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The 2018 Reference Guide for Essential Oils Is Here—and Better Than Ever!


We proudly update the Reference Guide for Essential Oils—first published in 1996—to keep pace with how people use essential oils, what scientific research has revealed, and which new Young Living® products have made their debut. This latest edition is our most beautiful, accessible, and authoritative book to date.

Expanded to 704 pages, the Reference Guide is a comprehensive resource for both new and experienced essential oil users.  A revamped design—with many explanatory photos, images, and charts—organizes the content in a fresh way that is easy to learn and teach to others.

New Sections

The table of contents has 2 new and exciting entries: “Introduction to Essential Oils” and “Essential Oils In Depth.” We’ve subdivided, streamlined, and reorganized all the information for both of these background sections.

Introduction to Essential Oils

The new introduction is a complete “EOs 101” course. It covers where essential oils come from, what they are, how they benefit us, and ways to safely and effectively apply them. The emphasis is on the many approaches for practical use. Important points are highlighted, explained, and illustrated.  Even Vita Flex therapy and the Raindrop Technique are outlined with step-by-step photographs.

Essential Oils In Depth

This section will appeal to experienced users who want to broaden their knowledge base. After expanding on some introductory topics, the section zeroes in on scientific foundations: essential oil frequencies, the how-to of blending, and breakdown of chemical constituents with their therapeutic properties.

600+ Personal Guide Entries

At the heart of the Reference Guide is the Personal Guide section. This is where most oil users go most of the time. Here you’ll find which single oils, proprietary blends, supplements, and personal care products can help your health concerns. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual topics are all covered. Application methods are included, along with selected recipes, tips, and testimonials.

100+ Single Oils

Everything you want or need to know about each essential oil is here. You’ll identify the botanical family, extraction method/origin, chemical constituents, properties, common primary uses, folklore, historical uses, other possible uses, body systems affected, aromatic influence, application methods, internal use as a dietary supplement, safety data, blend classification, and best oils for blending.

80+ Oil Blends

Fulfill Your Destiny™ is the newest of so many supportive blends for overcoming, enjoying, and achieving more in life. You’ll learn the single oils and their purpose in each blend, body systems affected, aromatic influence, application, safety data, companion oils, frequency, and more.

Personal Care Products

Along with existing items, this section highlights new Young Living® product lines for the whole family! Shutran™ for men. Savvy Minerals™ makeup for women. Seedlings™ for baby. Every product entry includes all ingredients, essential oils and their purpose, suggested use, and body systems affected.


AminoWise™ and Super Cal Plus™ have joined the outstanding collection of essential oil–infused supplements for a long and healthy life. You’ll know your supplements inside and out with extensive information on each. Identify ingredients, essential oils and their purpose, suggested use, safety data, body systems affected, companion products, companion oils, and frequency.

Notes & New Products

As you use oils, blends, personal care products, and supplements, you can keep a personal reference record of new discoveries. You might also note suggestions and tips from others to try.


The appendix pulls it all together with super-synthesized charts of salient information. You’ll return to this section again and again as you increase your knowledge and expand your experience with essential oils. Again, where applicable, the emphasis is on everyday use. Included charts: body systems, single oil summaries (including products that contain them), blend summaries (including single oils in them), taxonomical division of plant families, and research references. Finally, an extensive index has been manually verified and redacted to reflect only the most relevant material.

With the 2018 Reference Guide, you’ll get all the great benefits you can from pure, therapeutic essential oils!

Abundant Health™, LLC, is a true third-party company that does not profit from the sales of essential oils and is not sponsored by, affiliated with, or endorsed by any essential oil company. We present this material as a third-party, unbiased presentation about oils and products sold by one of the leading essential oil suppliers and producers in the world. Product names in this post are trademarks or registered trademarks of Young Living® Essential Oils. Abundant Health™ is not sponsored by, affiliated with, or endorsed by Young Living®.


  1. Sorry, I’m a little confused. I already have the Large Essential Oils desk reference 6th edition that I got from Young Living (YL). Is the book you show for YL? I noticed at the top of this page, you mentioned YL products that made their debut. Are you connected with YL? Is this an entirely different book that would be helpful, or just use the YL one I have? I am not a distributor or anything, just buy some of their products. Thanks

    • Hi Nancy,
      Great question! We (Abundant Health) are not directly affiliated with Young Living. However, our Reference Guide for Essential Oils is written to specifically cater to Young Living oil users, which means we do talk about their essential oils and other products in our book. The Reference Guide is super easy to use and contains plenty of useful information to aid you in your essential oil usage and research.

  2. In the Common Primary Uses under Lemongrass, what does A, TA, T, IT mean?
    I’m new to the oils
    Thank you

  3. Oh this is so exciting!!! Thank you for all this amazing hard work!

  4. Does the smaller book have same exact info as the large book?

    • The Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils contains the entire “Personal Section” from our full-size Reference Guide for Essential Oils. This means that essential oils, blends, and related products are recommended for over 600 health conditions. Up-to-date research findings are included. The guide also summarizes basic usage and safety information. Basically, the smaller book is a much more concise version of the large book, but it contains less usage information and scientific research.

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