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Started by Donna Idalski. Last reply by Kat Farber Jan 6, 2014.

What are your favorite aromatherapy fragrances in the winter months? 2 Replies

Started by Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, BCTMB. Last reply by Kimberly Rogers Dec 7, 2010.

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Comment by Katharine Koeppen on July 21, 2011 at 8:13am

Regarding Kat's comment on aromatherapy education, NAHA is indeed a wonderful resource. So is Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) which maintains a listing of classes and approved schools. I've been a member of both organizations.

-Katharine Koeppen, RA
AIA National Representative 

Comment by Jennifer Adams on July 21, 2011 at 8:00am

I purchase a good number of my oils from Mountain Rose Herbs and Imani Naturals who make very top quality oils at decent prices.


I will see that quality of oils is indeed important, but you will learn how to quantify the quality of the essential oils you purchase with your own experience. If you purchase oils from the local herb stores most of them carry at a minimum Aura Cacia, Frontier, and NOW brands. Aura Cacia is my 1st preference, Frontier my second and I avoid NOW like the plague. Now is the cheapest on the market and even though they claim to be 100% I have had too many of them go rancid. True essential oils will not go rancid, they can keep for thousands of years in a cool dark place. Only carrier oils will go rancid so if your EO's go rancid you can guarantee they have been cut with something to dilute it. 


Doterra and YLEO are both very high quality oil sources but are extremely high priced as well because they have to fund downlines. My suggestion is to seriously shop around and learn the oils for yourself. Make your own decisions using your own knowledge. 


I personally use Doterra and YLEO but mainly for their blends unless I get something free with purchase. They also have some very good educational material if you can cut out the bias. 

Comment by Kat Farber on July 21, 2011 at 7:24am

It's great that we can discuss these things.  In the United States, if you are looking for training, it's best to go to the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy website.  They will recommend classes and home study programs. 
W. Dannie is correct.  The internal use of essential oils is NOT something most people should be doing.  The only recorded death by use of essential oils was from a child drinking them.  It can be dangerous.  In the US, it's best just to stay away from that all together.  It's not necessary either.  Topical application is therapeutic.  So there's no need to suggest internal use.  (It scares me just a little that these MLM companies are suggesting it)
And everyone is right about the CPTG labeling.  There is no organization that "certifies" any essential oils.  That's just something they throw on the label to try making themselves look good.

Back to your original question, Dayna.  One of the companies I use is this one:  It's not an MLM.  But one of the nice things it does is allow you to request the GC from the lot of stock you are purchasing.  For trained aromatherapists, this is great.  The GC is the chemical test they put essential oils through to make sure they're at therapeutic level and it's nice that this company just offers it up to you.  It's not a "full prove" method of testing essential oils, but it shows that the company isn't trying to hide anything from you.  It's willing to share and educate.  Hope that helps.

Comment by Daniel Cohen on July 20, 2011 at 9:42pm
You both raise an important issue. Creative terms are for marketing and should not be taken too seriously.
Comment by W. Dannie Lane on July 20, 2011 at 5:41pm
Thank you Katharine, I was going to say something about that made up term CPTG myself. I have two or three more links about it too. Rhonda, you could use all oils internally from all the companies I have listed, BUT the internal use of essential oils if you do not have “Medical Aromatherapy” training (which is about 2,000 hrs of in class training) it is something you should not do or tell others to do.
Thanks Laura, I had forgotten about Aromaceuticals, I have some of their oils too and do like them.
Comment by Daniel Cohen on July 20, 2011 at 10:36am
I don't use one brand. Some I buy from growers of single species. But I like the products from mountain sage,
Comment by Novlette G Barnes on July 20, 2011 at 10:29am
Aura Cacia - I enjoy using this brand of essential oils. Give it a try Dayna.
Comment by Rhonda Ford on July 20, 2011 at 8:34am
Yes, but can you take these oils internally? Do they have a CPTG on each of their bottles saying they are Certified Pure Therapeutic with NOTING added to them? Has each oil been tested by a 3rd party company and tested using Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS). This is what doTERRA does. I have used all types of EO's the last 22 years and have not found the quality I have found in doTERRA. No hype. Just pure and real.
Comment by Katharine Koeppen on May 7, 2011 at 1:37pm

Please contact Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) or National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). Both these organizations maintain lists of classes offered by reputable providers, as well as schools that offer turnkey programs that will allow you to sit for membership in a professional organization or for the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) exam.

Please note that an "aromatherapy certification" is an absolutely meaningless document, since any company can claim that they offer one. Receiving a certification from any given provider does not necessarily mean that you have recieved a quality education or are competent to perform aromatherapy.

What does carry some weight however, is a national registration (RA) from ARC or a CMAIA certification from AIA. Both of these mean that you have received 200+ hours of classroom training from a reputable provider in the industry, have shown minimum competencies, have passed a board exam (in the case of ARC) and are committed to continuing ed to maintain your registration or certification.

My company, Aromaceuticals, provides quality classes that can be used toward qualifying for membership in a professional organization and toward certification/registration. Although I do not have a 200 hour program in place at this time, individual Aromaceuticals classes will be accepted by portfolio review.

Comment by Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, BCTMB on November 22, 2010 at 11:50pm
Ariana Institute offers an awesome aromatherapy CE class online. Here's an excerpt from the course notebook: "Aromatherapy

massage is a gentle massage using essential oils that can be softening, healing, nourishing and rejuvenating to the skin. The general benefits of massage combined with the healing benefits of certain essential oils can be very dynamic. Because essential oils are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, they can affect the nervous system, as well as all other systems of the body. Remember that each essential oil carries its own unique benefits in a massage therapy practice." To register for the online class, visit:

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