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Why I Want to be a Certified Aromatherapist

You are so weird. Aromatherapist??!

This is the thought which I somehow imagine as a bubble coming out of peoples’ heads every time I tell them about wanting to be certified as an aromatherapist. Or how passionately I talk about oils. Haha. Why would you want to waste your money on that? Isn’t this essential oil fad just that — a fad? How will you practice? What’s your ROI?

Truth is, I don’t understand this myself either. And worse, I don’t have an answer to any of those questions. All I know is that I want to be a catalyst for change in the ever so misguided world of essential oils.

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You see, a year ago, I was introduced by a good friend to the wonderful and addicting world of essential oils. I quickly immersed myself into it and whoop! I went into the rabbit hole.

There are very few things I am passionate about aside from my family. In fact, I can name only two:

  1. writing; and
  2. my advocacy to spread awareness about APAS and reproductive-immunological disorders.

When I was introduced to essential oils, I fell in love, albeit so quickly. And it quickly created its own reserved space in my passion repertoire.

Conditioned as a true marketing person (in practice for now around 13 years), I did my research about essential oils.

The more I studied, the more misinformation I saw running around in forums. It was disconcerting.

It is a blessing (and much a curse, as well) that I am an ENFP type of personality. I am very much affected by the things around me and it is unlikely for my personality to just watch and do nothing, especially when I know in my heart that I need to do something.

Because of the constant contradictory statements I see online, I jumped blindly to taking a certification course that would allow me to really go into the scientific study of aromatherapy.

In the United States and in the United Kingdom, getting certified means you are educated and qualified to teach about essential oils, especially its safety. I wanted to have credibility especially to mothers like me who are looking for more unbiased and reliable information about the proper use of essential oils. Graduating and getting certified from the school where I study would mean that I will be recognized by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists (NAHA) in the United States and Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA).

I started my certification course in October but I am barely scratching the surface.

There’s just soooo much to learn and I couldn’t be more fulfilled with my choice of investing in this certification even if I don’t see any returns in the future.

Being diagnosed with autoimmune disorders in pregnancy, I somehow believe that this was caused by many wrong and unhealthy lifestyle choices in the past. The path to using essential oils to promote my family’s health and wellness is just a start. Hopefully, through these little things, it will nudge my family towards a better future.

More than that, I want to start a movement of educated mothers who know how to use their essential oils as safely as possible so that it becomes an important tool in their health kits.

If you are like this mom I envision, hop on to our brand-agnostic Facebook group, Lana Lane to see how you can use your essential oils safely.

I look forward to many wondrous things in the future and thinking about where this journey will take me is exhilarating.

I can only (giddily) wait.

Yours in this aromatic journey,

Balot

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