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Why I Don't Belong to Many Professional Organizations



When I first started practicing aromatherapy I was introduced to 3 organizations that support the profession.  Since I had just completed school, I needed to choose which one I wanted to join as they are expensive and I didn't feel I needed to join them all. I also didn't feel ready to take my exam to be a registered aromatherapist so it narrowed it down to 2.  The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA).  I decided to join the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy.  I resonated with them more.


Shortly after joining, NAHA had a conference which I attended.  I had a great time and met some wonderful people, even though there was an "us and them" vibe.  It really reminded me of being in high school.  Nevertheless, if I wanted to see changes made, I needed to help make them.  So I applied to be a director for my state.  I was so very happy.


Things started to fall into place.  If you know anything about me, I don't sugar coat things.  I shoot from the hip, which doesn't always make people happy.  Apparently a person complained to NAHA about me because I "dissed" her mentor on social media. Apparently correcting someone publicly is an issue.  People NEED to be held responsible for their mis-information.  I will always try and help educate.


Fast forward many months, I left the organization as a director.  I wanted to start getting into CBD distribution and even though it it federally legal, NAHA sees it as a schedule 1 narcotic, or did at that time, things may have changed now.  I then left the organization completely, along with some other collegues who were like me and no longer seeing the benefit.


Rest assured I am highly educated in aromatherapy.  However, I refuse to join an organization because I "need" to keep a badge I earned where there are no consistant industry standards.  I have earned the title of "Level 3" practitioner according to NAHA, however you will not find me in their directory.  Like many, I do not see the benefit.