About Robert Tisserand

Robert is an international speaker, educator and consultant. Since 2010 he has inspired live audiences in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, & Japan. He tracks all the published essential oil research and collaborates with doctors, herbalists and pharmacologists, integrating scientific data with holistic principles. He is familiar with the foundations of oriental medicine, and Western herbal and naturopathic traditions, with their emphasis on cleansing, protecting, strengthening immune function and aiding natural healing processes. Robert has 40 years of experience in essential oil blending and aromatherapy product development. He is a co-author of the 780 page book Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition.

Spikenard and sustainability

by Robert Tisserand Spikenard in bloom In most essential oil-related sustainability discussions, the plants most often cited are Sandalwood and Rosewood. Fortunately, the Sandalwood problem has receded over the last couple of years - see here. More of an issue would be Spikenard and Rosewood, with perhaps Agarwood (Oud) or Frankincense in third

September 20th, 2017|

Santalum album oil rejuvenated

Part one: history, meeting sustainability challenges, quality control and psychodermatology by Robert Tisserand Sandalwood flowers, image: Wikimedia Commons Sustainability is now a major challenge for many essential oil-bearing crops, and the growth of aromatherapy has exacerbated the problem. This especially applies to wild grown plants such as Santalum album. This is a

June 22nd, 2017|

Climate Change News: Essential Oils Cool Planet

by Robert Tisserand, first published at RobertTisserand.com It now appears that the world would have warmed more than it has were it not for the aromatic cocktail of chemicals emitted by plants. It turns out that this can change the weather - and anything that changes the weather day after day and year after year

June 21st, 2017|

Peppermint and breastfeeding – results of poll

by Robert Tisserand Can peppermint oil reduce milk supply if you’re breastfeeding? In the past my answer to this question was always that I didn’t know, and that there was no research on this. Nor could I imagine why peppermint oil would have such an effect, though I’m always open to learning something new. There

December 7th, 2016|

Why safety is important

by Robert Tisserand One of the most poisonous plants, Atropa belladonna Although essential oils are natural substances, “natural” and “safe” have never been synonymous. Nature is replete with poisonous plants (deadly nightshade, wolf’s bane, foxglove, suicide tree, etc.) not to mention spiders, snakes, scorpions etc. Natural bitter almond oil even contains cyanide, though it

November 22nd, 2016|

Frankincense Oil and Cancer in Perspective

by Robert Tisserand If you wanted something to keep you awake, and I offered you a choice of caffeinated coffee or decaffeinated coffee, which would you choose? It’s not a trick question. And if you wanted something to treat cancer, and I offered you a choice of frankincense A that contains 50% of an antitumoral

January 15th, 2016|

New Survey Reveals Dangers of Not Diluting Essential Oils

by Robert Tisserand Update 12/13/2017: We are very pleased to see that since the publication of our blogpost, six companies have changed their safety guidelines! Eden Botanicals now has 0.07% as the recommended dilution for Cinnamon Bark oil, and Organic Infusions, Nature’s Gift, Ananda Apothecary and Barefut. all give 0.1% as the maximum. All of these

November 12th, 2015|

Citrus Oils and Breast Health

by Robert Tisserand, with thanks to Christine Carson PhD and Linda Halcon PhD for their input. In the United States, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and it is the second most common cause of death from any cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute 12.3% of women will be diagnosed with

August 10th, 2015|

Resistance is Futile

by Robert Tisserand The single chemical approach Since I became involved in aromatherapy 45 years ago, the dynamic between conventional medicine and aromatherapy has changed. Some of the weaknesses of conventional medicine (a $400 billion industry in the USA, and worth $1 trillion globally in 2014) have become more apparent, while at the same time

March 14th, 2015|