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We understand the need for information as a necessary tool in the proper development of any student. That is why you will find a wide variety of resources that we openly share on our blog, newsletter, and social media. 

In our experience, we cannot express the need for safety enough. This is why we have an emphasis on safety information so that all can be aware of how to approach aromatherapy in a nurturing and sustainable way.

You can consider us a resource, but we believe that trusting your own intuition is equally important.

Your inner light is a fantastic resource for how to move forward with aromatherapy. Practical knowledge paired with intuition is a recipe for success. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about aromatherapy, please feel free to contact us!

Aromatic Spa Book

Natural treatments using plants and essential oils for skincare and body work professionals by Sylla Sheppard-Hanger (2007).

This book was compiled from information gathered over the 35 years of my experience with essential oils. Much of this information was gleaned from the Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual and the Aromatherapy Practitioner Home Study Course. The practical applications are reinforced by my years of practical experience as a therapist, both licensed massage therapist and cosmetologist.

This material is meant to be a guide for safe and efficacious use of natural materials. To the best of my knowledge this information is current and up to date. It is laid out so you can go directly to the treatments in Chapter 5, or stroll through from the beginning to get the entire picture. In the beginning, the modality of aromatherapy is explained, including a brief synopsis and current regulations. Chapters 2 and 3 cover essential oils and how to obtain them, and how aromatherapy works on all levels: skin, body, and mind. Chapter 4 includes other plant materials such as fruits and vegetables, as well as other ingredients like clays and algae. Chapter 5 covers spa treatments including samples, set up, and procedures for scrubs and facials. Chapter 6 covers using environmental fragrance to enhance the therapeutic experience or create a mood. Using treatment blends, physical aspects of practice, and record keeping occupy Chapter 7. Finally, Chapter 8 gives a thorough explanation of safety and contraindications, including on-site safety information, and Chapter 9, Resources, offers books for further reading and supply sources. The Appendix includes extra reading, including one paper on updated safety information: “Aromatherapy Undiluted — Safety and Ethics,” by Sylla Sheppard-Hanger and Tony Burfield

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Aromatic Mind Book

This manual is intended as a supplement to mental health practice or for anyone wishing to use aromatics for mental health pursuits. It presents guidelines to help therapists begin exploring the world of aromatherapy in their practice, or to open up the need to refer clients to licensed bodywork professionals.

The book is organized so that you may stroll through from the beginning to get the entire picture or go directly to the treatments in Chapter 5. In the beginning, the modality of Aromatherapy is explained, including brief synopsis and current regulations. Chapters 2 and 3 cover essential oils and how to obtain them, and how aromatherapy works on the mind. Chapter 4 considers aromatherapy in a mental health practice and looks at individual, family and group treatments. Chapter 6 covers environmental fragrance to enhance the therapeutic experience or create a mood. Blending treatment synergies occupy Chapter 7. Finally, Chapter 8 gives a thorough explanation of safety and contraindications. The chapter on resources offers books for further reading and supply sources.

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Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual

A complete reference book of aromatic plant extracts, index of biological activities of phytochemicals, clinical index and taxonomical index


Sylla Sheppard-Hanger

with contributing editors

Galina Lisin, Martin Watt, David Moyler

There is a lot of confusion in the world of Aromatherapy and its tools, the essential oils. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual is a compilation of many combined years research and practical experience and clarifies about 350 of the most commonly offered essential oils (and absolutes) in today's marketplace. Finally, a book to end the confusion in the world of aromatics and their uses in healing.


Two Volumes, 575 pages, Softcover 8 1/2" x 11, Spiral ring bound for opening flat, ISBN O-9643-1410-X

After a Forward discussing aromatherapy as practiced today there are sections on the following:

  • Delivery Methods: 24 formulation entries, internal, external, discussion on skin absorption.
  • Carriers & Additives: 33 entries, including vegetal oils, tinctures, infusions; also clays & algae
  • Safety Considerations: safety data with references
  • Common Name Index: search by common name and include the following indexes
    • Phytochemical Index: over 600 entries; chemical constituents, with their known biological activity, toxicology and essential oil (and aqueous solution) sources
    • Clinical Index: over 400 entries lists all biological terms or indications (e.g. anti-viral, migraine), definitions and plant sources. Following the clinical uses, the Esoteric uses are cross-referenced in the Mental/Emotional/Psychic & Magical Index, Chakra and Ayruvedic correlations.
    • Taxonomic Index: is included for cross-references of over 76 Botanical Families of essential oil producing plants.
  • Includes glossary, a selected bibliography, authors biography and a registration card.

The Aromatherapy Chart is a quick overview of 350 essential oils in botanical order and includes:

  • Common names, plant part, botanical family, country of origin, extraction method, product form, & availability
  • Biochemistry class & active constituents
  • Traditional and Esoteric uses clarified with notations such as:
    • documented action
    • no evidence found
    • internal use
    • herbal extract
    • medical diagnosis required
  • Body systems activity of oil in modern aromatic medicinal usage:
    • integumentary
    • respiratory
    • muscular/skeletal
    • cardiovascular/lymphatic
    • immune
    • digestive
    • endocrine
    • genito-urinary/reproductive
    • nervous (brain/mind)
  • Safety data toxicity, irritation, sensitivity, phototoxicity, allergies; cross-reactions and contra-indications; no formal testing.

Please note: Due to copyright nature of books there are no refunds or returns allowed. We offer replacement for damaged in transit books only. Be sure before you purchase.

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Chemistry of Essential Oils Kit and Book

Essential Oil Chemical Constituents Kit and Flipbook

Finally a way to experience and learn essential oil chemistry in a concise and handy format!

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