Aromatherapy Book Review Part 1

Posted: May 8, 2012 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

You don’t have to be a certified Aromatherapist to incorporate the benefits of essential oils in your daily life. By learning the basics of Aromatherapy, you can explore the magical qualities of essential oils and formulate your own blends. In this 3-part series, I am going to introduce you to some amazing books, which I have been using regularly in my practice. If you are passionate about the subject, you too can augment your knowledge of essential oils and aromatherapy and help those around you!

Quick Reference Aromatherapy Books

Whether you are a professional aromatherapist or someone who likes to concoct their own blends, it helps to have an easy reference book at hand. Here, I recommend 3 books that have been my companions for many years. I quickly flip through them when I need to try out a new recipe and it always works!

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy ~ Valerie Ann Worwood

I have used this book for 15 years and it never let me down. From practical tips for travelers to great recipes for woman’s health, I have tried almost all the recipes from this book. While Valerie Ann Worwood provides a brief explanation on why to use certain oils for specific conditions, she mainly focuses on the execution of a recipe and its practical application. The simplicity of this book makes it the perfect choice for beginners. Every recipe is presented in a detailed step-by-step manner and there is no possibility of confusion or ambiguity, even for someone who has negligible knowledge of aromatherapy. Even for seasoned professionals, it serves as a quick reference guide when you want to look up a recipe for a common ailment in your everyday practice. I recommend this book for beginners because it is “complete” in the sense that it not only provides recipes for common health problems and beauty but also teaches how to use essential oils for your children, pets and garden. A precious resource for any homemaker!  

Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published 

This is another very simple, yet comprehensive book that you can turn to when you need information about certain oils, recipes or terminology. Since the book is actually an encyclopedia, it is very easy to navigate. I have been using it in my practice for 12 years and every time I go through it, I can sense Patricia Davis’ intense passion for aromatherapy. Some tips and advice that the author has offered cannot be found anywhere else – they obviously stem from her intense knowledge of the subject. Every recipe is accompanied by a section on safety and side effects, so you don’t end up using them wrongly. I would highly recommend it for beginners.

Aromatherapy for Women: A Practical Guide to Essential Oils for Health and Beauty

This is one of my first aromatherapy books and that is what probably makes it so special. It is a short book, which makes it easy to refer and carry around. I found it extremely helpful during pregnancy, labor and even after that. The style is friendly and casual, and Maggie Tisserand makes a conscious effort not to intimidate the reader with too much detail and jargon. Right from teenage to menopause, this book has something in it for women of all ages. You will find easy and effective recipes for problems ranging from PMS and acne to childbirth and yeast infections. It would also make for a great gift for your mother, sister, wife, daughter or any woman who is dear to you.  

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Books on Emotional Aspects of Aromatherapy © 2012, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.