The Aromatherapy Advocate and the NAHA

aanahaIn answer to the questions about whether or not my course is NAHA compliant and if having taken my course would a person be able to take the R.A. Exam offered by Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC):
All certifications in the USA are certificates saying you completed the course, so the certification is from the school/educators. There are a few schools that offer actual college degrees, usually health related with aromatherapy as a minor.

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) is a private group of aroma therapists that have a list of recommended retirements for any aromatherapy school or course of study. However my course does not conform to the list. I cannot agree with the NAHA. For one, they promote New Age beliefs, they promote learning about chakras, which is Hindu, and learning about mind healing, which is New Age. Secondly they set people up to get in trouble with the law by suggesting laymen should train to treat illness. Sure, essential oils and herbs can heal but unless you are a licensed medial professional you cannot treat or attempt to treat people for payment. In the USA you have to be a licensed medical professional in order to treat people, diagnose or even attempt to heal. I think the NAHA is setting up people to get in trouble with the law.
Therefore I do not think the ARC would recognize my course either.
The “Aromatherapy Advocate Home Study” program focuses on using essential oils for friends and family and to make personal care products and developing a home based bath and body business. The course “The Aromatic Home” is pretty much the same but without the business training.

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About nball252

Hi, my name is Naomi, I am a Christian, certified aromatherapist. I also have an Associate Degree in Bible. I looked for books about aromatherapy from a Christian point of view and didn't find any, so I wrote one, The Aromatherapy Advocate. An introductory book for Christians on aromatherapy. I have one son whom I home schooled. I started using essential oils 10 years ago. I love the fragrances and I love the powerful benefits of using essential oils. I received my certificate about 10 years ago and have been teaching and writing about aromatherapy from a Christian perspective since then.
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2 Responses to The Aromatherapy Advocate and the NAHA

  1. Interesting, of course I am in UK where the legal position is different. I often struggle with where the balance should be between the medical profession which so often gets it wrong and complementary practitioners.

    Having trained as a nurse, both in General nursing and mental health nursing, (they are separate qualifications here in UK) and also as an aromatherapist I have a foot in both camps and the moral issue as opposed to the legal one is whether or not a practitioner is acting within there sphere of competence. Are they making claims that are not justified? Are they putting the client/patient at risk? etc.

    I don’t know what they mean by, “mind healing” but there are oils that I believe can help with depression. I don’t see why just because soemthing is used by some, “new age” people that should make it un-Christian? The concept of Chakras and that type of energy work does not to conflict with Christian beliefs though I do not use them myself, not having been trained in Chakra work.

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    • nball252 says:

      The trouble I see here in the USA with the looser regulations is that there are so many distributors or representatives of Young Living and doTara that there are a lot of false claims floating around. People have a tendency to get over enthusiastic about selling essential oils. The laws are there, it is just that the masses of people don’t follow them.

      From what I understand mind healing is based on the belief that if you think it hard enough it will come true. Which in essence takes the power of healing from God and puts it on self. On the other hand a person that puts their belief in anything, essential oil or modern medicine can be in the same situation. My stance is that God is the ultimate healer and that essential oils are a tool he created.

      The trouble with Chakras is that it is Hindu. It is a measurable fact that our bodies have a certain amount of electrical current. But chakras gives that source as some universal god, therefore it is anti-Christian. It is a question of “exclusivity”, God requires us to believe in only Him.

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