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Official Newsletter of C.A.R.E.
The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education

Volume 1, Number 9
October 2003

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Benefits of Being a Registered Aromatherapist
Would you Shower in Soda Pop and Expect to be Clean?


Benefits of Being a Registered Aromatherapist
By David Stewart, Ph.D., R.A.

Many users of essential oils are interested in obtaining a
nationally recognized credential as a professional
aromatherapist. At this time, there is only one such
credential. It is through the Aromatherapy Registration
Council (ARC). The ARC is a non-profit organization
registered in the state of Oregon and recognized as tax
exempt by the IRS. You can learn everything you need
to know about them on their web site:

To become a Registered Aromatherapist or R.A. One need
only to take and pass the ARC exam. It is a four-hour exam
administered several times a year throughout the United
States. It is 100% multiple choice. There is a cost to take
the exam of about $300, non-refundable. If you don’t pass,
you have to pay the fee again and try once more. The
exam is administered by the Professional Testing
Corporation (PTC), 1350 Broadway, 17th Floor, New York,
NY 10018. Their phone is (212) 356-0660. For information
on currently scheduled examination dates and locations,
visit their web site at http://www.ptcny.com.

Any Young Living distributor who is willing to study can
pass the exam. The first thing you will need to do is to
memorize the scientific names of all of the essential
oils sold by YLEO. The test does not use any common
names. Then memorize a few points about what each oil
is most effective in treating. A couple of points about
each oil is enough. There are some professional ethics
you will need to know, but they are all in the literature
that you can obtain from PTC or on the web sites. Be
sure to be familiar with these points.

There will be questions on essential oil chemistry. The
CARE Chemistry course contains all the information (and
more) than you would need to pass this portion of the test.
There will be some questions on distillation processes to
obtain essential oils. Also expect some questions on human
physiology and the body’s basic systems. The ARC brochure
and web site actually gives you a complete outline of what
to expect on the exam.

There will also be some questions on safety issues and
contraindications in using essential oils and here is where
those who use Young Living oils may have a problem. The
problem is this. The makers of the ARC test are biased
toward the British school. Most aromatherapy schools in
North America (outside of YLEO) are British in their
philosophy toward oils.

The basis of the British prejudice is that aromatherapy
practice in that country come from the perfume industry
where oils are synthetic, adulterated, and manipulated.
Such oils are not safe to apply neat. But, as we know in
Young Living, therapeutic grade oils are safe to apply neat.

The British school of aromatherapy does not believe it is
safe to apply essential oils neat (undiluted) to the skin. Nor
do they believe it is safe to take them orally. The British
school considers the practice of aromatherapy to be the
application of essential oils in massage diluted 95-98% with
a carrier oil such as olive, jojoba, or other fatty oil.

There are also lists of oils that many British
aromatherapists don’t use at all, even diluted, because
they consider them too dangerous to use in aromatherapy
or any purpose. The British lists of forbidden oils are not all
the same, but almost all of them include wintergreen and
tansey as taboo oils. Other oils that have been black-listed
include basil, oregano, cassia, calamus, cinnamon, clove,
savory, fennel, and thuja.

Of course, basil, oregano and wintergreen are oils that are
safely applied neat in raindrop technique, a procedure that
has been experienced by tens of thousands of Americans
with great benefits. But the British don’t recognize this,
and neither to the American aromatherapists who were
trained in the British way of thinking.

Cassia, calamus, and cinnamon are part of the holy anointing
oils decreed by God and used by Moses and Aaron in Biblical
times (Exodus 30:22-31) and was safely used by the
Israelites for more than twelve centuries.

And as for clove, it has been safely used neat in the oral
cavity as a local antiseptic by dentists for more than 300
years. Clove oil is also the most concentrated antioxidant
known and I personally take a capsule full every day with no
ill effects, only benefits.

As for the toxicity of wild (Idaho) tansy, one time when I was
lecturing, there were some British oriented aromatherapists
in the audience. They were being somewhat disruptive to my
presentation when one of them raised her hand saying, “Isn’t
tansy poisonous and should not be used?” I responded by
saying, “Thank you for asking. It just happens that I have a
bottle of tansy oil right here with me.” I then opened the bottle
and poured a few drops directly in my mouth saying, “Let’s
just find out if it is poisonous of not. If I am still alive at the
end of my talk, then we will know.” With that, the hecklers
shut up and, of course, I was still alive at the end of the

With respect to the ARC exam, keep the above thoughts
in mind so that you can choose the right answers, from
the ARC point of view, which may be contrary to your
personal experience using YLEO oils. If there is a question
on whether oils can be used neat, the politically correct
answer will be to say no unless one of the multiple choices
is melaleuca alternafolia or tea tree oil. The British make
the exception melaleuca on the feet is okay. Some British
also make an exception of lavender oil applied sparingly in
special cases and some allow for lemon oil to be taken
internally. But in general, the British don’t apply neat oils
or take them orally at all. Of course, those of us who use
good therapeutic grade oils obtained from YLEO know better.

As for what books to study for the exam, the ARC brochure
and web site will recommend several books, some of which
are quite expensive ($150 per copy) or difficult to find
(because they are published in England). Having reviewed all
of them on the list myself, I would recommend that you
obtain only one of them. That is the book by Jane Buckle, RN,
PhD, entitled Clinica Aromatherapy: Essential Oils in Practice,
2nd edition. Jane is British-born, but has an American
residence, but her bias is British and so is her publisher,
Churchill-Livingston. But the book is easily available through
any bookstore in this country who can order it for you. It
is well written and contains just what you need to know to
pass the exam. Jane Buckle is one of the founders of the
ARC and one of the authors of the ARC exam. You don’t
need to spend the hundreds of dollars that I did in obtaining
the whole list of books suggested by ARC. Save your money
and your time and get only this one book. There is an
excellent short section on the chemistry of essential oils
that will pretty much get you through anything that appears
on the text. I agree with most of the book and disagree only
with her ultra-conservative precautions and contraindications,
which are British and incompatible with YLEO philosophy.

So there you have it. Memorize the Latin names of the oils,
study the basics of aromatherapy found in the books YLEO
promotes and ESP sells, and study Jane Buckle’s book to gain
the British perspective so you can pass the test. Find a
friend and study together. It can actually be fun.

Young Living Distributor, Jacqui Close, CCI, RA, and I studied
and took the test together in December 2001. We both
passed easily, taking only 2 hours 30 minutes to complete
the exam. As a result, Jacqui has been accepted to teach
aromatherapy at a local university when the only credential
she really has (besides being a Certified CARE Instructor) is
her certificate as a Registered Aromatherapist. She does not
have a college degree, yet she can teach a college course. This
will be her second year to teach the course.

So being an RA is worth something. It gives you professional
status, the only professional status recognized throughout
North America in aromatherapy. At this time, there are less
than 100 people who have passed the exam.

The idea for a nationally recognized professional credential in
aromatherapy actually originated among members of NAHA,
the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists. Many
NAHA members consider themselves to be the most
knowledgeable leading authorities in the field of essential oils
and often look down their noses disparagingly at Young Living
distributors. However, as Young Living distributors, it may
interest you to know that less than 5% of the1200 members
of NAHA are RAs. Meanwhile, there are hundreds of thousands
of YLEO members. One of the privileges one gains by passing
the exam is that you may, if you choose, submit questions to
ARC be included on the next exam. I say go for it.


Would you Shower in Soda Pop and Expect to be Clean?
by David Stewart, Ph.D., R.A.

When you do or receive raindrop technique or use oils in any way
on a regular basis, you will naturally start detoxing. This is good.
However, you must be careful to drink lots of water so that the
detox will be mainly through your kidneys and colon. Detox is also
accomplished through the breath and sweat glands, as well. One
needs to make sure they don't detox so fast that the toxins
coming through the skin don't cause a temporary rash. If a rash
does result from raindrop or from oils received in other ways,
start drinking lots of water. Take your body weight in pounds and
divide by two and take that number of ounces of water every day.

When I give that advice, some people say, "well I don't really like
water, but I drink lots of coffee or tea or soda or juice, etc. etc.
Wouldn't that be just as good?" they say. I usually reply, "Well, if
you wanted to mop your kitchen floor clean, would it be cleaner
if you rinsed it with a bucket of clear water or with a bucket of
soda pop or fruit juice?"

Most of us are conscientious about external hygiene and cleanliness.
Most of us shower or wash up every day because waste products
from our sweat glands accumulate on our skins and can cause
unpleasant body odors. In addition, we are constantly encountering
pollutants, particles, and dirt of all kinds in our environment that
soil our skin and hair, so we take baths regularly. We use soap to
help loosen and dissolve the substances on our skins, but we always
rinse in clear water. Otherwise, we wouldn't be clean. We would have,
at least, a residue of soap. So if clear water is necessary to wash
and cleanse our external body, why would we think that something
other than clear water is necessary to wash and cleanse our
internal body?

I recently received this information on water vs. Coca Cola. I have
not checked to see if everything stated below is true and accurate,
but even if only half of it is true, the point is well made.

1. 75% of Americans are choronically dehydrated.
2. In 37% of Amewricans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that
it is often mistaken for hunger.
3. Even mild dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much
as 3%.
4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for
almost 100% of dieters studied in a University of Washington Study.
5. Lack of water is the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a
day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of
A mere 2% drop in water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory
trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer
screen or on a printed page.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon
cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%.
One is also 50% less likely to develope bladder cancer.

And Now for the Properties of "COKE."

1. In many states the highway patrol carries 2 gallons of Coke
in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car
2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and the steak
will be gone in two days.
3. To clean a toilet, pour a can of coke into the toilet bowl and
let it set for one hour, then flush clean. The acid in cokd removes
staind from vitreous china.
4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers, rub the
bumper with a rumpled-up piece of aluminum foil dipped in coke.
5. To clean corrosion from car battery trminals, pour a can of
coke over the terminals to bubble away corrosion.
6. To loosen a rusted bolt, apply a cloth soaked in coke to the
rusted bolt for several minutes.
7. To make a moist ham, empty a can of coke into the baking pan,
wrap the ham in aluminum oil & bake. Thirty minutes before the
ham is ready, remove the foiul allowing the drippings to mix with
the coke for a sumptious brown gravy.
8. To remove grease from clothes, empty a can of Coke into a
load of clothes, add detergent, and wash on the regular cycle.
9. Coke will also clean road haze from your windshield.

For Your Information:

The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its Ph is 2.8.
It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches
calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising
increase in osteoporosis.

To carry Coke syrum (the concentrate) commercial trucks must
use the hazardous material place cards reserved for highly
corrosive materials.

The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean the engines
of their trucks for about 20 years.

Now the question is: Would You Like a Glass of Water or Coke?


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