Useful Links

Below are links to interesting sites. I am not recommending everything on these sites, but the discerning reader will find materials of interest, and on certain sites some excellent materials.

Organisations I Like:

For oils and plants safety information I suggest:

A team dedicated to conserving Manta Rays: In my opinion one of the most beautiful creatures on this planet.

A sanctuary for rescued elephants in Thailand who show heartwarming affection for their founder:

Copyright guides and information:

Good information on how to secure your online privacy.

A search engine that does not spy on you like Google, more here on that. - this free tool helps people with Bing and Google removal requests (i.e. your name/address is somewhere on the web and you want to remove it from Google or Bing). - Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a network of relays run by volunteers around the world. It prevents those monitoring your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit and of great importance, it can block the commercial spyware called 'cookies'. - They have reviewed VPN service providers and rated them by a variety of factors. In addition, there are some excellent articles on how to ensure your privacy is not infringed by the multiple spying networks attached to most social media, Government, Banks, Insurance, Healthcare and other websites. – They have reviewed 30 service providers and rated them by logging policies, speed and encryption levels. - A good article on the issues of using VPN services around the world.

A good site explaining how to avoid everything you do on the Internet being tracked by the big companies etc.

Aromatherapy related information:

An essential oils safety board based in Canada.
Anyone can report adverse effects and members can obtain more detailed information:

SPARTA aims to collaborate with the FDA over the aggressive USA marketing sites which promote the dangerous use of essential oils. The aim is to reduce the numbers of cases of harm reported to the Poison Control Centers.

A useful wordpress blog. I detest wordpress autolinks, but this one explains more about the hype and lies emanating from distributors of Young Living and DoTerra.

Safety and related advice. Readers in the USA may find this site useful.

Help for rescuers of the twin towers disaster. From the massage and aromatherapy community.

International Aromatherapists and Tutors Association. Canada.

Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy. Courses and other activities. USA.

Archives of Chrissie Wildwood. Important information on endangered species and the OG certification scams. 

Cropwatch has important information on the essential oils trade, conservation and safety issues. Now offline but many files are archived. here

AGORA-aromatherapy. Articles and information resource.

Animal health and essential oils. Japanese veterinary specialists with a lovely book about cats and aromatherapy written from the cats viewpoint. ISBN 978-4-88096-145-3.

Animal health and essential oils. The main site is no longer operating but there is an archived .pdf file with good articles here

Articles about Gary Young written by a Utah news site.

A Video by Sultan Yusuf Salah complaining about the confidence trickster Gary Young. That video was removed from youtube following threats from Young Living lawyers. Unfortunately the Sultans site has now gone.

The death of a young man two weeks after returning from the Young Living clinic. This includes shocking misdiagnosis, and wasting thousands of Dollars.

Gary Young the quack and the dangerous practises of the Young Living company.

The confidence trickster Gary Young written by a real Doctor.

See also the articles archive for a lot more.

Excellent reviews of some of the more way out claims of complementary medicine.

Essential oil Producers & Suppliers:

Most aromatherapy outlets sell some genuine oils, but most do not have the financial resources to check everything that their wholesalers tell them. Therefore, some of their stocks will be genuine and some fake. In my opinion that position represents the vast majority of aromatherapy suppliers.

I will only list those who produce some of the oils they sell, have real expertise in analysis, or suppliers that I know are linked with producers.
UK: Supplier, analyst and essential oils importer.
My ex employer, so I can vouch for their expertise.
The finest English grown oils and others. Expert in house analysis, large production facilities, close connections with growers,etc. Now only 5kg and above.
UK: Producer of Lavender oil Angustifolia (Folgate and Maillette) as well as some Lavandin (Grosso). Limited production so you need to grab the oil when it is available.
UK: English grown oils and others. Analysis, distillation and horticultural expertise.
USA: Turkish Rose Otto plus many other tested Essential Oils and hydrosols.

USA: Growers and distillers of named varieties of lavender and with good information pages.
USA: Lavandin oil, Lavender oil, lavender herbs and products.
USA: Purple Haze - Lavandin oil, Lavender oil, lavender herbs and products.
Spain: A producer of O.G. herbs and oils - good photos.
Crete: A producer of essential oils with beautiful photos.
Italy: Herbs, oils and prepared botanicals.
Vetiver; good horticultural information; great photos.
Canada: Use their search engine to find good information on essential oils.

Suppliers of ancillary items and other links:

Handmade items from many countries. Specializing in unique items, following the philosophy of Fair Trade (no child labor, fair price for fair work). - Owner: Mynou de Mey

Testing company for small cosmetics makers. A business in the USA who do it for a reasonable sum:

A variety of bottles and jars for liquids and solids.

Bottles, containers, candle jars, etc. An extensive attractive range.

Suppliers for soapmakers, etc. An extensive list.
Directory of Soapmaker Suppliers and Resources

For those interested in Reiki this is a good site.

The site of a web designer who also produces beautiful graphics. Lots of links to interesting places.

Herb and Plant information sources:

Some excellent articles on essential oils and aromatic science.

The threat to herbalists in the UK

Rare Plant Nursery. Paradise Gardens - North Idaho.

The Herb Research Foundation, USA. Good information packages on herbs and research articles to buy.

A database on chemical constituents of plants.

Excellent information on a huge range of spices.

General Medical information:

Information about prescription and over-the-counter medications, including known side effects.

Includes side effects, recalls, lawsuits, etc. American site but the information is of use worldwide.

The United States FDA. Informative pages
If the supplier of a product makes outrageous or illegal medicinal claims please report it to the FDA.

The online visible human project. Anatomy

Self explanatory-one sided reviews but still worth a look.

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