Essential Oil Books That Are Fan Favorites

Do you have an essential oil book that you just love? This is an oily question that we asked our fans during a recent weekly giveaway. I am not going to lie, I have a HUGE collection of essential oil books, but the results from our fans were much different.
Essential Oil Books That Are Fan Favorites by Loving Essential Oils

Do you have an essential oil book that you just love? This is an oily question that we asked our fans during a recent weekly giveaway. I am not going to lie, I have a HUGE collection of essential oil books, but the results from our fans were much different.

I do a lot of research for the different posts I write for the blog, so the general users probably doesn't need as many books as I have. I think it is good to have one or two essential oil reference books available, newbie or expert.

The answers from our fans revealed that over HALF said they didn't have any books on essential oils. Many said they use the internet, pinterest, blogs (like ours!!) for their essential oil information. A few were still too new and just haven't made the investment yet.

I totally agree with what Cheryl G said "I have several that I like. No two are alike, they all offer something different!".

It is hard for me to find just one "complete" book. None are ever "complete", and if they were I surely wouldn't be able to pick it up because it would just be too big.

Essential Oil Books That Are Fan Favorites by Loving Essential Oils - The Heart of Aromatherapy

4 Questions to Ask Before Buying an Essential Oil Book

There are many fabulous essential oil and aromatherapy books available on the market today, especially for beginners. You can also find more specific topics like Essential Oil Recipes, Essential Oil Safety, Aromatherapy for Pregnancy, Essential Oils for Children, etc.

Nowadays it is easy for people to self publish books on all types of topics, even if they lack knowledge on the particular subject matter. These books may actually contain harmful information and suggestions.

I think it is important to carefully review any essential oil books before purchasing them. Here are 4 questions to consider:

#1. What are the authors qualifications? 

Look at what qualifies the author to write a book on this topic, any education received, practical or professional experience, accolades, etc.

#2. Is it the most current edition of the book?

It is best to get the most current addition available to ensure you have the most up to date recommendations and safety data.

#3. Is the book brand neutral?

In general, the most objective books tend to be ones not affiliated with a specific brand but there may be exceptions.

#4. What do the reviews say?

This is a good way to get a general idea of what the readers think of the book. Keep in mind that reviews from beginner users may not notice inaccuracies or potential risky information.

I like what Liz R said "I have taken out many from my local library and have compiled recipes & blends in a notebook so that I can go back to them".

That is a great idea, especially if it is financial not possible to purchase a book. Also a smart idea if you just want to see what is out there before purchasing one or if you want to compile your own notebook with recipes and oils that you like!

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Fan Favorite Essential Oil Books

These are the top fan favorite essential oil books according to our readers. There were a few books mentioned that I was not familiar with and couldn't find enough information on the author so I did not include those recommendations for safety reasons.

Majority of these books I do own so I added a short snippet on each book about my personal thoughts.

To learn more about each book, just click on the picture.

The Complete Book of Essentials and Aromatherapy

This was the NUMBER ONE book mentioned by our fans (and by me!). So, if you are looking to get an essential oil reference book, this is it! It is reasonably price, a tried and true book, and a great resource to have. I use this book the most out of my collection, you will frequently see snippets in my post from this book (especially on EO Spotlight posts).

Author Valerie Ann Worwood
Publisher New World Library; 25th Anniversary Edition (2016)
Pages 712
Brand Affiliation None
Description The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, Revised and Expanded is a necessary resource for anyone interested in alternative approaches to healing and lifestyle. This new edition contains more than 800 easy-to-follow recipes for essential oil treatments from Valerie Ann Worwood, a consultant and expert on the clinical uses of essential oils internationally.
Table of Contents
  • 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 Woman
  • 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
  • Appendix 1. The Chemistry of Essential Oils
  • Appendix 2. Glossary of Therapeutic Properties


Essential Oils: All-natural remedies and recipes for your mind, body and home

If you are a newbie, this is the #1 book I would recommend. This is my second favorite book in my collection. I really enjoy this book, it is very practical and laid out beautifully. I reference it frequently and it is one that I think would be helpful to new users too. If I had one complaint it is that the oils in the book are listed by their botanical name so it is slower for me to find the oil profile I am looking for (the table of contents lists them by common name so it is best to start there!). It highlights 88 essential oils and includes uses and recipes too.

Author Susan Curtis, Fran Johnson
Publisher DK; 1 edition (2016)
Pages 256
Brand Affiliation None
Description An instructional reference guide to essential oils and aromatherapy from the experts at Neal's Yard Remedies, a trusted source for natural health and beauty products. Learn how to harness the healing powers of essential oils for treating maladies and improving mental and physical well-being. Use homeopathic alternatives to treat everyday health issues, including acne, PMS, insomnia, and indigestion, and rebalance your energy, enhance your focus, and release stress. Whether you live an all-natural lifestyle or you are just beginning to use alternative methods to eliminate synthetic chemicals from your everyday products, Essential Oils is packed with authoritative information to answer your questions. This visual guide features comprehensive profiles of 88 essential oils, full-color photographs, and helpful guidance for using, blending, and storing.
Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Understanding Essential Oils
  • Using Essential Oils
  • A-Z of Essential Oils
  • Base Oils
  • Essential Oils Recipes
  • Healing Remedies
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Resources
  • Acknowledgements


Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home

I do not have this book yet but i have it ordered and it will arrive soon. I will update here on my thoughts once I review but I have no doubt it will be great. I have Andrea's other book "The Heart of Aromatherapy" and really enjoy that one. She always has great recipes.

Author Andrea Butje
Publisher Plant Therapy Essential Oils; 2nd edition (2012)
Pages 88
Brand Affiliation None
Description Andrea brings the therapeutic use of essential oils to your home in Essential Living. Her easy-to-follow recipes teach beginners and experts alike how to create natural, safe products to replace synthetic chemicals and toxic ingredients found in many store brands. With a modest collection of essential oils and tools from around the kitchen, learn how to create cleaning scrubs, natural air fresheners and healthy body products. Neatly organized by room and purpose, these recipes give readers the power to replace unwanted chemicals with handmade, effective, aromatic products.
Table of Contents
  • Introduction to Aromatherapy
  • Your Essential Oil Toolkit
  • Basic Aromatherapy Applications
  • The Kitchen
  • The Bathroom
  • Beauty & Skin
  • Medicine Chest
  • The Living Room
  • The Bedroom
  • Caring for Kids
  • The Office
  • Patios & Outdoor Spaces
  • Travel
  • Emotional Well Being
  • Aromatic Indulgences
  • Resources


The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness

I enjoy this book too. It has 109 essential oils listed and lots of remedies to go along. I like that tips and safety facts are in the margins of the pages, they are very helpful. It doesn't have pictures or any color, I think it would be an even better book with both.

Author Nerys Purchon, Lora Cantele
Publisher Robert Rose; 1 edition (2014)
Pages 480
Brand Affiliation None
Description In this comprehensive book there are many, many more ways to use the oils for everything from arthritis and asthma to high blood pressure and constipation. Essential oils are now emerging as scientifically proven and accepted remedies for a variety of common conditions. The why and how certain oils heal still remains somewhat mysterious. Oils can help to treat everyday ailments, whether it be strengthening the immune system, fighting bacteria and viruses, and lowering stress levels to toning, relaxing and strengthening muscles. These oils help the body heal itself. This book features 109 oils and 450 remedies. The recipes are easy to follow, do not take a long time to make, and are quite inexpensive -- the biggest cost is the oils. The oils are organized in an A to Z format, and each entry features the botanical name, a full description of how and why the oil is extracted as well as its therapeutic uses.
Table of Contents
  • Introduction: The Aromatic Apothecary
    • Using Essential Oils
    • Cautions When Using Essential Oils
    • For Professionals Only
  • Part 1: The Oils
    • Properties of Essential Oils
    • Why the Botanical Name is Important
    • Key Essential Oils and Their Properties
    • Essential Oils (A to Y)
    • Hydrolats
    • Fixed (Carrier) Oils and Butters
    • Basic Massage Oil Blends and Treatment Bases
    • Infused Oils
  • Part 2: Remedies
    • Conditions and Remedies (Abrasions to Workplace Stress)
  • Part 3: Aromatherapy for Daily Living
    • Aromatherapy for Personal Care
    • Aromatherapy for the Home
    • Aromatherapy for Massage
  • Part 4: Practicalities
    • Equipment
    • Measuring and Storing Essential Oils
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Bibliography
  • Index


The Heart of Aromatherapy: An Easy-to-Use Guide for Essential Oils

I like this book because it is different than others, Andrea not only goes over each oil but she also shares the oils in a story format (described as "expressive personality profiles") that offers a unique way to learn about the oils she highlights. It is also fun to read the oil stories to kids, they will enjoy them too! She has lots of beautiful recipes, some call for less common essential oils, so a new user may have issues with not having the oil called for.

Author Andrea Butje
Publisher Hay House Inc; 1 edition (2017)
Pages 288
Brand Affiliation None
Description Aromahead Institute founder Andrea Butje brings 40 essential oils to life in this guide to safe and effective aromatherapy. From cardamom to lavender to yuzu, each oil’s aroma, uses, and safety tips are clearly defined, while the core physical and emotional supportive properties are captured in expressive personality profiles.Over 100 recipes are included to support skin care, rest and relaxation, respiratory health, digestion, pain relief, meditation and contemplation, and even natural cleaning. Kid-friendly adjustments accompany each recipe to ensure safe usage and a healthy home environment for all ages.Take an up-close and personal peek at essential oil distillers around the world as they describe the passion, work, and meticulous care they put into creating their homegrown products. Andrea walks you through what you need to know to select quality essential oils from trustworthy sources.By the end of this book, you will know which oils you want to turn to for different needs, whether physical or emotional, and you will be able to personalize aromatherapy blends to perfectly complement your mood and spirit. With only the most essential of resources, you can invigorate your mind, body, heart, and home.
Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Essential Oil & 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
  • Afterward
  • Learn More About Aromatherapy at Aromahead Institute
  • Aromatherapy Resources
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author


The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide: Over 250 Recipes for Natural Wholesome Aromatherapy

I recently purchased this book so I could see what it was all about. It has lots of images (I love that!) and I like the essential oil profiles that she lists, very detailed. She has lots of blend recipes but unfortunately most are master blend recipes to make 5 ml essential oil blends. So that means I have to use 100 drops to make just one blend recipe in the book. What happens if I don't like the blend?

Author KG Stiles
Publisher Page Street Publishing; 1 edition (2017)
Pages 464
Brand Affiliation None
Description Explore the world of natural, nontoxic essential oils for all aspects of your life. Stimulate your senses and soothe your body and soul with the popular practice that has become a respected, safe alternative to modern medicine. Learn all about essential oils to use for bettering your life and the lives of your family and friends.
Included are:
- Profiles of the most widely used essential oils
- Formulas and blending guides with the most effective techniques for using them
- Accurate application methods from time-honored poultices to modern day steam inhalation
- Remedies for a wide range of ailments including muscle strain, headaches and skin problems
- DIY personal care from beauty treatments, massage and cooking to moms & new babies, pets and spiritual healing
- Over 300 stunning images
This comprehensive guide is a must-have resource and welcome addition to the libraries of experienced and novice aromatherapists alike.
Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Background Information on Essential Oils
  • Chapter 2: How Aromatherapy Works
  • Chapter 3: How to Use Essential Oils
  • Chapter 4: Safe Use of Essential Oils
  • Chapter 5: Aromatherapy Supplies
  • Chapter 6: Pure, Most Commonly Used Essential Oils
  • Chapter 7: Supplemental Oils
  • Chapter 8: Proper Storage of Essential Oils
  • Chapter 9: Aromatherapy Blending Guide & Secrets
  • Chapter 10: Aromatherapy Formulas
  • Chapter 11: Healing Blends
  • Chapter 12: Healthy Lifestyle
  • Chapter 13: Relaxation and Emotional Support
  • Chapter 14: Spa and Beauty Treatments
  • Chapter 15: Love and Romance Blends
  • Chapter 16: Babies and New Mamas
  • Chapter 17: Around the House
  • Chapter 18: Essential Oils in the Workplace and Daily Life
  • Chapter 19: Cooking with Essential Oils
  • Chapter 20: Animals and Pets
  • Chapter 21: Spiritual Blends
  • Appendix I-3
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author
  • Index


Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils

I do not have this book in my collection but I just ordered it so I can see how I like it. Will update once I review.

Author Gabriel Mojay
Publisher Healing Arts Press; 1 edition (2000)
Pages 192
Brand Affiliation None
Description In this unique synthesis of Eastern and Western healing approaches, Gabriel Mojay combines the practice of aromatherapy with the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine. Mojay explains the esoteric and energetic healing properties of 40 essential oils and shows how they can be used to manipulate qi, the body's vital energy, to stimulate healing from negative emotional and mental states. Some forms of nervous tension, for example, are caused by stagnant qi energy, which can be released with essential oils. Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit provides help for a wide range of common emotional and mental complaints--including depression, low energy, lack of concentration, poor memory, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Easy-to-reference charts and full-color illustrations teach simple aromatherapeutic massage and acupressure techniques that restore balance to the body and psyche.
Table of Contents
  • Part One: therapeutic Foundations
    • Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
    • Methods of Application
    • Aromatherapy Massage
    • Yin and Yang
    • The Five Elements
    • Essential Oils and Astrology
  • Pat Two: Materia Aromatica
    • Blending for Balance
    • Nervous Tension and Agitation
    • Overthinking and Worry
    • Anxiety and Apprehension
    • Poor Concentration and Memory
    • Lack of Confidence and Self-Esteem
    • Anger and Frustration
    • Dissempowerment and Indecision
    • Depression and Negativity
    • Problems in Relating
  • Part Three: Restoring Balance
  • Appendix


The Healing Power of Essential Oils: Soothe Inflammation, Boost Mood, Prevent Autoimmunity, and Feel Great in Every Way

I like how Dr. Z writes, he teaches in a very down to earth format and is good at breaking complex topics down so they are easy to understand. This is a fairly new book for me so I have not tried any recipes yet.

Author Eric Zielinski D.C.
Publisher Harmony; 1 edition (2018)
Pages 305
Brand Affiliation None
Description Achieving true health is not an easy task. For many people, it might be easier to pop a pill or push aside lingering discomfort in favor of finishing everything on your to-do list. In The Healing Power of Essential Oils, Eric Zielinski, D.C. shows readers how to make their health a priority with the life-changing benefits of essential oils. Essential oils are the natural solution to everything from anxiety and depression to deep-seated inflammation. For beginners, Dr. Z teaches everything you need to know to get started, including the top seven oils you should stock from Day 1 and the commonly used techniques and tools. He illustrates daily practices you can follow to enjoy the properties of essential oils, including a five-minute devotional using frankincense and neroli to set you up for a productive and stress-free day, and a simple bedtime routine harnessing the soporific effects of lavender.
Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Essential Oils Revolution
    • Chapter 1: Fundamentals of Aromatherapy
    • Chapter 2: Basic Tools and Techniques
    • Chapter 3: Stocking Your Medicine Cabinet
    • Chapter 4: Quick-Start Guide to Using Essential Oils to Change Your Life
    • Chapter 5: Getting Started: Your Essential Oils Daily Practice
    • Chapter 6: Expanding Your Medicine Cabinet
  • Part 2: Dr. Z's Recommended Oils for Nearly Every Occasion
    • Chapter 7: Basic Recipes
    • Chapter 8: Heal Yourself
    • Chapter 9: Personal Care Products
    • Chapter 10: Around the House
    • Chapter 11: Essential Oil for Athletes
    • Chapter 12: Using Essential Oils with Your Animals
  • Part 3: Women's Health
    • Chapter 13: Premenstrual Syndrome
    • Chapter 14: Fertility, Pregnancy, Labor, Postpartum, and Nursing
    • Chapter 15: Candida
    • Chapter 16: Autoimmunity
    • Chapter 17: Peri-menopause, Menopause, and Post-menopause
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements
  • Notes
  • Recommended Resources
  • Index

Emotions & Essential Oils

I do not own this book, it does have doTERRA blend in it so that may be a limit for the readers that don't use this brand. I have a similar book called Emotional Healing with Essential Oils by Daniel Macdonald.

Author Enlighten
Publisher Enlighten; 7th edition (2018)
Pages 167
Brand Affiliation doTERRA

Updated with 12 new oils! Essential oils are widely used for physical health but not as often for emotional healing. Emotions & Essential Oils bridges this gap as a user-friendly guide for helping you taking charge of your emotional health. First, the guide describes the innate emotional properties of common oils and blends. Then, a reference chart and comprehensive index help you choose oils and blends for a wide variety of emotional states.

Table of Contents
  • Section 1: Healing with Essential Oils
    • Kallie's Story
    • Five Stages of Healing
    • Tools for Emotional Work
    • How to Use Essential Oils
    • How to Use This Book
    • A Word on Quality
  • Section 2: Single Oils
  • Section 3: Oil Blends
  • Section 4: Supplemental
  • Appendix A: Decoding Emotions
  • Appendix B: Negative Emotions and Positive Properties
  • Appendix C: Emotions Index


Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils

I have the 8th edition of this book and have had early editions in the past. This book has dōTERRA® brand names. I find this book valuable for looking up symptoms and finding a list of possible oils but they also list the brand blends so it is not as helpful to me as I would like it to be. I really prefer to have non branded books. Contains promotion for internal use.

Author Aromatools
Publisher AromaTools; 10th edition (2018)
Pages 511
Brand Affiliation doTERRA
Description Modern Essentials: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils now features dōTERRA® brand names for all products. Amazingly practical for anyone wanting to learn about essential oils and their everyday uses. It is the ultimate guide, whether you are a new or experienced essential oils user. The simple, easy-to-use format has been improved to help you quickly find important information: which essential oils to use for hundreds of health conditions, how to safely and effectively apply them, and ways to incorporate oils into daily living. This book is an indispensable reference for any aromatherapy library.
Table of Contents
  • The Basics of Essential Oils
  • Single Essential Oils
  • Essential Oil Blends
  • Essential Supplements
  • Personal Care and Spa
  • My Usage Guide
  • Essential Living
  • Essential Oil Science in Depth
  • Appendix and References
  • Index


    Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils

    I have an older edition of this book, I like the compact size of it. This book has Young Living blends and products in it. Like the last book, I find looking up symptoms helpful but the blends and other products suggested are not helpful to me. They have a full size edition too.

    Author Connie and Alan Higley
    Publisher Abundant Health; 2018 Edition (2018)
    Pages 704
    Brand Affiliation Young Living
    Description An abbreviated version of its larger counterpart, this portable guide contains the entire "Personal Guide Section" of the Reference Guide for Essential Oils: recommending oils, blends, and supplements for over 600 health conditions. It also includes basic charts and information, including Vita Flex Therapy and Raindrop Technique.
    Table of Contents
    • Introduction to Essential Oils
    • Single Oils
    • Oil Blends
    • Personal Care Products
    • Supplements
    • Notes & New Products
    • Personal Guide (over 600 health-related topics)
    • Essential Oils In Depth
    • Appendix
    • Index


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