A ‘Scents’ of Ethics

Over the past few weeks I have been struggling with writing this article. I am sure that it will cause me to lose acquaintances and most likely memberships to some social media sites. In the grand scheme of things that would be fine because I am learning that social media can be hazardous to the lay person and I am more interested in sharing the research that I have done because ethically I do not feel that profit driven wellness has a place in my world. In fact, it is what is basically wrong with the health care systems of today.

Hence, the main body of this article has to do with the reasons I do not use multi-level marketing brand essential oils in my practice. I use organic oils, kosher oils and fair trade oils as much as possible. I have studied aroma chemistry (Rosemary Caddys Chemistry course) enough to be able to distinguish between different oils from different sources at different times. I request gas chromatograph readings and where these are not available I research the reliability of the company by reputation. I have confidence in my suppliers because they are accomodating and forthcoming with the information I ask for. They are never hard-hammering sales and are never evangelical in their presentations. Furthermore, they never inundate me with promises of riches and material wealth should I recruit more and more people to sell ‘for me’.

I am a certified aromatherapist. My name can be followed by the letters CAHP (Certified Aromatherapy Health Practitioner). Certified means I studied at an accredited school, passed an extensive exam, and follow a code of ethics set down by other certified aromatherapists who came before me. Certified means that we studied for long periods of time, sometimes decades, honing and perfecting our craft to be able to provide responsible wellness. Then, to keep our certifications, we must qualify by participating in and successfully completing upgrading and new informational courses. So our careers are a constant learning experience.

Does this sound like sour grapes from someone who was recently accused of jealousy because I wasn’t making any money? No. At the risk of sounding snobbish I can say that I do not need to make a living at aromatherapy. I am independently financially secure. I do not need to work at all. I studied aromatherapy for thirty years and became certified because it has always been a dream. The time was right. I am now writing my masters degree in aromatherapy (CCMA). I believe in wellness for all, I believe aromatherapy can put people on a path to wellness and I believe that it can help us reduce our dependency upon the modern medicine myth of medication.

All of this being said I have to share with you the links to the articles I have found over the last few months.



The International Federation of Aromatherapists code of ethics:

No aromatherapist shall use essential oils for internal ingestion or internal application nor shall any aromatherapist advocate or promote such use of essential oils unless the practicing aromatherapist has medical, naturopathic, herbalist, or similar qualifications and holds an insurance policy which specifically covers the internal application of essential oils. (IFA code of ethics. Simply Essential, No. 11 December 1993).

The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists:

Some oils are associated with toxicity problems (e.g. a risk of accumulative effects), and so internal use is not entirely hazard or risk-free.

Salvatore Battaglia:

Oral administration does have a number of disadvantages:

possibility of nausea and vomiting
irritation of the gastrointestinal tract
much of the essential oil will be metabolized by the liver
destruction of the essential oil constituents by stomach acidity or enzymes in the intestines.

The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy also has a stance on the controversial use of Raindrop Therapy.


A question on Ingestion: I love this article and if you do not read any of the other articles this is the one I recommend.


Some research into ‘who is’ Gary Young:


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