The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education, Inc. (CARE) is a nonsecular educational organization dedicated to assembling research and disseminating information on the healing properties and therapeutic applications of essential oils. This is accomplished by the sponsorship of seminars, hands-on workshops, and the publication of various books and DVDs.
CARE, Inc., is a separate independent entity with no legal or formal relationship to Young Living Essential Oils, Inc. Anyone may participate in a CARE seminar or purchase CARE books and videos whether associated with YLEO, a distributor of YLEO products, or not.
However, in order to complete the process toward becoming a Certified CARE Instructor and act in the official capacity of a CCI, only pure therapeutic grade essential oils may be used. Most oils sold in the United States are perfume or food grade and not suitable for therapeutic purposes. Furthermore, many brands purporting to be therapeutic grade are improperly distilled (and thus lack key constituents), were refined (certain components removed) or contain synthetics, dilutants, and other adulterants.
According to Dr. Herve Casabianca (Ph.D.), Chairman of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Committee on Essential Oil Standards (a European agency whose acronym is AFNOR), there is only one company in North America who regularly sends samples to the AFNOR laboratory in France for testing to be measured against the international standards for therapeutic quality, and that is Young Living, Inc.
“Therefore, “says Dr. Casabianca, “Young Living oils are the only therapeutic grade oils, of which I am aware, produced and/or marketed by an American company.”
Since the potential benefits of Raindrop Technique depend on the quality of the oils applied, CARE requires that CCIs use only Young Living oils when practicing or teaching in the name of CARE. (See Requirement 14.) If other brands of verifiably therapeutic grade oils become available, that requirement may be modified in the future. CARE training programs are open to everyone whether associated with YLEO or not, and CCI certification is available to all Young Living members regardless of upline affiliation.
“RAINDROP technique is a powerful, non-invasive tool for assisting the body in correcting defects in the curvature of the spine. During the years that it has been practiced, it has resolved numerous cases of scoliosis and kyphosis and eliminated the need for back surgery for thousands of people. Raindrop Technique originated in the 1980s from the research of Dr. Gary Young working with a Lakota medicine man named Wallace Black Elk. It integrates Vitaflex and massage, utilizing the power of essential oils in bringing the body into structural and electrical alignment.” (from the Essential Oils Desk Reference)
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