ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

Quiz: Is Online Learning for Me?

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Jul 21, 2014 4:30:00 PM

A couple of common misconceptions about online learning still linger in some minds. Even though Stanford and Harvard offer online classes, and satisfaction ratings are exceptionally high for ACHS’s online programs, some people still believe that getting an online nutrition degree or an online aromatherapy certification will be easier, less challenging, and less fulfilling than attending classes on a physical campus.

But ask any ACHS student or graduate, and you’ll find that the online classes at the American College can be as rewarding and rigorous as sitting in a brick and mortar classroom. Add the benefits of flexible hours and 24/7-access to your classroom material, and online learning often turns out to be the better option for busy adults.

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Topics: online education, quiz

Green Cleaning: 8 Eucalyptus Life Hacks You’ll Love

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Jul 17, 2014 4:00:00 PM

The best thing about essential oils: they’re incredibly versatile. An essential oil kit with a few key oils can be a “one-stop-shop” for holistic wellness. In my seemingly endless battle to cut the clutter, I love when a product can work on multiple levels and make life a bit simpler (come on, who doesn’t love simplicity? And if I ever need inspiration to simplify, I watch an episode of Hoarders! I’m pretty sure my house would end up “show ready” within a couple of months if I wasn’t careful!).

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus [Labill.] or Eucalyptus smithii [R.T.Baker]) is one essential oil I always keep on hand for its versatility. It’s great for inhalations during cold and flu season while also ideal for topical application on bites and stings in the summer. With powerful antiseptic and antiviral qualities, it’s also extremely useful for green cleaning around the house. Ah, simplicity in a little bottle! Here are eight green cleaning life hacks that will make you want eucalyptus on hand 24/7[1]:

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Topics: free recipes, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, green cleaning

Holistic Mommy: Top 12 Foods to Beat Morning Sickness Naturally (Part 2)

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Jul 15, 2014 5:13:59 PM

One of the best ways us holistic mommies can beat morning sickness naturally is through balanced, holistic nutrition. I hope you found my first blog on natural remedies for morning sickness helpful, but if you’re still struggling, here are my top 12 foods to naturally beat morning sickness:

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Topics: holistic nutrition, natural remedies, holistic parenting

FAQ: 11 Frequently Asked Questions About Online Education at ACHS

Posted by Amy Swinehart on Jul 12, 2014 12:35:00 PM

If you’re scoping out potential colleges for your holistic health education, you know how tricky it can be to find answers to your most burning questions: How will I pay for school? Can I transfer credits from my previous school? Is accreditation important? 

No matter where you are in your search, there’s no need to get overwhelmed, because we’re here to help! The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) admissions team and I are experts at fielding tough questions like these, so we put together a list of 11 frequently asked questions about online education at ACHS:

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Holistic Mommy: How to Beat Morning Sickness Naturally (Part 1)

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Jul 8, 2014 4:00:00 PM

The first trimester can be really tough. We know we have to eat healthy foods for baby (or babies in my case), but all day long nausea can make it tough to make smart choices. Severe morning sickness (or Hyperemesis Gravidarum) means you cannot eat or keep anything down at all (be sure to see your doctor if that happens as dehydration is dangerous for you and your baby!).

While not putting on weight in the first trimester may be okay for singletons, it’s bad news if you’re having twins or super-twins. So get with your doctor if your nausea stops you from eating enough. In other cases of morning sickness, eating the right foods can help, in which case it’s important to make healthy choices or the weight will stack on too quickly. Here are a few of my tips for how to beat morning sickness naturally:

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Topics: holistic nutrition, natural remedies, holistic parenting

The Aroma of Choice: Health Freedom and Aromatherapy*

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jul 3, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Some of my favorite summertime activities in the States are gathering with friends and family for picnics and parties on the patio, at the park, or at the beach—especially on the Fourth of July. Even though I’m originally from New Zealand, there’s something about this celebration of freedom that fills me with hope and excitement for all the possibilities and opportunities that lie ahead. 

We’ve worked hard to build a society for ourselves where we are not discriminated against, where we can speak and write freely, and when we feel things need to change, we have the right to petition our law-makers. Yet, change is a process that takes time, particularly in the holistic health industry. Citizens seeking more natural approaches to healthcare have long had restricted access to services from natural medicine practitioners, such as Registered Aromatherapists (RA).

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Topics: holistic health and the law, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Green Cleaning: Why We Love Lavender Essential Oil (And You Should, Too!)

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Jul 2, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Ahh, lavender! It is absolutely one of my favorite flowers and essential oils. I became addicted to lavender 15 years ago during our first Summer Study Abroad Program in Provence. I love it so much that I even started my own sustainable lavender farm! This purple, peaceful flower is most associated with relaxation, sleep support, and yummy smelling soaps and candles, but lavender essential oil can do more than add a soothing, floral note to your bed-time bath blend. 

Lavender Lavandula angustifolia (Mill.) (also called French lavender or true lavender) is a fantastic essential oil for green cleaning! It’s especially ideal for those who prefer a light, floral scent to the medicinal aroma that accompanies other well-known green cleaning essential oils like eucalyptus or rosemary. (Note that you can also use Lavandin Lavandula intermedia (Emeric ex Loisel.) for green cleaning, but it has different constituents and actions. I’ll blog about lavandin soon!)

If you love in floral scents, relaxation, and the idea of a sparkling clean home without the use of all those chemical nasties, here are more reasons you’ll love green cleaning with lavender essential oil:

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Topics: free recipes, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, green cleaning

9 Questions & Answers on PTSD and Holistic Health Protocols

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Jul 1, 2014 4:46:45 PM

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects over 7.7 million American adults. With June being PTSD Awareness Month, we were honored to host a webinar on Post-Traumatic Stress presented by our own Tim Grutzius, an ACHS Alumnus and Lieutenant/Paramedic for the Alsip, IL Fire Department.

We are so grateful that Tim was able to join us to help raise awareness about this difficult disorder that affects so many. Tim was gracious enough to share his own story and struggles with PTSD as well as the holistic avenues he pursued to help himself heal and recover. If you missed this important webinar on PTSD and holistic health, you can watch the archived recording here: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Holistic Wellness as a Path to a More Balanced Life.

At the end of the presentation, Tim answered some great questions from the audience in a 10 minute Q&A. He wanted to make sure all your questions were answered, so we’ve put together a follow up blog post addressing the questions that he was unable to get to during the Q&A.

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Topics: stress relief, alumni, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, webinars

Green Cleaning: 10 Essential Oils that Naturally Repel Insects

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Jun 26, 2014 5:34:00 PM

Ah, summertime! It’s that time of year to relax out on the porch, sip some lavender iced-tea, and watch the sun slowly dip behind the tree line. But if there’s one thing that can snap you straight out of that soothing summer bliss, it’s mosquitos and other creepy crawlies found around your home! 

If you’ve read my first blog on tips for green cleaning with essential oils, you know I strongly discourage the use of chemical cleaners and pesticides. But living with colonies of unwanted critters is not exactly how I like to spend my summers. So how can you repel insects naturally while sticking to your green cleaning principles? As with all my green cleaning solutions, I use the natural insecticidal powers of essential oils.

Here are ten fabulous essential oils that naturally repel insects:

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Topics: seasonal self care, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, green cleaning

How to Find Scholarships for Your Holistic Health Education [Plus Free Video!]

Posted by Amanda Heller on Jun 19, 2014 3:59:17 PM

As the Senior Admissions Advisor here at the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), I’m lucky to be able to speak with prospective students all day long. They're budding aromatherapists, herbalists, and holistic nutritionists (the list goes on!), just like some of you. And, they ask great questions, especially about how to find scholarships and pay for their holistic health education. (Great question, right?!?) Who doesn't want to know the answer! This is such a hot topic that I even hosted a webinar in April, which you can watch for free here: Scouting Scholarships for Your ACHS Education. But if you’re looking for a quick cheat sheet that you can bookmark or print out, I’ve listed my top tips for how to find scholarships right here on our blog.

Wherever you are on your path—whether you're a new student, a returning student, a graduate student, or just starting to think about heading back to school for your online holistic health career training—start out on the right foot with my tips for how to find scholarships for your holistic health education. Here we go...

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Topics: holistic health, education, tuition and funding, webinars

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