A review of the incorrect information on the airase.org website

A review of the incorrect information on the airase.org website

By Martin Watt 2015 This page is no longer functional. They are the 'Association for the International Research of Aromatic Science and Education'. They claim to “promote scientific validation of essential oils for their global standardization for home, health care, and medical uses”. Strange, but there are no experts on that subject listed on...

Essential oil safety The known and the unknown.

By Martin Watt Updated 2010 with new information added in brown text. RISKS It is important for you to appreciate that most essential oils can be hazardous if they are not used correctly. Most essential oils are perfectly safe for the general public, but there are a few with well-documented dangers. Regretfully, many essential oils suppl...

Review of an article “how to Ingest Lemongrass Oil”

http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5780039_ingest-lemongrass-oil.html NOW 2024 THE ARTICLE HAS BEEN CHANGED This company ehow.com (Demand Media), run information web sites on a wide variety of advisory topics. However, when challenged on the accuracy and safety of their featured articles they ignore you. Even contacting them is very difficult as their m...

Factors affecting Photosensitisation and Sensitisation

Factors affecting Photosensitisation and Sensitisation

Factors affecting Photosensitisation and Sensitisation. By Martin Watt Introduction: There are a number of variables which need to be taken into account when considering which essential oils are safe to use on the skin. Obviously the first thing is the RIFM and other figures of maximum recommended volumes of essential oils to be used on the skin...

Benzoin - warnings on its use

BENZOIN A safe preservative or not? By Martin Watt In 1992 IFRA, the world's leading experts in safety issues of all aromatic extracts, issued new guidelines on the use of Benzoin extracts in cosmetic products. They recommended that only extracts processed by methods which eliminated allergens should be used in cosmetic products. This...

Old lavender oil - the dangers

Old lavender oil - the dangers

Old lavender oil may be a problem. By Martin Watt. In Sept 2003 I obtained some papers on aged linalool and lavender oil which are rather alarming. For years I have been advising therapists not to use old citrus peel or pine family oils on the skin. This is because as those oils age with oxygen exposure, they form chemicals which can initi...

Pennyroyal oil - the myths and facts

NATURAL TOXINS IN TRADITIONAL MEDICINES some MYTHS removed ©  By M. Watt 1994. Revised 2006 First Published by The Aromatic Thymes Vol. 3 No.4 1995. pp22-30 Introduction: A lot of misleading information has been published for many years about commonly occurring "toxins in plant medicines." This has not only occurred in the media, but als...

Suspect methods of investigating plant toxins

GENERAL METHODOLOGY OF INVESTIGATING NATURAL PLANT TOXINS By Martin Watt A few scientists have acknowledged that one cannot assume genotoxicity in natural products simply because one isolated chemical demonstrates this property. Certain plant chemicals in isolation are known to cause severe skin reactions. However, fragrance chemists know...

Warnings on consumption of lemongrass oil article on ehow.com

“How to Ingest Lemongrass Oil” a review on: http://www.ehow.co.uk Review by Martin Watt Full URL: http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_5780039_ingest-lemongrass-oil.html This company (Demand Media), run information web sites on a wide variety of advisory topics. However, when challenged on the accuracy and safety of their featured articles they...

Chemistry - errors on safety issues a review for the IFA

An evaluation of chemistry when related to essential oils.   By Martin Watt Two articles written for 'Aromatherapy Times' -the I.F.A. journal-UK. Spring 2005. V.1. No.64. pp7-8. Summer 2005. V.1. No.65. pp 8-9. Part 1 of 2. For years I have been saying that aromatherapists do not need a detailed knowledge of organic chemistry beca...

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