Why safety is important by Robert Tisserand

Why safety is important by Robert Tisserand One of the most poisonous plants, Atropa belladonna Although essential oils are natural substances, “natural” and “safe” have never been synonymous. Nature is replete with poisonous plants (deadly nightshade, wolf’s bane, foxglove, suicide tree, etc.) not to mention spiders, snakes, scorpions etc. Natural bitter almond oil even contains cyanide, though it has been illegal to sell this since 1890, unless the cyanide is first removed. Before that, buying a 1 oz bottle at a drug store was an easy route to suicide. This is an extreme example, but there are many potential safety issues with essential oils. These include drug interactions, fetotoxicity, liver toxicity and neurotoxicity, but the most common and tangible safety issue is adverse skin reactions. And the most vulnerable group is children under 6 years of age. A brief history Safety has been a passion of mine for more than 30 years. When I first got involved in aromatherapy in the late 1960s there was virtually no awareness of safety issues, but for good reason – very little research had been carried out at that point. This changed in the early 1970s, when the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) was founded, and started publishing safety monographs on both essential oils and individual constituents. I felt a responsibility to disseminate safety information, and in 1985 I self-published a small book: The Essential Oil Safety Data Manual. It was mostly based on the IFRA monographs. In 1995, I co-authored Essential Oil Safety, a much more in-depth work that went far beyond the IFRA monographs. In 2014 the vastly expanded second edition of this...

Don’t EVER use turmeric if you’re on any medications

Health, Remedies & Natural Cures | 22 April 2016 Turmeric is often touted as a natural cure-all for most common ailments. It is also usually recommended as an alternative to pharmaceuticals and other medications as it is a natural substance and produces fewer side effects. Although these are all valid points, this leads many people to underestimate the effect that turmeric has on your body. Research has shown that turmeric can actually cause some serious side effects if taken in high doses or used in combination with other drugs. What is Turmeric? When people refer to “turmeric” they are usually referring to the ground-up root of the turmeric plant. The use of turmeric dates back to India almost four thousand years ago, where it was used as a culinary spice and also in medicinal and ceremonial situations. Although many of it’s claimed benefits go without scientific backing, turmeric has still been proven in many studies to provide a wide variety of health benefits. Most of turmeric’s health benefits come from the active ingredient found inside it called curcumin. Throughout the extensive studies conducted on curcumin, researchers found that curcumin exhibits anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic (reduces blood clots) effects. As a result of all of these beneficial properties, people often use turmeric as an alternative to, or in combination with, other drugs that they use to treat their ailments. They often do this to avoid the complications and side effects that occur when one takes high doses of pharmaceutical drugs. However, the same properties that make turmeric so beneficial also make it dangerous to take in combination with other drugs, as it can...

General Hemophilia Information (c) 2011 Written By Rivka Sari

Written By: Rivka Sari (c) 2011 General Hemophilia Information Hemophilia is a rare disease that prevents the blood from clotting normally. A person with hemophilia lacks the necessary clotting factors to stop bleeding, so he often needs some sort of intermittent treatment to avoid serious blood loss in the event of a cut or injury. Approximately 20,000 Americans suffer from hemophilia. The disease can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on the how impaired a person’s clotting factors are. The idea that a hemophiliac can bleed to death from a minor cut is a fallacy. A person with hemophilia may bleed a bit longer from a minor external injury or cut, but most of these problems can be easily remedied using typical first aid practices. The biggest concern for hemophiliacs is internal bleeding because it can occur without obvious signs and can cause very serious, life-threatening situations. Bleeding into the joints, muscles and other soft tissues is of major concern. Possible Causes of Hemophilia There are two major types of hemophilia, classified depending on which particular clotting protein is missing: Hemophilia A is caused by a lack of factor VIII. It accounts for approximately 80% of all hemophilia cases. It is passed to male children from a mother who carries the disease. Hemophilia B, also caused Christmas disease, is caused by a deficiency of factor IX. It is also passed to male children by a mother who is a carrier. It is also possible to experience clotting problems due to a factor XI deficiency. This condition can be carried by both males and females and can be inherited by...

Hemophilia and Essential Oils Safety

Hemophilia and Essential Oils Safety  in Educational  tagged Aromatherapy / Essential Oils / Essential Oils Safety / Hemophilia by Rivka Sari Essential Oils to avoid: Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Bay Laurel, Wintergreen, Oregano, Sweet Birch, Lemon, Orange, Bergamot, Tangerine, Mandarin, Grapefruit and any other essential oils from the Citrus family, Clary Sage, Hyssop, Rosemary, Marjoram, Lemongrass, Melissa Essential Oils that might assist in reducing hemorrhages: Rosewood, Labdanum, Myrrh, Cypress, Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Sandalwood, Helichrysum Essential Oils that might assist in contracting blood vessels: Chamomile, Cypress, Rose Essential Oils that might ease stress: Lavender, Melissa (diffusion only), Frankincense, Labdanum, Neroli (diffusion only), Bergamot (diffusion only), Coriander, Cypress, Helichrysum, Chamomile, Geranium, Scots Pine, Ravensara, Rose, Sandalwood, Valerian, Spikenard, Basil, Patcholi Safety Rules: Never apply essential oils to the skin without the advice from qualified professional Keep oils out of the reach of children, the mentally challenged and pets. Keep away from the eyes. If you get essential oils in the eyes, rinse immediately with milk followed by vegetable oil and water. Keep oils away from open flame. Store in a cool, dark place. Always blend essential oils with a carrier oil, cream, water, or other base before using. Never use perfume oils instead of essential oils...
Raindrop Therapy a Danger! By: Rivka Sari Certified Clinical Aroma Therapist and Herbalist

Raindrop Therapy a Danger! By: Rivka Sari Certified Clinical Aroma Therapist and Herbalist

The rain drop Therapy has came up many times and just this morning it was brought to my attention again. So I will repost this from my old blog. Raindrop Therapy technique does not have the support as a “best practice” within the large segment of the professional community of aromatherapy practitioners. National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy did a article on the RDT and the conclusion were that it is not safe practice and can be quite dangerous. The chief problem with Raindrop Therapy is that it makes use of undiluted essential oils, many of which are high in phenolic compounds. These compounds delaminate the keratin mantle of the skin, creating a chemical burn. Numerous people have suffered adverse reactions to these treatments, ranging from mild burning sensations to outright second degree burns of the skin. Recipients of the procedure are told that any adverse reaction is the result of (unnamed) “toxins” exiting the body. Practitioners of Raindrop Therapy have made many unusual and extremely questionable claims regarding health benefits of the treatment. These bizarre claims have included magical disappearance of incurable spinal tumors and spontaneous healing of skeletal deformities such as scoliosis. It has been said the RDT come from Lakota Sioux practice Fact is Native American healers of old were unfamiliar with the process of steam distillation, and were therefore unable to produce essential oils. Native Americans tribes were introduced to aromatherapy at the same time as most other Americans: in the 1970s, when increased interest in herbal remedies created an import market for essential oils. In reality, Raindrop Therapy is an invention of Don Gary Young, owner...
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