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LabAroma Podcast

The secret to truly effective therapeutic plant medicine is through understanding our plant science and backing it up with evidence.

Learn from the greatest aromatherapists, cultivators, scientists, researchers and boots on the ground plant workers in our medicinal plant world globally. If you work with, treat with or simply appreciate essential oils, plants and herbs you will appreciate each episode with Colleen as she takes us on a journey into the brightest minds in our industry. Get inspired, grow empowered with knowledge in an ecosphere you love.

Petra Ratajc, PhD

Petra Ratajc, PhD, Biologist, researcher and educator, but most of all, plants enthusiast. is here to bring biology to aromatherapy.  

Her main interests are biology and pharmacology of essential oils and aromatic extracts. She holds a PhD in the field of medicinal and aromatic plants, of which a large part was focused on evaluating quality, safety and efficacy of local herbs and their essential oils.

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Essential Oil Safety At Your Fingertips

A software business toolkit for Aromatherapists, Herbalists & Formulators.

Expertly-designed software. Create safe and profitable blends, formulations, and products using Essential Oils and Herbs.

With Robert Tisserand's approval, we have incorporated the most important safety information for over 300 essential oils. No more guessing if your Essential Oil Blend is safe for pregnancy, children, and elderlies with specific health conditions. Using essential oils safely in your aromatherapy business or hobby should be your priority. 

Book Recomendations

Aromatherapy and Women’s Mental Health: An Evidence-Based Guide to Support Emotional Wellbeing, Pam Conrad, forward by Denise Tiran With an ever-growing interest in aromatherapy as a means to manage mental health as well as the subsequent safety concerns surrounding the use and methodology of essential oils, this timely, evidence-based book offers practical guidance on how to support women's mental health through aromatherapy. Applicable info to men and women.


Integrating Clinical Aromatherapy in Palliative Care, by Carol Rose, forward by Rhiannon Lewis By bridging the gap between conventional medical interventions and complementary approaches using aromatherapy, palliative care nurse and clinical aromatherapist, Carol Rose, demonstrates how an integrated and evidence-based approach can have the most significant impact on quality-of-life in patients with life-limiting illness.



Currency of Moments, J Jaye Gold Exploring life’s anomalies through images and Ideas- one moment at a time, closer to the way plants experience life, perhaps people less so. A rich journey. The photos were all taken by Gold or his friends during social work or adventure trips during the past thirty-five years–from the tip of South America to the Arctic Circle, and from Cambodia to California traveling both east and west.



Energetic Herbalism, Kat Maier Through the rich herbal tradition of storytelling, Maier seamlessly blends theory and practice with her experience-tested herbal remedies and healing protocols. Maier stresses the critical message of how to address the challenge of threatened medicinal plant populations, offering practical and inspiring methods for ensuring their survival.


The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell, Rachel Herz Shakespeare wrote that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. But if you cannot smell, does the rose lose its sweetness? The first and definitive book on the psychology of smell, The Scent of Desire traces the importance of smell in our lives, from nourishment to procreation to our relationships with the people closest to us and the world at large. Smell was the very first sense to evolve and is located in the same part of the brain that processes emotion, memory, and motivation. To our ancestors, the sense of smell wasn't just important, it was crucial to existence and it remains so today. Our emotional, physical, even sexual lives are profoundly shaped by both our reactions to and interpretations of different smells.

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