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|

Showcasing the powers of aromatherapy (IFPA London 2017)

by Hana Bělíková The first weekend of September usually means preparations for a new school year. This year it was also an opportunity for aromatherapists to gather at Regent’s University in London for the annual conference of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. The event was organized by Gabriel Mojay, the IFPA Chairman. Saturday September

September 11th, 2017|

The highs and lows of GC-MS in essential oil analysis

by Alex St-Gelais Anyone seeking information about essential oil quality soon learns about the existence of gas chromatography (GC) testing. Quite often GC and GC-MS (gas chromatography / mass spectrometry), are discussed as if they were synonymous. This is not the case, as GC and MS are two separate pieces of equipment, each with its

August 14th, 2017|

Book review – The Aromatherapy Beauty Guide

by Hana Bělíková Danielle Sade, BSc, CAHP, has over 30 years of experience in the field of aromatherapy and skincare; she owns and runs a successful school in Canada and is a past president of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapy. Not only is she passionate about her subject, she is also very methodical and she

August 2nd, 2017|

Addicted from Birth

by Sue Pace A newborn baby girl lies swaddled in a receiving blanket in her isolette. While she has ten fingers and ten toes, rosebud lips, and a great shock of dark hair, this baby somehow doesn’t look or act ’right’. Weighing only 6 lbs (2722 g) at birth, her muscles tremble and twitch

July 25th, 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|

Tick Talk

by Sue Pace Ticks have historically been a minor annoyance and a sort of "occupational hazard" for nature lovers. Due to exponential growth in the number of Lyme Disease cases in recent years, tick bites are becoming a greater source of fear. Ticks are insects in the family Ixodidae and are classified as parasitic mites.

May 28th, 2017|

Do we really need to be worried about “cleaning” our receptors?

by Shannon Becker, PhD with thanks to Christine Carson, PhD, and Kandace Knudson, PhD for their input In order for the cells that make up an organism such as you to work in harmony, they must be able to communicate and collect information about their environment. The idea that our cell receptors—cellular signal receivers—may be

May 22nd, 2017|

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

February 21st, 2017|