get problems with the email link on the right index not working,
a backup is:
note that I have closed www.aromamedical.com but all articles
and some publications are still available here.
am told the old .com email address should still work for now.
of the older 'new' entries below have been removed and are now
in the articles archive instead.
2013: I have just found out that our book Frankincense
& Myrrh is now available in kindle format - use a search engine
as it's not available here.
Google modern day pirates?
on oils internal use & the blog of the NAHA president.
2013: Just added the archives from the IDMA
newsgroup commencing in 1998.
See top of articles pages.
reduction in the price of full oil monographs-see publications
2013: Some advice
on not being snared into becoming independent essential oil &
health product distributors/franchises.
2013: Due to
the many web searches on oils during pregnancy and emails sent
to me, I have added a new
2012: Consumer alert.
Beware of claims made for oils from this site:
venkatramna-perfumers.com They are
selling some extremely dangerous oils such as distilled mustard
seed, while making medicinal claims which would harm you if you
believed them. This company also do not know the difference between
amber oil and ambergris oil. They have started spamming the world
with their marketing but their knowledge base is suspect.
2012: All publications except the oil monographs
are withdrawn due to 90% of net users seemingly happy to buy the
popular trade novels, but buy well researched information, no way!!
They may at some stage be revamped by my colleague Charlotte Mutoro
in Australia. The course
will continue for now.
you are a customer of comcast.com
and do not get a reply from me, it is because that useless mob
are constantly blacklisting and blocking overseas servers. Then
they make it difficult to contact them. I suggest you sign up
for a hotmail or similar free account. Also see this on email
2010: I have reached official retirement age, some CDs, downloads
and the course will continue, but all paper publications
have been withdrawn, See here.
that 'Plant Aromatics' is dead, I have updated the article on
essential oil safety and
introduced a chart some may find helpful.
website for UK readers over the threat
to our herbal medicine.
2009: We have a serious pirate in our midst called
Stephie Cyr. See this page
for more on the Canadian aromatherapy teacher who has ripped off
course materials from my Colleague Lynn Bosman, and thus in turn
2009: There are now many websites giving advice on
aromatherapy, yet nothing on the training of the people providing
the information. BEWARE many of these sites are being set
up just to make money from the Google ads system. They take their
information out of highly dubious books and republish it. Significant
amounts of that information are wrong and dangerous.
See also July 2006 below.
2008: Beware of assuming all members of the Natural
Perfumers Guild http://naturalperfumers.com/ are credible
or honest traders - several are not.
One of their
members http://www.profumo.it/ trades in animal extracts banned
for importation to the USA and banned in Europe under CITES regulations.
If you live in the USA and import their animal extracts you could
be fined and have your stock impounded. At least 3 other members
of that guild make illegal medicinal claims (in the USA) for their
products. There is some evidence that certain of their teachers
buy and sell synthetic fragrance blends as the real thing. This
is mainly due to many of their members being far from the experts
their publicity suggests. It is a shame that some of the more
respected people in this trade continue to be part of this disreputable
species that are still being exploited in aromatherapy and
perfumery. These products will continue to be supplied as long as
therapists and the public buy them. The file from cropwatch is here:
2008: An excellent study by Bernie Hephrun of Linden
absolute's. It is 27 pages long with photos. I have put it into
a single password protected .exe file (PC only at the moment). If
you want the file and password please send me your full mail address
- no PO boxes. Click to download
and other newsgroups:
beware of assuming that people on these groups are experts in
the subjects they give advice on. Some are, but very few. Many
of these newsgroups are created just to enable the 'owners' to
market their products. Nothing wrong with that in theory, but
a lot wrong when people who have no training in medicine, herbs,
oils or much else, start giving health advice. I have been
horrified at some of the dangerous advice on essential oils and
herbs given on some of these groups. Many of these groups are
'moderated' by the owners who edit posts to inhibit freedom of
expression, or deter members from going to other suppliers.
I have left
several groups: that are under unjustifiable censorship based
on the commercial interests of the moderators. See my new
Americans seem to think their Constitution gives them freedom
of speech, this does not extend to companies and individuals.
Most of these groups are 'private' and the group owners or moderators
can censor anything they dislike, or which could expose their
friends to probing of their integrity. This allows con artists
free reign and stops them being exposed to scrutiny. That
is something desperately needed in a trade packed to bursting
with such people. It also inhibits an individual or group of people
from criticism of inaccurate, misleading, illegal and dangerous
information on web sites.
increasing concern is the growth in pseudo scientific web sites
providing misleading safety data on chemicals and the products
they occur in. Beware if you find a site that classifies a chemical
as "dangerous", but the site does not say in what circumstances
and volumes. The fact a chemical may have proven toxic if
consumed to excess, does not mean that chemical is always dangerous
in any product it is used in.
Quiet a number
of these so called "dangerous" chemicals (to dumb scientists)are
natural constituents of the plants in our everyday foods, indeed
some are considered to have positive health effects such as anti
oxidants, anti cancer, etc.
advice websites often try to declare "green credentials"
giving them an air of authority. If someone cannot provide exact
information on volumes of a chemical required to cause problems,
and in what circumstances of use, then the information they
give is all but worthless.
2006: Update on the web site link scammers:
position over health care advice web sites is getting worse.I have
checked out the registration of some of these sites and it is really
alarming. The most recent one was a reputable looking site on woman's
health issues. It included some good articles, but it was registered
in Lima, Peru and the site owner was actively adding links to any
old business just to gain hits and thus advertising revenue. In
other words a scam operation aimed at fooling the public that the
information they provided was from a reputable organisation. There
was NO organisation, my guess is it is one person masquerading
as an organisation to fool you and make money out of this activity.
bear in mind anyone can register themselves as a .org.
This suffix does not provide automatic credibility to who is operating
the web site. Therefore, please be very careful in what
you believe on any health care sites that seem to have lots of
links on them. The chances are high that it is a site run simply
to make money and is not a reputable source of information, also
there may be no organisation involved as the title may suggest
to you. Article click
readers may find 'Health Which' February 2001 pp 18-20 of interest.
This journal had a limited range of essential oils analysed and
came up with some interesting results. Nothing surprising to those
that know the way the essential oil trade operates. However, it
graphically illustrates the inability of the aromatherapy/essential
oils trade to police itself. Also, when UK Government departments
actively support ineffective trade organisations, there seems little
hope of ever getting the house in order.