UPDATE: January 28, 2015
The Aromatherapy Registration Council has released an official Statement of Policy Against Raindrop Therapy. Click here to read it.

Important Note: All RA’s must agree to abide by the Disciplinary Policy in its entirety. Note the ARC Board defines unsafe practice to include but not limited to practicing or teaching unsafe essential oil administration, such as used in “raindrop therapy” or “raindrop technique” or “aroma touch” and any other therapies similar to “raindrop therapy” “raindrop technique” or “aroma touch”, involving the use of neat essential oils on the skin.

Please click here for Disciplinary Information.


At the Board Meeting on October 23, 2003, the motion for the ARC to adopt NAHA’s published stand on Raindrop Therapy (also known as RDT) was passed. NAHA’s policy is available at the NAHA website, or can be read below:

NAHA Policy Statement: Raindrop therapy

One of the fastest growing new areas for aromatherapy is the Spa industry. Here essential oils and hydrosols are used primarily for esthetic, detoxification, massage and relaxation treatments. As interest in the use of aromatics increases in this field the need for in-depth training in Aromatherapy for Spa practitioners also becomes imperative. Clients seeking treatments should consider the scope of practice to be expected from a Spa and / or Spa treatments and should carefully decide at what point health concerns require expertise available only from a professional Aromatherapist or other qualified health practitioner. In particular there is concern regarding cure-based treatments such as Raindrop therapy.

Cure based treatments are those that claim to cure diagnosed medical conditions including structural, spinal or skeletal problems i.e.: scoliosis, as is the case with Raindrop Therapy. Any practitioner claiming to cure a diagnosed medical condition or making diagnosis without referring the client to a medical or qualified health practitioner may be practicing medicine without a license. Raindrop therapy is no longer allowed in the country of Norway, as the claims to cure scoliosis etc. are unsubstantiated.

Due to the wide variation in skin sensitivity, essential oil quality, and reaction to topical absorption, it is virtually impossible to gauge exactly how an individual may respond to undiluted application of some of the oils specifically used in Raindrop therapy. Certain of these essential oils can cause dermal reactions ranging from mild to severe and for this reason professional Aromatherapists most often prepare custom blends for their clients to accommodate individual needs. Adequate education in the chemistry, therapeutic attributes, contra-indications and appropriate use of essential oils and other aromatics is absolutely necessary both to maximize the potential health benefits and to prevent any inappropriate effects or actions. Make sure your practitioner is properly educated.

 


Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA):

“AIA is dedicated to the education of aromatherapists, healthcare professionals and the public in all aspects of aromatherapy. They’re a diverse network of professionals who collectively strive to advance the profession of aromatherapy and to serve the public.”

Alliance Website  |  Alliance Approved Schools


Herb Research Foundation:

For over 35 years, the Herb Research Foundation has been helping to educate the world about herbs. We offer solid science and informed opinion, for free.

HRF Website


National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA):

“NAHA is actively involved with promoting and elevating academic standards in aromatherapy education and practice standards for the profession. NAHA is also devoted to increasing the public’s knowledge and understanding of aromatherapy and its safe and effective application in everyday life.”

NAHA Website | NAHA Approved Schools


Professional Testing Corporation:

“Professional Testing Corporation (PTC) is an established global leader in testing and assessment services. Founded in 1983 to provide professional organizations with psychometric services, PTC has expanded its offerings over the years to include a broader range of credentialing services for hundreds of testing programs, certification organizations, and licensing boards.”

PTCNY Website

Meet the ARC Administrative Board; read about them here.


Dorene Petersen,
ARC Chair
Mynou de Mey,
ARC Board Director
Sylla Sheppard-Hanger,
ARC Director of Public Relations


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Click here or on the teaser image below to open the latest ARC Newsletter. If you’d like to access an older edition of the newsletter, look in the newsletter archive here.  Interested in writing or advertising?  Find those guidelines here.

Meet the ARC Administrative Board;
read about them here.


D. Petersen,
ARC Chair
M. de Mey,
ARC Board Director
S. Hanger,
ARC Director of Public Relations


You have questions and we have answers.  In our 18 years, we have compiled quite a list of helpful questions and answers for you.  Find our Frequently Asked Questions here.

ARC Celebrates 18 Years

ARC Celebrates 18 Years

Join ARC in celebrating 18 years of dedication to providing an unbiased standardized test for aromatherapists by registering and recertifying 121 aromatherapists in 2018.

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read more
Research: Inhalation

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read more

Find More ARC News Here


The aromatherapy community has a wide variety of resources.  We’ve compiled a short list here.


Periodically throughout the year ARC publishes a newsletter for members and the public. In the past these newsletters were mailed out, but we’ve recently redesigned the newsletter in an All-Digital format. Newsletters are now 100% mobile-friendly and look perfect when viewed on any device with a browser.

Click here or on the teaser image below to open the latest ARC Newsletter. If you’d like to access an older edition of the newsletter, look in the newsletter archive here.


Great!  We’re so glad you’re looking to take the next step in your aromatherapy profession by becoming a Registered Aromatherapist™! The following information will help you on this journey, as will the candidate handbook and the disciplinary policy found in other links on this tab:

Benefits EligibilityTest DatesHow to Apply


Congratulations on your achievement in becoming a Registered Aromatherapist™!  Here are some things you’ll need to keep in mind in order to continue your active status:

Continuing Education RequirementsUpdating Your Information


View the ARC Candidate Handbook Here

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The ARC Board has adopted a revised Disciplinary Policy as of January 2015. The Disciplinary Policy is available for download here

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