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Michael Leon on Olfactory Enrichment and Aromatherapy

When reading research papers we have realized that very often there is a gap, sometimes even a chasm, between how scientists understand the use of essential oils and how the oils are actually used. To address this we wanted to communicate directly with the researchers...

Mosquitoes and essential oils – all you need to know

Mosquitoes and essential oils – all you need to know

“If you feel like you are insignificant, try spending a night with a mosquito in the room.” ~various They are hard to avoid, in nature and in the news, and they are a cause of annoyance at best, and of a serious health caution at worst. Mosquitoes, or to be more...

Phototoxicity: essential oils, sun and safety

Phototoxicity: essential oils, sun and safety

Photoxicity from essential oils is one of the most predictable and incontestable toxic reactions. So much so that even those who tried so hard to tell us that allergic reactions to essential oils were impossible, and were in fact signs of detoxification (they are...

Immortelle oil – to coagulate or not to coagulate?

Immortelle oil – to coagulate or not to coagulate?

I know I am not the only one puzzled by two seemingly contradictory properties that are claimed for Immortelle oil (Helichrysum italicum). Side note: you may know this as Helichrysum oil, but I am averse to co-opting a botanical name when there are several really...

Five steps to successfully using essential oils in skin care

Five steps to successfully using essential oils in skin care

1. Understand the difference between formulating for an individual and formulating for thousands Aromatherapists make essential oil blends for individuals. An advantage is that you get to interact directly with the recipient, in fact taking a “case history” is part of...

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