Archive | January 2012

Value of Education

I recently met a woman who introduced herself as a “Master Herbalist”, intrigued (as I am currently studying) asking where she got her certificate and where she was registered and she told me that she had neither, but she did get her information from a local “college”.
I have run into this a couple of times and did my own research into the value of the education and registration process.
I am a Registered Nurse and I know how my profession values education and has no tolerance for imposters.
Professional bodies undergo accreditation processes that ensure that the information being provided is true and accurate not just one individuals experience.
Any individual or company that makes claims regarding a products action or healing ability has to undergo strict trials and testing and be approved.
This to some seems like too much control for an outside body but to most it is an assurance that health and safety have been considered, tested and proven. That is not to say it is perfect (nothing is).
Having said that if there is no accreditation, no testing, no documented proof that an individual or school has undergone scrupulous investigation and the information may or may not be accurate.The student may or may not be functioning/practicing with accurate knowledge.This is neither safe or acceptable to the general public.
I feel that this is why Aromatherapists and Herbologists (Master or otherwise) are not generally recognized in the medical field. Also the same goes for message therapists, unless you have completed the entire accredited program and fulfilled the required hours and have been registered, you can only open a business under an “Entertainment” business license.
I talk about this because I have seen too many examples of dangerous application of aromatherapy/herbology and it is because they do not know…what they do not know!
I have witnessed pure essential oils put into a baby’s mouth (must be diluted), strong essential oil lotion brought into a hospital room of a child who has reactive airways (there is a reason no scents are allowed in hospitals) the use of essential oils being sold as a remedy to be taken internally (this is not legal in this country) and without even a basic understanding of drug interactions. Not only is this irresponsible it is dangerous!
Since researching the value of Education, I have found several accredited schools for aromatherapy and herbology and a national registration for reputable individuals to register their practice and provide sound holistic health advice to clients.
I encourage you to seek out an educated, registered provider to ensure you are receiving sound advice and treatment.
Not someone who has cut corners to make a quick buck.
I will post a list of reputable providers in the near future and I encourage you to embrace a holistic lifestyle and rid yourself of the toxins that pollute your body and home.
Until next time.

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