Laura Brandt: “Science and me never got along. And yet now I see myself becoming a science nerd.”

by | Aromatherapy, General, Personal Profile

The Tisserand Institute is made up not just of our tutors and core team, but also an incredible body of passionate students who come from all over the world. We want to give them the floor to share their stories and their experience with us.

Laura Brandt is a self-proclaimed “full time student” based in Canada. She started her epic journey of gathering essential oil knowledge by taking Aromatic Chemistry course with Dr. Joy Bowles as “a good way to just experiment, see if I can handle chemistry and this will make or break how far I go with this.” Well, three years, two separate aromatherapy certifications and all of the Tisserand Institute portfolio later, Laura has gone far and deep into the essential oil rabbit hole. We’re very grateful that she shared her story, and that she has felt supported – which in turn led her to discovering she has a scientific mind after all. 

Rachel Andorfer conducted the interview below with Laura. Captions have been edited and you can turn them on or off as you preffer. 


  • Hana Tisserand

    Hana is the COO of the Tisserand Institute. She supervises our staff of seven, manages our teaching platform, organizes training courses, hosts webinars, commissions blog posts, oversees the creation of infographics and social media content, and writes our newsletters. Somehow, she also finds time to write her own blog posts and she is our go-to IT person. Being raised in a family of doctors and nurses has given her an underlying interest in the workings of the human body, which later manifested in her specialization in medical translation. Hana is a Czech citizen with 7 years of experience in translation and interpreting, her other languages being French and English. Working as an interpreter for politicians, authors, educators and medical professionals has given her a valuable perspective on how to effectively communicate information and avoid dispute. Hana has been working with Robert Tisserand since 2015, and has a unique perspective on how information about essential oils is sourced, processed and communicated.


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