Geranium oil – history and cultivation

Geranium is one of the most popular essential oils, both because of its many therapeutic properties (antibacterial, anticandida, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic..) and its pleasant fragrance. The International Trade Center's monthly Market Insider publication  features a regular review of essential oil-bearing crops. In July 2015 the focus was on geranium, the cultivation of which has become

February 21st, 2017|

Can essential oils repair DNA? (the short answer is “no”)

by Shannon Becker PhD In his book Healing Oils of the Bible, David Stewart makes claims about disease and cancer, and the ability to treat them using essential oils containing monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. He states that monoterpenes “reprogram the cells with correct information so they may function properly”. He further states that sesquiterpenes “deprogram or

January 26th, 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|

Aromatherapy and Traditional Aromatic Plant Medicine in Peru

by Kelly Ablard, PhD, RA, EOT Lemongrass decoction being prepared: Pucallpa, Peru. © Kelly Ablard This study was the first of its kind carried out in Peru to identify and understand the use of aromatic plant medicine (APM) as a form of traditional medicine from the viewpoint of Aromatherapy as practiced in North America,

May 28th, 2016|

Paula S. Begel Interview

Paula S. Begel is an aromatherapist, massage therapist, martial arts veteran and personal trainer. She has been practicing aromatherapy and massage for over 20 years and is involved in very interesting projects. Robert Tisserand sat down with her during the 2015 AIA conference in Denver to ask her about her work and successes.   Paula

March 14th, 2016|

Uncommon Documentary

You may remember Kristina Bauer as the author of Essential Oils and the Detox Theory, published last year on the Tisserand Institute website, or you may know her as the Untamed Alchemist, an aromatherapy blogger and author. What you may not know is that the last year, she partnered with Angela Jensen Ehmke, an aromatherapist

January 15th, 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 The importance of dilution before applying essential oils topically is being increasingly recognized by both consumers and corporations, and yet “dilute before use” or similar is insufficient safety advice for some essential oils. Diluting cinnamon bark oil to 20% for example, may not protect you if it needs to be diluted to

November 12th, 2015|

Kelly Ablard

      We are very proud of the accomplished professionals and educators that constitute the Tisserand Institute Advisory Board! They are not only knowledgeable; they are also actively involved in notable ventures. Here’s what Kelly Ablard has been up to lately. Kelly Ablard, a member of our Advisory Board, is both a well-rounded aromatherapist

September 25th, 2015|