November 26th, 2015

Spring 2016 CE Event (April 2nd & 3rd) with Suzanne Caty in Tsawwassen, B.C.!

The Professional Practice: The role of Aromatherapy and Complementary Medicine in 2015

 Many CAM practitioners have developed part-time businesses but are unable or hesitant to make the leap to a full-time professional practice. This is true in many modalities but especially in the practice of Aromatherapy.

This 2 day workshop will help practitioners understand why and how to make the full-time step and the knowledge and responsibility that accompanies such a move.

What will keep your clients coming back year after year? How can you build a clientele even without accepting insurance? What is the public really looking for from CAM practitioners? What level of expertise is required of the practitioner to meet the needs and expectations of the public?

Take the leap and join Suzanne Catty for this intensive professional training based on 20 years of clinical practice. We will work from sourcing supplies, to navigating local laws, from practice beyond massage to a truly in-depth consultation. Learn the skills that only a Practitioner can teach, this is not theory, this is Professional Practice for the 21st century.

Registration details will be posted soon!

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November 25th, 2015

Botanica 2016 Conference & Tradeshow: Sept. 2nd thru the 5th in Brighton, England!

Time to start making plans to attend the Botanica 2016 Conference and Tradeshow

September 2nd-5th at the University of Sussex, Brighton, England

This international event celebrates herbs and clinical aromatherapy from around the world.  You will find great information and all the details on the official website

Registration is Now Open!   Book on-line at

Early Bird discount is available now until March 31st, 2016.

 As a bonus to those who register early, Rhiannon Lewis and Gabriel Mojay are offering a free International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy  (IJCA) 2016 subscription to the first 25 people that sign up as well as the first person to register from a different country. 

Having issues with finances?

There are 7 botanica bursaries available for those who would like to attend, but can’t afford the conference fee.  The bursary application deadline is December 31st 2015

Details on how to apply can be found at

There are a few tradeshow spaces still available.  If you would like to participate in this international show, go to  for details and prices.   The conference brings people from around the world together for 3 days.  Make your mark on this world audience!

Botanica 2016 is now on Twitter!  Keep up to date with all the news. botanica2016 is the Twitter location and #botanica2016 is the official conference hashtag

Need more information?  The Western Canada representative is Pat Antoniak

Phone:  604-943-0300 or  604-943-7222    Email:

Come and be inspired at Botanica 2016!

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November 12th, 2015

Essential Oil Chemistry & Pharmacology Seminar with Robert Tisserand: April, 2016 in Boulder, CO

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May 20th, 2015

Aromatic Kinesiology Seminars with Robbi Zeck Oct. 2015!

Level 1 (The Path of Beauty): Oct. 16th – 17th. Early bird special of $395.00 ends June 1st (regularly $475.00). There are only 9 spaces left! More details and registration at

Level 2 (The Path of Nuture): Oct. 23rd – 25th. $595.00. More details and registration at

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December 1st, 2014

FREE webinar: Aromatherapy Products: Packaging & Labeling (Jan. 6th, 7-9 p.m.PST)

This webinar will answer the following questions and more!

  • Who governs cosmetic products?
  • What is the difference between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)?
  • What is: the FD&C Act? the Fair Packaging and Label Act?
  • What roles do these different regulatory agencies play in aromatherapy product packaging and labeling? Including: the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). the United States Department of Agriculture(USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • What about Health Canada?
  • Is there European Legislation for cosmetics?
  • The beginnings: Is it a Soap, Cosmetic or Drug?
  • I make bug spray, can I market it as an insect repellent?
  • How am I supposed to design and print my labels? What do they need to say?
  • What are Good Manufacturing Practices? And am I required to be using them?
  • What are the current Labeling Requirements for my aromatherapy products?
  • Ounces, fluid ounces, grams, milliliters? What is the correct way to weigh the product I am making?
  • I used lavender essential oil, jojoba, shea butter, beeswax and a bit of vanilla infused jojoba. How do I list my ingredients?
  • What claims can I make or not make?
  • What are INCI codes?
  • How are some companies labeling them as ‘nutritional supplements’?
  • What does it mean when the FDA sends you a warning letter?
  • How do I change the language I am using to be in compliance?
  • and additional information.

Sign up today and you will receive a pdf file** that includes:

  • The Anatomy of a Label.
  • The Art of Language: examples of statements you cannot use and what you can use.
  • INCI codes for the most commonly used ingredients used in aromatherapy products.
  • Weight and Measurement charts.


**PDF file to be released 3 days before webinar!

Click here to register!

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October 29th, 2014

CFA-sponsored workshop with Robert Tisserand November 8th, 2014!

“Essential Oil Kinetics and their Consequences – dosage, absorption, metabolism, excretion, etc…”

Click here for poster!

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July 23rd, 2014

New Skin Series video by Robert Tisserand!

Create skin care blends with confidence! Learn the importance of precise dilution; to what extent essential oils are dermally absorbed; how to use them to address skin problems such as acne, fungal infections, psoriasis, rosacea & sun damage, how to make simple preparations with safe yet effective ingredients, & much more!

The Skin Series is a comprehensive exploration into what is known about essential oils & their effects on the skin. It comprises 9 videos totaling 7 hours of video material. Each covers a different aspect of skin care & healing, & each includes detailed notes in a PDF, with clickable links to scientific research. The webinars of the Skin Series will be released sequentially one-per-week, beginning August 31st with Webinar 1: Healing Oils. Each video is yours to keep and watch as many times as you like. Forever.

Pre-order now, and the Skin Series is $399, a savings of $200 from the list price of $599. This sale is in anticipation of the launch of the Tisserand Institute

Click here for more information!

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June 24th, 2014

Insecticidal and repellence activity of the essential oil of ‘Pogostemon cablin’ [patchouli] against urban ants species


Ants are highly abundant in *Neotropical regions, with certain species adapted to the urban environment, where they can cause damage to human health. The main method for controlling ants consists of using organosynthetic insecticides, which are potentially toxic to the environment. Essential plant oils are considered a viable alternative to the use of conventional insecticides. In this study, we analyze the bioinsecticidal activity and repellence of patchouli essential oil (Pogostemon cablin) against three species of urban ants: Camponotus melanoticus,Camponotus novograndensis, and Dorymyrmex thoracicus. The chemical composition of the essential oil was analyzed by GC-MS and GC-FID. The major compounds were patchoulol (36.6%) followed by alpha-bulnesene (13.95%), and alpha-guaiene (11.96%). Toxicity and repellency bioassays were performed using the essential oil over the ants, and mortality evaluations were performed at 4, 24, and 48 h after performing the bioassays. Mortality percentage of the ants on 7 mu g/mg was on average 84%. The essential oil of P. cablin displayed toxicity against all three species of urban ants, with the lowest LD50 being observed for D. thoracicus (2.02 mu g oil/mg insect) after 48 h of exposure compared to C. melanoticus (2.34 mu g oil/mg insect) and C. novogranadensis (2.95 mu g oil/mg insect). The essential oil of P. cablin was strongly repellent to the three species of ants in all concentrations tested (0.01% and 1% v/v). Considering the potential toxicity and repellency of theP. cablin essential oil to the urban ants, future studies could investigate the practical application of this oil to control of these insects. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

*Although this study focuses on Neotropical urban ants, there are many urban ant species in BC under the genera Camponotus and Dorymyrmexwhich may also be repelled by P. cablin. This would be a great line of research!

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June 24th, 2014

NAHA Conference: Sept. 12-14, 2014 (Seattle, WA)

Find out more about the conference here:

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April 29th, 2014

Aromatherapy Conference – Early Bird Discount Expires May 1st!


The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy is hosting the World of Aromatherapy VII International Conference and Wellness Exhibit. This year it’s at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington on September 12-14. However, the Early Bird discount expires on May 1st! Be sure to register today for the early bird discount.

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