As promised by last week's blog post, today we are talking aromatherapy books. Who else has an addiction to books? I love holding a good book in my hands and flipping the pages while drinking coffee or tea or wine. :) There is something innately cathartic and satisfying about picking up a book and getting carried away with its content. I tend to lean towards nonfiction, informative texts. I'm not a romance novel kind of girl. (But I do love me some romantic comedies). I'm a chemistry of essential oils kind of book nerd. There are some great e-books out there as well. While not my first choice in media, if the content is good, I'm not that big of a book snob, I'll download the ebook.
That being said, here are MY choices of the best books/ebooks to get when learning about aromatherapy. I will preface by saying I have not read every book there is on the subject. That's a goal I plan on pursuing but I do have to raise my children and run my business. So if anyone wants to offer to do both for a week so I can sit around on a beach reading books, I will gladly take you up on that. Without further ado, here are my top picks.
- Best Beginner Book: The Heart of Aromatherapy by Andrea Butje
I might be biased because Andrea has been my instructor for my certification and clinical certification course but there is something magnetic about the way she talks about essential oils. In this book, she gives the oils a "personality" in their individual profiles. In doing so, she makes it easier to understand the essential oil itself. Andrea is mindful that children have different guidelines, so her recipes (over 100!) include kid safe versions as well. As someone who works with a lot of children, I thought this was important feature of the book. Andrea also discusses how to use essential oils, different carriers, stories about distillers, and pertinent safety information. Andrea's reputation is one of kindness, generosity, and innate knowledge. By reading her book, it's almost like she is right there in front of you, smiling, and telling you about her friends, the essential oils.
- Best ebook series: Elizabeth Ashley aka The Secret Healer
If you are looking for an author who is highly knowledgeable, can tell it how it is, and has a wicked sense of humor, you need to check out Elizabeth Ashley. I literally laugh out loud while reading her books. She has a way of connecting to her audience. She can make the most complex subject easily understandable just in the way she presents it to her audience. Truly a gifted author. It's pretty obvious with the amount of books she has published. She has written a variety of books about aromatherapy ranging from clinical aromatherapy, skin care recipes, stress in the workplace, essential oil profiles, and even some specifically for the fellow aromatherapist. If you are a Kindle Unlimited member on Amazon, you can get a lot of her books for free. But if you are not a member, I would still encourage you to buy and download them. They are worth very penny.
- Best Safety Information: Essential Oil Safety Second Edition by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young
How can you go wrong with the "Godfather of Aromatherapy" who has been practicing aromatherapy longer than I've been alive and a research chemist who promotes evidence-based botanical medicine. This is the Holy Grail of textbooks for EVERY aromatherapist. If you don't have this book and are a professional aromatherapist, please stop reading this blog post. Click on the image now and BUY it. This book has been a lifesaver for me. It encompasses a massive amount of research and knowledge. They dive into essential oil composition, kinetics and dosing, the body systems, in depth essential oil profiles, and constituent profiles. If you want evidence-based safety advice for every essential oil you own, get this book. It is not a book that you can read while relaxing on the beach (ok, maybe I could but I'm a nerd) because it reads like a textbook. But the amount of information in this book is astonishing and a must for anyone who works with essential oils.
- Best Clinical Books with Research Citations : Essential Oils, A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice by Jennifer Peace Rhind AND Clinical Aromatherapy, Essential Oils in Healthcare by Jane Buckle.
Ok, I cheated and picked two. But these are both so amazing, I just couldn't pick one. Since I picked more than one, I guess we can say they are "besties" in this category.
Jennifer Peace Rhind was my case study instructor during my original certification. Can I just say how amazing she is? She truly exudes love for what she does and does it so eloquently. She is so supportive of those going into the field and is the gentle guidance needed to expand your professional horizons. She knows how to combine holistic syngeries with scientific data and the essence of aroma. It's like she took pieces of the essential oil puzzle and put it together for us to make a masterpiece.
Jane Buckle is a registered nurse so her book is based on a health care approach. She gives a multitude of citations for different ailments along with her invaluable personal experience working in the aromatherapy and medical fields. She presents the evidence that so many people think is lacking in the aromatherapy world. If you are doing a research paper, this book will be your best friend. Not only does she supply us with the research, she humanizes it, so those not in the medical field can comprehend and utilize in their own work.
I apologize for being an enabler. I, too, suffer from aromatherapy/herbal/natural healing book addiction. But I couldn't help myself. If I find something so fantastic, such as a good book, I feel the need to tell the world. And tell I shall.
( P.S. I am not being paid by any of the authors and I do not receive any compensation from the links provided. However, if the authors would like to thank me by gifting me a bottle of Vanilla Bourbon CO2, I won't put up a fight. :)