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Aromatherapy reference books

Posted on 20 June 2017


My top Aromatherapy reference books


As I am working with aromatherapy treating clients for different problems or just trying to understand some conditions better I use a variety of reference materials. I search online on different health sites and aromatherapy sites as well as medical information and general information. I always like to read about the plant itself which the oil is made of as well as about the essential oil itself to understand better how it could be beneficial and how I could use it in my work. Many herbs for example can also be taken internally as a tea or tincture which could support the healing process. I also speak to my work colleagues as I have a few lovely herbalist and other therapists available for advice if I need it.

I know there are many people out there who would like to have a few books for themselves, but are overwhelmed of which ones to get, so I put together a short review of my favourite books. These are book I use myself on a regular basis and can happily recommend.

Patricia Davis

Aromatherapy An A-Z (335 pages)



This is a lovely book with detailed information about aromatherapy. It does not only explain essential oils and their uses, it gives understanding of different terms and their meanings. You can read about illnesses, different plant materials and even anatomy, body systems and how they work. It gives clear explanations on what the essential oils are good for, gives all health warnings about toxicity and even has a short section of recipes at the end. 

The book is set in alphabetical  order so it is easy to find your topic. The book is black and white and there are no colour images, but with a book like this you don’t really need them. Highly recommended.

You can get yours here:

Aromatherapy An A-Z: The most comprehensive guide to aromatherapy ever published



Julia Lawless

The encyclopaedia of essential oils (226 pages) 


This is another one of my favourites. I really recommend this book to anyone who is just starting out with aromatherapy or anyone using aromatherapy, as this book has clear details about different essential oils, all in alphabetical order. It gives the plant details and how the oils are made, other species, traditional uses of the plant and oils, actions and characteristics. It also gives aromatherapy uses, safety data and any other uses for the essential oils. There is a short therapeutic index, general glossary and botanical classification at the end.   

The book is in alphabetical order so it is easy to find the  essential oil details you are looking for. This book does not explain other materials, bot focuses purely on essential oils. It is in black and white and there are no colour images. Highly recommended.

You can get yours here:

Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The complete guide to the use of aromatic oils in aromatherapy, herbalism, health and well-being



Thomas Bartram

Bartram’s Encyclopaedia of Herbal Medicine (474 pages)


This is a book we all should have in our homes. It is just fantastic. I refer to this book all the time, even thought it is not really about aromatherapy. This book explains illnesses and conditions, their symptoms and possible causes. It gives lifestyle, nutrition and diet advice on which foods to avoid  or eat to aid your recovery and other treatment recommendations. It lists different herbs and tinctures which could be beneficial and details on how to use them. It also gives advice on supplements and some other products to use (aromatherapy, lotions etc) to support you in your recovery. 

This book is highly recommended, even if you are not interested in herbal medicine. It gives so much information about different conditions, it is a fantastic reference point to check symptoms and possible lifestyle causes for them. It is all set in alphabetical order in black and white. Highly recommended for any household.

You can get yours here: 

Bartram's Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine


You can also download my little eBook if you wish 

Download eBook Small Guide To Aromatherapy

Check out Anuuk Aromatic essential oils


I would love to hear from you! Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below or drop me an email



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  • Shirwan: July 03, 2017

    Have you ever posted on Patchouli? I do love your posts and I follow them closely. Thank you.
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