ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

Nutrition Conference Recap: An Introvert’s Insights on NANP 2015

Posted by Kimberly Konkol on May 18, 2015 12:30:00 PM

It was an incredible honor to be one of the graduates who received a scholarship from ACHS to the 2015 NANP Conference & Expo in St. Paul, Minnesota. Thank you, ACHS, for the opportunity! It was wonderful to meet Dean of Admissions Amy Swinehart and Communications Specialist Renee Long and the amazing ACHS students and graduates who also attended the Conference. 

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Topics: holistic nutrition, achs alumni, Holistic Health Conferences and Events

How to Make Personal Flower Essences

Posted by Katherine Turcotte on Apr 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM

He loves me, he loves me not? As children, we believed in the magical power of these words as we plucked the petals off of a daisy, hoping of course, to end with “He loves me!” We blew the fluffy seeds off of a dandelion and made fantastical wishes. And no one ever forgets their first gift of a dozen roses. Flowers are a part of our mystical journey, from birth till death. Their language speaks to us, long after the blooms have faded.

Flowers affect the senses; our noses, enamored by a euphoric aroma, can send our memories whirling back in time. Maybe you can recall when, as a child, you pulled the stamens out of the center of a yellow honeysuckle flower to taste its sweetness on your tongue. 

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Topics: DIY, flower essences, flower essences for health

If You Do One Thing for Your Holistic Health Career, Do This

Posted by Renee Long on Apr 23, 2015 12:27:00 PM

Get involved. Yup, that’s the secret. Get out there by attending events and conferences in your industry or field of interest.

Why is this so important for your professional goals? Simple: Industry events and conferences connect you with like-minded experts and organizations that will fuel your curiosity and motivation to become a successful holistic health professional. 

Not convinced? Here are five more reasons why attending conferences and industry events is vital to your holistic health career:

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Top 10 Tips for Starting Seeds this Spring

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Apr 14, 2015 4:35:47 PM

Seeds are a cheap and easy way to expand your garden. When to start seeds depends on your zone, so be sure to check with your local agricultural extension agent for a list of what to start in your area and when. Or, if you prefer a more techy approach, you can try an online tool like Smart Gardener to help you plan your veggie patch. [1] If you happen to live in Oregon like I do, you can view a list of which vegetables to start and when from Oregon State University online here.

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Topics: herbal medicine, DIY, garden

Blending 101: The Art of Pairing Essential Oils Drop by Drop

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Apr 6, 2015 5:31:00 PM

It’s well-known that we’re all wired so aromas trigger emotions and memories. In fact, the postage stamp-sized olfactory lobe, which is in charge of smell, is also part of the limbic system, which manages emotions and long-term memories.  

Imagine drifting off in a cloud of aromatic nostalgic happiness while crafting a delightful personal essential oil blend. Doesn’t it seem lovely?

Now, let’s get started!

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Topics: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, blending

DIY: Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Posted by Renee Long on Apr 3, 2015 12:59:00 PM

By Renee Long and Tiffany Stout

As a wellness warrior, you’re probably making an effort to incorporate natural products into all areas of your daily life—including fun holiday traditions like dying Easter eggs for decoration or your family’s big Sunday Easter egg hunt.

We were really psyched when we read this article from the BigSisLilSis blog on using natural coloring, flowers, and leaves to create beautiful designs on Easter eggs. We decided to spend a Saturday turning Renee’s kitchen into an all natural DIY dye factory to make gorgeous naturally dyed Easter eggs. 

If you’re looking for an alternative to the synthetic food dyes often used to color eggs, give these natural dyes a try. It requires a bit of effort and time (the eggs need to sit in the dye overnight), but the beautiful result is totally worth it!

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Topics: DIY, holiday recipes, natural products, recipes

5 Beautiful {DIY} Body Care Recipes to Celebrate Natural Products

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Mar 27, 2015 11:58:24 AM

With more and more toxins and nasty chemicals making their way into conventional cleaning, bath, and body care products, I’m proud to support a day that celebrates the benefits and necessity of natural products. On March 24—Natural Products Day—our friends at the National Products Association (NPA) and industry leaders came together in Washington, D.C. to educate and discuss the important role of natural products in keeping our society healthy.

But if you’re like me, you care as much about what you put on your body as what you put in it. Eating clean and using clean products is a day-to-day commitment. So let’s make Natural Products Day an everyday affair. Here are my 5 favorite beautiful and easy DIY body care recipes to celebrate natural products all year long.

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Topics: DIY, recipes, natural products manufacturing

How to Create an Invigorating Morning Ritual You’ll Stick With

Posted by Stephen Webber on Mar 16, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Until recently I thought of myself as a person who didn't like routine. As a writer, I wrote when the mood struck or when there was a pressing need to write. I thought that because I was a person who liked variety and a change of pace, a morning ritual wasn't for me.

I had heard the good advice from other writers about writing every day, sitting in the chair at the same time every day and putting words on the page no matter what. Work ethic wise, I always respected this. I just thought it wasn't for me.

Well, then I tried adopting a morning ritual, and I love it. I'm a believer. I've been converted. Now my morning ritual is the highlight of my day because I get to do what I really want to do, and I get to do it first thing, before I concern myself with anything else.

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Topics: holistic lifestyle, yoga, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

How to Boost Vitamin D with Mighty Mushrooms

Posted by Renee Hunt on Mar 12, 2015 12:00:00 PM

As the seasons change, so do the needs of our bodies. The natural ebb and flow of weather, temperature, and sunlight all have an impact on our wellbeing. Supporting the body’s ability to adapt is important during times of change. As we reach the end of winter and enter into spring, are you aware of your body’s needs? 

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Topics: holistic nutrition, guest blogger, vitamins

GMOs and Pesticides: Why You Should Cook Organic

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Mar 10, 2015 4:10:00 PM

Have you read the web chatter surrounding the recent USDA approval of GMO “Arctic Apples”—apples that have been genetically modified to resist browning?[1] 

When I read about these apples—set to hit shelves by 2017—I couldn’t help but hum the iconic Joni Mitchell lyric, I don’t care about spots on my apples, leave me the birds and the bees, please.”[2] I’m very concerned about the presence of GMOs and pesticides in our produce. 

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Topics: holistic nutrition, organic food, GMO

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