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|

A beginner’s guide to essential oils Part 1: Essential oil extraction

by Rachel Andorfer Welcome to the world of essential oils! If you’re here, you’ve probably been recently introduced to essential oils and are looking to learn all you can. This is the first of a series of posts intended for essential oil beginners, or anyone who’s been using essential oils but wants to gain

November 29th, 2018|

Botanica 2018 report: Connecting dots and people in Brighton

by Hana Tisserand I first met Rhiannon Lewis in 2015, at the AIA conference in Denver, Colorado. We were briefly introduced, had a lovely chat in English and French, and she mentioned two conferences she “has her fingers in” – Phyt’Arom in Grasse, France, and Botanica. If you’ve ever met Rhiannon, you know how charming

October 16th, 2018|

Sloppy science masquerading as a “systematic review” of adverse effects in aromatherapy

by Tamara Agnew PhD, Robert Tisserand, and Christine Carson PhD, with thanks to Kandace Knudson PhD for her input Introduction In 2012, Posadzki, Alotaibi and Ernst published a systematic review, which “was aimed at critically evaluating the evidence regarding the adverse effects associated with aromatherapy” (Posadzki et al, 2012). However, it is an article awash

July 24th, 2018|

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 Tisserand 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|