I love books. Always have. Always will. Even with the screen versions of books readily available, I still like to hold paper in my hand. When I want to look something up, I go to a book first. Google and Pinterest are second (sorry Google). I am often asked where to get reliable information about essential oils. I have also seen some books available that I really found to be a waste of money and they won’t make it on this list. Here I’m sharing some of my favourite sources. Please note: This post contains affiliate links. If you click all the way through and make a purchase I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Find a disclosure statement here.

The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness

by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele: This is a book that I often use. It is well organized, contains information on medical conditions. Contains charts for easy reference and some essential oil profiles as well as safety guidelines. I recommend this book for more experienced oil users.

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The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health and Well Being

by Julia Lawless: This book has gone through several editions. The earlier edition is not readily available anymore, but keep your eyes peeled at used bookstores. There is more information contained in the earlier edition. The new ones are still valuable, however. This is one that I purchased early on. I have noticed that MANY other sources quote from Julia Lawless.

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green: The information in this book is easy to access thanks to content layout design. I have tried many of the recipes here, and also use ideas to generate other formulas. Kathi Keville also has a smaller version called Little Book of Aromatherapy which is simple and easy to use.

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Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality and Well-being

by Jennie Harding: I think this is the first book that I ever purchased. It is packed with concise information on both essential oils and also carrier oils and contains formulas for common problems. Perfect to get started.


by Chrissie Wildwood: This is an older publication, but I think its a keeper. Focuses more on experienced users and professionals. Keep a lookout for used copies.

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Aromatherapy (Teach Yourself)

by Denise Whichello Brown: This aromatherapist has been around for awhile, and has some straightforward formulas for several medical concerns. She covers various treatments for every issue, from orthodox treatment to Bach flower remedies.

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Valerie Worwood is another prolific aromatherapy author and I have a few of her books too. I find there is some content overlap between the books, but overall a good resource. For a good example, see link below.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health – Beauty – a Safe Home Environment