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The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) is an educational,
 nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing public awareness of the benefits of true aromatherapy.
In This Issue
NAHA Directors Corner Tele-Conferences Aromatherapy Updates
Membership Appreciation
Membership Discount Program
Essential News
Quick Links
NAHA Tele-Conference
Directors Corner
Aromatherapy Safety 
NAHA Tele-Conferences
 muscle testing
Topic: Muscle Testing with Aromatherapy-benefits of using Kinesiology in Aromatherapy 
When:September 10, 2009
Thursday 8:30pm EST
Fee: Free for NAHA Members

Presenter: Sylla Sheppard Hanger LMT
Sylla Sheppard Hanger
Sylla will speak about:
Introduction to Aromatic Kinesiology (asking the body to hear, feel and understand the body's voice- Robbi Zeck).
Sylla will present on the unique use of muscle testing with aromatherapy and the benefits of using it in bodywork as well as any aromatic endeavor, or just for one self when one feels stuck; emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Based on The Blossoming Heart- Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation and work of Robbi Zeck (Australia)
Sylla will be offering tele-conference attendees a 10% discount on purchase of Robbi Zeck's book 'The Blossoming Heart- Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation'.
Discount will apply towards Sylla's professional manuals and chemistry kit/booklets.

Want to learn more about Aromatic Kinesiology?
Sylla will also be hosting a special in-person seminar workshop.
Tampa, Florida October 31 and November 1, 2009 'Aromatherapy and Emotions' with Presenter; Robbi Zeck; Pioneer in Aromatic Kinesiology.
To learn more about Sylla and her school or to register for upcoming event with Robbi Zeck please visit
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To Register for Tele-conference
Please fill out the
NAHA Online Feedback Form.
1. Completely fill out entire form 
2. Use the comment box to include the tele-conference date and topic you want to attend.
3. Once your NAHA Membership is verified you will receive by email tele-conference call-in number and access instructions.
(please allow time for form
to be processed prior to receiving confirmation). 
Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Please fill in all information on the form in order to register for the tele-conference.
Tele-conferences are open to NAHA Members only.
Space is limited so please be sure you will be able to attend before registering.
Upcoming 2009-2010 Teleconferences to be scheduled with:
Shellie Enteen; Oct 8:
Create a Toxic-free Environment by Cleaning with Essential Oils
Kelly Holland Azzaro; Nov. 12: Animal Aromatherapy; holistic healing for you and your animal friends
Jennifer Hochell- Pressimone; Dec 10:
Aromatherapy Relief for Holiday Stress - Keeping a Strong Immune System
Dr. Bruce Berkowsky:
Jan 12:
Spiritual PhytoEssencing (specific topic TBA)

Sara Holmes March 11:
First Do No Harm; Safe Alternatives to Neat Application of Essential Oils in Massage and Spa Treatments
Dr. Vivian Lunny; April 8:
Hormonal Balancing with Essential Oils
Mindy Green; May 13:
Aromatic medicine in a clinical setting
Lesley Wooler; TBA 
and many more exciting presenters/topics to be announced soon.
Tele-conference date, time, presenter and fees are scheduled to change without notice. Tele-conference may also be rescheduled due to technical difficulties.
Are you interested in presenting a
tele- conference?
If so please fill out the NAHA Online Feedback Form. 
1. Be sure to include your complete contact information.
2. Use the suggestion box at the end of the form to include the tele-conference topic, along with a brief description of the
1 hour long presentation.
All submissions will be reviewed by the NAHA Board. If your tele-conference is approved you will be notified by email.
Based on the amount of
tele-conference submissions we receive we will then begin the process of constructing a Class Schedule to post on the NAHA website.
Each tele-conference will
be advertised via links on the NAHA web-pages.
The tele-conference will
also be highlighted in
NAHA E-newsletters.
An additional weblink will be placed to your website on the NAHA website and in
E-newsletters. And as an added way to show our appreciation for you sharing your time and energy you will also have the opportunity to post a special complimentary adv. on the NAHA website (details to be finalized).
For NAHA Members we hope to also make the recordings of the classes available via a direct link that you can click-and-listen and save to your computer or a disc. Recordings may also be available on the NAHA website's bookstore in the future.
More details to be posted as this projects develops.
NAHA Director's Corner 
Jeff Hoard
Central District Director
Missouri Jeff Hoard

Jeffrey Hoard has been NAHA Central District Director and Missouri Regional Director since 1999. He was a signer of the original NAHA bylaws adopted at the San Francisco AGM in 1995. He has served on several bylaw committees, 3 Conference Committees, the Executive Committee, the Ethics Committee and the Advisory Committee since then. From 1997 to 2000 he was editor of Scentsitivity Journal, the predecessor to the Aromatherapy Journal and has had articles published in both Scentsitivity and the Aromatherapy Journal. He was a daily volunteer in the NAHA Administrative office from 1997-2000 as special assistant to the President and was an active volunteer at the NAHA conferences of 1996, 1998 and 2004.

His company, Cheryl's Herbs (an international wholesaler/retailer of fine herbal and aromatherapy products), which he owns and operates with his wife Cheryl (Past President of NAHA) exhibited at the NAHA conferences of 1996, 1998 and 2000 and sponsored the 2004 conference. Jeff spoke to the 1996 NAHA conference as part of a panel on the business of aromatherapy.
In addition to his herbal and aromatherapy endeavors, he is also a professional musician who appears frequently with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and performs nearly 100 concerts yearly in Missouri schools with the Gateway Brass Quintet and the St. Louis Brass Quintet. In 2005 he appeared as soloist with American Choral Directors Association annual conference in Los Angeles with the St. Louis Children's Choir. He teaches music at Missouri Baptist College, Washington University in St. Louis and at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.

You can contact Mr. Hoard at:
Cheryl's Herbs
7170 Suite A
Manchester Road
Maplewood, MO 63143
Phone: 314-645-2165
Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Safety Awareness
Visit the NAHA website
via this link for more information on Essential Oil Reaction Form. 
Or contact NAHA Safety Chair Sylla Sheppard Hanger at
NAHA Enewsletter Layout:
Kelly Holland Azzaro
Editorial Team:
Shellie Enteen
Kelly Holland Azzaro
The information on the NAHA Website or contained in NAHA Email Communications are not intended to diagnose or take the place of professional healthcare. Please consult your health care practitioner if you are pregnant or have been diagnosed with any serious healthcare problems.
Keep all aromatherapy products
out of reach of children.
Do not get near eyes.
If essential oils get in the eyes, flush with water and seek proper healthcare advice.
Before using essential oils and aromatherapy products please consult with a professional aromatherapist.
NAHA website is a resourceful area for information on Aromatherapy Safety, Applications and Uses.
All Questions pertaining to essential oils and aromatherapy must be submitted via the online Feedback form which is on the Contact NAHA page and Membership Resources page.
All incomplete forms will be returned to sender.
NAHA can not diagnose or prescribe essential oils, please note that any information shared is for educational purposes only.
NAHA E-News  Issue: 2009.3 August
Dear NAHA Member and Aromatherapy Supporter, 
Welcome to NAHA's E-News. You are receiving this email as a current Member of NAHA or if you signed up to receive NAHA Enewsletters. If your contact information has changed please let us know so we can update enewsletter database.
August Highlights
*Membership Appreciation
*Approved Schools Renewed and New Listings
*Membership Discount Program
*E-Scents-green tips for aromatherapy awareness
*Calendar of Events
*Aromatherapy in the News
*Director's Corner 
*Tele-Conference Schedule Updates: September 10, 2009  
Muscle Testing with Aromatherapy-benefits of using Kinesiology in Aromatherapy
Presented by: Sylla Sheppard Hanger LMT 
NAHA Membership Appreciation 
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THANK YOU to the following members who recently joined or renewed their membership.
Aroma Heals Aromatherapy Institute   |
International Institute of Chinese Medicinal Aromatherapy  |  |   

NAHA Approved Educators Schools
click on the direct link to find out more on aromatherapy schools and educational programs available in the USA, Canada and Internationally around the world. Many schools also offer distance learning, homestudy programs and online courses.
Aromatherapy Educators and Schools are a wonderful source for building a strong foundation and awareness in true aromatherapy. Please support the NAHA Approved Schools & Educators.
Here what some are sharing in response to NAHA E-news:
Good morning Kelly,"I'm so glad you forward these press releases. It really helps to stay informed personally, and to also provide information for our students." Lauren Shapiro-Communications Manager for American College of Healthcare Sciences.

AIA LogoLauren Shapiro, Communications Manager, works on behalf of the American College of Healthcare Sciences to educate the community about holistic health education and professional career opportunities. In addition to maintaining the College's social media, including several blogs and the College's monthly newsletter, the ACHS Reporter, Lauren also builds community connections by circulating information about the College's current programs, developing programs, and community wellness events. Lauren is also an ACHS faculty member and teaches English Composition.  While working with ACHS, Lauren has the unique opportunity to learn about the health-promoting properties of aromatherapy and herbalism through her everyday interactions. At present, she is researching apartment gardens!
Click on the above link to view
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The Professionals, Schools and Businesses that offer a discount to NAHA Members. Please mention that you are a active member of NAHA when placing an order in order to receive a discount.

Do you want to offer a discount to NAHA Members?

If so, please fill out the Online Feedback Form and be sure to include your complete contact information along with discount amount and for what items; ie; products, services et
NAHA Members Marge Clark and Jennifer Hochell Pressimone are offering NAHA Members special discounts that were highlighted in recent NAHA E-news Announcements .
AIA LogoMarge of Nature's Gift is offering NAHA Members a special 10% off discount on essential oils, blends, carriers and  hydrosols. Also free media rate shipping on her autographed book.
Visit for more information.
(Use order code: NAHA at online checkout)
JennScents LogoJennifer of JennScents is offering NAHA Members a special 20% off discount to purchase JennScents Recipe Guide and JennScents Aromatherapy Guide for Pets. (mention this e-newsletter when placing your order with JennScents for the discount to apply). To purchase a copy or for more information please visit her website or email  

Essential News-Going Green
E-tips for Aromatherapy Awareness
Contributed by Jennifer Hochell Pressimone 
Green Bugs Busters!
In today's world, finding ways to green our earth, our communities and ourselves are vital. Having natural, green alternatives at our fingertips not only makes it simple, but it ensures that we may take action. Take pest control for example, if a greener solution for insect repellent, ant repellent or flea control was available, wouldn't you be likely to use it?   Especially if it has additional health benefits, such as boosting immune function, enhancing your mood or helping release irritability?  
Well, bugs may be a part of the natural greening process for the environment, but when they start attacking us or our pets, compromising our immunity and health, we need to take control. Using a natural, aromatherapy-based bug repellent, may be necessary to deter pests from biting you or your pet. The great thing is that by using this natural repellent, you may also gain therapeutic value such as reduced anxiety and increased mental clarity, all at the same time.
As we know, aromatherapy is a powerful combination of science and art. It is known to shift, alter, enhance and change our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual state. It provides a plethora of therapeutic properties such as antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic and vermifuge. Using essential oils with these properties provide you with a multi-faceted, multi-therapeutic and effective product, especially when seeking bug protection.   
There are several essential oils known to offer stronger bug repelling properties than others. The ones I have found to be tremendously effective in fighting these unwanted nuisances are citronella, lemongrass, thyme, geranium and lavender.  I have also found additional benefit by blending these essential oils with liquid plant-based enzymes, which are known to break down protein. Most bugs have an exoskeleton made of a protein structure. These enzymes help to break down their outer shell, thus disabling them from biting you or anyone else. The enzymes in conjunction with pure essential oils make for a valuable blend that may combat lice, fleas, insects and other nagging pests that may compromise optimal body functions.  
If you happen to miss a spot while applying your bug repellent and get an insect bite, lavender and frankincense essential oils are known to provide anti-itch, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Simple apply 1 drop neat to the specific area or mix in some avocado or jojoba oil for instant relief. 
Bug Repelling Essential Oils
Cymbopogon nardus, is a member of the Gramineae family. This tall, perennial grass has a history of providing insect repellent properties in addition to being antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-parasitic. It is commonly employed in outdoor candles, natural bug repellents, aromatic mists, lotions and herbal teas. In addition to repellent bugs, citronella may help ease depression, reduce fever and combat colds. 
Cymbopogon citratus, is a member of the Gramineae family. It is a tall, perennial grass that has historically been used to energize the mind and body, combat fatigue, combat infection and repel insects. It offers analgesic, astringent, antibacterial, antifungal and vermifuge properties. Lemongrass is commonly employed in herbal teas, aromatic mists, immune supporting blends and insect repellents. 
Thymus vulgaris, is a member of the Labiatae family. It is a perennial, evergreen herb, historically used as a digestive tonic, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-parasitic and vermifuge. Thyme was employed along with clove and lemon during WWII to disinfect hospitals and fight against pesty invaders. Thyme has been commonly associated with cooking as it may combat internal parasites, indigestion, gas and bloating. It is a great addition to any insect repellent adding a sweet, green and herbaceous scent. 
Pelargonium graveolens, is a member of the Geraniaceae family. It is a perennial shrub offering antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and vermifuge properties. Geranium essential oil, not to be confused with the plant we see on our doorstep, historically has been known to have a balancing effect on the body - physically, emotionally and mentally, as well as pH. This scent often repels bugs as soon as they come into contact with it.
Lavendula angustifolia, is a member of the Labiatae family. It is an evergreen shrub that perhaps is the most recognized, researched and used essential oil to date. Historically, it has been referred to as "the jack-of-all-trades" essential oil, providing countless therapeutic properties such as antiviral, antifungal, antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic and vermifuge. It not only helps to protect the body from pest invasions, it helps to calm irritations from those who attack us, reducing redness, inflammation, swelling and itching.   
As you will note, a common denominator among most of these oils is that they belong to the Gramineae or Labiatae family and are perennial grasses or shrubs. So, if you do not have one of these listed oils in your cabinet, but you do have another that belongs in this botanical family, you may be able to substitute. Research it in an aromatherapy reference book (there are several available at online bookstore) and decide if it is a good choice for the blend you are creating. You can choose to combine all of these oils in a blend or just use the ones you have on hand.  Apply in a carrier to protect skin as well as hydrate and moisturize the skin.  For pets, children and elderly, use a greater dilution ratio.
There are also many other ways to bust bugs, such as ants, roaches and fleas, from our home, our pets and even our plants. Peppermint, eucalyptus and clove essential oils are historically known to combat ants and other crawling critters. You can spray a mixture of these essential oils with plant-based enzymes and/or a soap concentrate like castile soap directly on their path or place a few drops of essential oil onto a cotton ball and place in the areas they may hide (of course, keeping it out of reach for children and pets). To protect a plant from bug invasions, use a very diluted solution of water, vinegar and plant-based enzymes with 1 drop of an essential oil.  Spray once daily.
Green Bug Buster Checklist
100% pure essential oils
Avocado oil or jojoba oil
Liquid plant-based enzymes
Soap Concentrate or Castile Soap
Bandana or scarf (to spray solution for you or your pet when outside)
Bug Buster Spray
3.75 oz. Plant-based enzymes
.25 oz Avocado oil
6 drops citronella
5 drops lemongrass
4 drops thyme
4 drops geranium
4 drops lavender
Combine avocado oil in the bottle with the essential oils and shake.  Add in the plant-based enzymes and shake well. Apply generous layer to skin at least 10 minutes before bug exposure.  Use as needed. * for pets, because they have a more sensitive system than humans, apply a light layer over their coat once before bug exposure. An over-intoxification of the spray can cause them to be lethargic. 
Information provided is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health concerns.  A professional healthcare provider should be consulted before beginning any health program. 

Here's to a greener you, a greener pet and greener environment. 
In scents and health, Jennifer Hochell
AIA LogoJennifer Hochell Pressimone is a holistic aromatherapist and herbalist, NAHA Regional Director, author, educator and natural health consultant. She is the owner of JennScentsĀ®, Inc. and the Clermont Herb Shoppe & Day Spa in Clermont, Florida.  Jennifer contributes regularly to the NAHA journal and will be a featured speaker for NAHA upcoming tele-seminar in December. She can be reached at   

Want to contribute to the NAHA Essential E-News column?
We'd love for you to share your helpful aromatherapy recipes and green-awareness tips. We are also looking for information on the following: Marketing your aromatherapy business tips, diffusion blends, what do you do to be green etc.
Please fill out the Online Feedback Form
and submit your writings in a WORD Document to Kelly at If your e-news is accepted for publication in a future NAHA e-newsletter you will be notified via email.
NAHA Calendar of Events
Click on the above link to view more classes, lectures, workshops and educational programs
August 8-9, 2009
Event Title: Touch With Oils Face & Body Treatment
Educator: Candace Newman MAT LMT
Facility: Boulder Inn Address: 770 28th Street, Boulder, Colorado
Contact: Candace Newman 866.304.3451
August 13, 2009
Event Title: Essential Oils for Health and Wellness
Educator: Mindy Green MS, RA, RH (AHG)
Facility: Plant Extracts International Inc.
Address: 10921 Excelsior Blvd. Suite 111, Hopkins, MN
Contact: 952.935.9903 Email:
August 20, 2009
Event Title: Aroma Herbalism for Women
Educator: Mindy Green MS, RA, RH (AHG)
Facility: Plant Extracts International Inc.
Address: 10921 Excelsior Blvd. Suite 111, Hopkins MN
Contact: 952.935.9903 Email  
September 10, 2009 (see more details in this e-newsletter tele-conference area)
Event Title: NAHA Tele-Conference:
Muscle Testing with Aromatherapy-benefits of using Kinesiology in Aromatherapy
Educator: Sylla Sheppard Hanger LMT
Facility: NAHA Tele-Conference Center via your phone
Contact: Free for NAHA Members Register via NAHA Online Feedback Form
September 12 & 13 through October 3 & 4, 2009
Event Title: Aroma101 Foundations
Educator: Michelle Thibert
Facility: East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies
Address: TappĀ“s Island State WA
Contact Name: Jade Shutes Phone: 919-894-7230
Email:  |  

September 24 through November 12, 2009 
Event Title: Clinical Aromatherapy Level 1
Educator: Shanti Dechen
Facility: Address 8100 Ganttcrest Drive, Austin, TX
Contact Name: Aroma Apothecary Phone: 1-888-276-6278
Email:  |  

September 27 through October 11, 2009
Event Title: Five Element Reflexes
Educator: Shanti Dechen
Facility: Clear Springs Studio 605 Copeland Street Austin, TX
Contact Name: Aroma Apothecary Phone: 1-888-276-6278
Email:  |  
September 29, 2009
Event Title: Aromatic Medicine in a Clinical Setting
Educator: Mindy Green MS, RA, RH (AHG)
Facility: Plant Extracts International Inc.
Address: 10921 Excelsior Blvd. Suite 111, Hopkins, MN
Contact: 952.935.9903 Email:  
October 4 through 9, 2009
Event Title: Green Your Life in 2009: ACHS Wellness Retreat & Conference
Facility: Breitenbush Hot Springs 53000 Breitenbush Rd. Detroit OR 97342
Contact Name: Ruth Feely (800) 487-8839
Email:  |
October 8, 2009 (see more details in this enewsletter tele-conference area) 
Event Title: NAHA Tele-conference; Create a Toxic-free Environment by Cleaning with Essential Oils
Educator: Shellie Enteen BA LMT  
Facility: Tele-conference via your phone. Registration Free for NAHA Members only
Contact: Free For NAHA Members Register via NAHA Online Feedback Form
October 9 through October 11, 2009
Event Title: Feast Your Senses International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association (Australia) Educator: IAAMA Annual Conference - various
Facility: Holiday Inn Adelaide Address 65 Hindley Street Adelaide South Australia Australia
Contact Name: Wendy Norman Email:

October 12 through October 14, 2009
Event Title: Contemplative Aromatherapy with David Crow
Educator: David Crow, D. Ac.
Facility: Unity of Greenville, Bellvue Road, SC
Contact Name: Shellie Enteen Phone: 864 877 8594
Email: |
October 13 through November 17, 2009
Event: Bach Flowers and Flower Essences for Animals
Educator: Kelly Holland Azzaro RA CCAP LMT
Facility: Online via your computer 6 week course

October 15 through October 19, 2009
Event Title: International Clinical Aromatherapy Conference
Educator: Various Presenters
Facility: Crystal Lake Holiday Inn, Three Oaks Road Adelaide, IL
Contact Name: Lora Cantele Phone: 877-531-6377
Email:  | 
October 16 through October 18, 2009
Event Title: Aroma101 Foundations Intensive
Educator: Jade Shutes
Facility: Denton School of Massage Address: Arlington WA
Contact Name: Jade Shutes Phone: 919-894-7230
Email:  |

October 23 through October 28, 2009
Event Title: Chi Nei Tsang: Internal Organ Rejuvenation
Educator: Shanti Dechen Facility: Shanti Dechen & Jampa Mackenzie
321 W Ben White Blvd, suite # 203, Austin, TX
Contact Name: Aroma Apothecary Phone: 1-888-276-6278
Email:  |  

October 24 and 25, 2009
Event Title: Aromatic Spa Reflexology
Educator: Jade Shutes
Facility: Denton School of Massage Address: Arlington WA
Contact Name: Jade Shutes Phone: 919-894-7230
Email: |
October 31 through November 1, 2009
Event Title: Aromatherapy and Emotions
Educator: Robbi Zeck
Facility: Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy Tampa Florida
Contact: Sylla Sheppard Hanger Phone: 813-265-2222

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Calendar of Events will also be included in NAHA e-newsletters
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If you are not a member and would like to have your COE listed in NAHA
E-newsletters please pay an additional $10.00 per listing when you submit your COE via the Online Calendar of Event Listing Form.
Please make a note 'COE E-newsletter' when submitting your payment information.
Disclaimer: NAHA does not officially endorse any Calendar of Event listing for Conferences, Workshops, Classes, Lectures or Online programs. It is up to the participant to research each program prior to registration.
NAHA does not take responsibility for any losses, financial or otherwise that may be incurred from event changes, cancellations or misprints. NAHA recommends that you contact each program educator in advance to confirm
that all event information listed is accurate and to get clarity about cancellation and refund policies. 
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