ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

Spicy and Savory B6 Stuffed Potatoes

Posted by American College of Healthcare Sciences on Nov 24, 2015 11:55:16 AM

The holidays are here! Are you struggling to balance your holistic nutrition with the call of winter comfort food? 

Don’t stress!

And stop scouring magazines and Pinterest for the perfect side dish to bring to your work potluck or family Thanksgiving. We have the recipe for healthy winter comfort food … B6 stuffed potatoes!

Try this healthy and zesty twist on a holiday classic, packed with vitamin B6 to help support your energy levels and mood this winter season.

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Topics: holistic nutrition, holiday recipes, recipes

3 Holistic Remedies for Sinus Support

Posted by Shelby Webb on Nov 16, 2015 11:41:16 AM

Does the change from fall to winter leave your sinuses feeling a little…full? Around this time of year, I know my sinuses need special attention and support.

While allopathic medicine suggests antibiotics and steroid shots to the derrière for sinus issues, I thankfully have found natural remedies to be much less painful and very effective at maintaining sinus health. Here are three holistic remedies to support your sinuses:

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Topics: holistic health, holistic health remedies, natural remedies

Delicious Herbed Pumpkin Soup

Posted by Renee Long on Nov 12, 2015 9:30:00 AM

It’s gourd season! Squash, including pumpkins, are ripe and ready for harvest season. Plus, when the weather turns cold here in Portland, my body craves the warming, nourishing goodness of soup.

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Topics: holistic nutrition, recipes

Herbal Remedies for Healthy Holiday Digestion

Posted by Valerie Lull on Oct 31, 2015 1:22:19 PM

Can you relate to this? You go to Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma’s, eat a bit too much, and feel exhausted, full, and uncomfortable for the rest of the evening. I get it–who can resist the gastronomic delights of the traditional holiday feast, especially when it is with loved ones who have prepared the meal?

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Topics: herbal tea, holiday beverages

Halloween Treat: Lollipop Recipe with Essential Oils

Posted by Kerrie Seeber on Oct 12, 2015 2:37:36 PM

Halloween is a spooky time of year. And I’m not just talking about the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins roaming the streets for tricks and treats. I’m talking about the high fructose corn syrup, artificial colorings, and additives loaded in commercial Halloween candies. When you stop and look at the health effects, that stuff is scary!

Not to fear. Here is a delicious recipe for Halloween candy made with essential oils, honey, and other natural products that won’t spook you when you read the ingredients list:

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Topics: holiday recipes, recipes, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Essential Oils for Head Lice

Posted by Oleg Maksimov on Oct 6, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Head lice infestations (also called pediculosis) have been a common problem throughout human history. Scientists have found nits of Pediculus humanus capitis (head lice eggs) in human hair remnants dating all the way back to 9000 BC![1]

Lice: An Ancient Pest 

Treatment against head lice is mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical documents written around 1550 BC. According to its writings, the ancients were advised to take a mouthful of warm date meal and water and then spit it on the skin “in order to drive away the Fleas and Lice which disport themselves…” While an interesting practice, it is somewhat questionable if this method was effective against lice since priests in Ancient Egypt were required to shave their heads to prevent this problem. 

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Topics: eucalyptus, eucalyptus globulus, rosemary, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, Lice

Recipe for Winter Wellness: Baked Winter Pears or Apples

Posted by Amanda Lattin on Oct 1, 2015 10:38:09 AM

Winter is just a few months away, and it’s time to start thinking about supporting your body during what’s arguably the toughest season of the year.

One of the biggest struggles we face during the colder months is the temptation of holiday and seasonal sweet treats. Whose mouth doesn’t water for grandma’s triple chocolate cake or pecan pie with graham cracker crust? 

My holistic solution: find creative ways to spice up nutritious whole foods for delicious holiday treats. Focus on fruits; nuts; natural sweeteners like honey, molasses, and dates; and festive spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

So instead of inducing yourself into a processed sugar coma this winter season, try my nutritious (and naturally sweet!) recipe for Baked Winter Pears or Apples:

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Topics: holistic nutrition, recipes, winter wellness

Top Aromatherapy Wellness Plan Takeaways from AIA 2015

Posted by Renee Long on Sep 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Science and healthcare is a dynamic, fast-paced industry. When it comes to essential oils and aromatherapy, the information is constantly evolving and changing as more research is done to advance our collective knowledge.

So how do you stay on top of the developments in this high-speed industry? Attend conferences where experts in your field share their latest research and findings.

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Topics: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, Holistic Health Conferences and Events

Fabulous Facts About Fermentation and Your Gut Health

Posted by Lauren Carrillo on Sep 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Walk through a supermarket or flip through a health magazine—it's hard to miss advertisements praising the benefits of probiotics or the “good” bacteria. These bacteria naturally reside in your intestines and help to produce nutrients, promote healthy digestion, and enhance immune function. Probiotics can be found in foods such as fermented dairy or vegetable products as well as in supplements. This is why people all over are turning to fermented foods, which recent studies have shown to provide numerous health benefits. These foods often have a sour or tangy flavor due to the presence of lactic acid—one of the main products of the fermentation process.[1]

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Topics: holistic nutrition, cooking

An Aromatherapist’s Report from IFEAT 2014: Pesticides, Cultured Aromas, the Arab Spring, and Global Warming

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Sep 21, 2015 9:00:00 AM

**The full text of this article is published in the Summer 2015 issue of the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy, Vol. 4 No. 1. Please subscribe to IJPHA online here: **

What do pesticides, cultured aromas, the Arab Spring, and global warming have in common? You may not initially think of these major global issues as connected, but their impact can be felt across the entire Aromatherapy industry and they should be a current concern for Aromatherapy professionals.

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Topics: certified organic, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

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