Aromatherapy Books and References/Resources

Books on Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

These are some of the best resources we’ve found on aromatherapy and essential oils, and each has been reviewed personally by herbBee’s site editors.

  • Alternative Health Therapies: The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Massage, and Reflexology by Denise Whichello Brown and Sandra White
    ISBN 186160422X (2001 edition)
    Alternative Health Therapies discusses the origins and principles of the ancient healing arts of aromatherapy, massage and reflexology. Today, these treatments are widely recognized as relaxing and beneficial ways to optimize physical health and enhance mental and emotional well-being.”
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  • Aromatherapy (Complementary Health) by Vivian Lunny, MD
    ISBN 0765199556
    “This book offers expert advice on over 30 essential oils and their therapeutic uses, aromatherapy massage techniques and strokes, relaxation and reducing stress levels, treating medical conditions and sports injuries, beauty treatments and skin preparations.”
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  • Aromatherapy for Common Ailments by Shirley Price
    ISBN 0671731343
    “With step-by-step instructions and beautiful color photographs, Aromatherapy for Common Ailments shows how to apply twelve of the most versatile essential oils to treat more than forty common health problems…”
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  • Aromatherapy for Women: Aromatic Essential Oils for Natural Healing by Shirley Price
    ISBN 0754806707
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  • Aromatherapy Workbook by Shirley Price
    ISBN 0722526458
    “…this book has been written for those who wish to delve deeper into the world of aromatherapy. It includes extraction methods for obtaining essential oils, the nature of different carrier oils, therapeutic oils versus perfume oils, plant families and the therapeutic qualities of their essential oils, the chemistry of essential oils, the relationship between components of essential oils and their effects on the body, how to use essential oils for health, pleasure and enjoyment, safety of and contraindications for essential oils.”
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  • The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
    ISBN 0892810017
    “In The Art of Aromatherapy, twenty-nine essences are described in detail, with a list of their properties and applications. Tables of evaporation rate and odor intensity are provided along with a complete glossary of medical terms and a therapeutic index that lists more than one hundred illnesses and the essential oils used in treating them.”
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  • The Book of Practical Aromatherapy by William H. Lee & Lynn Lee
    ISBN 978-0879835392
    “In this serviceable guide to aromatherapy, Bill and Lynn Lee show how sense of smell evokes powerful effects throughout the body and discuss the range of therapeutic effect of plant oils and the diseases each can alleviate; give recipes for home-prepared potions and unguents, and explore the use of the essential oils for relaxation and regeneration as massage and bath adjuncts.”
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  • The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
    ISBN 0931432820
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  • The Complete Guide To Herbal Medicines by Charles W. Fetrow and Juan R. Avila
    ISBN 0743400704
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  • Complete Holistic Care and Healing for Horses – The Owner’s Veterinary Guide to Alternative Methods and Remedies by Mary L. Brennan, DVM with Norma Eckroate
    ISBN 978-1570762796
    “This book is a must for everyone who cares about the quality of life and well-being of horses. Based on her extensive experience as a horsewoman and holistic veterinarian, Mary L. Brennan, DVM has compiled an in-depth reference to help you incorporate alternative health care info your horse management practices.” (Along with containing information on aromatherapy treatments, the book also addresses acupunture, acupressure, bach flower remedies, chiropractic care, herbs, homeopathy, lasers, magnetic therapy, and massage.)
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  • Crabtree & Evelyn Fragrant Herbal: Enhancing Your Life with Aromatic Herbs and Essential Oils by Lesley Bremness
    ISBN 0821224719
    Includes A-Z guide of aromatic herbs and essential oils.
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  • Encyclopedia of Healing Therapies by Anne Woodham and Dr. David Peters
    ISBN 078941984X
    “Authoritatively written by a respected health author with a leading doctor and complementary practitioner, in conjunction with a team of specialists.”
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  • The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants by Andrew Chevallier
    ISBN 0789410672
    “Illustrated Index of Medicinal Plants – Profiles more than 550 key medicinal plants, systematically detailing their history, cultivation, properties, and traditional and current uses.”
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  • Essence & Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume by Mandy Aftel
    ISBN 978-1586857028
    “In Essence & Alchemy, Mandy Aftel unearths a forgotten world of natural essences and its profound resonance with body, mind, and spirit.”
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  • Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Susan Worwood
    ISBN 188003266X
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  • The Essential Oils Book: Creating Personal Blends for Mind & Body by Colleen K. Dodt
    ISBN 0882669133
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  • Flower Power: Flower Remedies for Healing Body and Soul Through Herbalism, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, and Flower Essences by Anne McIntyre (Henry Holt Reference Book)
    ISBN 0805042164
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  • Healing Gardens: Aromatherapy, Feng Shui, Holistic Gardening, Herbalism, Color Therapy, Meditation by Romy Rawlings
    ISBN 978-1572232082
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  • Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless
    ISBN 1566199905
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  • Making Soaps & Scents: Soaps, Shampoos, Perfumes & Splashes You Can Make At Home by Catherine Bardey
    ISBN 1579120598
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  • A Modern Herbal (Volume 1, A-H) by Margaret Grieve
    ISBN 978-0486227986
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  • A Modern Herbal (Volume 2, I-Z and Indexes) by Margaret Grieve
    ISBN 978-0486227993
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  • The New Guide to Remedies (New Guide to Remedies/Therapies) – Parragon Publishing
    ISBN 0752585231
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  • The Practice of Aromatherapy by Dr. Jean Valnet
    ISBN 0852071434
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  • Tea Tree Oil – A Medicine Kit in a Bottle by Susan Drury
    ISBN 0852072384
    “Tea Tree Oil is one of the most marvellous healing resources that Nature has to offer. This book presents, in a very readable and accessible way, not only the history and harvesting of Tea Tree Oil but also an overview of its practical medical uses.”
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Smells detonate softly in our memory like poignant land mines hidden under the weedy mass of years. Hit a tripwire of smell and memories explode all at once. A complex vision leaps out of the undergrowth. -Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

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