ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

4 Festive Herbal Iced Teas for July Fourth

Posted by Renee Long on Jul 2, 2015 9:00:00 AM

I was a tea fanatic long before I joined Team ACHS. But since I’ve been on staff here—where herbal experts, DIY whizzes, and botanical resources abound—I’ve been able to go a bit wild with my tea obsession.

I look for any opportunity to experiment with different herbal blends and flavors. And now that Independence Day weekend is upon us in the U.S., I’m ready to break out the spouted pitcher and ice to make fresh herbal iced tea for a festive Fourth!

Before we dive in, full disclosure: I’m not an herbal medicine expert. I’m an everyday herbal enthusiast and DIY-er who loves growing, blending, and learning about herbs. (Hey, we don’t all have to be Master Herbalists to make a kick-butt cup of tea…but it doesn’t hurt ;) ). So I worked with our team at the Apothecary Shoppe to bring you this list of four festive herbal iced teas you can brew this Fourth of July weekend.

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Topics: herbal medicine, herbal tea, recipes

Super Easy DIY Tips to Harvest and Dry Your Herbs

Posted by Tiffany Stout on Jun 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Earlier in June, I was lucky enough to help represent ACHS at the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon. The weekend was a huge success; our team set up a fantastic display of the wellness products available here at the Apothecary Shoppe, and we met a ton of interesting people passionate about natural health and organic, sustainable farming practices.

Some of the highlights from this show were the many stages showcasing talks of all varieties—from how to make natural fuel for your car to raising healthy chickens to organic body care recipes.

On Sunday, Jessica Kellner, Editor-In-Chief of Mother Earth Living magazine, gave a very insightful talk on the best methods for harvesting and drying your homegrown herbs. Here are a few of my favorite snippets from her talk:

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How To: 4 Unique Uses for Lemon in the Home

Posted by Valerie Lull on Jun 24, 2015 12:45:44 PM

Lemons are a staple of delicious cuisine—from mouthwatering lemon pies and puddings to lemon chicken to citrusy salad dressings. My family had a lemon tree in our backyard, and it was fun to pick lemons for fresh lemonade on a hot day.

If you’re a fan of herbs and holistic health, you also know there are medicinal and cleansing properties to lemon Citrus limonum (Risso) that have been used since ancient times. There are hundreds of ways lemons can be used in the home—from cleaning kitchens and bathrooms to natural flea repellent and air freshener. Here are four of my favorite techniques that you may not know of for using lemon around the house:

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Good Girl Moonshine or Ginger Switchel: Apple Cider Vinegar and Ginger Refresher

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Jun 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

“Ma had sent them ginger-water. She had sweetened the cool well-water with sugar, flavored it with vinegar, and put in plenty of ginger to warm their stomachs so they could drink till they were not thirsty. Ginger-water would not make them sick, as plain cold water would when they were so hot. Such a treat made that ordinary day into a special day, the first day that Laura helped in the haying.” –The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Growing up the child of a naturopath means being a wee bit of a human guinea pig. My sister and I (and our friends!), were taste testers for various versions of lentil burgers and bean sprout concoctions, among other healthy goodies. (Don't tell mum but we sometimes envied our friends with their chemical-flavored popsicles!)

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Topics: holistic nutrition, drink recipes

Why Everyone Should Be Dry Skin Brushing

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jun 15, 2015 5:09:38 PM

The skin is the largest organ in the body. It makes sense, then, why its condition is affected by so many body systems, including the lymphatic system, the circulatory system, and the nervous system. Needless to say, your skin works hard, and it deserves plenty of tender lovin’ care.

That’s why we’re big fans of dry skin brushing at ACHS. The health benefits of dry skin brushing are remarkable. This easy technique… 

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Topics: healthy skin, health benefits, healthy lifestyle, health and wellness

Immortelle Essential Oil and Extract: Are Two Preparations Better than One?

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jun 11, 2015 9:30:00 AM

**The full text of this article is published in the special essential oils edition of the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild, Vol. 13 No. 1**

The plant commonly called “immortelle” has another, more historic and enchanting name: helichrysum.[1] The word “helichrysum” draws its roots from the Greek helios, meaning “sun,” and chryos, meaning “gold.” So the “sun gold” plant was named for its vibrant golden flower, but also because the ball-shaped blossoms do not wither.

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Topics: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Memories Matter: 6 Easy Tips for a Healthy Brain

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jun 8, 2015 1:07:00 PM

Have you thought about the health of your hippocampus lately? Probably not, and you may not even know what or where it is!

The hippocampus is a seahorse-shaped (hence the name) area of the brain located just above the left and right ear, and was traditionally thought to be part of the limbic system. Recently, research has revealed that keeping a plump and healthy hippocampus is a major factor in staving off memory and mood issues associated with Alzheimer’s.[1] 

I’ve always been fascinated by the hippocampus, but I confess, brain and memory health have been on my mind lately. Pun intended. ;) 

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Topics: herbal supplements, herbs

Essential Oil Feature: Low-linalool New Zealand Lavender

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jun 5, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Those of you with sensitive skin, get ready to rejoice. There’s a special low-linalool lavender Lavandula angustifolia (Avice Hill) essential oil just for you. This low-linalool oil is grown and produced in my native country of New Zealand—so my Kiwi pride is showing a bit! Linalool (a constituent found in lavender) is currently listed as an allergen by the European Commission. New Zealand lavender essential oil has a lower level of linalool than traditional true lavender Lavandula angustifolia (Mill.).

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Topics: lavender, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Nourishment for the Mind and Soul at NANP 2015

Posted by Alyssa Zimmerman on May 28, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending the annual National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) Conference. I had been eagerly anticipating this event for over a year and may have even stalked the NANP Conference page regularly for updates on presenters and topics. 

It isn’t every day that this Midwesterner gets to be surrounded by like-minded nutrition professionals! I believe this is what drew me to the Conference. I was seeking nourishment for my mind and soul that could only be fulfilled by connecting with others in this profession.

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Topics: holistic nutrition, ACHS student, Holistic Health Conferences and Events

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

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