Category Archives: Educational Resources

Books, links and other resources and ramblings

Recommended Reading List

Interested in how I learned to create wonderful products that work?

On this page is a partial list of books that I studied over the past 12 years. The top 15 are especially dear to my heart and important to my education for this business.

Interested in starting a business like ours in your community:?
Start educating yourself!
Purchase these books (almost all can be found used on or This knowledge is powerful. If we are all educated in herbs and essential oils; we can keep the Pharmaceutical industry and government control where they should be….Chemicals are killing us and killing our children. We have to take control of our health back from the “doctors” and the pharmaceutical chemicals in everything including the drugs they push.

Be willing to go through this whole detox process for yourself and your family.
If you won’t work hard for yourself, you will not able to help others change their lives for the healthier.

Our future plans include helping others start their own business making and selling in their local communities. We do not want to sell to the world. We want to empower families and communities by supporting locally manufactured and sold products.

The Discover magazine has had some amazing articles on the healthy bacteria in our bodies and what antibiotics do to this essential microbial community. Check them out. I love this quote from THE ECOSYSTEM INSIDE, March 2011, by Michael Tennesen: “When you use antibiotics, you essentially drop a bomb on a microbial community.”

The Discover magazine also has many good articles on the chemicals used in modern farming practices. It is a worthwhile magazine to subscribe to.


This is a partial list of the countless books I have purchased and read over the past 12 years of my education and development of my products. The top 15 are the most vital to my education.

  1. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Julia Lawless
  2. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy; Valerie Worwood
  3. Essential Oil Safety; Robert Tisserand and Tony Balacs
  4. The Practice of Aromatherapy; Dr. Jean Valnet, MD
  5. The Complete Soapmaker; Norma Coney
  6. Carrier Oils For Aromatherapy and Massage; Len Price
  7. Making Natural Liquid Soap; Catherine Failor
  8. Aromatherapy Healing for the body and Soul; Kathi Keville
  9. Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health; Kathi Keville
  10. The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine; Daniel Mowrey
  11. School of Natural Healing; Dr. John R Christopher
  12. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy; Carol and Daniel Schiller
  13. Herbs and Aromatherapy For the Reproduction System; Jeanne Rose
  14. Complete Aromatherapy Handbook; Susanne Fischer-Rezzi
  15. Perfumes, Splashes and Colognes; Nancy Booth
  16. Healing Oil of the Body; David Stewart
  17. The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple; David Stewart
  18. Aromatherapy For Health Professionals; Shirley and Len Price
  19. The Aromatherapy Practitioner’s Reference Manual; Sylla Sheppart-Hanger
  20. The Herb Book; John Lust
  21. Medicinal Plants of the World; Ben-Erik Van Wyk, Michael Wink
  22. Cancer Salves; Ingrid Naiman
  23. Healing Home Spa; Valerie Cooksley
  24. Plant Aromatics; Martin Watt
  25. Healing From God’s Garden; Maria Treben
  26. Herbs–The Visual Guide to More than 700 Herb Species from Around the World; Lesley Bremness
  27. Common Herbs for Natural Health; Juliette de Bairacli Levy
  28. Herbal Emissaries; Steve Foster
  29. The Wise Woman Herbals–Child Bearing Years; Susan Weed
  30. The Wise Woman Herbals–Menopausal Years; Susan Weed
  31. Aromatherapy, Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate & Heal; Valerie Cooksley
  32. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients; Ruth Winter
  33. Aromatherapy An A-Z; Patricia Davis
  34. Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals; Kristin L Bell
  35. Herbal Cat Care; Dr. Randy Kidd
  36. What’s Toxic, What’s Not; Dr Gary Ginsberg and Brian Toal
  37. A Modern Herbal, Mrs. M Grieves
  38. Aromatherapy Workbook, Shirley Price
  39. Desk Reference to Natural Medicines, Stephen Foster, Rebecca Johnson

While this list seems extensive; there are at least another 20 I own and have read, but that I did not consider vital to my education and Healing-Scents.


Kathleen Hembree

Photo credits: Thomas Leutard

Links–essential oils, herbs, chemicals in commercial products

Think Green!
Here are some very interesting Websites–
Much great information on herbs, essential oils, recipes and the chemicals in commercial products and the harm they can do.

Interested in recipes for making some of your own stuff?
Have fun…

This website has a lot of interesting information on natural healing: Do be cautious on clicking on all those ads. Don’t know how good any of those companies are in terms of toxicity.

Here is some information I found on the Wall Street Journal website:

  •  Purina is owned by Swiss company Nestle . . . Where is all the processed pet foods being made now???
  • Gerber — owned by Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis….What is in our baby food? Just how far apart is real from chemical??
  • Vaseline — British/Dutch conglomerate Unilever N.V. . . . also owns Ben & Jerry’s – Popsicle – Hellman’s/Best Foods Mayonnaise. Wow!

Eating real foods is becoming more important all the time.

Much of my herbal knowledge has come from books like “The Scientific Validation For Herbal Medicine”, by Dr. Daniel B Mowry, PhD. Here is a link to information on him and some of the articles and books he has written.

Interested in learning about herbs and herbal medicines? The School of Natural Healing founded by Dr. Christopher is still in Utah today teaching about herbs and their benefits.
Environmental Working Group (
This web address links to a page about the toxins in cosmetics and personal care products:

Household product database–find ingredients in products with links to ToxNet to find out about them.

The Ecologist Online

Here is an organization dedicated to our right to choose vitamins and natural supplements without the FDA regulations strangling companies:

Dr. Michael W. Fox PhD, BVetMed
Dr. Fox has some very interesting articles on his pages. He writes about Animal welfare and health care reform, the FDA, pet foods and more!

Here is an interesting website: