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Six Sensational Reasons to Take a Single Online Course in Aromatherapy or Health and Wellness this Summer

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You’re a wellness warrior. You keep active. Maybe you love whipping up organic, fresh-from-the-garden holistic meals for your family. Perhaps you’d love to take your garden know-how one step further and become an herbalist some day soon, but you’re not sure how to get started. Whatever holistic health practices bring you joy, you’re always looking for more education and new ways to be even healthier!

Top 10 Ways to Cut Clutter, Chaos, and Stress for Spring

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Woohoo! Spring is here! If you’re like me, you’ll start getting the spring cleaning bug the minute the sun starts shining. And did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? What better way to “de-stress” for spring than by cutting clutter and using essential oils to create a “green clean” environment in your home? Whether you’ve been working toward an online aromatherapy certification and want to try spring cleaning inspired blends or you're a holistic health practitioner concerned about how dust mites can contribute to asthma, creating a clutter free house in spring is a fabulous way to de-stress and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul!

Top 11 Reasons to Love Online School

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I love online education! But you can probably guess that I’m a little biased: I help run a mostly online College, sit on committees about online education, give talks about online education technology, and telecommute! However, you might not know that my 10-year-old daughter has been enrolled in online public school this year. It’s been fascinating being on the other side of the fence, and not just because I am finally learning some American history (I’m from New Zealand)! The experience has reinforced my love for online school. She works on her laptop on her online public charter school, and I telecommute 4 out of 5 days of the week. It’s pretty sweet. So if you’re thinking about taking online classes for aromatherapy or working toward a holistic nutrition degree online, here are my top 11 reasons why I find online education the best fit for my family:

10 Green Superfoods Your Holistic Nutritionist Eats

best green superfoods Spring is on its way! The air is fresh, the cherry blossoms are blooming, and everyone is going green for St. Paddy's Day! After a long winter—potentially filled with poor holistic nutrition choices (I’m looking at you, heart-shaped Valentine’s Day cookie!)—it’s time to re-balance with some healthy food. Want to know exactly what your holistic nutritionist or certified nutrition consultant is doing for her health this spring? She’s eating TONS of green veggies! So if you’re looking for the best way to get your “healthy” Irish pride on today, go green by whipping up a fresh salad, casserole, or platter with these 10 green superfoods!


20 Aromatherapy Terms You Need to Know

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If you’re an aromatherapy novice, it can sometimes be overwhelming to read essential oil descriptions like, “yarrow essential oil is a wonderful aperient!” or “Eucalyptus can be used as a febrifuge.” It takes an aromatherapist years of education and practice to memorize the many therapeutic actions terms associated with aromatherapy. This scientific language can leave a lot of beginners scratching their heads and very confused about the actual functions of essential oils. While there are hundreds of terms Registered Aromatherapists use to describe the therapeutic actions of herbs and essential oils, I thought I’d put together a list of 20 aromatherapy terms you need to know to choose the right essential oils for you, whether you are starting to work towards becoming a Certified Aromatherapist or you're just using essential oils for yourself and family.

Top 5 Most Dangerous Restaurants For Your Health

Poisoned by your Food

It’s fitting that March is National Nutrition Month, considering Subway recently made headlines by announcing it would no longer use the yoga mat ingredient, azodicarbonamide (ADA), in its bread.[i]“Oh yay!” I thought. “I love my yoga mat, but in my sandwich? Gross!” My rule is never to buy something with ingredients my daughter can’t pronounce, and ADA definitely falls under that heading! But when I started reading more, I got really pissed off. (That means mad in New Zealand.)

6 Big Changes that Prove Natural Medicine is Making History

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Doesn’t it seem like everyone is talking about holistic health and natural medicine these days? The U.S. healthcare system is beginning to incorporate prevention and natural approaches into the healthcare system, something our community has been moving toward for a very long time! We’re paying attention, and so is the mainstream media and medical community. Here is a timeline of the 6 big changes that prove natural medicine is making history: 

10 Sweet Reasons to Eat Dark Chocolate

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“Did you know that cocoa comes from a plant?” my ten-year-old asked me last night. “So technically... she continued, “Chocolate is a vegetable and veggies are good for us!” While her logic may be flawed when it comes to conventional chocolate, she is correct in one respect: organic dark chocolate can be good for us!

The 5 Ultimate Romantic Destinations for Essential Oil Lovers

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You may have noticed that many of us at the American College are bonafide travel junkies. So if your Valentine’s Day has you stuck firmly in reality rather than jetting off somewhere exotic (like mine!), what’s better than to daydream? Here are the five most romantic places on earth, which also happen to be amazing sources for our favorite romantic essential oils!

The 5 Worst Pieces of Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Sunscreen (and the 3 BEST!)

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Yes, I know it’s February. So why am I blogging about sunscreen when many of us in the chillier climates have been wearing down coats and knit caps since November 1? If you haven’t noticed the high traffic around the airports and southbound interstate lanes, you should know that it’s officially tourist (or snowbird!) season for many tropical locales around the globe. Planning to bronze-up on a white sandy beach in Puerto Rico or Bali this winter? While you’re making your list of vacay-necessities (e.g. the teeny-bikini or your best board shorts), I’d like to debunk a few terrible beliefs about sunscreen, and then offer you the three best tips for fun in the sun.

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