My Favorite Aromatherapy Books

1:59 PM Posted by jo

I get a lot questions from people asking me what my favorite aromatherapy books are. I've read quite a a lot of books throughout the years and some are better than others. Once you learn more about essential oils you realize that many books have a lot of the same information.

Here we go:

My absolute favorite book is The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia. It was a required textbook in my 12 month aromatherapy education at the American College of Healthcare Sciences, and I'm pleased to see that they still use the book. This book has been a great help in my consulting and blogging. I also like it because Battaglia also addresses dietary and lifestyle changes for each health condition. I purchased the first edition through my college and I purchased the second edition in a health food store in Wales, UK. It is quite an expensive book and it cost $ 110.00 on Amazon but you can buy it from my college store for $ 90.75. I highly recommend this book and it has so much information in it that you really don't need many other books. This is what it says about it in the Apothecary Shoppe:

"An indispensable book for everyone who wants to be extensively familiarized in the art and science of Aromatherapy. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy is written in a clear, concise and well-presented format, with the student, professional Aromatherapist, pharmacist, nurse, doctor and lay-person in mind. Information contained within the 467 pages is quickly accessed through two comprehensive indexes, 29 well-defined chapters, and an array of appendices. This is the most recent edition with five new chapters.
Over 90 Essential oils are covered in detail as well as detailed information on the treatment of a wide range of conditions. Also included is some of the latest research on the psychological effects of Essential Oils and the implications for present day Aromatherapy."

Another favorite book of mine is Aromatherapy - Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate, and Heal by Valeri Gennari Cooksley, R.N. I really enjoy this book, Cooksley shares some great recipes and information in this book and I've used it so much so the book has fallen apart. You can purchase this book used for about 12 dollars on Amazon or for $ 49.95 from Barnes and Nobles. This is what it says about the book on Amazon:
"Science has now confirmed what has been known since the time of the Caesars: essential oils have healing properties for a wide variety of physical and emotional conditions. In fact, essential oils have been considered among the most therapeutic and rejuvenating of all botanical extracts.
This step-by-step guide demystifies the herbal healing art, and provides all the tools and techniques necessary to prepare and use the curative power of essential oils to relieve illness and restore youth and vitality -- without the use of drugs or other invasive health treatments. Chapters cover how to buy and make essential oils; how to use them to attain ultimate calm and relaxation; soothing, proven treatments for more than 100 health conditions; dozens of special blends and recipes developed by the author for a variety of ills; true case studies of healing success; plus a complete reference to the more than 100 aromatics and blends and their healing abilities."

I always enjoy Valeri Ann Worwood's books and most of her books are available on kindle. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy was the first book I purchased and it is a great book to look up quick information. This is what Amazon says about this book:

"A necessary resource for anyone interested in alternative approaches to healing, this book contains more than 600 easy-to-follow recipes for essential oil treatments and aromatherapy."

Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child is another book by Worwood and it is a must have book for parents. It is also available for kindle for only $ 9.99. This is what it says about this book on Amazon:
"This reference shows how essential oils can help parents raise healthier, happier children. Chapters cover every age from newborn to teen with aromatherapy remedies for typical problems--from diaper rash to bedwetting to asthma. The book features information for pregnant mothers and physically challenged children and appendices with reference charts, safety data, and supplier information. This is a valuable book for every concerned parent."

The Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for the Personality, Mind, Mood and Emotion and Aromatherapy for the Soul: Healing the Spirit with Fragrance and Essential Oils  are two other books by Worwood that I own. 

This is what Amazon says about them:

"Written in an accessible style and aimed at aromatherapists, practitioners of alternative medicine, and anyone wishing to use aromatherapy to maintain a peaceful equilibrium or bring about positive change, this book concentrates on the mood-changing effects of natural oils. "A good addition to alternative medicine collections."--Library Journal.

"Fragrances, with their intriguing ability to evoke emotions, memories, and visions, have played an important role in the world’s spiritual traditions since the dawn of time. Drawn from the essential oils of plants, they serve as an earthly connection with the Divine. In her fascinating book, renowned aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood breaks new ground with an in-depth study of the use of fragrance in spirituality. Drawing on the pioneering research of eminent scientists and the insights of leading spiritual teachers, she provides exhaustive guidelines detailing how fragrance can be used in many spiritual practices, from Shinto and Buddhism to Native American rites. Extensive charts, exercises, and formulas demonstrate the use of aroma in healing, prayer, and meditation and in conjunction with vibrational and energetic healing. Covering more than 70 essential oils, this extraordinary guide helps readers call upon the divine power of fragrance to enrich their own spiritual journeys."

I also like Kurt Schnaubelt's books but some of them may be little too intense for someone new at aromatherapy.

I also have many other books but the books mentioned above are the ones I like the most and are used very often. Do you have a favorite book that I didn't mention?


Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 
Follow Johanna on twitter and facebook for more health tips and information.

This post is linked to:
Wildcrafting Wednesday
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Technorati
  • Facebook
  • TwitThis
  • MySpace
  • LinkedIn
  • Live
  • Google
  • Reddit
  • Sphinn
  • Propeller
  • Slashdot
  • Netvibes