Summer Reading: The Best Aromatherapy Book List

June 12th, 2014

Summer Reading


Whether you’re new to aromatherapy or have been using essential oils for years, here are a few books that are packed with a wealth of essential oil information!




Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay

This very small easy to read book is jam packed with a wealth of info on essential oils and Aromatherapy. If you don’t want to delve into the technical science behind essential oils, but want a broad understanding of their healing powers, this is a great start! Mojay goes into details about the oils’ various abilities to restore balance in regard to the five-element theory of Chinese medicine and the ensuing patterns of disharmony. The essential oil descriptions and references in this book are poetic and very much aligned with healing the spirit!





Essential Living, Aromatherapy Recipes for Health & Home by Andrea Butje

This book is a light and refreshing approach to integrating essential oils into every aspect of your life. You will read how to incorporate mists and sprays into each space in your home, and even learn recipes to address many common physical and emotional ailments encountered in daily living. Andrea’s easy step-by-step instructions help you to transform your home and body to chemical-free temples.


The Art of Aromatherapy, The Healing and Beautifying Properties of Essential Pils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert Tisserand

This is a great example of a comprehensive aromatherapy book. It incorporates the beauty and healing modality of essential oils along with many aspects of synergistic natural healing. Since Tisserand believes that “aromatherapy cannot be separated from basic principles of natural therapeutics, massage, diet and our whole attitude of life,” he dedicates chapters to these, highlighting how essential oils help bring balance and benefit to the whole being.





The Healing Intelligence of Essential OilsThe Science of Advanced Aromatherapy by Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D

This book is full of interesting examples of “how the effectiveness of essential oils stem from our common biochemical and cellular heritage with plants.”  People often seem to overlook the basic facts that explain our natural coexistence with the plant world. Kurt provides a unique perspective on our relationship with nature that helps the less advanced aromatherapist understand the “how and why” of essential oil science; his fundamental explanations and visual aids help to communicate these complex scientific concepts in a very digestible way.


The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia

This is the quintessential textbook for essential oils. It is by far the most comprehensive Aromatherapy book that offers detailed chapters on the many facets of using and understanding essential oils. It does a wonderful job at addressing our different bodily systems, highlighting which essential oils to use and recommend for particular concerns, and providing a plethora of great recipes to try.


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