Reference books

desk refThere are a huge number of Aromatherapy books in the market place. Some of them are fantastic and then there are others are books that are written about books, that are based on no research or practical experience. Some books I give more weight to than others. I’m regularly adding to my library but there are still a few that are my “go books”.

  • My first go to book for when I’m researching an ailment or an oil is my Essential Oils Desk Reference – Compiled by (and purchased from) Life Science Publishing. (If you are in Australia you can save on shipping and buy it from )
    It is written specifically for Young Living Essential oils and their different product range, so it covers singles oils, blends, supplements and then  the back 1/2 of the book is an almanac  that covers different ailments and what oils you could use to aid them. They have a lot of quoted research in their book so this gives me confidence in using the books recommendations.
    When I first started learning about oils, I would just randomly open this book and read. It meant that I learned something new and I didn’t get overwhelmed with information.
  • I also use The Reference Guide to Essential Oils – by Connie and Alan Higley. It can be purchased from Amazon or  It is cheeper than the Essential Oils Desk Reference and has a very similar set up with the single oils, blends and almanac and is a great book for people just starting out as it is a little more simple. There are a few difference between the two so I like to have both on hand.
  • Aromatherapy for Health Professionals By Shirley and Len Price – you can purchase it from Amazon  or its a bit cheeper from the Book Depository  (They ship anywhere in the world for free) or This book is more aimed at those who have a clinical practice or are looking for information at that level. Its not for the novice.
  • When I have more scientific questions I go to Chemistry of Essential oils made simple by David Stewart from book depository , amazon, or Again not for a novice but great if you want to learn about organic chemistry.
  • Healing oils Healing Hands  By Linda Smith. This is a great book it covers single oils, from ancient biblical times as well as medieval into modern uses. Linda is very thorough in her research and writes in a manner that makes it easy to understand. Buy from Amazon, or  Abundant health

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Some other great reference books I have are (Note some of these are out of print so if you can get a second hand copy I highly recommend it)

The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
Inner Transformations using essential oils by Dr. LeAnne Deardeuff, DC & Dr. David Deardeuff, DC
Saving Face by Sabina DeVita ( I think this is out of print)
Releasing emotional patterns with essential oils  – by Carolyn L Mein
Natural home Health care using Essential Oils – by Daniel Penoel (out of print)
Ayurveda & Aromatherapy By Dr Light Miller and Dr Brian Miller
Aromatherapy soothing remedies to restore, rejuvenate and heal by Valerie Gennari Cooksley
Gentle Babies  by Debora Raybern
Aromatherapy and the mind  by Julia Lawless