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Monday, May 24, 2010

Aromatherapy Awareness Week

Aromatherapy Awareness Week is recognized both in the U.K. and Australia, albeit at different times of the year, but as far as I am aware there is no such event in the U.S.  In 2010, the U.K. marks Aromatherapy Awareness Week between June 7th and June 13th while Australia marks Aromatherapy Awareness Week between October 6th and October 13th.

My only reasoning for the lack of such an event in the U.S. is because both the U.K. and Australia are at similar "stages" in the progress of the recognition of aromatherapy as a valid therapy whereas the U.S. is, to some extent, still trying to "catch up".

Aromatherapy Awareness Week basically increases the awareness of aromatherapy to the public and demonstrates ways in which aromatherapy is used.  Personally, if such an event existed in the U.S. I would be all for it because since moving to the U.S. from the U.K. I have found that aromatherapy means different things to different people and a lot of people are still trying to understand the true power, potential and validity of aromatherapy, particularly in health care settings.

If you practice aromatherapy in the U.S. what do you think of the idea of an Aromatherapy Awareness Week?  Do you think it would benefit you - and more importantly aromatherapy - or do you think it would simply be a distraction from the practice of aromatherapy?

Let me know your thoughts by posting a comment below! :)

2 comments:

  1. We think it is a fantastic idea and have often wondered how we could support one getting started. BTW, we're in Canada. www.57aromas.com

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  2. Hi Green Valley Aromatherapy,

    I guess you don't have one in Canada either then! I only got to thinking about it because I am from the UK but now live in the US - and didn't see anything that correlates to it. I have no idea how it got started elsewhere but I suspect the "official" aromatherapy organizations have some driving force behind it. I would love to know what others think :)

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