Recommended Reading


Before jumping into using essential oils, please be aware that they could be very harmful if misused.

One of the best books in my humble opinion to learn the basics and safety of essential oils is by Robert Tisserand: Essential Oil Safety Book Second Edition.

One of the most informative and helpful sites for aromatherapy questions is

AGORA is an international group of volunteers dedicated to providing noncommercial aromatherapy education articles via donated web space on the internet,

Also, If you are interested in taking a course to become an Aromatherapist here are some recommended courses: (btw, I am not affiliated with any of these, just wanted to share with you from my research)

Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy

along with the NAHA approved schools and courses ,

But please realize that these are not the be-all, end-all, know-it-all courses. Don’t trust people just because they have taken a course, or because they tell you a specific oil will cure you. These schools offer very important information and great resources, and especially are important for those just starting out. But remember…

Experience is the true teacher.


Other Must-Haves Aromatherapy Books:

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Julia Lawless, Element Books, Dorset, UK, 1995.

375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, Jeanne Rose.

Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, Worwood & Worwood.

Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, Steffen Arctander, self-published, Elizabeth, NJ, 1960.

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, Kathi Keville and Mindy Green, The Crossing Press, 1995.

Aromatherapy – an A – Z, Patricia Davis, C W Daniel Company Ltd, 1988, 1995.

* Favorite: (The) Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations, Jeanne Rose, Random House Inc, 1992.

* Favorite: Aromatherapy Workbook (Revised), Marcel Lavabre, Healing Arts Press, 1990, 1997.

* Favorite: (The) Art of Aromatherapy – The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs, Robert Tisserand, Healing Arts Press, 1977.

Complete Aromatherapy Handbook – Essential Oils for Radiant Health, Susanne Fischer-Rizzi, Sterling Publishing Co, Inc, 1990.

(The) Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, Valerie Ann Worwood, New World Library, 1991.

(The) Directory of Essential Oils, Wanda Sellar, C W Daniel Company Ltd, 1992, 1994.

* Favorite: (The) Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism, Julia Lawless, Element Books, 1995.

(The) Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy: Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism, Julia Lawless, Element Books, 1995


* Favorite: Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Kurt Schnaubelt, Healing Arts Press, 1998.

* Favorite: Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils, Gabriel Mojay, Healing Arts Press, 1998.

* Favorite: Aromathérapie Exactement (in French), Pierre Franchomme and Daniel Pénoël, Roger Jollois (publ.), 1990.

Aromatherapy – A Lifetime Guide to Healing with Essential Oils, Valerie Gennari Cooksley, Prentice Hall, 1996.

Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques – Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils, Joni Keim Loughran and Ruah Bull, Frog Ltd., 2000.

Aromatherapy and the Mind, Julia Lawless, Thorsons, 1994.

Aromatherapy Anointing Oils – Spiritual Blessings, Ceremonies & Affirmations, Joni Keim Loughran and Ruah Bull, Frog Ltd., 2001.

(The) Aromatherapy Companion, Victoria Edwards, Storey Books, 1999..

* Favorite: Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 4th ed., Shirley and Len Price, Elsevier, 2012.

Aromatherapy – Scent and Psyche, Peter & Kate Damian, Healing Arts Press, 1995.

Aromatherapy: Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for Esthetics, Jimm Harrison, Cengage Learning, 2008.

Aromatherapy to Heal and Tend the Body, Robert Tisserand, Lotus Press, 1988.

(The) Book of Massage & Aromatherapy, Nitya Lacroix, Crescent Books, 1994.

(The) Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils, 3rd ed., E. Joy Bowles, Allen & Unwin, 2003.

Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Practice, 2nd ed., Jane Buckle, Churchill Livingstone, 2003.

Creative Aromatherapy – Blending and Mixing Essential Oils and Flower Remedies for Health and Beauty, Christine Wildwood, Thorsons, 1993.

* Favorite: Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, 2nd ed., Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Churchill Livingstone, 2014.

* Favorite: Essential Oils – A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice, 2nd ed., Jennifer Peace Rhind, Singing Dragon, 2012.

* Favorite: (The) Essential Oils – Vol. 1-6, Ernest Guenther, PhD, D. Van Nostrand Co, 1948.

(The) Essential Oils Book: Creating Personal Blends for Mind & Body, Colleen K. Dodt, Storey Communications, Inc, 1996

Essential Oils for Animals, Nyana Morag, Off the Leash Press, 2011.

(The) Fragrant Heavens: The Spiritual Dimension of Fragrance and Aromatherapy, Valeria Ann Worwood, New World Library, 1999.

(The) Fragrant Mind: Aromatherapy for Personality, Mind, Mood and Emotion, Valerie Ann Worwood, New World Library, 1996.

* Favorite: Gattefossé’ s Aromatherapy – The First Book on Aromatherapy, René-Maurice Gattefossé (Robert B. Tisserand, Editor), C W Daniel Company Ltd, 1993.

* Favorite: The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy, Kurt Schnaubelt, Healing Arts Press, 2011.

Herbs & Aromatherapy for the Reproductive System, Jeanne Rose, Frog Ltd., 1994.

Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils and Hydrosols with Animals, Kristen Leigh Bell, Findhorn Press, 2002.

Margarite Maury’s Guide to Aromatherapy – The Secret of Life and Youth: A Modern Alchemy, Margarite Maury, C W Daniel Company Ltd, 1989.

* Favorite: Medical Aromatherapy – Healing with Essential Oils, Kurt Schnaubelt, Frog, Ltd, 1999.

Practical Aromatherapy – How to Use Essential Oils to Restore Health and Vitality, Shirley Price, Thorsons, 1983, 1999.

(The) Practice of Aromatherapy: A Classic Compendium of Plant Medicines & Their Healing Properties, Jean Valnet, Healing Arts Press, 1980, 1990.

Subtle Aromatherapy, Patricia Davis, C W Daniel Company Ltd, 1991.


Carrier Oils: For Aromatherapy and Massage, Len Price, Riverhead, 1990, 2004.

Liquid Sunshine – Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy, Jan Kusmirek, Floramicus, 2002.


* Favorite: Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy, Suzanne Catty, Healing Arts Press, 2001.

Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy – A Guide for Health Professionals, Len and Shirley Price, Elsevier, 2004.


* Favorite: Natural Perfumes – Simple Aromatherapy Recipes, Mindy Green, Interweave Press, 1999.

Scents & Sensibilities – Creating Solid Perfumes for Well-Being, Mandy Aftel, Gibbs Smith (publ.), 2005.

Create Your Own Perfumes Using Essential Oils, Chrissie Wildwood, Judy Piatkus (publ.), 1994.


(The) Art of Perfumery, and the methods of obtaining the odours of plants, G. W. Septimus Piesse, Lindsay & Blakiston, 1857 (available as a reprint).

* Favorite: Artisan Perfumery or Being Led by the Nose, Alec Lawless, Boronia Souk Ltd., 2009.

Essence and Alchemy – A Book of Perfume, Mandy Aftel, North Point Press, 2001.

Fragrance – The Psychology and Biology of Perfume, S. Van Toller and G.H. Dodd, eds., Elsevier Applied Science, 1992.

Fragrance – The Story of Perfume from Cleopatra to Chanel, Edwin T. Morris, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1984.

Listening to Scent – An Olfactory Journey with Aromatic Plants and Their Extracts, Jennifer Peace Rhind, Singing Dragon, 2014.

(The) Mystery and Lure of Perfume, C.J.S. Thompson, Kessinger Legacy Reprints, 2014 (first published in 1927).

Natural Perfume Materials – A Study of Concretes, Resinoids, Floral Oils and Pomades, Y. R. Naves and G. Mazuyer, Reinhold Publishing, 1947.

Perfume, William I. Kaufman, E.P. Dutton & Co., 1974.

* Favorite: Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin, Steffen Arctander, self-published, 1960 (available from Allured Pub. Corp. or free access at Hathi Trust Digital Library,

Perfumers’ Handbook and Catalog, Fritzsche Brothers, Inc., 1944.

Perfumes of Yesterday, David G. Williams, Micelle Press, 2004.

Perfumery – Practice and Principles, Robert Calkin and J. Stephan Jellinek, John Wiley & Sons, 1994.

Perfumery Technology – Art: Science: Industry, 2nd ed., F.V. Wells and Marcel Billot, John Wiley & Sons, 1975, 1981.

Scents of Time – Perfume from Ancient Egypt to the 21st Century, Edwin T. Morris/The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Little, Brown and Company, 1999.


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More Aromatherapy Books; 15 most popular on Aromaweb:

This list includes the 15 aromatherapy books that are most frequently purchased by AromaWeb readers. Click on a book’s title to read a detailed description of the book and find out how to purchase the book through

1. The Complete Book Of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
Book Image Level: Beginning Intermediate
Valerie Ann Worwood
ISBN: 0-931432-82-0
Summary: Contains over 600 recipes organized by topic, the author’s 10 recommended oils to keep on hand, discussion of a variety of conditions and subjects and how the recipes play a part in treating or aiding the subject.

Also known as “The Fragrant Pharmacy” in the UK.

2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Essential Oils
Book Image Level: Beginning Intermediate Advanced
Julia Lawless
ISBN: 1-85-230-721-8
Summary: Contains profiles (monographs) on 160 essential oils as well as introductory aromatherapy information. Many color photographs.

3. Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals
Book Image Level: Intermediate • Advanced
Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young
ISBN: 0443062412 / 978-0443062414
Summary: Second edition. A number of enhancements are present in the second edition. Additionally, it has been updated to include profiles for 400 essential oils and profiles for 206 essential oil constituents.

4. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy
Book Image Level: Beginning
Carol Schiller & David Schiller
ISBN: 0-8069-0584-0
Summary: Contains many recipes arranged by subject with brief introductory aromatherapy information.

5. Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy
Book Image Level: Intermediate Advanced
Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D.
ISBN: 1594774250 / 978-1594774256
Summary:A beautifully presented book. The eye-catching layout includes numerous color photographs and educational sidebars. If you want to dig deeper into particular areas that aren’t covered on AromaWeb or in many books, this is an insightful book to add to your aromatherapy library.

6. Medical Aromatherapy
Book Image Level: Advanced
Author: Kurt Schnaubelt
ISBN: 1-883319-69-2
Summary: Discusses aromatherapy as a viable alternative medicine modality and discusses the medicinal uses of essential oils.

7. Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy
Book Image Level: Beginning Intermediate Advanced
Suzanne Catty
ISBN: 0-89281-946-4
Summary:Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy is wonderfully enlightening and sheds much light on the often ignored world of hydrosols. It is a must-have book for everyone serious about aromatherapy.

8. 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols
Book Image Level: Intermediate
Jeanne Rose
ISBN: 1-883319-89-7
Summary: Focuses on supplying brief E.O. profiles (monographs) and also contains information on plant botany and some essays.

9. Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child
Book Image Level: Beginning Intermediate Advanced
Author: Valerie Ann Worwood
ISBN: 1-57731-095-0
Summary: Finally there is a hefty and comprehensive book that covers aromatherapy for children – it’s about time! This huge book covers a multitude of aromatherapy uses for children. Easy enough for beginners to read, this book is also practical for advanced users considering the limited amount of resources available on children’s aromatherapy.

10. Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals
Book Image Level: Beginning Intermediate Advanced
Kristen Leigh Bell
ISBN: 1-899171-59-2
Summary:At long last, the aromatherapy community finally has a reliable text that focuses upon animal aromatherapy. Kristen Leigh Bell is probably the most recognized expert in the safe utilization of aromatherapy with animals.

11. Advanced Aromatherapy
Book Image Level: Advanced
Author: Kurt Schnaubelt
ISBN: 0-89281-743-7
Summary: Essential oil chemistry, EO selection and application are the topical highlights of this information-rich text.

12. The Essential Oils Book
Book Image Level: Beginning
Colleen K. Dodt
ISBN: 0-88266-913-3
Summary: Although I haven’t thoroughly read this book myself, I have heard praise about this book. To my surprise, I was impressed to find practical, holistic, and safety-oriented advice and recipes for the beginner. Intermediates may also find a few nice little tidbits within this book as well.

13. Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions
Book Image Level: Beginning Intermediate Advanced
Donna Maria
ISBN: 1-58017-241-5
Summary: A must-have book for those wishing to make natural aromatherapy skincare products.

14. Aromatherapy for the Soul
Book Image Level: Beginning Intermediate
Author: Valerie Ann Worwood
ISBN: 1-57731-562-2 / 978-1577315629
Summary: Aromatherapy for the Soul is helpful if you’re looking for a deeper introduction into the role that aromatherapy and aromatic botanicals play within spirituality in general and within your own personal spiritual practices.

15. The Art of Aromatherapy
Book Image Level: Beginning Intermediate Advanced
Robert B. Tisserand
ISBN: 0-89281-001-7
Summary: Originally the first aromatherapy book written in English back in the late ’70s. Supplies background information on aromatherapy. New Edition: 2004

list from: AromaWeb

Other books and authors I like or recommend

( non-aromatherapy):


Some authors I like:
Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman,Hugh Howey, Cassandra Clare,Dan Rix, Danielle Trussoni,JR Ward, Patricia Briggs, Dorothy Hearst, Elizabeth Amber, John Milton, Lori Handeland, Bernhard Hennen, Lizz Weis, Wolfgang Hohlbein, Julie Kenner, Neale Donald Walsch, Dan Brown, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Melissa Marr, Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice, Orson Scott Card, Francesca Lia Block, J.K. Rowling, Ernest Hemmingway, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ronals Dahl, H.G.Welles, Jules Verne, Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and many more!


Barbara Ann Brennan, Kurt Schnaubelt, Valerie Ann Worwood, Susan Worwood, Julia Lawless, and many more!

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