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Also available to purchase and order from local high street book shops, and on-line outlets


Healing with Essential Oils dovetails with my previous award winning books Essential Oils for for the Whole Body, and Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation.


As a compendium, these books focus on the multiple dynamics of essential oils, and collectively provide a sound ‘must have’ point of reference for anyone wanting to explore the manifold qualities of essential oils; from the everyday home user, to health and wellbeing practitioners, to scent artists and blend creators.  Each book includes easy to follow charts, diagrams, information tables, and application instructions, and more –  your quintessential ‘go-to’ Aromatherapy handbooks.


Healing with Essential Oils explores the journey of essential oils from living plant to bottle, and explains what an essential oil is, including the botany of how they evolved and the various roles they play, from protecting the plant to aiding its propagation.  There are in-depth profiles for 58 common essential oils identifying the phyto-chemicals that contribute to each oil’s scent and healing qualities and it’s therapeutic application, and information about the healthiest and safest ways to use essential oils for children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.


Essential Oils for the Whole Body delves into the practical and ethereal attributes of essential oils, including essential oil safety, how to create pleasing, customised remedies and perfume blends, and how to apply essential oils with other complementary therapies that increase their effectiveness, including Chinese Medicine, corresponding colours, chakras, and gemstones.  This book also describes the various methods of application, including how to make home made creams and lotions, and much more.


Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation provides an overview of meditation practice and benefits and explains methods to incorporate essential oils into your practice.  This book introduces the reader to the Serenity Essential Oils – a group of oils specifically selected for attaining and maintaining a state of mindfulness, as well as a broad spectrum of therapeutic properties, with charts that will help you select the oil that is right for you.  Also included are methods of self support, such as relaxation techniques, exercise and mobility practices, and guidelines for optimal nutrition – our body, after all, is the vehicle of our soul.


See reviews for each book below, and use the links below to access more details about each book.

Happy reading!





Available to purchase in-store at Barnes and Noble,

also from

Inner Traditions, Simon and Schuster  and high street and local book shops, and on-line outlets

Winner of the Janey Loves 2022 Platinum Award



Available to purchase from

Barnes & Noble

Inner Traditions, Simon & Schuster, Indiebound (USA 0nly), Amazon

and high street and local book shops and on-line outlets

Winner of the Janey Loves 2020 Platinum Awards


Available to purchase from

Barnes & Noble

Inner Traditions, Simon & Schuster, Indiebound (USA only), Amazon

and high street and local book shops and on-line outlets

Winner of the Janey Loves 2019 Platinum Awards


Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation is also published in Traditional Chinese!




In Praise of my books


Healing with Essential Oils: The Antiviral, Restorative, and Life-Enhancing Properties of 58 Plants


The book does a fantastic job of the science behind it all, as well as explaining the various parts of plants and the essential oils they yield. There are a lot of charts and gorgeous photographs to break up the text, which is written in a way that any layman can read without needing more than a basic understanding of plants and/or science. This volume would be helpful for both beginners and pros in the field of essential oil usage.

Donna Biroczky



This comprehensive book is worthy of being a text book.  It addresses all the nuts and bolts of essential oils, from plant to bottle.  Godfrey first dives into the botanical classification of essential oils far more than other books.  This helps the reader to see the relationships and similarities among different oils.  She devotes a chapter to describing the multitude of compounds that make up essential oils, listing their actions on the body, and how many are found in each essential oil.  Another chapter covers all the many methods of essential oil extraction.  The remaining half of the book covers 58 essential oil profiles.  Besides giving the oil’s properties and safety issues, this section describes the appearance of both plant and oil, scent, perfume note, and composition, as well as colours, chakras, gemstones, and Chinese energetics associated with each oil.  An International Federation of Aromatherapists Fellow, Godfrey also wrote Essential Oils for the Whole Body and essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation.

Kathi Keville

Author and Director of the American Herb Association Quarterly



Heather Dawn Godfrey’s highly recommendable book gives a grounded scientific knowledge on essential oils and at the same time all the practical advice one needs to use them efficiently to restore and maintain health.

Christopher Vasey ND

Author of Natural Antibiotics and Antivirals



A brilliant and informative ‘must-have’ book for anyone looking for a natural way to heal, restore and create harmony and balance in their life.

Sue Stone

Author of The Power within You Now, TV Presenter and Transformational Leader of the Sue Stone Foundation



This book is dynamic for the student who is interested in the science aspect of aromatherapy. She takes you from seed to distillation and breaks down in detail the chemical composition of each oil profiled and actions offered. A solid reference work.

Candice Covington

Author of Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice



Healing with Essential Oils, like Heathers other books, is aimed at those who apply essential oils in their everyday life, students and professional practitioners alike.  We don’t all have time or resources in our busy demanding lives to engage in professional training. Heathers book provides a wonderful accessible resource that sets a sound foundation to support your application of essential oils, from which you can grow and develop your learning.


Whether you already use essential oils at home for your own pleasure, integrate them as an aspect of professional beauty, wellness or health practice, or as artistic and aesthetic ingredients, or are simply intrigued and want to know more about essential oils, this book is written for you.

Janey Lee Grace

Author of Happy, Healthy, Sober, TV and Radio Presenter


Essential Oils for the Whole Body: The Dynamics of Topical Application and Absorption


 An impressive and comprehensive presentation of what essential oils are, how they work, and how to use them, not only for physical illnesses but also on the psycho-emotional level. A great book on essential oils!

Christopher Vasey, ND

Author of Natural Antibiotics and Antivirals


In times when most aromatherapists are going back to using simple recipes based on the biomedical paradigm, this book opens up another way of looking at topical applications and absorption dynamics. These areas are actually more complex than mechanical interpretation allows and require a book with a holistic, and even spiritual, background combined with scientific insight. It will surely build stronger relationships with the ‘whole body.

Martin Henglein

Naturopath, Aromatherapist, and Osmologist


This book offers a beautiful bridge between the science of aromatherapy and esoteric application. Godfrey presents a truly holistic approach that explores how to support the whole self, from the physical to the emotional and spiritual.

Candice Covington

Author of Essential Oils in Spiritual Practice


A lovely book packed full of information about the form and function of the human body and the ways essential oils can interact with it. This book builds on the author’s previous work, Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation, to create an invaluable guide for those who wish to understand essential oils and use them creatively and safely.

Sophie Olszowski, PhD

Author of Doctor, What’s Wrong? Making the NHS Human Again, Editor, NHS Researcher, and Director of SPZ Associates Ltd


Readers Comments


I am an avid believer in using essential oils in many different aspects of body health and home use so I was thrilled to receive this book for review. What I found here is a great complete education on Essential Oi . The author has included blending of oils, safety as well as even the chemical contents, which are good to know for those of us that use oils in our daily lives. I highly recommend the instructions for making creams, ointments and skin care product’s, which was so fun to learn so much more then I knew. The recipes are brilliant and easy to follow. There is also information on diffusing oil’s, which I am already using and enjoying. A ‘definitive’ book on essential oils this book I highly recommend for all who use oils and wish to educate themselves on both the oils, the process and the creation of recipes. Out of all the books on Essential Oils I have read over the years this is my favourite.

C. C. Netgalley


The content of this book is full of very descriptive information about essential oils. It would make a great reference book in any home as well as the local public library. This book would also be a well-used addition to any person wanting a more in-depth knowledge of oils. It will also help those like me who dally somewhat with oils but do not fully comprehend all the intricacies. Might keep someone like me from handling the oils improperly.  

Mary.  Goodreads


This book is a great resource for anyone wanting to dig deeper into essentials oils, you get tons and I mean tons of resourceful information I cannot express how much detail and research this author did just for this book.

You get recipes, for creams, lotions, and perfume oils.

The author doesn’t only use essential oil, but she also gives you a list of gemstones to use every day, you get worksheets and much more to help you in your study and lifestyle.

Laurie. Goodreads


Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation: Relax.  Replenish.  Rejuvenate


There is a unique way to enhance psychological well-being waiting to be explored. This book tells you how meditation and aromatherapy, classic tools for modifying the mind, can work together to maintain a state of calm and insight. Familiar oils like rose and frankincense add serenity and inspiration to the practice of mindfulness meditation. Diffusing an essential oil during meditation practice can even return your awareness to that meditative mode if you smell the aromatic oil again later. 

The author is an aromatherapist who not only uses essential oils professionally but also conducts research into the effects of these powerful plant ingredients. The reader will find out how knowledge of traditional practice and subjective experience, backed by scientific evidence, is an ideal path for discovery; how mindfulness meditation and essential oil inhalation relieve anxiety or calm the mind, as explained from the perspectives of ancient history, religious practices, and modern complementary medical practice. Scientific studies involving human subjects and essential oils tested in laboratory models are described in easy-to-digest detail that adds value and validity.

Advice on how to use the pure essential oils comes with a thorough briefing on dose and safety–a prerequisite for these concentrated and potent plant extracts. In passing, learning about the many everyday food, drink, and cosmetic products that contain essential oils is an eye-opener on the hidden influences on the mind and body. This book is bound to have a long-lasting impact on both meditation and aromatherapy practices, thanks to its inspired author, Heather Dawn Godfrey.

Elaine Perry, Ph.D.

Professor emeritus of neuroscience at Newcastle University


Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation fills an important gap in the field of essential oils. Where many other books are contented with the properties and the handling of oils, Heather Godfrey provides us with a profound scientific background of the different oils and opens up the field toward awareness and meditation. This book is a wonderful guide to using essential oils as valuable helpers for everyday life, as a source of knowledge for well-being professionals, and for a deeper understanding of oneself and nature.

Ewald Kliegel

Author of Crystal Wands and Holistic Reflexology


This interesting book melds the science and alchemy of essential oils and their use in meditation with a mix of personal anecdotes and evidence. Taking the reader on a journey through these highly topical disciplines, it is a timely reminder and how-to guide of the importance of stepping back from the maelstrom of modern life to find a sensible inner balance.

Sophie (Petit-Zeman) Olszowski, Ph.D

Author of Doctor, What’s Wrong? Making the NHS Human Again, Editor, NHS Researcher, and Director of SPZ Associates Ltd


 This book is an impressive and comprehensive presentation of what are essential oils, how they work and how to use them, not only for physical illnesses, but also on the psycho-emotional level. A great book on essential oils!

Christopher Vasey

Author of Natural Antibiotics and Antivirals


Godfrey, an International Federation of Aromatherapists fellow, skilfully explains how scent works on the brain to create relaxation and how this affects our well-being. Odors that stimulate brain chemicals, such as serotonin and GABA, trigger composure, concentration, deep breathing, and a meditative state to reduce stress and anxiety. Research is presented on rehabilitative techniques to remove negative emotional states, like regrets, traumas, fears, and anxiety. Charts and discussion show the brain’s hemispheres and the actions of a few essential oils are mentioned, although no recipes are suggested. There are also guidelines for use, healthy foods, and methods, techniques, and tools for application. 

 American Herb Association Quarterly


Readers comments


This book is an informative guide to the use of essential oils as an accompaniment to meditation/mindfulness. It finishes with a chapter on other forms of achieving wellbeing – nutrition, exercise and relaxation. There are footnotes and a bibliography for further information. As such it’s very comprehensive but as a newcomer to essential oils I didn’t find the content intimidating.

Tina. Goodreads


A great guide for beginners wanting to learn more about mindfulness and meditation and how to use essential oils for relaxation. A good reference book to have on hand with well organised tables for easy access to information. Great background information on mindfulness and using essential oils for those that are just starting out.

Kat. Goodreads