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Welcome to the Tisserand Institute, where Robert Tisserand and his team provide evidence-based information about safe essential oil use in skincare, healthcare and everyday wellness. You can browse the content on our Blog, share our Infographics, or find safety-related information on our Safety Pages. We are developing a new certification course on the use
Botanica 2018 report: Connecting dots and people in Brighton
by Hana Tisserand I first met Rhiannon Lewis in 2015, at the AIA conference in Denver, Colorado. We were briefly introduced, had a lovely chat in English and French, and she mentioned two conferences she “has her fingers in” – Phyt’Arom in Grasse, France, and Botanica. If you’ve ever met Rhiannon, you know how charming
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Sloppy science masquerading as a “systematic review” of adverse effects in aromatherapy
by Tamara Agnew PhD, Robert Tisserand, and Christine Carson PhD, with thanks to Kandace Knudson PhD for her input Introduction In 2012, Posadzki, Alotaibi and Ernst published a systematic review, which “was aimed at critically evaluating the evidence regarding the adverse effects associated with aromatherapy” (Posadzki et al, 2012). However, it is an article awash
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Cats and essential oil safety
Myrtle by Robert Tisserand This is an updated version of an article published here. Some quite strong feelings and opinions have been expressed about essential oils and cats, and a frequently asked question is “Is it safe to diffuse essential oils around cats?”. Diffusing essential oils can be toxic to humans if it’s over-done, causing neurological
Risk vs. benefit: using potent antimicrobial essential oils with children
by Lauren Bridges, with thanks to Christine Carson, PhD, and Hana Belikova for their input We live in a world of quick fixes and proclaimed miracle cures, and essential oils have not escaped the proclivity people have in identifying the next magic bullet. Today, as we face issues like increased resistance in bacteria to antibiotics,
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Bergamot – an identity crisis
by Robyn Frank Bergamot is one of many essential oils extracted from the outer peel of citrus fruit. It differs from other citrus oils by its chemical composition, and different therapeutic guidelines and safety precautions apply to it. This is especially true for safety limits to prevent phototoxic reactions due to the bergapten content of
Effective use of alcohol for aromatic blending
by Ginger L. Moore The online aromatherapy community has been overflowing with DIY recipes for anything from facial creams to home sanitizing sprays. The push to “do it yourself” is seen everywhere, personal care products included. Those who extol the virtues of the homemade and DIY approach claim the following: • “It saves you money.”
Grasse Phyt’Arom 2017 – what we learned in France about French aromatherapy
by Hana Tisserand The beautiful French town of Grasse has a long and scented history. It has been dubbed the world capital of fragrance, and in the 19th century its abundant flower fields, now mostly replaced by villas, gave rise to a still-thriving perfume industry. In Grasse, fragrance brands and stores are ubiquitous, and there
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