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Ariana Institute's online NCBTMB approved aromatherapy CE course

Started by Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, BCTMB Jun 7, 2016.

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

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Comment by W. Dannie Lane on August 1, 2011 at 5:48am
Rhiannon, i remember when Hands on Aromatherapy was a very small two people com here in Atlanta. good to see they are still going.
Comment by Rhiannon Starr on July 31, 2011 at 7:51pm

looking for high quality oils go to Hands on Aromatherapy. I have been buying from this company since 1993.


Comment by W. Dannie Lane on July 24, 2011 at 7:15pm
@ Katharine Koeppen, with my time talking to YL and doterra, (been to about 6 of their big talks on essential oils) the info about how much better there oils are then oils certified by AFNOR, ISO and the like are a BIG part of the propaganda they use. In their talks (and I have seen it on some websites) people are told that AFNOR and ISO “ARE THE CERTFING BODYS FOR ESSENTIAL OILS”. I was a asked to leave one talk when I asked about the fact that AFNOR and ISO only set standards for perfume and cosmetics, not Aromatherapy.
Comment by W. Dannie Lane on July 24, 2011 at 7:06pm
Yes Kelly and Rhonda, purity is one of the most important things when it comes to EO’s, but like so many on here have stated, being certified CPTG has no meaning, outside of doterra. There is not one official Aromatherapy accusation in the world that recognizes that (CPTG)or any certified grade. And when you can go buy the EO’s from the importers and wholesalers that sale doterra there oils (some of them at least) why pay 4 or 5 X what a 15ml bottle of the same EO would be for a 5ml?
Comment by Katharine Koeppen on July 24, 2011 at 6:58pm

Rhonda, your statement regarding AFNOR and ISO indicates a basic misunderstanding of essential oil quality. Those organizations set essential oil standards for the perfumery and cosmetics industries, which have vastly different standards and objectives than the aromatherapy industry. Fragrance companies are concerned with aroma and not with therapeutic action of oils, and that is reflected in the way those standards were developed.

Please reread some of the comments made in various posts below, so you have a better understanding of what CPTG and GCMS actually mean.

-Katharine Koeppen, RA

Comment by Kelly Sanders, LMT on July 24, 2011 at 5:49pm
I have to agree totally with Rhonda.  I was first introduced to EOs through a massage client of mine and her YLOs.  I tried them initially but was introduced to Doterra the next year and have found them so pure and natural I always take my bottle of peppermint and Lemon or Orange bliss with me to compare IF I run across another brand.
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.

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