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Book Review: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition

EO Safety

Essential Oil Safety, 2nd edition                                                                                                     By Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young PhD

It has been 12 years since the original edition of “Essential Oil Safety” was published. In that time the world of essential oils has changed rapidly, this work reflecting those changes in a highly critical and comprehensive manner.

When I first opened the second edition and browsed the contents, there was only one word that came to mind – ‘WOW’! As a lecturer in Aromatic Medicine and a formulator,  the chemistry of essential oils is an integral part of my day-to-day working life.  This work has become my go-to reference for toxicity data, drug interactions, regulatory body recommendations and so much more.

The meticulous level of detail that both authors have achieved is easily seen when browsing the essential oil profiles which have been expanded from 95 to 400 (including many newer essential oils such as Fragonia and Honey Myrtle). Each profile now includes detailed constituent chemistry data, safety hazard data from various sources including the EU and IFRA, regulatory guidelines for safe and appropriate usage, organ specific and systemic effects plus general comments. The inclusion of chemotypes of commonly used species, such as Niaouli, Rosemary and Thyme, is a useful feature for both formulators and therapists alike.

The new organ system specific chapters are a goldmine of information for therapists wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the interaction of aromatic compounds with the human organism. Sensible, balanced information is given in a highly readable format about some fairly heavy subject matter. This clear, easy-to-read style of information delivery is a testament to the authors and editors commitment to the target audience making this an ideal addition to course textbook lists.

When it comes to the chemical constituent profiles, these too have been expanded in a similarly detailed manner. Natural sources of each constituent >1% are listed facilitating easy substitutions during formulating. Pharmacokinetic, dermal and oral LD50 data along with the neurotoxicity and mutagenicity/genotoxicity data make this section extremely important to pharmaceutical, perfumery and cosmetic formulators.

For food and beverage scientists this work is of equal importance as it covers the regulatory guidelines for both essential oils and isolated constituents, the suggested oral doses and any known adverse side effects.

One would expect this new, hugely expanded 2nd edition to have a similarly expanded price tag, but surprisingly the new edition is currently being offered by most book sellers for less than its predecessor.

This work is a must-have reference for anyone working with essential oils or their constituents regardless of profession or level of knowledge. If you only purchase one new referenced text this year, spend your money wisely and grab this long awaited and much-needed reference work.

This book review written by Mark Webb, BSc, MASCC appears in the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy Volume 2 Issue 3

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Help create future issues of the IJPHA


The International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy (IJPHA) is a peer-reviewed professional journal dedicated to providing the professional holistic practitioner with useful information and resources to enhance their practice and expand their “toolbox.”

We need your input for future issues. Would you please take a few moments to complete our survey.  Your responses will help to shape future issues of the IJPHA.

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Our objective                                                                                                                           

The IJPHA aims to provide the reader with informative articles highlighting the practical application of essential oils and to  provide a showcase for practitioner case studies. 

Each quarterly issue contains articles and/or tips on how to build and maintain a thriving successful business; recipes utilizing essential oils in cooking, therapeutic blends, and/or personal care products; and news and current information on issues relevant to the field of aromatherapy and holistic health care.

The professional holistic aromatherapist assesses the client’s needs physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Addressing the clients needs goes beyond the use of essential oils alone and may include herbs, homeopathic remedies, flower essences, supplements and advice on nutrition, exercise and techniques for improved relaxation to address the client’s body, mind and spirit.  When necessary, a practitioner may make recommendations to a client to seek complementary care from another provider or to seek advice from an integrative practitioner.  The IJPHA strives to provide information and resources with regard to integrative and complementary healthcare methods, as well as additional “tools” for the professional holistic aromatherapist.

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Are you Pinvolved?

pinvolve22Are you using both Pinterest and Facebook? If so, this business tip is for you!


Pinvolve provides tools that let you (and your fans) share your Facebook picture posts on Pinterest, and include your Pinterest pins on your Facebook profile!

The Pinvolve app creates a new area on your Facebook page showing all your Facebook photo posts in a beautiful and appealing display. Your Facebook “likes” and the comments associated with each post will also show up.
When you place your curser over an image, you are invited to pin, tweet or share the post.

Click the “pin” button, and the app will post your content to your Pinterest board of choice. Click the “share” button and your pin gets posted to your Facebook profile.

To set up Pinvolve, simply log onto your Facebook business page and use this link:

Once you install the Pinvolve app, it is located on the top of your Facebook page just under your cover photo in the section called your “favorites,” where photos, “likes” and events are also located. You can visit my Aromahead Institute Facebook page to see how Pinvolve looks and functions (

I wrote to one of the developers of Pinvolve to ask her to share the story of developing this app. This is her story.

“We are a young startup company and we started working together in February 2012. Our main project is actually a collage iPad app that lets you create amazing collages from your Pinterest images, called Bazaart ( While we were setting up and starting our social media accounts for Bazaart, we felt the pain of managing the marketing presence on multiple channels – it took a huge amount of time and we had to do so much manual syncing of our visual content!

So, we decided to build Pinvolve to help relieve some of that tedious work. Pinvolve makes repinning, sharing and tweeting your Facebook and Pinterest content, directly from your Facebook fan page, easy as pie!

As you see, Pinvolve started as a side project, and the initial version was built in one night! We were shocked that after two weeks of its release, Pinvolve got covered by TechCrunch, and then we realized we had something on our hands which solved not only our own problem, but is helpful to many others. One year later, we continue to work on Pinvolve, in addition to growing Bazaart, and we are super happy to be able to make people’s life a little easier. So far 32,000 page owners have installed Pinvolve and we are proud to call them “The Pinvolve Community”.

By Andrea Butje, Clinical Aromatherapist for The International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy (  This article appears in the Spring 2013 issue.

Call for papers!

Case Study

Case Study (Photo credit: YEMAC_UNDP)

If you would like your case studies considered for inclusion in the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy, comment with a brief synopsis and I’ll respond to you via private message / email.Upcoming topics include:  Viral issues; mucous; asthma; sinusitis; Eucalyptus family; frankincense; saro; 1,8 cineole; Yuzu; limonene; gastrointestinal issues; limonene as a chemopreventative agent; Dementia/Melissa; and more immediately–eugenol-rich oils in palliative care.

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