ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

10 Essential Steps to Become a Registered Aromatherapist (RA)

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jan 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from ACHS students, graduates, and aroma-enthusiasts is: How do I become a Registered Aromatherapist (RA)?

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Topics: Registered Aromatherapists, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, careers in holistic health

From Mindful to Light: 16 Words to Shape 2015

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jan 26, 2015 4:00:00 PM

I am not one to rely on grandiose plans. Or rather, I should say, I prefer action and deliverables to big ideas that only remain, well… ideas. That is why I was so inspired when I saw a fascinating Listly by Kelly McCausey. Every year, Kelly encourages writers to choose a word to shape their lives in the year ahead, blog about it, and then add it to her list.  

I love the concept of directing intense focus around one powerful word. Those of us in the holistic health field know how powerful a one-word mantra can be, and focusing on the right word can encourage us to stay centered and driven toward progress for the year. I enjoyed Kelly’s list so much that I asked some of the ACHS staff members to share their words for 2015, and they have some great ones! I am truly honored to work with such inspirational colleagues.

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Topics: student success, #motivationmonday, achs staff

6 Popular Herbs to Help Alleviate Minor Aches and Pains

Posted by ACHS Graduate Valerie Lull, MH, CHRM on Jan 19, 2015 12:00:00 PM

I love the winter season. It brings up images of children playing in snow, the fresh aroma of evergreens, and warm family gatherings. But for me, winter has a downside. I begin having more minor aches and pains especially after exercise. There are a number of herbs that work quite well to bring relief. Here are my 6 favorite herbs that are useful for minor aches and pains:

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Topics: herbs, herbal tea, guest blogger, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

3 Steps to a Powerful Winter Wheatgrass Detox

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jan 15, 2015 12:00:00 PM

It seems that every headline I’ve read this month has been on cleansing, detoxing, fasting… all the ways to clear our bodies of the junk from 2014.

I suppose I’m a bit late to the party for starting my New Year’s detox regime, but I thought I’d share with you one method I’ll be revisiting this year: wheatgrass therapy.

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Topics: holistic nutrition, recipes, how to

How to Experience the Ultimate Aromatic Bath (Plus Recipes!)

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jan 13, 2015 2:45:00 PM

For those of us who reside in chillier climates, there’s nothing better than slipping into a soothing hot bath to soak away the winter doldrums. But if you haven’t tried adding essential oils to your bath time routine, you’re missing out!

Essential oils are extremely effective when added to bath water—they’ll work wonders on your skin, and you’ll feel radiant inside and out. And you don’t need to trek to the spa to have a rejuvenating, relaxing bath. Here are a few simple ways you can create the ultimate aromatic bath experience right in your own home:

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Topics: DIY, recipes, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Cheers to 2014: Our Top 7 Success Stories

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jan 1, 2015 8:48:00 AM

I simply love the refreshed and rejuvenated feeling that comes with a new year, and I am thrilled with the new opportunities for growth, learning, and positive change that await our ACHS family in 2015.

When the New Year rolls around, I enjoy taking time to reflect and be thankful for our achievements of the past year. Throughout 2014, we’ve endeavored to strengthen our commitment to our College mission: To provide leadership in holistic health education through comprehensive professional online and on-campus education and high-quality natural products with a commitment to sustainable practices and principles.

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Topics: education, New Year

Registered Aromatherapist (RA) Shares Secrets of Success [Video]

Posted by Renee Long on Dec 26, 2014 3:00:00 PM

We’ve all heard that with hard work and passion for what you do, great things are possible. Well, ACHS graduate, Registered Aromatherapist (RA), author, and editor Lora Cantele is a perfect example of what you can achieve when you combine passion, hard work, and a thorough aromatherapy education.

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Topics: IJPHA, alumni, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Cooking with Kale: Try These 5 Recipes [Slideshare]

Posted by Tracey Abell on Dec 23, 2014 4:10:00 PM

Looking for some fun new recipes to help you stick to your healthy resolutions without missing out on all the yummy festive meals?

A student recently emailed us and said she loved our Top 5 Kale Smoothies for Spring and did we have any other kale recipes to share? I thought, everyone at ACHS loves kale, and we’re always talking about our latest “cooking with kale” adventures, so why not share our top favorites with all of you?!

Here’s our latest staff picks for delicious ways to make our favorite green veggie, kale, just in time for your holiday feasts! Enjoy, and here’s wishing you a healthy, happy holiday full of delicious kale cooking!

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Topics: holiday recipes, recipe, kale

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Posted by Tiffany Stout on Dec 18, 2014 3:30:00 PM

If there’s one time of year when sugary, processed, and unhealthy food abounds, it’s the holiday season. So for us nutritionally minded eaters, missing out on all the yummy (albeit unhealthy) treats during holiday gatherings can be a pain point. But this doesn’t mean the season is a complete bust! With a little bit of planning and creativity, you don’t have to sacrifice tasty holiday treats for your holistic nutrition.

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Topics: holistic nutrition, happy holidays, recipes

{DIY} How to Make Fizzing Herbal Bath Bombs [Video]

Posted by Renee Long on Dec 15, 2014 3:37:00 PM

By Tiffany Stout and Renee Long

The holidays are almost here, which means temperatures are dropping, wreaking havoc on our skin. Is there anything better than soaking in a warm bubble bath with a bit of aromatherapy when the weather is chilly? If you love a good aromatic soak, you need to know about this bath product that not only disperses herbs and essential oils into the water, but also fizzes, bubbles, and feels fabulous on your skin: herbal bath bombs!

Since we both love luxury bath products and DIY projects, we recently made an instructional video demonstrating “how-to” make fizzing herbal bath bombs. This is a perfect activity to do with the kids over winter break and also a lovely gift idea for your loved ones this holiday. (Renee already gave an herbal bath bomb to her sister on Thanksgiving!) We’ve also posted Tiffany’s recipe below for your convenience.

Enjoy, and happy holidays!

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Topics: DIY, holiday gifts, recipes, how to

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