Our essential oils library
Reference material on essential oils
The use of essential oils dates back thousands of years, so there is a great wealth of knowledge on the various oils, their application, and their efficacy. To enable to make most effective use of the oils, we need access to good reference material, which traditionally has come in the form of books.
There follows a short list of some of the books, ebooks and apps that I have found very useful and informative. Some of them I use on a daily basis, like the Modern Essentials book and app.
I also use the Daily Drop iPhone/iPad app and/or Daily Drop emails on a daily basis. See our Daily Drop page for details.
Modern Essentials book - A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils (8th Edition)
This book I use daily, as my essential oils "Bible". It has chapters on:
- The Basics of Essential Oils
- Single Essential Oil
- Essential Oil Blends
- Essential Supplements
- Personal Care and Spa
- My Usage Guide
- Essential Living
- Essential Oil Science in Depth
- Appendix and References
I have the previous revision, the 7th Edition, but for anyone buying this for the first time I would recommend going for the current, 8th Edition, which is greatly updated from the 7th Edition, and covers all the latest available oils and blends, with new chapters too. It is available as a hardback book, and also in a condensed version spiral-bound, which is less expensive..
Modern Essentials app, Version 8.0
This a super app that I have on my iPhone and iPad. It contains a condensed version of the full Modern Essentials book described above. I find it great that I can carry this huge reference source around with me on my phone.
The app is very inexpensive, around £7 in the UK. You can get it online from the App Store for Apple users, or from the Google Play store for Android users. Here's what the publishers have to say about it:
"Learn how essential oils can benefit health and well-being—naturally! Get current, scientific guidance on the therapeutic use of essential oils at your fingertips. Streamline your access to information with a unique, colour-coded recommendation system that quickly points you to the right oils and blends for over 200 health conditions.
You can take your app anywhere for ready reference or in-depth study. Use the search function to find quick details about a particular ailment, essential oil or blend, or application method. Or read through the applications section to discover old and new approaches for oil use. Take time to browse our new living section for cooking, craft, and care ideas."
Download app from the App Store for Apple iPhone / iPad users.
Download app from Google Play for Android phone / tablet users.
Emotions and essential oils, a modern resource for living (2016 edition), by Enlighten
If you are interested in the emotional effects of essential oils, this immensely popular Emotions and Essential Oils 5th (2016 Edition) will become your best friend! It is available either as a spiral-bound book, or in eBook format for Kindle.
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.
The guide first 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.
Emotions and essential oils wheel (5th edition)
Updated with new oils! Here is the 5th Edition Emotions Wheel that’s a companion to the Emotions & Essential Oils Book.
This double-sided reference wheel is a beautiful, quick reference resource you can take anywhere. One side categorises and lists positive emotions and the essential oils that support them. The other side, likewise, lists negative emotions and the oils that help release them. Laminated for durability and moisture-resistance.
In the UK, you can currently buy the wheel for around £4.25 direct from Essential Oil Supplies.
Essential oils for happy living, by Rebecca Linder Hintze
I find this a very interesting and enlightening approach to the subject of using essential oils for happy living, "Mother Nature's remedy to jumpstart happiness", as Rebecca puts it.
- Your thoughts as a chemical reaction
- Perceptions and beliefs guide biology
- Emotions and depression
- The family connection
- Intentions rule
- Courage to change
- Forgiveness is freedom
- Love it!
This is a great book to complement your use of essential oils for emotional awareness and well being.
In the UK, you can currently buy the hardback for around £12.50 direct from Essential Oil Supplies, or for £11.95 direct from Amazon UK.
doTERRA Essential oils for beginners eBook
This is a great introduction to essential oils for beginners, with chapters on:
- What is an essential oil?
- Why use essential oils?
- How do I use essential oils?
- Are essential oils safe?
Click here, or on the image opposite, to download this eBook.