ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

10 Easy Relaxation Techniques to Harmonize Your Day

Posted by Kelly Johnson on Aug 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

I’m running late. I’ve spilled coffee on my white blouse. My phone is buzzing with emails and ringing off the hook. I’m too late to grab a bite of breakfast because, of course, I’ve left mine on the counter at home.

Finally, I get to work, but I’m already frazzled after my crazy morning. And…it’s only Monday!

Ever have one of those days?

It seems like they’re all too common, which is why I choose to practice relaxation techniques—to ensure the stress of my day doesn’t eat me alive from the inside out!

So if you find yourself never having enough time, never enough hands, too much stress, and too many roadblocks, I think you should try my tips. Feel like you’ve heard it all before? I dare you to try these easy relaxation techniques for one week and report your outcomes (leave me a note in the comments!).

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Topics: wellness, rest and relaxation, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

5 Foolproof Ways to Fail Finals Week

Posted by Melissa Trujillo on Aug 26, 2015 12:24:34 PM

By Melissa Trujillo and Renee Long

Final exams can leave students with conflicted emotions. They signal the finish line of a class, but finals week is also a rigorous, sometimes stressful part of the student journey.

Finals week is nearly here at ACHS. Do you feel prepared?

We work with students every day and hear about the struggles and successes of preparing for end-of-semester finals.

Instead of offering you the typical “tips for success,” we thought we’d try something a little different…Keep reading and let us know­­—do you identify with any of these common exam habits?

Here are five ways that will surely set you up for a tough week of finals.

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Topics: student success, study tips

10 Ways to Feel More Grounded Every Day

Posted by Leslie Moldenauer on Aug 24, 2015 3:59:08 PM

Developing a wellness plan sounds overwhelming, but it does not have to be. Like most plans for wellness, the hardest part is staying on course. 

Before we get started, I want to emphasize that wherever you are on any given day is exactly where you should be. There is no room in life for self-sabotage or limiting beliefs. Always love yourself! Look for the positive in every situation, and you will be on your way to wellness. 

This article will not be about eating or exercise. The “wellness” that most of us struggle with is our thoughts: our emotional and mental wellness. The goal is to master your mind instead of being its slave.

Here are 10 ways to foster mental and emotional wellness and a stress-free life that work for me:

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Topics: ACHS student, wellness, recipe, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

An Interview with Tea Master and ACHS Graduate Sarah Hurt

Posted by Renee Long on Aug 21, 2015 10:57:00 AM

Our motto at ACHS is: Learn well. Live well. Educate others. So of course we get the “warm and fuzzies” when we see our graduates living out the motto by living well and actively educating others. Graduate, Master Herbalist, and Tea Master Sarah Hurt is one influential example of how a knowledge of holistic medicine can bring joy and health to others.

Sarah graduated from the Diploma in Herbal Studies (Master Herbalist) Program in 2013. Since then, she has used her education to develop her business as a thriving community herbalist, and educator. Sarah is the owner, tea designer, and formulator at Sage and Spice Botanicals, LLC (formerly t by Sarah), and she has been featured on New Day Cleveland and the Lakewood Observer as an expert tea formulator and herbalist.

I had the privilege of talking with Sarah about her success in the tea industry, her tips for herbal medicine students and tea enthusiasts, and her favorite teas. So brew a mug of your favorite herbal tea and enjoy:

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Topics: herbal teas, achs graduates, interviews

5 Essential Oils for Men

Posted by American College of Healthcare Sciences on Aug 19, 2015 4:18:41 PM

All aromatherapists know: every person is different.

Each person experiences aromas and tastes differently, and individuals will always have personal preferences.

However, when blending for a targeted group, such as men or women, it’s helpful to have a few “general” favorites in mind. For example, many men prefer heartier spices and woodier scents when choosing aromatic fragrances.

Whether you’re looking to work with aromas and blends yourself or you’re looking to create formulas for your clients (or favorite dudes!), here are 5 essential oils for men to get you started:

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Topics: recipes, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, Men's Health

My Grandmother’s Secret to Longevity

Posted by Kristi Rimkus on Aug 10, 2015 4:38:00 PM

My grandmother lived to be one month short of 102 years. 

To our family’s amazement, she was a spry and healthy senior citizen until the last year of her life. That year, a bout with pneumonia weakened her immune system, but certainly not her spirit.

Grandma didn’t have a lot to say while I was growing up. She preferred to stay in the background while the rest of the family chattered on. But when it came to her growing up years, she could bend your ear with tales of her girlhood on a farm, and I believe this sturdy farm girl discovered the ticket to longevity.

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Topics: holistic nutrition, achs graduates

7 Essential Oils to Tame Mosquitoes

Posted by American College of Healthcare Sciences on Aug 3, 2015 9:16:00 AM

Summertime means sunshine, camping, hiking, gardening, and an all-around good time being outside. But with the great outdoors comes one big bugaboo: mosquitoes!

Rather than spraying on a synthetic cocktail of chemicals with conventional bug spray, we prefer to use natural essential oils.

You may have already read our post 10 Essential Oils that Naturally Repel Insects, which includes a great list of essential oils that can be used to manage pesky bugs. But there seems to be one winged menace that’s especially difficult once the weather turns hot and humid. 

Not to worry … Here are seven essential oils that naturally discourage mosquitoes:

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Topics: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, mosquitoes

Debunking Dangerous Myths About Essential Oils

Posted by Oleg Maksimov on Jul 27, 2015 10:14:00 AM

I’ve recently encountered a number of blog posts, often written by individual distributors working for larger essential oil companies, which spread two myths about essential oils I find particularly dangerous.

The first myth is that pure and unadulterated essential oils don't expire and can last for centuries.

The second myth is that unadulterated essential oils do not cause allergic reactions.

Both of these beliefs can have damaging consequences and can be debunked with a deeper understanding of the properties of essential oils and their constituents.

Let’s take a closer look.

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Topics: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, chemistry, safety

Why You Need to Blog for Your Holistic Health Practice (and Your Life!)

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Jul 20, 2015 12:52:13 PM

If you subscribe to the ACHS Health and Wellness Blog or follow us on Facebook, you know we love to blog. We’ve got a lot of staff and faculty who just love to share helpful holistic health research, tips, recipes, and opportunities with our readers. Our blog posts reach tons of people all over the world, which is pretty darn cool!

We blog to meet our social mission: to share free holistic health education with the public. Blogging (along with our free Master Lecture webinar series!) helped us fill the gap when our free onsite classes got too big to fit into our classroom space. 

We blog to get you inspired to live healthier lives, and because we’re inspired by what we’re doing in the holistic health field.

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Topics: brand awareness, holistic health professional, blogging

Greener is Healthier: 7 Simple Ways to Green Your Home and Workspace

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Jul 14, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Growing up the daughter of a naturopath in New Zealand, my sister and I were taught that the health of our planet is an important factor in the health of our bodies. It is pretty much common sense: A thriving environment directly impacts the health of humans (and our animal friends!). And it’s not just us, but our kids that will benefit from our green efforts. We have lots of kids between us in the ACHS team, and with a 12-year-old and my twins now nine months old, we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep the earth green for them to enjoy. 

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Topics: sustainability, green business, garden

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