Aromatherapy Resources

Here are a list of books and other resources that I use.  If you’ve found a book or resource you particularly like, please contact me with the information and let me know what you like about it.

Please note that all these books/resources stress using therapeutic-grade essential oils NOT the inexpensive aroma oils purchased in many stores.  Using less than therapeutic-grade essential oils can cause harm, i.e., skin irritation (burning, itching, etc.).  The oils that cause harm have probably been adulterated in some way, possibly during the distillation process where petrochemical solvents have been used.

My Favorite Internet Resource:
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As is true for each individual, it is your responsibility to check with your medical practitioner.  This link is provided as a resource only.  It is not provided to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any condition of the body.  The information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health professional.

Essential Oil Desk Reference, 4th Edition
Available through Life Science Publishing, formerly YL Wisdom

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Essential Oils Pocket Reference, 4th Edition
Available through Life Science Publishing, formerly YL Wisdom

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Books by Kurt Schnaubelt
Schnaubelt’s books provide a review of the chemical healing properties of the essential oils of aromatherapy.  For non-scientists who are interested, he explains the science in (somewhat) layman’s terms. He provides a variety of applications including recipes.

Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils

Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy

By the way, Schnaubelt holds a doctorate in chemistry and is scientific director of the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy in San Rafael, California.

Other Good Books

The Practice of Aromatherapy: A Classic Compendium of Plant Medicines and Their Healing Properties by Jean Valnet, M.D. and Robert B. Tisserand

A French medical physician Jean Valnet, exhausting his supply of antibiotics during World War II in Tonkin, China, Dr. Valnet began using therapeutic-grade essential oils on his patients who suffered battle wounds. To his surprise, the essential oils exerted a powerful effect in combating and counteracting infection. He was able to save the lives of many soldiers who might have otherwise died. After the first world war, he wrote various aromatherapy texts and promoted the use of essential oils of rosemary and thyme as antiseptics and for the treatment of war wounds.

Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy: The First Book on Aromatherapy by Rene-Maurice Gattefosse &  Robert B. Tisserand

The French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefossé, is believed to have coined the term ‘Aromatherapie’ in 1928 and produced a Materia Medica of the therapeutic uses of the aromatic extracts. His story is now an Aromatherapeutic legend. It appears that he burnt his hand while conducting an experiment in his laboratory and as a reflex action he plunged his hand into a nearby container with essential oil of lavender. Gattefossé found the pain was lessened and the healing process more pronounced from this application of lavender.