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In defense of science, and of safety precautions

In a recent blog post Jade Shutes challenges the safety guidelines for using essential oils in the bath published on TisserandInstitute.org. She also feels that there is an increasing (and in her opinion unfortunate) trend to cite research. Jade proposes that this is not good because research is cited at the expense of personal experience. One example is given: “We will not find broad acceptance as an adjunct to healthcare if we pass over evidence-based research for the under-evaluated claims or perceived results of an individual.” This seems to me an entirely reasonable statement, and I don’t see that […]

By | 2017-10-12T20:32:27+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Lavender Helps Burned Boy – a heart-rending story with a happy ending!

In the winter of 1994, I was contacted by a Mandy Kelly, whose little boy Ciaran had been badly burned in an accident involving a wood-burning stove. Apart from wanting to do anything to help him heal, she was also an aromatherapy enthusiast. She called me and I helped her figure out the best way to use essential oils, lavender in particular, to speed up little Ciaran’s healing process. This happened in Scotland, and the most amazing part was that the surgeon who attended Ciaran was totally fine with essential oils and herbs […]

By | 2017-01-19T09:38:52+00:00 April 2nd, 2016|Aromatherapy / Research|11 Comments

Robert Tisserand interviewed on ingestion, dilution and other safety issues

In December 2014 I was interviewed by Labron Allen, a functional medicine nutritionist based in Texas, for his Health Alert radio show. This is a full transcript of the podcast, which you can find here or here. Many thanks to Anne Bankowski for the transcription.

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I’m your host Labron Allen: This is Health Alert. Grab your cup of coffee, find your most comfortable chair and have a listen this Saturday morning.

If you remember last week I promised that I was going to have a special guest, […]

By | 2017-03-08T10:40:14+00:00 August 9th, 2015|Interview, Safety|4 Comments

Frankincense essential oil and cancer: Why EOs and chemotherapy don’t always mix

Hi,
My friend just started taking chemo for colon liver cancer and she was taking therapeutic Sacra Frankincense from Young Living before she started. I read somewhere that you should not take the essential oil with 5FU if you are taking it for skin cancer because it will drive it in the skin deeper and make the chemo 10 times greater. That sounded good to me, but for some reason they say not to use Frankincense with 5FU. Since she has colon liver cancer, and not skin cancer, should she just rub it on her feet and side, stop taking it, […]

By | 2017-08-17T19:59:28+00:00 March 26th, 2015|Q & A, Safety|15 Comments

Lavender mascara?

Adding lavender oil to your mascara has become a thing, on the basis that it will make your eyelashes longer and thicker, and also that it will deter eyelash mites. About half of us have tiny eyelash mites, but they don’t affect at least 95% of those who have them. They do not make your eyelashes thinner or shorter, though an infestation can make eyelashes fall out. Some argue that eyelash mites perform a useful function, by eating dead cells and debris. If the mites do indeed proliferate, the condition is known as demodicosis. This […]

By | 2016-10-09T17:58:26+00:00 February 2nd, 2015|Myth-busting, News, Safety|5 Comments

Bergamot Oil – Toxic To Children?

I was recently contacted by an essential oil business (Plant Therapy) which had several customers ask about the safety of bergamot oil, as they had heard it could be lethal and cause convulsions in children. The sources of this warning appear to be MedicineNet.com and WebMD.com, as both websites have profiles on bergamot oil that include this:

“Do not use bergamot oil in children. There have been serious side effects, including convulsion and death, in children who have taken large amounts of bergamot oil.” MedicineNet.com WebMD.com These are no doubt widely-read websites. The WebMD information is

By | 2016-01-19T23:11:59+00:00 January 1st, 2015|Myth-busting, Safety|8 Comments

China Report 2014

On Thursday July 24th, I left home for my second visit to the People’s Republic of China! (see report and video of my first visit here, and pics here) This time I was invited by a Beijing-based aromatherapy school, Floralwish. The most obvious difference from my 2011 trip was the weather – instead of November’s freeze, I encountered a very warm and humid August, with average temps of around 90F. And this time, after my weekend seminar in Beijing, I was going to repeat it a week later […]

By | 2016-02-24T01:30:24+00:00 August 26th, 2014|Blog, News|7 Comments

Essential oils and gut flora

In a blog post dated July 13th 2014, Madhupa Maypop quoted Paul Bergner, saying: “The scent of an essential oil can kill gut flora just like antibiotics do, according to Paul Bergner, director of the clinical studies program at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies. He told me that breathing the oils puts them into the blood stream very quickly and can be a major disturber of intestinal health and contributor to poor immune functioning.” However this quote has now been removed from the post, since Paul Bergner has denied that he ever said this. Paul contacted me […]

By | 2016-01-27T19:51:52+00:00 July 14th, 2014|Aromatherapy / Research, Myth-busting|22 Comments

EO Inhalation and Seizures?

Hi, I have a question regarding a possible adverse reaction to Young Living eucalyptus oil. A friend of mine was mopping her floor with some eucalyptus oil diluted in her mop water. The same day, her three year old had a seizure. He had never been diagnosed with a seizure disorder of any kind. He was taken to the ER and received several tests with inconclusive results. My friend did not make any connection between the oil and his seizure. About a week later, exactly the same series of events occurred. The second seizure lasted 24 minutes. She discarded the […]

By | 2014-06-12T07:00:34+00:00 June 12th, 2014|Blog|3 Comments

Why Is Essential Oil Dilution Important?

dilutionHi Robert,
I’m having some trouble understanding my essential oil dilution research and was hoping you could clarify for me.

1.) Why is dilution so important if 95% of the oil evaporates when applying topically?

2.) Is dilution recommended due to sensitivities that could occur? I have used oils neat before and never had an issue.

Thank you for your time,
Danielle

Hi Danielle,

It partly depends on why you are applying essential oils, and why to the skin. Much of my teaching is about cosmeceutical effects and products for skin care. Dilutions of essential oils are generally more […]

By | 2014-05-09T14:15:15+00:00 May 9th, 2014|Q & A|13 Comments
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