Cats and essential oil safety

Myrtle by Robert Tisserand This is an updated version of an article published here. Some quite strong feelings and opinions have been expressed about essential oils and cats, and a frequently asked question is “Is it safe to diffuse essential oils around cats?”. Diffusing essential oils can be toxic to humans if it’s over-done, causing neurological

January 10th, 2018|

Risk vs. benefit: using potent antimicrobial essential oils with children

by Lauren Bridges, with thanks to Christine Carson, PhD, and Hana Belikova for their input We live in a world of quick fixes and proclaimed miracle cures, and essential oils have not escaped the proclivity people have in identifying the next magic bullet. Today, as we face issues like increased resistance in bacteria to antibiotics,

December 28th, 2017|

Bergamot – an identity crisis

by Robyn Frank Bergamot is one of many essential oils extracted from the outer peel of citrus fruit. It differs from other citrus oils by its chemical composition, and different therapeutic guidelines and safety precautions apply to it. This is especially true for safety limits to prevent phototoxic reactions due to the bergapten content of

November 29th, 2017|

Effective use of alcohol for aromatic blending

by Ginger L. Moore The online aromatherapy community has been overflowing with DIY recipes for anything from facial creams to home sanitizing sprays. The push to “do it yourself” is seen everywhere, personal care products included. Those who extol the virtues of the homemade and DIY approach claim the following: • “It saves you money.”

November 7th, 2017|

Grasse Phyt’Arom 2017 – what we learned in France about French aromatherapy

by Hana Bělíková The beautiful French town of Grasse has a long and scented history. It has been dubbed the world capital of fragrance, and in the 19th century its abundant flower fields, now mostly replaced by villas, gave rise to a still-thriving perfume industry. In Grasse, fragrance brands and stores are ubiquitous, and there

October 25th, 2017|

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|

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|