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Best Essential Oil Books – Guides, References, & Aromatherapy

Best Essential Oil Books

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You’re in luck if you are looking for the best essential oil books.

If I had to take a wild guess I would say there are over 10,000 books on essential oils. That is a ton of books to choose from. Aromatherapy is a complex subject and I have run across dangerous information, poorly updated, and just plain inaccurate information online about essential oils.

Personally, I remember when I first started learning about essential oils I read a lot of stuff online which frequently confused me.

So, hopefully, I am going to make it easier to steer you in the right direction and show you which books are actually worth your time. But, first, what am I looking for when evaluating the quality of books on essential oils? Here are the criteria that I consider:

  • Creditability. Consider who is the author of the book. Do they have a degree in the medical field? Do they have any creditability in the industry? Are they a member of Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), ACHS Certificate of Aromatherapy Program (Cert. Aroma).
  • Ease of Reading. The reading level of essential oils books shouldn’t be that difficult to digest the information that’s in the book. I consider how easy it is to understand what is being stated in the book.
  • Recipes. If you are using essential oils aromatically (diffusing), topically, or making lotions, shampoos soaps, etc. recipes are very helpful. For instance, if I have an issue with muscle pain I want a recipe that shows me how to use essential oils for pain relief.
  • Hardcopy & Digital Copy. You should have the ability to purchase a hard copy of the book. Meaning, that it’s actually a physical book that you can turn the pages. Also, if you want to view it on your computer, tablet, or phone you can purchase a digital copy. For digital copies, it’s a good idea to use the Kindle App.
  • Price. The price tag is something I also consider before buying a book on essential oils. Some books on essential oils are cheaper than others. Some books are overpriced and don’t provide a lot of value for the money you spend.

Below are 3 books that I feel anyone serious about essential oils should own:

Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals 2nd Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0443062414
ISBN-10: 0443062412
Pages: 784
Author: Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young

I consider this book to be the “Bible For Essential Oils”. This is the second version of the book. It’s one of the few books that have information on oil/drug interactions.  While it’s not a book you would typically read from cover to cover it’s a great book to have around for quick reference.

This is the second edition of the book. The original one was released in 1995. However, this book has been completely rewritten and is a whopping 784 pages. It goes into much more details than the first edition.

Robert Tisserand is a well respected expert aromatherapist who has been working with essential oils since the 1960s (currently works with Plant Therapy). He originally published “The Art of Aromatherapy” in 1977 which was the first aromatherapy book that was written in English.

Personally, I use this book when I am researching different essential oils, the constituents in oils, and for cross-referencing essential oil safety.  Again, it’s a good book to have around for quick reference and safety.

Table of Contents for Essential Oil Safety, Second Edition

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • First edition preface
  • Second edition preface
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Essential oil composition
  • Chapter 3. Toxicity
  • Chapter 4. Kinetics and dosing
  • Chapter 5. The skin
  • Chapter 6. The respiratory system
  • Chapter 7. The cardiovascular system
  • Chapter 8. The urinary system
  • Chapter 9. The digestive system
  • Chapter 10. The nervous system
  • Chapter 11. The reproductive system
  • Chapter 12. Cancer and the immune system
  • Chapter 13. Essential oil profiles
  • Chapter 14. Constituent profiles
  • Chapter 15. general safety guidelines
  • Appendix A: Clinical Safety A-Z
  • Appendix B: Examples of drug substrates for CYP enzymes
  • Appendix C: Conversion tables for essential oils
  • Glossary
  • Abbreviations
  • Resources
  • References
  • Index

Pros:

  • Written by Robert Tisserand who is one of the leading aromatherapists.
  • Full comprehensive essential oil profiles.
  • Completely rewritten since the first edition.
  • Acts as an encyclopedia for essential oils.
  • Lots of safety information.
  • Lots of scientific data.
  • Available in a digital format and as a hard copy.

Cons:

  • No recipes for using essential oils.
  • Reading level is kind of high.
  • One of the more expensive essential oil books.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

ISBN-10: 9781577311393
ISBN-13: 1577311396
Pages: 712
Author: Valerie Ann Worwood

This essential oil book is a classic and has been used for over 25 years. It’s been completely updated and revised since the original publication which was in 1991. This is the 25th-anniversary edition which is easily recognized as one of the best reference guides for essential oils.

Personally, this is one of the first books on essential oils that I ever read. A lot of what I know about aromatherapy comes from this book. It contains a lot of safety information, information on 125 different essential oils, and 800 recipes.

Mrs. Worwood has written 8 books already. She is a consultant and clinical aromatherapist. Valerie has a doctorate in complementary medicine and is a Chairperson and Chair of Research with the International Federation of Aromatherapists. She is world renown for her research and clinical uses of essential oils.

When you use essential oils topically carrier oils often get overlooked. This book contains information on 37 different carrier oils. I have personally used a lot of the recipes topically.

The 22 chapters within this book are jam-packed full of helpful information on essential oils. This is certainly a budget-friendly book and is easy to read.

Table of Contents for The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

  • List of Tables
  • Preface
  • Introduction: The Fragrant Pharmacy
  • Chapter 1. Medicines Out of the Earth
  • Chapter 2. The Basic Care Kit
  • Chapter 3. The Self-Defense Kit
  • Chapter 4. Occupational Oils for The Working Man and Women
  • Chapter 5. Emotional Rescue
  • Chapter 6. The Basic Travel Kit
  • Chapter 7. The Gentle Touch for Babies, Children, and Teenagers
  • Chapter 8. A Woman’s Natural Choice
  • Chapter 9. The Natural Choice for Men
  • Chapter 10. Essential Help in the Maturing Years
  • Chapter 11. Assertive Oils for Sports, Dance, and Exercise
  • Chapter 12. Major Health Concerns
  • Chapter 13. The Fragrant Way to Beauty
  • Chapter 14. The Home Spa – Body Beautiful
  • Chapter 15. Fragrant Care for Your Home
  • Chapter 16. Cooking with Essential Oils
  • Chapter 17. Natural Health for Animals
  • Chapter 18. Gardens for the Future
  • Chapter 19. Carrier Oils and Hydrolats
  • Chapter 20. The Essential Oils and Absolutes
  • Chapter 21. Safety Information

Pros:

  • Well respected author in the aromatherapy industry.
  • Cheap price tag.
  • Easy reading level.
  • Lots of recipes.
  • Available in a digital format and as a hard copy.

Cons:

  • Only 1/2 page about each essential oil.
  • Only a limited amount of safety information.

The Heart of Aromatherapy

ISBN-13: 978-1401951610
ISBN-10: 1401951619
Pages: 288
Author: Andrea Butje

If you are completely new to aromatherapy and essential oils The Heart of Aromatherapy is a great book for the absolute beginner. It’s an easy to read book that isn’t going to confuse you with all kinds of scientific terms, medical terms, etc.

What I like about this book is each essential oil has a story. Each essential oil has their own “personality”. Meaning, that you learn about each individual essential oil and it’s uses. This makes it fun and easy to learn about essential oils. It has helped me remember what the health benefits are for several essential oils.

There are over 100 recipes, best uses for kids, safety tips, information on carrier oils, and even an up-close personal peek at essential oil distillers around the world.

The author of the book is Andrea Butje and she has over 40+ years of experience in aromatherapy. She is passionate about essential oils and shares a ton of knowledge about them. She offers certification courses at aromahead.com. Not to mention she is the founder of Aromahead Institute.

Table of Contents for The Heart of Aromatherapy

  • Introduction
  • Essential Oils & Relaxation
  • About Essential Oils
  • Using Essential Oils Safely
  • Carriers, Carrier Oils, and Butters
  • Essential Oil Profiles
  • Recipes
  • Skin Care
  • Rest and Relaxation
  • Respiration
  • Digestion
  • Pain Relief
  • Meditation and Contemplation
  • Natural Cleaning
  • Afterword
  • Learn More about Aromatherapy At:
  • Aromahead Institute
  • Aromatherapy Resources
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • About The Author

Pros:

  • Author has a ton of creditability in the industry.
  • A fun way to learn about essential oils.
  • Includes personal stories about Andrea’s travels and history with plants and oils.

Cons:

  • The introduction before the essential oils is kind of scattered.
  • Recipes in the back of book are somewhat random and unorganized.

Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine for a Modern World

ISBN-10: 0768411874
ISBN-13: 978-0768411874
Pages: 511
Author: Dr. Josh Axe, Ty Bollinger, Jordan Rubin

Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine
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This book was written by Jordan Rubin who has written over 35 books. He’s a New York Times bestselling author. Also, there are two contributors authors. The first is Dr. Josh Axe (who has written over 20+ books). Dr. Josh Axe is a highly respected doctor with a focus on natural medicine. Secondly, Ty Bollinger is the third contributor who has written over 20+ books). Ty is a “best-selling author”, former bodybuilder, and radio show host.

This book contains information on 50+ essential oils, 125 natural remedies, and 70+ recipes.

Nearly, 1/3 of the book (162 pages) is about each essential oil. Roughly there about 3 pages about each essential oil along with their uses.

Personally, I am a big fan of Dr. Josh Axe, his YouTube videos, and the content he has published on draxe.com. But, throughout the book, the three authors share their life stories and how essential oils have helped them throughout their daily life.

I really do like the step-by-step recipes that are provided in this book. I really like how well organized the book is and the wealth of information that is jam-packed into this book.

This is an awesome book that I highly recommend you read if you are looking to better your health, have more energy, increase your brain function, reduce stress, boost the immune system, etc.

This all-inclusive reference guide is great to have around for newbie to intermediate essential oil users.

Table of Contents for Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine for a Modern World

  • Introduction: Healing with Biblical Medicine
  • Part 1: Essential Oil Foundations
  • Chapter 1: From the Third Day to the Modern Day
  • Chapter 2: Controversy, Cures and Healing Compounds
  • Chapter 3: Go Organic and Get Wild
  • Chapter 4: Essential Oils Chemistry 101
  • Chapter 5: Using Essential Oils Safely and Effectively
  • Part 2: Single Essential Oils and Carrier Oils
  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Birch
  • Black Pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Cassia
  • Cedarwood
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon Bark
  • Citronella
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Fir Needle
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Helichrysum
  • Holy Basil
  • Hyssop
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Manuka
  • Marjoram
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
  • Melissa (Lemon Balm)
  • Myrrh
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Spikenard
  • Thyme
  • Turmeric
  • Vetiver
  • Wintergreen
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Carrier Oils
  • Part 3: Conditions
  • Acid Reflux
  • Acne
  • ADD/ADHA
  • Addiction
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Aging Skin
  • Allergies
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Autism
  • Back Pain
  • Bloating
  • Body Odor
  • Bronchitis
  • Bruising
  • Bug Bites
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Candida
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chickenpox
  • Cholesterol
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Colic
  • Common Cold
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Cuts and Scrapes
  • Dental Health
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear Infection
  • Eczema
  • Edema
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Flu
  • Gingivitis (Gum Disease)
  • Hair Loss (Alopecia)
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Herpes
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Immune Defense
  • Infection
  • Infertility
  • Inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Lyme Disease
  • Menopause
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle Aches
  • Nausea
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Prostatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Rash
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rosacea
  • Shingles
  • Sinusitis
  • Strep Throat
  • Teething
  • Tendonitis
  • Toenail Fungus
  • Ulcers
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Varicose Veins
  • Warts
  • Weight Gain/Obesity
  • Additional Conditions
  • Part 4: Special Areas of Essential Oil Use
  • Chapter 6: Reflexology and Massage
  • Chapter 7: Healing Touch “By His Wounds” Therapy
  • Chapter 8: Pregnancy and Baby Care
  • Chapter 9: Skin and Body Care
  • Chapter 10: Home Cleaning and Detoxing
  • Chapter 11: Natural Pet Care
  • Part 5: Essential Oil Recipes
  • Food
  • Breakfast
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Dinners
  • Side Dishes/Soups
  • Dessert
  • Health and Healing
  • General Health
  • Cough Syrup
  • Vapor Rub
  • Anointing Oil Blend
  • Leaky Gut Blend
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Muscle Rub
  • Study Blend
  • Hormonal Health
  • Hormone Balance Serum
  • Adrenal Rejuvenating Blend
  • Sleep Serum
  • Thyroid Restore Blend
  • Skin Healing
  • Acne Scar Removal Face Mask
  • Anti-Aging Serum
  • Burn Salve
  • Cellulite Cream
  • Eczema Cream
  • Stretch Mark Cream
  • Sunburn Spray
  • Varicose Vein Blend
  • Home
  • Laundry Soap
  • Bug Spray
  • Household Cleaner
  • Holiday Home Cleaner
  • Self-Care
  • Body, Face and Hair Care
  • Deodorant
  • Bath Salts
  • Eye Cream
  • Face mask
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand Soap
  • Frankincense and Myrrh Body Lotion
  • Magnesium Body Butter
  • Women’s Perfume
  • Moisturizer
  • Men’s Cologne
  • Sunscreen
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Oily Hair Shampoo
  • Rosemary Mint Shampoo
  • Baking Soda Shampoo
  • Hair Thickener
  • Oral Care
  • Oil Pulling Blend
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothpaste
  • References
  • Index

Pros:

  • Written by 3 highly respected authors.
  • Easily organized for quick reference.
  • Reading level is intermittent.
  • Step-by-step recipes.
  • Lots of information on common alignments.
  • Available in a digital format and as a hard copy.

Cons:

  • The hard copy is on the more expensive end.

15 thoughts on “Best Essential Oil Books – Guides, References, & Aromatherapy

  1. I have Robert Tisserand’s book that you mentioned in this article.  It’s a great book and something that is very useful to have if ever I need a quick reference on something related to essential oils.  However, he does have other books which I do feel should be added to this list.  For instance, The Art Of Aromatherapy and Aromatherapy for Everyone.  What do you think about those two books?

  2. Being an avid essential oil user myself, getting the right information is job 1.  I appreciate the information in this article but, I wish you would have left out the table of contents.  Just didn’t need them there.  Finding the right combinations of not only essential oils, those carrier oils can be just as important and how they interact.  Your recommendations are appreciated and will research more into them.

    1. Hey Joseph,

      Thanks for your feedback. However, I like to show you all the content that will be in the book prior to purchasing them.

  3. When I journeyed to Southern Oregon a few years ago my already vast knowledge of essential oils was expounded upon by real Doctors who make essential oils for a living.

    I had been alarmed over the years with people taking essential oils orally without any scientific knowledge of the concentration levels and, without even consulting any sort of practitioner. 

    I appreciate your ‘safety first’ approach.  The world of essential oils has amazing benefits for all the senses!  A good reference book like the ones you have already researched can become a sturdy reference for life.

    Do you know of any books on essential oils that have digital copies that also offer updates?  I just thought I would ask as it popped into my head.  The science community is keen on plant medicine research over the last 10 years.  I just think it would be cool to own a book that grew with new scientific data to back up some of what we already know, as well as, teaching us new things! 

    1. There certainly is a lot to learn about essential oils. A lot of the information I have read online is actually inaccurate. But, what is bad is people have published books over the years that also provide inaccurate information.

      All the books I have mentioned are available digitally. You can download them on Amazon and use the Kindle app on your iPhone, tablet, etc. But, to answer your question no I haven’t run across any books that update. That is a good idea, though.

  4. I’ve never really tested essential oils that much, but I have heard amazing things about it. So thank you for showing us what to look for in regards to helpful information, as well as showing us some good books to choose from. 🙂

    Which book would you say is your favorite one of all? Also what have you personally used essential oils for, and did it help?

    Thanks again for this info.

    1. Hey Michael,

      You should really check into essential oils and using them in your daily life. They can really help a lot of different problems that we all face each and every day.

      Personally, I like “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy” the best. It’s not an overly expensive book but has a lot of useful information inside it.

  5. Thank you so much for your information about Essential Oil books, and I really like your selection.

    I often use essential oils for everyday first aid and in diffusers, and I am a great believer in them.

    I particularly like your second choice, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, and that is definitely on my wish list now! I would also love to get the Robert Tisserand book as I know that he is very knowledgeable on the subject.

    I disagree with one of the people who has commented on your website – I think it is very helpful that you have put a list of the books’ contents, as that shows just what the author is covering in the book.

    Very many thanks for your post.

    Chrissie 🙂

    1. Hey Chrissie,

      You should certainly look into purchasing The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. It’s a wonderful book and Valerie Ann Worwood has written an awesome book on essential oils. I love the cheap price tag of it, too! There is a lot of great advice contained in it.

      I believe you should be able to look at the table of contents before purchasing any book because it shows you what is inside the contents of the book. I have purchased books in the past and was let down by the content that book actually contained, though.

  6. Thanks you so much for your review of your top best essential oil books. I do use essentials oils for certain conditions and actually always endeavour to look for natural solutions over conventional medicine if possible but you are quite right there is a lot of misinformation available so to have a reference ‘bible’ that you can trust would be excellent. 

    I am actually very old school and quite tactile and for me nothing beats a real book. Interestingly you have reviewed and recommended all but if you had to choose one of the three as  the best easy to use overall guide which would it be? Thanks again for a great review.

    1. Hey Kevin,

      The Heart of Aromatherapy might be one of my favorites and best choices for an “all around” best aromatherapy book. It’s not a very long book, but does have a lot of useful information in it.

      Also, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy is another solid choice, too.

      It’s hard to say which one is the best. I guess it depends on your level of knowledge with essential oils, though.

  7. I love essential oils so much but sometimes don’t know how to blend them. Some of the books I’ve seen are just too much information. Which book is your favorite for recipe? Do you have a recipe for essential oil bath bomb? Also, which, if any of these books discussing the contraindications of each oil?

  8. My wife does use them and I have to admit I do like the smell of some of them like peppermint.

    I know there is a lot of hype on essential oils.  But, do you really think they can benefit your health just by breathing them in?  I’m not completely sold on essential oils…..just saying.

  9. Thank you for sharing with us this interesting article on Best Essential Oil Books.This books is containing much information about essential oils and I wish I will order it soon.

    It is better to have such a book at home and read it anytime I want.  What do you think about owning the actual physical book rather than having a digital copy like on Kindle, though?

    1. Hey Julienne,

      I like having the actual physical book verses having the Kindle version. Something is just different about having a book that you can take anywhere and actually turn the pages and everything. However, I guess it’s really about personal preference, though.

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