mouthwash, potpourri (by scent), pre-shave, skin care (all sorts), as well as listing of essential oil descriptions. I do consult this fairly often when I am in the market for something that it covers.
SETTING THE MOOD WITH AROMATHERAPY, Wall, Carly
While I don’t use this book every week, I do go to it when I am looking for a quick fix/aromatherapy for dealing with depression, grief, sadness, shyness, excessive fear, bad temper, stress, worry, and ansxiety, as well as for enhancing positive moods (energizing, love/sex/aphrodisiacs, relaxation and restful sleep, happiness and joy, releasing creativity).
THE COMPLETE BOOK OF INCENSE, OILS, AND BREWS, Cunningham, Scott
This is not the book for everyone, but, if you are open to using oils, incense, herb teas, or herb sachets or soaps to enhance your manifestation efforts, this is *the* go-to book.
AROMATHERAPY FOR EVERYONE, Pierson, PJ and Shipley, Mary
This is a nice little book for a beginner – it mentions a number of essential oils and gives recipes for their uses. I got it free with a purchase at Willner’s Natural Pharmacy in New York City. I think I paid the right price. I have listed above other books which can be purchased for just a little more than what you will pay for this book, which have much more information. Save your money. (even after reading all of the 5 star reviews on amazon, I still think you can do better).