I’m Just Sayin…

A Robert Tisserand Blog

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 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 [...]

By |October 12th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Join me for a live presentation in London!

Join me at the IFPAroma conference in London this September! September 2nd & 3rd, 2017 , Regent's University, Regent's Park, London I'm delighted to announce that I will be speaking about skin safety at this year's one-day IFPA conference on September 2nd in Regent's Park, London. I will also be presenting a one day post-conference seminar on September 3rd - see below for details. Julia Graves, Angela Green and Anita James will also be sharing their wisdom at the [...]

By |June 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Join me for a live presentation in London!

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 [...]

By |April 2nd, 2016|Categories: Aromatherapy / Research|Tags: , , |11 Comments

Essential Oils and Seasonal Affective Disorder

by Robert Tisserand Feeling unusually sad is not uncommon in the winter months. Classic (winter based) seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mood disorder, affecting people with otherwise normal mental health. Symptoms include difficulty waking up in the morning, nausea, tendency to oversleep and overeat, cravings for carbohydrates, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating or completing tasks, withdrawal from friends, family and social activities and decreased sex drive. While sharing many symptoms with clinical depression, the [...]

By |January 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|6 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. Labron Allen 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 [...]

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 [...]

By |March 26th, 2015|Categories: Q & A, Safety|Tags: , , , , , |15 Comments

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