Research Paper Guidelines


In order to receive your NAHA certification, an 3-5 page single spaced written research paper is required. Here is your chance to explore any topic in the field of aromatherapy that interests you. Spend time considering current world events, new advancements in the medical industry, and health concerns for the 21st century and how they relate to aromatherapy and maybe something will strike you with interest. You may want to research how essential oils are being used to treat or prevent diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s, or diabetes. Or, maybe you or a family member suffers from insomnia and you would like to know more about which essential oils can help. Other conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, or treating acne would make great topics. As you can see, the possibilities are endless. Keep in mind, you will want to write about topics that relate to the material we covered in the Aromatherapy Certification program. Once you have an inkling of what you want to write about, submit your idea to me via email for approval. Once you get the green light, you have up to one year to complete your paper from the date of purchase.

When writing your paper, please be sure to cite all material used.

Stop Plagiarism ConceptPlagiarism is not acceptable! This is critical!!! All research papers are run through Grammerly to check sources and will not be accepted if they do not pass the plagiarism screening. Your papers will be presented to the public on our website and we want to make sure we are not infringing on the copyright of another author/publisher.

What is Plagiarism?

If you fail to distinguish your text, summary and/or paraphrase a quotation and present it as your own wording, this is plagiarism. If you copy and paste text from a website into your document without quotation marks or citing the source properly, this is plagiarism. (Aroma Hut only allow short quotes, no longer than a paragraph. We are not interested in reading someone else’s article.) Even paraphrasing someone else’s words is plagiarism if you do not cite the source. It is also considered plagiarism if you take someone’s unique phrase without acknowledgment, or an author’s presented argument. Try to be original and write from your own experience. And, finally, if you paid someone to write your research paper, for instance from and hand it in as your own, this is also considered plagiarism. 1 Sources: 1. Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003.



Papers submitted without proper citations cannot be accepted.

In addition, when discussing essential oils, be sure to use the common name, correct Latin name, and when appropriate, chemotypes.


Please be sure to cite all references. Here is some guidelines to follow when referencing the material you utilized in your paper.


Reference citation guidelines

Here is a great website for citation styles:
References within the text, as you write

If you list your references in the body of your paper, please follow this format.


  • All references must be cited with the author’s name and year of publication.

Example: (Totilo, 2009)


  • If there are two authors, cite both names and then the year.

Example: (Totilo and Park, 2009)


  • If there are more than two authors, then cite the first name plus ‘et al.’

Example: (Totilo et al., 2009)


References at the end of the article

If you list your sources at the end of your article, please footnote (number) them. In the body of the paper, include references to each footnote number after the relevant text.


“This is a paragraph in the body of your paper. You’re talking about some research done by Totilo and Park (1).”

And at the end of your paper:

1. Totilo and Park, 2009.


Additional information after “Totilo and Park, 2009,” such as the article title or journal publication the research comes from. In the list of references, list each entry in order by the author, in alphabetical order, with the primary author listed first. All authors must be included.


Journal Article References 

  • Author’s last name and first initial. (Year) Name of article. Journal name Issue (number of issue): pages

Example: Totilo R., Park A. (2009) Pain modulation: a multifaceted approach. Int J Pain Res 21 (3): 27-35.

Note that journal titles are abbreviated—e.g., The International Journal of Pain Research becomes: Int J Pain Res.


For your research paper, you may write the whole title of the journal. However, the titles of journals are normally abbreviated according to the style used in Index




How to reference books

  • Author. (Year), Name of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher.

Example: Totilo, R. (1987), Pain and Childbirth. San Diego: Legacy Press.
How to reference websites

  • Author, Name of website, (Year), Name of the article. Further names if needed (newsletter name). Full web address.


Tosun, A. MD, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, (2004), The costs of asthma and allergy. Allergy and Asthma Advocate, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology newsletter.