Monthly Archives: October 2014


ARCHIVE…UPDATE – We reached out fundraising Goal on October 31, 2014.


Our fund raising Participation Categories WERE as follows:

Peppermint Level – [$12+] Thank you for planting the seed which will help get the AEOTA off the Ground! If we reach our goal, and are able to officially launch this new organization, your contribution will also serve as a Subscription to our Quarterly eNewsletter (so make sure your email address is correct). Like peppermint in the garden, with your help our idea can really take off and spread, near and far!

Lavender Level – [$60+] Lavender Essential Oil is often the first EO people start with when trying Aromatherapy, and is considered by Aromatherapists to be the most useful essential oil to have in one’s collection. Participating at the Lavender Level will be the foundation that we grow from as well. Thank you for contributing toward officially launching this new Trade Association. If we reach our goal, your contribution will also serve as your first year of Basic Membership Dues. Founding Members will receive a subscription to the Quarterly eNewsletter and be listed on the Trade Association website as a Founding Member. OCT. 28 – NEW – Basic Members will have the option of a text link to their website or Facebook page!*

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Frankincense “Gold” Level – [$120+] Frankincense, often referred to as *more valuable than gold*; people participating at the Frankincense Level are not just valuable to our new organization, they are critical. Your participation at the Frankincense Level will allow us to build on the past, while we move forward into the future. We will align with other professional organizations worldwide to promote the safe use of essential oils and actively work to self-regulate the essential oil industry in the USA. If we reach our goal, your contribution will serve as both your first year of Basic Membership with all of the Benefits of being a Founding Member, and the opportunity to have a graphic ad* on our Gold Level page with a link to your website or Facebook Business Page. [*Button Ad, 180 x 150 pixels, includes free design services] OCT. 28 – NEW – Gold Sponsors will have the opportunity for two links on the Gold Sponsor page, their optional Ad Graphic linked and a text link AND we have increased the Gold Ad Sponsor Link Graphic to 180 by 150 pixels.*

Rose “Donor” Level – [$500+] We’ve named this Participation Level  the Rose Level. Our Fund Raising Donors will receive special acknowledgement both online and in our eNewsletter, and will have increased advertising opportunities.

* INDIEGOGO does not permit editing of Perks on the fundraising website so these updates are not listed there.



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ARCHIVE – Timeline


STEP TWO – Fund Raising Goal of $1,000 MET – 10/9:

  • List Founding Participants on the Website [Lavender/Frankincense/Rose Level] – UPDATED DAILY
  • Start the process of deciding which six essential oils to submit for FDA approval – TBD
  • Invite a Team of Advisers from Founding Participants – IN PROGRESS
  • Obtain PO Box and Checking Account for dba AEOTA - DONE

STEP THREE – Fund Raising Goal of $4,000 – FULL LAUNCH  MET – 10/31:


  • Continue the process of getting certain essential oils FDA approved into the corresponding OTC monograph
  • Create open source “Drug Facts” safety information for any essential oils which are FDA approved
  • Promote Industry Standards for the sales of essential oils with proper Safety information
  • Promote Members who have taken the AEOTA Pledge
  • Align with others in the Essential Oil Trade, world-wide, to promote the safe, ethical and scientifically proven uses
  • Educating the public about dangerous and illegal claims for essential oils and aromatherapy products
  • Encourage education in the safe and effective use of essential oils and promote proper Education for salespeople
  • Draft Bylaws
  • Appoint a Board of Directors [formerly known as Team of Advisers]
  • Incorporate as a non-profit

What does Certified Aromatherapist mean?

The answer is…it depends!

In Australia, the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) has ‘recognised professional’ training requirements in the field of aromatherapy.

“Aromatherapy is practiced by practitioners whose practice has been defined by the Government National Health Training Package HLT51407 introduced in 2002. An Aromatherapist is a practitioner trained in Aromatherapy principles, philosophy and practice and uses volatile plant oils for psychological and physical well-being. Aromatherapists blend therapeutic essential oils for individuals and recommend methods of use such as topical application, massage, inhalation or water immersion to stimulate desired responses.”

So you can’t even call yourself an aromatherapist in Australia unless you have completed the approved Health Training requirements.

In Canada, the profession is self-regulated, but clearly defined and the terms trademark protected. The Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists…

“…has set standards for certification, safety and professional conduct for its members. A core curriculum has been established that our schools must follow and writing the CFA National Exam is a requirement for membership. Our members are entitled to use the legal designation CAHP (Certified Aromatherapy Health Professional) which is only available and applicable to CFA members.”


“To graduate from a CFA approved program, students must complete 400 educational hours and pass the standardized national CFA exam.”

The CAHP designation is protected under the Canadian trademark laws.

The Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) defines the term Qualified Aromatherapist as…

“one who has completed a recognized training in aromatherapy at the minimum level of 200 educational contact hours (such as approved by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy or the Alliance of International Aromatherapists) or has been recognized through a standardized exam, such as provided by the Aromatherapy Registration Council.”

Many Qualified Aromatherapists in the USA belong to the AIA.

The United States has no Federal regulations for the practice of aromatherapy. Laws for the practice vary by state.

The title “Certified Aromatherapist” has no recognized or legal meaning at all in the USA.

Individuals who call themselves Certified Aromatherapists range from those who have attended a Sunday afternoon class, and leave with a certificate of attendance, proclaiming they are now a “Certified Aromatherapist” – to individuals who have degrees in the practice of medicine, but have only attended marketing classes held by the brand they were recruited to sell – to individuals with advanced training in aromatic medicine...and everything in between.

The only recognized title in the USA with any formal recognition within the Aromatherapy community in the USA, is “Registered Aromatherapist™ (RA™)“. This title is available to those who have passed the Aromatherapy Registration Council exam. Learn more from the The Aromatherapy Registration Council at


Business Update…

A little business update from today, we have completed the State Requirements for forming a nonprofit corporation:

  • we filed incorporation papers (non stock) with the Connecticut Secretary of the State;
  • we have registered with the IRS, our Federal Employer Tax ID Number is 47-2178302;
  • we have registered with the state of CT Dept of Revenue Services.
  • Plans for 2015 are to apply with the IRS for nonprofit exempt status as a 501(c)(6) business league.

“A business league is an association of persons having some common business interest, the purpose of which is to promote such common interest and not to engage in a regular business of a kind ordinarily carried on for profit. Trade associations and professional associations are business leagues.

“Contributions to section 501(c)(6) organizations are not deductible as charitable contributions on the donor’s federal income tax return. They may be deductible as trade or business expenses if ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the taxpayer’s business.”

Week 3 Progress Report

  • The American Essential Oil Trade Association, dba AEOTA, is currently in the fundraising stage with the goal of founding a business league, aka trade association. As of this morning, we are at 84% of GOAL! ($4,000)
  • Our next step will be to form a company; LLC or INC (TBD).
  • Once established, we will apply to the IRS for tax-exempt status under IRC 501(c)(6).

“Reg. 1.501(c)(6)-l defines a business league as an association of persons having a common business interest, whose purpose is to promote the common business interest and not to engage in a regular business of a kind ordinarily carried on for profit.” — ref.

  •  Our common business interest is to promote the safe and legal sale of essential oils and aromatherapy products in the USA.

One of the basic characteristics of an IRC 501(c)(6) is, its activities must be directed to the improvement of business conditions of one or more lines of business.

  • Looser FDA regulations pertaining to the marketing claims which can be made for many essential oils, will be an improvement of business conditions; as will clearer and more easily understood labeling and marketing requirements.


  • The FDA regulates the labeling and marketing of essential oils as cosmetics.
  • FDA regulations prohibit any medical claims in that labeling and marketing; it is illegal to imply essential oils can cure, treat or prevent disease.


  • It is our position that a more effectively self-regulated industry will result in less opportunities for the FDA to need to step in and implement corrective action on violations or initiate regulatory additional action in order to protect the public.
  • It is also our position that certain essential oils are just as safe as many of the FDA-approved over-the-counter medicines and we will attempt to amend the FDA rules (monographs) to allow for a limited number of medical claims, all of which are currently illegal.

AEOTA Membership: 

  1. Businesses which apply for Membership will need to agree with our Ethics Statement, as well as to having their website(s) and social networking sites reviewed for compliance with current US Federal and/or state laws for advertising, labeling and marketing essential oils or aromatherapy products.
  2. After the review, Members names will be added to the AEOTA website as a Member in Good Standing, as well as be entitled to any additional Member Benefits based on the Level of Membership (dues).
  3. Members websites will also undergo periodic review for continued compliance.
  • The purpose of the initial review, as well as periodic reviews, will be for the purpose of establishing and maintaining standards of quality in labeling and marketing essential oils and aromatherapy products, which mirror the requirements of US Federal and/or state laws, with the goal of effective self-regulation.
  • The AEOTA will have a “seal of approval” similar to a Health Department Grade, which Members in Good Standing, will be eligible to display on their print and digital marketing and labeling, as long as they remain a Member in Good Standing of the AEOTA.

What is Aromatherapy?

needkeeoAromatherapy is the art and science of using essential oils to promote or improve both psychological and physical health and well-being.

Aromatherapy and the Law

Questions about who can practice aromatherapy and what the laws probably the most frequently asked question.

“In many states, a practitioner can be criminally charged with practicing medicine without a license for offering alternative therapies such as herbal medicine, homeopathy, and aromatherapy. This is also the root issue that spawned the “Health Freedom” movement, which supports patients’ rights to access alternative treatments and health practitioners of their choosing.” — Dorene Petersen

Read the complete article – LINKED WITH PERMISSION from
Dorene Petersen, President
American College of Healthcare Sciences

Do I need to sell EOs?

Q. Is this an association just for people who sell essential oils?

A. No! Our members include people who sell essential oils, but also people/companies who sell aromatherapy products like soap or skincare which contain essential oils.Take soap for example; soap is either “True Soap”; or a cosmetic; or a drug. Same soap…same ingredients. The regulatory category depends on how the soap is marketed and whether any claims are made on the label or implied by the marketing. The FDA has a very helpful page all about this: Is It a Cosmetic, a Drug, or Both? (Or Is It Soap?)


AA011548And our future efforts to more clearly define or amend the claims people can make for the essential oils in their products, will benefit the person selling an individual essential oil as much as it will a person selling a soap that they wish they could advertise is helpful for acne, as opposed to the way they legally are forced to market that same soap now; using only cosmetic claims.

Our members will also include suppliers who sell products to others in the essential oil industry, and we will have advertising opportunities both on our website and in our eNewsletter. Examples might be a lab which conducts GC/MS testing of essential oils, or a supplier who sells bottles for essential oils or lotions. We hope that our advertisers will consider offering Discounts for AEOTA Members in the future as well. The key word in Trade Association is association, and our cooperative alliances will be beneficial to all of our Members.

And of course, consumers who use essential oils for personal use as well as professionals such as nurses, massage therapists and aromatherapists who use essential oils in their professional practice are key members of this trade association! Our effort to self-regulate with safety, ethics and integrity is the most important issue which we all have in common regardless of how essential oils are part of our lives!

Questions? Find us on Facebook!

We’re working on starting a whole new Trade Association in the Essential Oil industry.  We’re sure you’ve got questions! We’ve answered a lot of them already in our Facebook Group. So why not join, read through the past topics and comments and of course, if you have any questions – please feel free to ask!  All we ask of visitors is to please read through this website and the past topics first so we don’t cover topics which have been addressed already.