Navigating Tisserand and Youngs 2014 2nd Ed. Essential Oil Safety Book


Please excuse the appearance of my copy of Tisserand and Youngs' 2nd Edition of Essential Oil Safety, 2014. I do pride myself in how I care for a book. I have since this picture repaired my precious book. It is in this condition out of much use and love. I rely on it daily and have for many years. It is the one book that started with my career as an Aromatherapist. It is the book that explained to me the importance of respect for oils and sustainability, the importance of having a basic knowledge of essential oil chemistry, the importance of safety, knowledge before use and so very much more. According to Tisserand, the book is based on reading 4,000 research papers over 25 years. It was obvious that some sort of guidelines needed to be set and although guidelines can change with emerging research, it gives us a basis for safe use of essential oils. I had the book for some time before taking my certification. With that, I found that a certification program alone was not enough, and I took the best Aromatherapy certification program. Going more in depth into the chemistry and safety as well as specific dilution rates of essential oils is a must in order to have the ability to blend with the safest most therapeutic efficiency that you can offer yourself and those you blend for.

As a former college Instructor, I noticed that students tend to skip sections, hopping around looking for answers and missing key information. An example is on the first day I would hand out the textbooks to my students. When they returned the next day, I asked them what the first thing was they turned to and rarely if ever was it the “introduction” of the book. This is so relevant and even more so with the Essential Oil Safety book.

A great deal of information is presented in the introduction. From the introduction, Tisserand clarifies that a great deal of online information can mislead us or confuse us. Much information is incorrect or important information needed to use your oils properly is left out. Tisserand continues with clarifying the importance of ensuring that oils you purchase have a botanical name accompanying the description as well as a knowledge of the composition of the oil. The introduction also clarifies that there is more than one way (application) to use your oils as well as other aromatics which can include absolutes, CO2's, and more.

From Tisserand, "We live in a world replete with toxic substances, yet ‘hazard’ should not be confused with ‘risk’.

An example is Acetaldehyde, a possible human carcinogen. It is an organic chemical compound which is one of the most important aldehydes, a chemical family found in some essential oils. Although this compound can be toxic, it depends on the percentage. In very low percentages, it is a natural compound found in many foods we eat such as ripe fruit, breads, coffee, and more and is not toxic. It is naturally produced by plants. This compound is also produced by partial oxidat