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Essential Oils and Coronaviruses

Shannon Becker, PhD RA On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 – a virus that was first seen in the Chinese city of Wuhan, and subsequently appeared in virtually every country in the world. The designation means that the epidemic of the virus and the disease

March 18th, 2020|

Functional Group Theory – Does it Work?

By Robert Tisserand Note: below is a link to a full article, along with an Executive Summary in six languages. Nature is complex. A single essential oil can contain dozens of constituents, each one of which, alone, has certain properties. How do we make sense of such complexity in nature? We often turn to

December 3rd, 2019|

Phyt’Arom Conference Report 2019

by Hana Tisserand Robert and I try to keep in touch with the world-wide aromatherapy community. We do this through our students, who come from all parts of the globe, Robert’s speaking engagements - which took us to Japan and Singapore this year - and through attending conferences. Phyt’Arom Grasse had been such an

December 2nd, 2019|

Assessing the Safety of Essential Oils – the Nutmeg Case

"Is Nutmeg essential oil safe?" someone asked the Tisserand Institute in a FB message. This, and similar questions, were prompted by a post that claimed this particular oil should not be used in any form, due to its potential toxicity. And since this claim was supposedly based on Essential Oil Safety 2e, I felt

November 23rd, 2019|

The Case for an Evidence-based Aromatherapy Practice

by Tamara Agnew PhD The current mood around aromatherapy is complex. There are companies and company representatives making ludicrous health claims which are damaging to the reputation and therefore the development of the practice. In contrast, there are the vocal cynics and critics who, using mostly offensive, ignorant language, insinuate that all complementary and

August 16th, 2019|

What Is Aromatherapy? The Dividing Lines Between Feel-Good and Medicine

by Petra Ratajc, PhD Aromatherapy’s unique appeal is that something natural and fragrant can have beneficial effects on both body and mind at the same time. This therapeutic duality was recognized independently by ancient civilizations that incorporated aromatic plants into traditional medicines, rituals and everyday life long before distillation and essential oils were known.

May 15th, 2019|

Santalum Album Oil Rejuvenated

Part Two: Skin Healing by Robert Tisserand Figure 1. A Santalum album seedling © Quintis Limited Of the several species of Sandalwood oil commercially produced, this article focuses on just one, Santalum album. Although Santalum album oil (SAO) has been produced in India for centuries, large-scale production there has now entirely ceased

March 12th, 2019|

Essential Oils in Hospitals: The Ethics, Safety, Cost and Application of Clinical Aromatherapy

by Sue Pace, RN, Registered Aromatherapist Millions of people worldwide employ essential oils to influence mood, in their body care products, and for home health remedies. Over the last decade in particular, home use of essential oils in the U.S. has burgeoned.[1] Essential oils and diffusers are ubiquitous online and are also found in boutiques, grocery

February 8th, 2019|

A Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils Part 2: How to Use Essential Oils

by Rachel Andorfer There are several ways that essential oils are commonly used therapeutically: diffusion (inhalation), topical (skin) application, baths, and oral ingestion. In this post I’ll go into detail about each method, how it works, and important safety tips. Diffusion Diffusion describes the process of dispersing essential oil molecules into the air so that

February 5th, 2019|

Essential Oils to Prevent the Spread of Flu

Shannon Becker PhD Fall and winter usher in the season of acute respiratory illnesses, and many people are beginning to suffer from sneezing, sore throats, coughs, fever, and achiness. There is often confusion surrounding the reason for these ailments, and common terms like “cold”, “flu”, “pneumonia”, and “stomach flu” are used to describe distinct

December 16th, 2018|