I don’t “need” the certification. After all, the field of aromatherapy is not regulated. But it was something I set out to do when essential oils became a big part of my life. Mainly I wanted to learn. I began my essential oils journey with Young Living in 2013 for wellness support and as a “business builder.” I had already migrated from psychotherapy to coaching- for reasons I have written about previously, but in a nutshell- I grew weary of working within a diagnostic culture and I have found coaching to be a much more positive and collaborative approach to offering guidance.
I decided over a year ago to become certified as an aromatherapist and I enrolled in a course. It was just something I wanted to do. Call me a geek for learning. But then I got so busy with the business of essential oils- sharing, hosting gatherings and workshops, blogging about essential oils, reading about essential oils, building my own essential oils team- that the certification course took a back seat.
Honestly, after nearly 2 years of total immersion in Young Living, using, sharing, reading and learning, I was gaining the knowledge I set out to acquire in the first place. Young Living’s website, virtual office and blogs, along with books and other resources from Life Science Publishing offers a wealth of information that should fulfill anyone’s desire to learn about essential oils- particularly, Young Living Essential Oils. So again, it’s not that I “need” the certification.
So what prompted me to complete the course?
I decided that for me, while not practicing psychotherapy yet still holding a valid mental health license, and integrating a coach approach into my essential oils business, holding a valid aromatherapy credential gives me confidence in establishing a wellness and business relationship with others. I want to demonstrate that I respect this gift from the earth. Essential oils are powerful and potent and I take this approach to wellness, purpose and abundance seriously. It’s no joke. I decided to become certified by taking a Level I course approved by National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). I finally settled on the International Certified Aromatherapy Institute because they have been an NAHA education provider for over 10 years and because they offer distance learning.
I don’t intend to practice clinical aromatherapy so Level I training is sufficient for me at this point. I want to support people in their own development of wellness goals and foster self-reliance around the use of essential oils and other holistic approaches to health. Yet I respect the immense differences in approaches to essential oils so I wanted to learn and be able to represent/lead my team in a way that both supports an informed approach to safety and application concerns and embraces Young Living’s approach to essential oil use.
If I do pursue additional aromatherapy education, I do not intend to ever become a Registered Aromatherapist because the Aromatherapy Registration Council does not endorse internal use of essential oils unless clinically or medically prescribed, and I have moved way beyond a diagnositc and prescriptive approach in my work. I prefer to support and educate folks so that they can make an informed decision about how to use essential oils in their own life and work.
Among other restrictions, ARC also prohibits the use of or the teaching of the Raindrop Technique and similar approaches that utilize the neat application of essential oils. This runs counter to Gary Young’s teachings and philosophy. “Prohibit” is strong use of language within the field of aromatherapy- a field that is not regulated and holds so many varying theoretical and practical orientations to using essential oils.
At the end of the day, I encourage people to be knowledgeable about anything we put in or on our bodies- from food to shampoo. If you use Young Living Essential Oils, the first place to go for information is the label. Second place? The website.
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