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Write for NAHA's Aromatherapy Journal


Writer’s Guidelines and Article Submission Requirements

This page includes the NAHA guidelines and steps for submitting an article for NAHA’s Aromatherapy E-Journal and for NAHA’s E-Newsletters.

Click here to download the NAHA Writers Guidelines & Submission Requirements

NAHA’s Aromatherapy E-Journal

NAHA’s Aromatherapy E-Journal is an educational publication of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy devoted to further the knowledge, practice, and application of not only aromatherapy and essential oils but also herbs, flower essences, nutrition and other aspects on holistic health and healing.

The journal is currently published as pdf file although we will be looking at other platforms for the journal as well.

The Aromatherapy journal is included as part of the NAHA Membership Benefits and is also available for purchase here.

Themes of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal

For the year 2019, we are featuring the following themes:

  • Spring: Herbs
  • Summer: Fruit
  • Autumn: Berry/Nut
  • Winter: Resin/Balsam

These themes fit within the broader theme of seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter), the seasons of life (infancy, childhood, adolescents, adulthood, aging, the elderly, end of life) and seasons of an illness (early stages, middle stages, end stages). Articles about common conditions that arise during a given season, preventative health before a season arrives, and other pertinent information are also included in this concept. Articles about other topics (not related to the seasons) will be woven into each journal as well


NAHA Article and E-newsletter topics include and are not limited to:

  • Aromatherapy Applications and Uses
  • Essential oil and Carrier Oil Profiles
  • Herbs and how they may be integrated into practice/life
  • Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine
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  • Expanding an aromatherapists practice approach and understanding of essential oils
  • Research and Case-studies
  • Aromatherapy for Children
  • Aromatherapy in the News
  • Research reports
  • Safety Data and Essential Oil Chemistry
  • Endangered and Threatened Botanical Species
  • Reports and Updates
  • The Profession of Aromatherapy - how aromatherapy is used by professionals
  • Aromatherapy Education - Educators and Schools share their knowledge
  • Essential Oil Recipes and Blending Tips
  • The Business of Aromatherapy and Marketing Advice
  • Guest Editorials
  • How to make aromatic and herbal remedies and/or skin care products.
  • Special focus on specific topic editions and much more!

How do I submit an article for the NAHA Journal or E-newsletter?


The Article

  • You are an aromatherapist, herbalist, or specialist in your field with sufficient education in your topic.
  • Article topics should be a minimum of one, and a maximum of four, pages in length (approx. 800 - 1400 words). We accept, and encourage, longer articles based on the depth of the topic. A longer article can be broken into parts if needed, and published in consecutive issues of The Aromatherapy Journal
  • All articles must be submitted singled spaced in a WORD document format.
  • Font size 12 point, Times New Roman, black ink.
  • Both common names and Latin binomials of each essential oil, carrier oil, herb, etc. must be given. Include the common name in regular font and Latin binomial in italic font. For example: Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). No abbreviations.
  • The common name of all plants and essential oils should not be capitalized, except where punctuation dictates otherwise. The following sentence would be written as: “When you are picking lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) for your distillation...” Do not capitalize the word lavender in this instance.
  • In addition, all plant and essential oil common names should not be capitalized in recipe and blend lists. Therefore, you would list a recipe or blend as follows:

    Essential Oils:

    • 20 drops of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
    • 15 drops of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
    • and so on.
  • Do not include unsafe essential oils or techniques contraindicated in true aromatherapy.
  • Fact-check your data; especially historical dates and references.
Case Studies

If you wish to submit a case study for consideration to be included in the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal, you will need to follow these guidelines

  1. Identify the individual's chief complaints
  2. Summarize the individual's background, relevant facts, and any key factors leading to the current complaints.
  3. Formulate a thesis statement.
  4. List you aromatherapy recommendation for the individual
  5. Demonstrate that you have researced your recommendations for the individual and/or explain your reasoning for choosing specific essential oils and any other recommendations.
  6. Explain any constraints and recommend alternatives (e.g. alternatives to oils that are out of budget, allergies, sensitivities, personal preference of the individual)
  7. After following the individual for a minimum of 3 months, summarize the outcome. Include details on compliance, any improvements, set-backs, or challenges the individual experienced. (Case studies of less than 3 months can be submitted for acute conditions).
  8. Summarize your action plan for the future.
References and Bibliography
  • Include professional references and bibliography. Cite references using a numbered end note that appears at the end of the document.
    Example: What the researchers discovered was, “at doses of 40, 20, and 10 µg/cm², the essential oils of P. graveolens gave 100% mortality against house dust mites.” 1
  • References should be listed in the bibliography in numerical order, not alphabetical order.
    For example, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc and not Adams, Brown, Chester etc. This makes it easier for readers to quickly find the appropriate reference in the bibliography. In the above example, the reference would be listed as:
    1. Jeon, Ju-Hyun, Hyung-Wook Kim, Min-Gi Kim, and Hoi-Seon Lee; (2008), Mite Control Activities of Active Constituents Isolated from Pelargonium graveolens Against House Dust Mite; Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 18 (10), 1666- 1671.

DO NOT list this reference as a foot note; list in the complete Reference section at the END of the completed article.

  • Referencing websites: There are various ways to list websites in a bibliography listing but the following format is preferred:
    National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy website (Name of Website), Aromatherapy (Article Title), accessed August 1, 2015:http://www.naha.org. All links should be clickable so that readers can easily access the reference in the final PDF journal document.
  • All artwork should be in the form of professional quality photographs or illustrations.
  • Do not imbed any images into the article / case study.
  • All images should be sent separately and be 300 to 600 dpi.
  • For Book Reviews:Book cover images need to be 3.5 inches wide x 4.75 inches tall @ 300 DPI (in pixels, that's 1050x1425).
  • Please insure that you have permission to use any and all images in your article / case study.
  • Submit information on the photographer including attribution (copyright) and contact details.
  • Although all articles will be edited by the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal editing team, we highly recommend you have your article reviewed and edited prior to submitting it. Your article should be as close to “print-ready” as possible. If substantial edits need to be made, your article will be returned to request a rewrite.
  • Do not embed any hyperlinks or website links into text.
  • Do have the article / case study spell-checked and pre-edited
  • Do not depend on spell check for complete editing...a word spelled correctly may not be the correct word.
  • Do not inlude the wording of "to treat" or "treatment" unless that falls within your scope of practice
  • Do not use the word "patient" unless that falls within your scope of practice. Use the word "client" instead.
  • Do not include the words “therapeutic grade” when describing the quality of essential oils.
  • International submissions: Your article must meet English language requirements. Please spell-check your article for correct English terminology and spelling.
Biography Information
  • Include a brief professional biography at the end of the article (50-100 words maximum).
  • Include your contact information at the end of your biography. Only include your email address and website address. Do not add a phone number, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc. link.
  • Include a headshot image in a JPEG (300dpi) high resolution quality.

Submitting Your Article

Please submit your article and images to NAHA's Journal Chief Editor Sharon Falsetto at: sharon@sedonaaromatics.com

New Submissions

Please follow the above guidelines and make sure to include your bio information in your submission for consideration. Note that it takes time to review articles/case studies and, depending upon when your article/case study was submitted, it can be up to 8 weeks (or more in a conference year) before we get back to you. We also plan issues in advance, so your article/case study may be held over until a suitable space is made available in a future issue. Please be patient during this time and know that we will review and get back to you just as soon as it is possible for our editing team to do so.

Payment For Articles / Case Studies

NAHA offers the following forms of compensation for articles / case studies submitted, accepted, and published in the NAHA Journal:
  • Individuals who write one article will receive one free quarter page advertisement in the issue which your article appears in. You are responsible for creating the advertisment and and submitting it to NAHA for publication.
  • Individuals who commit to being a regular contributor and who write four high quality, and well written articles will receive one free half page advertisement in each journal that your article appears in. You are responsible for creating the advertisment and for submitting it to NAHA for publication.
  • Each article which is accepted and published in the NAHA's Aromatherapy Journal will earn you 2 NAHA approved continuing education hours (CEs) to remain in good standing as a NAHA member. Please keep a record of any published articles and the journal edition in which it was published.

All writers also recieve:

  • Inclusion of your biography, photo, and website (with hyperlink) in your article.
  • A free PDF copy of the journal in which your article is published
  • Aromatherapy articles that are published count towards the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) renewal hours for the status of registered aromatherapist (RA).
  • An excellent opportunity to get your talents and expertise noticed in the aromatherapy community and around the world.

Promotion of the NAHA Journal

If your article/case study is accepted for publication for an issue of the NAHA Journal, you will be emailed a JPEG file promoting your article/case study and authorship in the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. We ask that you promote the journal by sharing this image through social media etc. with encouragement for readers to become a member of NAHA in order to read the full article. DO NOT PUBLICLY SHARE THE DOWNLOAD LINK FOR THE FULL JOURNAL AS THIS IS A MEMBERS ONLY BENEFIT. New members can join NAHA by enrolling at the following link: https://naha.org/membership/become-a-member

Publication Dates

Note: Although we will try to adhere to this schedule wherever possible, there might be circumstances which may change these dates. We will notify both writers and members if this should occur for any reason.
*During a conference year, it is possible that these journal issues may be delayed due to the inclusion of conference material. The next conference year is scheduled for 2020.
Journal Articles Due Release
Spring February 1st April 1st
Summer May 1st July 1st
Autumn August 1st October 1st*
Winter October 15st During December*

General Policy on Article / Case Study Submission

Article submissions sent to NAHA are not guaranteed to be published. All information is subject to the NAHA Board of Directors approval. All articles and data are subject to editing by the NAHA Editorial Board. Authors of articles are not promised that their submission will be included in any specific journal.

All articles, data, and images are kept on file at the NAHA office and by the NAHA Editorial Board. You will be notified if your article will be considered for a future NAHA journal issue. It is the responsibility of the author to provide proof of any copyright materials included with all submissions. If you article is included in a NAHA journal, NAHA retains permission and rights to use the material for future publications and educational purposes


NAHA asks for first rights of publication for your article. Each individual author will maintain copyright over their own article and you are free to use it on your own blog or website thirty days after it has appeared in the NAHA Journal. All accepted articles might be posted to NAHA's blog at any time

If you do use and/or adapt your original artivle elsewhere after 30 days, please include the following statement for publication with your article:

“This article originally appeared in the NAHA Journal (insert edition number here) and it is republished here according to the NAHA Writer Guidelines 2019-20 copyright statement. “

Right to change or cancel

NAHA reserves the right to change or cancel any of the requirements, discounts, benefits or any other detail in this document at any time with proper notice to author.


For article submissions, writer inquiries, article ideas, and questions about the Writer Guidelines, contact Sharon Falsetto, the Chief Editor of NAHA Journal at: sharon@sedonaaromatics.com

For general inquiries contact the NAHA office at: info@naha.org


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