Is Aromatherapy a regulated profession?
No. At this time there is no STATE regulation for
aromatherapy in the United States.
Is there a type of license needed to
At this time there is no STATE licensure or laws for aromatherapy.
Most qualified aromatherapists incorporate their aromatherapy training
with another profession that they are ‘licensed’ in,
ie; Massage Therapist, Registered Nurse, Licensed Acupuncturist,
Medical Doctor, Naturopath Physician etc.
Any topical application of essential oils would require one to
have a professional license ie; massage therapy. Depending on the
STATE that you reside and offer your services in, you would need
to contact the STATE Board of the particular profession for more
Code of Ethics
Scope of Practice
Can I offer Aromatherapy Services without
incorporating my aromatherapy training with another ‘licensed’ profession?
Yes, as long as you follow within
the scope and limits of your training, as well as the NAHA Code of Ethics and NAHA
Scope of Practice
You can offer Aromatherapy Consultations, make aromatherapy blends
and products for clients and for resale, teach aromatherapy classes,
courses, lectures and workshops etc.
Please check with your local town hall or accountant for business
licensure requirements if applicable.
Segment from the NAHA Code of Ethics
Provide services within the scope and the limits of my training.
I will not employ techniques for which I have not had adequate training
and shall represent my education, training, qualifications and abilities
honestly. I shall acknowledge the limitations of my skills and when
necessary, refer clients to the appropriate qualified professionals.
Code of Ethics
Scope of Practice
Where can I get Professional Liability
How does one go about becoming a Professional
Professional Membership Category requirements
visit the NAHA Approved Schools
For additional information on professional aromatherapy courses, workshops,
lectures and home-study programs. NAHA
Calendar of Events web listing is also a helpful area
to search for aromatherapy happenings throughout the country and internationally.
Are there schools for home-study programs
available for aromatherapy training?
please check the Please
visit the NAHA Approved Schools and NAHA online Yellow
Pages as well as NAHA
Does NAHA offer aromatherapy classes or courses?
No, NAHA endorses NAHA Approved School's aromatherapy classes and
Is there any professional testing facilities for aromatherapists
to sit for an aromatherapy exam?
Yes. ARC Aromatherapy Registration Council at www.aromatherapycouncil.org
How can I find out more information on what can and can not
be listed on a label for my aromatherapy products that I make?
www.handmadebeauty.com and www.essentialwholesale.com both sites have additional information on natural products labeling
requirements and helping links for aromatherapists who make their
Also check this organization for voluntary pledge to use only natural
ingredients in products: www.naturalingredient.org
Link to FDA: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm
Aromatherapy Labeling: http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-826.html
Does NAHA sell essential oils or aromatherapy products?
NAHA sells Aromatherapy books and educational materials via the NAHA
bookstore. For essential oils and aromatherapy products
visit the NAHA
Online Yellow Pages and NAHA
Journal issues for more information.
Somewhere I read that only 5% of the volume of product
in a bottle of essential oil has to actually be essential oil in
order for the label to read "Pure Essential Oil". Can
you tell me if this is correct, and if not, what the law is in that
Depending on the exact nature of the product & how it is described
on the label, I think that there is a difference between "contains
pure essential oil" with the emphasis on the word "contains",
and being a "pure essential oil". If, say, the product
was described as "Cedarwood Oil Virginia" then it would
have to be pure i.e. 100% derived from the named botanical source
(Juniperus virginiana) unless other additives (e.g. anti-oxidants
etc) were noted on the label. This is basic general retailed goods
law, which would be enforced at a local level by those responsible
for overseeing trades descriptions' matters. If the product was
described as Cedarwood Massage Oil or is a cosmetic product containing
Cedarwood Oil, or similar, then it would be acceptable for it to
contain a few percent pure oil only. Special rules apply to cosmetic
If there is any doubt and you are a customer of an oil trader, distributor,
or high street store, ask for a 'Certificate of Naturalness'. This
will set out the exact percentage of oil contained plus any allowable
additives. If you are an oil seller, bear in mind that your customers
have a right to demand this of you.
Do you have an nquiries regarding aromatherapy products in Canada?
Canadian Natural Products Licensing Agency Inc.
Phone: (403) 804-2425
Fax: (403) 568-4900