Episode #37:  Reflections on Aromatherapy with Robert Tisserand

In this episode, Frauke sits down with aromatherapy pioneer and author Robert Tisserand to reflect on 50 years of Aromatherapy.

Robert takes us through his life's journey growing up in London, incl. his studies and original career ambitions (you might be surprised!).

He shares what got him interested in essential oils, how he ended up writing that now famous book The Art of Aromatherapy, and reveals what Aromatherapy was like in the UK back in the 1970’s (spoiler alert: it’s nothing like it is today).

Robert and Frauke also have an honest discussion about what Aromatherapy is today, what’s changed over the years, and what people get really wrong about the field.

They discuss the controversial topic of naturals vs. synthetics, debate the quality of essential oils nowadays, as well as share how they create a fragrance.

Robert also shares what he feels is the most interesting research being done on essential oils today.

This is a candid and heartwarming conversation that you don't want to miss.

Learn more about Robert Tisserand: https://roberttisserand.com/

Visit the Tisserand Institute website: https://tisserandinstitute.org/

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This complete, practical guide shows how to use the essential oils of flowers and herbs as a gentle yet effective method of natural healing. Beginning with the history and use of essential oils in cosmetics and perfumes from ancient Egyptian times to the present day, the author details 29 essences, with their properties and applications in more than 100 conditions, ranging from emotional stress to skin disorders.
Includes easy-to-prepare recipes for massage and medicinal oils, facial masks, ointments, and aromatic baths.

Explains the importance of essential oils in Swedish, shiatsu, and neuromuscular massage.

Provides tables of evaporation rates, odor intensity, therapeutic index, and glossary of medical terms.

© 1978 Simon & Shuster

The second edition of this book is virtually a new book. It is the only comprehensive text on the safety of essential oils, the first review of essential oil/drug interactions, and it provides detailed essential oil constituent data not found in any other text. Much of the existing text has been re-written, and 80% of the text is completely new. There are 400 comprehensive essential oil profiles and almost 4000 references. There are new chapters on the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, the urinary system, the digestive system and the nervous system.

For each essential oil there is a full breakdown of constituents, and a clear categorization of hazards and risks, with recommended maximum doses and concentrations. There are also 206 Constituent Profiles.

There is considerable discussion of carcinogens, the human relevance of some of the animal data, the validity of treating an essential oil as if it was a single chemical, and the arbitrary nature of uncertainty factors. There is a critique of current regulations.

© Churchill Livingstone 2013