Recommended Reading


375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols

Written by: Jeanne Rose
Published: 1999
Page Count: 240
Price (USD): 16.95

Amazon blurb: “This thorough guide profiles 375 different essential oils according to botanical family, habit and growth, chemical components, and actions. Historical notes and lore, often from Chinese alchemy as well as western botanical sources, are featured. Essays on evergreens, lavender, chamomile, jasmine, and more fill out important categories. Graceful botanical illustrations illuminate the text.”

Harvest to Hydrosol Distill Your Own Exquisite Hydrosols at Home

Written by: Ann Harman
Published: 2015
Page Count: 240
Price (USD): 45.95

From Aromaweb review: “With nearly 20 years of distillation experience, Harvest to Hydrosol is written by one of the most experienced and respected hydrosol distillers in the world. Author Ann Harman provides an enlightening and thorough introduction and background into hydrosols and the world of hydrosol distillation. While Harvest to Hydrosol is written primarily for those interested in actively pursuing the distillation of hydrosols, it is also an absolute must-have addition to the libraries of everyone that sells, utilizes, studies and educates others about these precious waters.”

Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy

Written by: Suzanne Catty
Published: 2001
Page Count: 290
Price (USD): 24.95

Publisher’s blurb: “Hydrosols are the pure, water-based solutions created when essential oils are steam distilled. Through this process, a potent, yet subtle form of medicine is created, one that can be ingested as well as applied directly to the skin. Hydrosols are ideal for use with children, animals, and those with fragile immune systems. Suzanne Catty details the specifics of 67 hydrosols, provides formulas to treat more than 50 health concerns, and offers 40 delicious recipes in which hydrosols can be used. Her section on pets will help owners deal with urinary tract and digestive problems as well as grooming and odor issues.”

Robert Tisserand quoted on the back cover: “Suzanne Catty performs a great service to us all in bringing forth from obscurity this aspect of plant medicine, which is both ancient and modern.”

Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals

Written by: Len Price & Shirley Price
Published: 2004
Page Count: 300
Price (USD): 57.95

Amazon blurb: “Distilled waters, or hydrolats, are therapeutic in many ways, and yet little has been written to clarify their properties and clinical applications. This book details the nature, properties (where known), and nomenclature of hydrolats, and gathers in one source the sure and sensible facts about distilled waters. Already used by aromatherapists interested in extending their therapeutic range, this book provides all therapists with the confidence to practice safely with a solid understanding of the value of hydrolats.”