Leadership Message

Letter from the President - September 2019

Dear Members, 

It is hard to believe fall is here, school has started and the the leaves are beginning to change colors and drift to the ground. I hope your summer was fun, relaxing and enjoyable.  

We at AIA, are in the thick of the details in getting ready for our awesome conference. I hope you have registered and we will see you in a few weeks. You will have the opportunity to learn so much from our informative speakers. It will provide you the wonderful chance to meet with other aromatherapists and build relationships. My first AIA conference was the very first time I met another aromatherapist in person. I learned so much at that conference and it opened many doors for me. It made practicing aromatherapy real, moving it from the abstract realm to something I could really do and succeed at. It also marked the transition from student to practitioner. So if you are still on the fence, consider coming and seeing what this conference will do for you. I am looking forward to meeting many of you in Minneapolis. 

The fall issue of the journal marks the beginning of our second year of publishing a journal. It has been a huge accomplishment for AIA to achieve this milestone. Let us know what you think?  Is there information you want to see in upcoming journals? Do you have fresh and interesting ideas to share with us? The AIA strives to improve and improve more resources as we continue this aromatic journey. 

By now, you have probably heard from one of our new representatives. We have many new representatives on board and they are excited to be setting up their quarterly member meetings.  We are so excited to see what they are doing and how many people they are reaching. If you haven’t yet, I hope you will take advantage of meeting with some like-minded aromatherapists in your area. Some folks are meeting in person and some are meeting via video conferencing. Video conferencing has opened up meetings to many remote areas that never had the opportunity to meet before.  

AIA is helping small essential oil producers by raising money to bring them to our conferences and helping to market their products and bring them to you. Check out our new web page (AIA Store/Fundraising) where we are selling beautiful botanical printed flour sack towels and organic and heirloom seeds to raise funds. We will have towels and seeds for sale at the conference as well. Not coming to the conference? You can still order and have it shipped to you. 

AIA is interested in furthering research. We have teamed up with the Franklin Institute of Wellness to help fund a study that was inspired by many aromatherapists who use essential oils to treat conditions commonly thought to be intangible. For example, we often see an essential oil described as “uplifting” or “grounding,” and it is often believed that there is no real way to substantiate those claims. We will look at that side of aromatherapy and quantify those benefits. So this project is looking at the immediate effects of essential oils on overall well-being. The study will measure outcomes such as tension, happiness, connectedness, friendliness, life satisfaction, and similar constructs for a total of 14 total outcomes. The AIA will be starting a Go Fund Me page with a goal of raising $25,000 for this research project. More information will be coming to you soon!

Elections are coming up soon. The positions open for elections include president, secretary, and three board members. All positions are for two years. Each year, half of the board members are elected. This gives us both consistency and new members bringing in fresh ideas and resources.  Consider running for one of these positions or nominating someone you know who would be great in one of these positions. Make sure you check with your nominee to ensure their willingness to run. The time commitment varies. General board members donate about 4 to 8 hours a week, while the secretary puts in around 8 to 10 hours a week and the president gives somewhere between 20 to 30 hours a week. It is through the consistent and hard work of the board, representatives and committee members that AIA has grown into the leading aromatherapy organization in the world. It is exciting to be part of AIA in leading the world in safe and effective aromatic practices.  

Blessings,

Inga Wieser, ND, MS, APAIA, MH
AIA President