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Supply and demand challenges for essential oils in the coronavirus era

by Robert Tisserand A field of roses in Syria, image courtesy of BioCham The supply-demand dynamic for essential oils has always been a delicate thing. Prices fluctuate, but generally trend upward. In the past 50 years, the price of Indian Sandalwood oil has increased by about 200 times, although one reason for

June 25th, 2020|

Aromatherapy for Everyone

by Hana Tisserand It’s been three weeks since the death of George Floyd sparked a global reckoning of the state of our societies. Are we living in a just world? And if not, how are we going to make that a reality? I have spent those three weeks listening and reading and educating myself

June 16th, 2020|

Covid-19 and unfounded claims

by Robert Tisserand I have always believed that it is important for aromatherapy to move out of the realm of “quack medicine” and to be established as a viable modality. It is really not helpful to this process when claims are made for essential oils that have no established clinical basis. This may help

May 22nd, 2020|

Essential Oils and the Immune System: Q&A with Dr. Petra Ratajc

Do essential oils influence our immune system directly? Dr. Ratajc answered this question during her Essential Oil Kinetics Masterclass in April 2020, and we thought you might find her answer interesting. Please note that this is related to physiological effects - not the effects on our psychological well-being, which is indeed linked to how

May 7th, 2020|

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|

Consuming essential oils responsibly

by Natalie Miller It's been quite some time since we asked Natalie Miller, an incredible aromatherapy professional and a great and gracious woman, to share her thoughts on the phenomenon of collecting essential oils. Between then and now, a lot of time has passed, and everything has changed. The whole world is impacted by a

March 12th, 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|