The potential hormone disrupting effects of lavender and tea tree oil: The current state of research in light of a new study

Updated: 12th January 2020 In March 2018, a conference report by a research group at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS, USA), led by Dr Korach, made a lot of noise that reached far beyond the aromatherapy community. The media were full of alarming reports of new evidence of hormone disruption caused by … Read More >

How Essential Oils Work: A Bird’s Eye Overview

If you’re reading this, you most likely use essential oils. You know your antimicrobial, anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory oils, and probably diffuse your comfort oils to bright up the mood. You might also have some overview of the chemistry of essential oils and how to use them safely.

But have you ever wondered how essential oils work? How they can affect both the body and the mind, and are there different mechanisms at work? Is it important to understand how they work in the first place?

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Chemistry of essential oils: Why the functional group theory is wrong?

A critical take on the theory after almost 30 years of its existence, featuring 6 international experts in aromatherapy and essential oil research. In aromatherapy, when it comes to essential oil chemistry, things may look surprisingly simple. You may have heard of phrases such as: To prepare a wake-up blend, choose essential oils high in … Read More >

The ISEO2017 Report: Symposium highlights and survey results

In September, I attended the 48th International Symposium on Essential Oils (ISEO2017), organised by the University of Pécs, Hungary. Pécs is the 5th largest Hungarian city with a rich history and beautiful architecture, located in the middle of the fields near Croatian border and only a few hours drive from Ljubljana where I live.   … Read More >

The complete guide on how to find reliable essential oil information

Last updated: May 2018   When we enter the world of aromatic plants, essential oils and aromatherapy, we’re usually all excited and pumped up to try everything. But it is precisely this phase of initial enthusiasm that may pose a threat. We can quickly misinterpret things or start following wrong or even dangerous advice, ending … Read More >

Why are there no essential oils in plants? Meet the plant volatiles

We usually consider our essential oils merely as a reflection of the processes in plants, assuming that plants ‘produce’ and ‘contain’ essential oils, and that distillation is a method to extract them in a pure and concentrated form. After all, they smell just like the plants they come from, right? But only up to a … Read More >