Recommended Aromatherapy Books

Oct 4, 07:41 PM

by Katharine Koeppen, RA

Numerous books have been written on the subject of essential oils and aromatherapy. The majority of them are poorly written, inaccurate, or nothing more than a list of recipes which do not explain the basis by which any particular oils were chosen. Many commonly available books are lovely to look at, long on lavish pictures but short on information.

Aromaceuticals recommends the following books on aromatherapy:

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art
Kathy Keville and Mindy Green
Especially good for those who are also interested in herbalism. Coauthor Mindy Green is both a respected herbalist and aromatherapist. This is an excellent beginner book.

Advanced Aromatherapy
Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD
Don't be put off by the title. This is not an advanced book, but a very thorough one for a slim volume. It is an excellent beginner book written by a chemist.

Medical Aromatherapy
Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD
An advanced book, but recommended with reservations. Medical practitioners will probably not agree with Schnaubelt's assessment of allopathic medicine. If you can put your feelings aside, there's a lot of excellent phytochemical data and some good protocols.

Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit
Gabriel Mojay
Written by an acupuncturist, this is a beginner to intermediate book for those who are interested in a combination of eastern and western approaches to aromatherapy.

Portraits in Oils
Phillipe Mailhebiau
An advanced book for those interested in the European terrain approach, as well as psycho-spiritual aromatherapy. The tone is very lyrical and poetic.

Aromatherapy Practitioners Reference Manual (2 volumes)
Sylla Shepard-Hanger
Everything you ever wanted to know about essential oils but were afraid to ask. Recommended for advanced students and professionals.

The old books by René Maurice Gattefosse and Jean Valnet, MD, are quite useful if you can make a commitment to reading them from cover to cover. These volumes are not indexed, so it's impossible (or at least very frustrating) to quickly reference any of the contents.

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