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Here are three more top wellness organizations you really need to know about if research, transparency, and community are important to you.


3 More Top Wellness Organizations You Need to Know About

Our previous post on influential wellness organizations was so popular, we decided to keep going!

Here are three more top wellness organizations you really need to know about if research, transparency, and community are important to you.

We could go on and on for hours on this topic, so please know this list is in no way complete. Our goal is to give you a friendly starting place (in no hierarchical order).

National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy 

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) is a nonprofit organization committed to elevating holistic aromatherapy through education. NAHA was founded by six aromatherapists in 1990 and has since grown to a national network on a mission to “advance the knowledge of the medicinal use of aromatic plants and essential oils to its fullest extent and to support aromatherapy as a truly holistic professional art and science.” 

To support this goal, NAHA offers aromatherapists the following opportunities (among others):

  • Free information about aromatherapy safety, regulations, sustainability, etc.
  • An aromatherapy E-Journal (and E-Newsletter) that accepts submissions
  • Various membership levels, including Friend/Student of Aromatherapy, Level 1: NAHA Certified Level 1 Aromatherapist®, Level 2: NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist®, Level 3: NAHA Certified Clinical Aromatherapist®, Business, Donor, and Grand Donor.
  • An aromatherapy conference (information on the 2018 conference)

Also, the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) offers NAHA-approved Level One—Foundations Aromatherapy and Level Two—Professional Aromatherapy Certification programs. 

Learn more about the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy here.

Alliance of International AromatherapistsAlliance of International Aromatherapists

The Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) is a nonprofit professional organization for aromatherapists. Founded in 2006, AIA works to unite “aromatherapists from around the world to advance research and professionalism within the aromatherapy industry. As a result the public has the option for a safe, natural and complementary form of health care.”

To support this goal, AIA offers aromatherapists the following opportunities (among others):

  • Educational guidelines for standards of practice, safety, laws and regulations, and code of ethics
  • Teleseminars, continuing education, and biennial international aromatherapy conferences
  • Membership opportunities that provide access to special research resources and international networking 

Also, ACHS is an AIA-recognized school, providing accredited, online Advanced Practitioner Level (minimum 400 hours) and Professional Level (minimum 200 hours) programs that meet and exceed rigorous curriculum and practice standards for aromatherapy training.

Learn more about the Alliance of International Aromatherapists here.

Certified B CorporationCertified B Corporation® 

Certified B Corporations®—or, B Corps™—voluntarily undergo a rigorous evaluation of their social impact. B Corps ensure they meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. They operate with a clear mission to benefit the communities they serve.

ACHS became one of only three higher education certified B Corps (at the time) in September 2016, demonstrating its commitment to redefining success in business through this comprehensive certification. 

To support this goal, the B Corp organization offers the following opportunities and benefits (among others):

  • Credibility
  • Commitment
  • B Lab, “a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for goodTM. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity.”
  • Resources for educators

Learn more about Certified B Corporations here.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I am the Dean of English, Communications Manager, and Press Coordinator for American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), the Institution that publishes this blog. However, all opinions are my own. This blog may contain affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Lauren Torchia

Written By: Lauren Torchia

Lauren Torchia is a writer, editor, and obsessive iPhotographer. She holds an MS in Writing from Portland State University and has more than 10 years’ experience writing and editing for commercial and creative enterprises. She currently serves as ACHS Dean of English and Communications Manager and is 200-hr yoga teacher certified from YoYoYogi in Portland, OR. Recent work has appeared in YOGANONYMOUS and Elephant Journal.