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I’m Just Sayin…

A Robert Tisserand Blog

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 [...]

By | January 1st, 2015|Categories: 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 [...]

By | August 26th, 2014|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , , , , , |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 [...]

By | July 14th, 2014|Categories: 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 [...]

By | June 12th, 2014|Categories: Blog|3 Comments

Why Is Essential Oil Dilution Important?

Hi 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 [...]

By | May 9th, 2014|Categories: Q & A|13 Comments

Prague Report

In 2013 I was invited to give a weekend presentation to the Czech Aromatherapy Association, and we set the dates for April 26/27 2014. On Thursday, April 24th I arrived at the airport in Prague, and was met by Jaromir and Blanka, who then took me on a one-hour drive around their beautiful city en route to the Hotel Step. Many of the existing structures date from the 14th century. Friday was just for sightseeing [...]

By | May 8th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Prague Report

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