ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

Aromatherapy and Memory

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jun 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As aromatherapy fans, we know that some of the most common (and beloved!) herbs in the pantry also produce exceptional essential oils, like rosemary. You’ve probably heard all about rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis (L.) essential oil’s uplifting and stimulating effects on the mind and memory. It’s a fascinating benefit and I’ve quite gotten into the habit of diffusing rosemary while reading, writing, or doing anything that involves extra focus. 

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Topics: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, memory

Study Abroad in India: How Silk is Produced

Posted by Stephanie Torres on Jun 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

We wrestle free from the gridlock traffic of Bangalore, and begin down the long road to Mysore. On the way, we stop at one of the many coconut lean-tos, where our lady in her bright-pink sari deftly takes a machete to the tough coconut husk, and inserts a straw for us to drink the electrolyte-rich water. 

Once emptied, I cringe slightly, worried she may cut herself as she retrieves the husk to hack it up again, creating a “spoon” with one of the pieces so we can dig out the meat. With the nearly 106-degree temperature, it’s no wonder these coconut lean-to refreshment stations, the equivalent of our 7-Elevens, are everywhere. 

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Topics: study abroad, travel

5 Simple Ways to Network Like a Boss!

Posted by Miriam Popp on May 23, 2016 10:22:54 AM

Attending conferences is a great way to extend your holistic health network. Presenters at conferences are there to share their knowledge and expertise. However, we can also learn from our fellow conference attendees. Everyone is at the event for the same reason, to grow and learn. Why not learn from each other?

I’ve been to a few conferences in the last year, the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) Conference & Expo was the most recent, and I’ve learned quite a bit about how to be successful at these events. The following are my five tips for networking like a boss at a conference.

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Topics: Holistic Health Conferences and Events, networking

ACHS's Official Comment to the FDA on the Term "Natural"

Posted by American College of Healthcare Sciences on May 12, 2016 2:41:36 PM

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration opened a public comment period to determine what the term "natural" should mean on food labels. You can read more about what the FDA was looking for in our blog post here. As a holistic health college with programs in holistic nutrition, this is a topic near and dear to our hearts, and we were very eager to share our thoughts with the FDA, and of course, you! 

Below is our official statement, submitted by ACHS President and Founder Dorene Petersen, on how ACHS believes the term "natural" should be defined (comment tracking number 1k0-8pjs-rjhv). You can read how other people are commenting in the docket here.

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Topics: holistic nutrition

Happy HerbDay! 5 Fun Facts About Capsicum (Chili Peppers) You Probably Don’t Know

Posted by American College of Healthcare Sciences on May 7, 2016 8:53:35 AM

Happy HerbDay! May 7 is the 11th annual HerbDay, a day dedicated to celebrating all things herbs and herbal products. HerbDay is aimed at educating and sharing ideas about how these wonderful botanicals enrich our lives and benefit our wellbeing. 

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Topics: herbs

The Fountain of Youth: What is the Secret to Healthy Aging?

Posted by Lisa Powell on May 3, 2016 9:35:00 AM

For centuries, explorers scavenged the earth searching for the fountain of youth… but what exactly were they looking for? And why were they so afraid of growing old?

Most likely, they had fears just like us. The serious stuff: disease, pain, suffering… as well as the vanity items: wrinkles and saggy skin. Many of us associate aging with disease and sickness, since we've seen many people suffer tremendously from illness as they age. After all, since 1910, heart disease has been the leading cause of death every year except 1918–1920, when the influenza epidemic took its disastrous toll. Since 1938, cancer has held the second leading cause of death.

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Topics: holistic health, longevity

Simple Swaps to Eat Healthy When Dining Out

Posted by Paz Etcheverry on Apr 28, 2016 4:51:27 PM

Let’s face it. For many of us, eating out at a restaurant is a wonderful experience. Sharing food with friends and family or simply sitting out at a café with a book and a delicious meal can bring a true sense of joy.

But dining out can have its downfalls—excessive calories, sugar, and simply not knowing how your food is prepared can be a bummer for those of us looking to eat healthier. 

So what can you do to eat better when eating out? One place you can start is by making simple swaps when ordering. Here are some suggestions and manageable adjustments that you can make to make dining out a healthier experience: 

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Topics: nutrition

Real Changes You Can Make this Earth Day

Posted by Lauren Shapiro on Apr 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

It’s almost Earth Day. Earth Day is an annual, global event commemorating the 1970 birth of the modern environmental movement. But it’s also a day dedicated to reviewing the state of our plant and recommitting to do better next year. How? If you’re like so many of us who wonder, “What can I actually do to make the Earth a better place?,” keep reading. 

The answer is: a lot. And it doesn’t take a lot of money. And it doesn’t take a lot of creativity. And heck, it doesn’t even take a lot of time. You can do some crazy simple, crazy amazing small things every day to help keep Mother Earth happy and healthy (and help yourself along the way, too!). 

So, where do we start this Earth Day how-do?

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Topics: Earth Day

How to Use LinkedIn to Fire Up Your Holistic Health Career

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Apr 19, 2016 4:40:18 PM

Looking for a job? Or looking to boost your business? The health and wellness industry continues to boom, and LinkedIn is the place to be for everyone in the industry. According to their website, “LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 400 million members in over 200 countries and territories.” 

There is no doubt that LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network. It started off as sort of an online curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé, but has evolved to be so much more.

It continues to be the gold standard: Creating a strong and professional LinkedIn profile will help jobs find you, will help like-minded individuals find you, and will help you join the right groups to boost your career and your business.

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Topics: social media marketing, best business practices

{DIY} All-Natural Soothing Aftershave Balm for Natural Products Day

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Apr 14, 2016 10:54:02 AM

I hope you caught ACHS President Dorene Petersen and my blog update from this year’s Natural Products Day in Washington, DC. It was an amazing experience, and I’m so proud of our holistic health community! If you missed that blog post, go check it out here, and stay tuned for my next post on our adventures as lobbyists in DC.

But I want to do more! So, here’s my educational contribution (DIY recipe below!) you can use and share to celebrate Natural Products Day and take a stand on the products you choose to buy and use on your body. You’re a limited resource after all! I hope you enjoy this DIY all-natural soothing aftershave balm recipe as an alternative to lots of chemical-laden products on the market. 

Plus, it smells great and makes a perfect Father’s Day gift (it’s coming up!) or special treat for the people in your life. Yes, women can use this luscious balm, too!

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Topics: holistic health and the law, natural products manufacturing

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