ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Posted by Tiffany Stout on Dec 18, 2014 3:30:00 PM

If there’s one time of year when sugary, processed, and unhealthy food abounds, it’s the holiday season. So for us nutritionally minded eaters, missing out on all the yummy (albeit unhealthy) treats during holiday gatherings can be a pain point. But this doesn’t mean the season is a complete bust! With a little bit of planning and creativity, you don’t have to sacrifice tasty holiday treats for your holistic nutrition.

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Topics: holistic nutrition, happy holidays, recipes

{DIY} How to Make Fizzing Herbal Bath Bombs [Video]

Posted by Renee Long on Dec 15, 2014 3:37:00 PM

By Tiffany Stout and Renee Long

The holidays are almost here, which means temperatures are dropping, wreaking havoc on our skin. Is there anything better than soaking in a warm bubble bath with a bit of aromatherapy when the weather is chilly? If you love a good aromatic soak, you need to know about this bath product that not only disperses herbs and essential oils into the water, but also fizzes, bubbles, and feels fabulous on your skin: herbal bath bombs!

Since we both love luxury bath products and DIY projects, we recently made an instructional video demonstrating “how-to” make fizzing herbal bath bombs. This is a perfect activity to do with the kids over winter break and also a lovely gift idea for your loved ones this holiday. (Renee already gave an herbal bath bomb to her sister on Thanksgiving!) We’ve also posted Tiffany’s recipe below for your convenience.

Enjoy, and happy holidays!

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Topics: DIY, holiday gifts, recipes, how to

Kale Stir-fry and Thanksgiving: A Love Story

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Nov 26, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Even though I am from New Zealand, I love American Thanksgiving. It is a holiday dedicated to gratefulness, family, and of course, delicious food. But for vegetarians, choosing recipes for our Thanksgiving meal can be tricky. One way I create hearty veggie-friendly meals is by stir-frying my favorite vegetables. And king kale is certainly my favorite veggie to toss in the pan! 

Will you be skipping the turkey this year? You and your dinner guests will love this vegetarian Holiday Kale and Cranberry Stir-fry recipe:

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Topics: holiday recipes, recipes, holistic nutrition recipes

7 Irresistible Reasons to Try Thyme as a Culinary Essential Oil

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Nov 7, 2014 2:38:00 PM

There is something about the cool weather, darker evenings, and my lonely fresh-herb patio pots that makes me yearn to start playing in the kitchen with culinary essential oils like thyme Thymus vulgaris (L.), basil Ocimum basilicum (L.), and ginger Zingiber officinale (Roscoe). I love to make hearty fall and winter recipes, and linger over my cookbooks dreaming of a delectable Thanksgiving and winter holiday cuisine. Okay, okay … I confess … I am not a cook. But, I am committed to the concept of “Let Food Be Thy Medicine,” so any chance I get I peruse recipes and see where I can adapt them to be my daily medicine by adding herbal and culinary essential oil “brews.”

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Topics: culinary herb, essential oils, cooking with essential oils

Ditch the Chemicals in Starbucks: Enjoy a Holistic Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Posted by Heather Baley on Oct 27, 2014 2:00:00 PM

By Heather Baley and Renee Long

Autumn is here, and if you’re like many of us around the ACHS offices, you love a toasty latte sprinkled with fall-spices and steaming with deliciousness in the morning. And we have to admit, we have a bit of a weakness for Starbucks’ famous Pumpkin Spice latte. But with Vani Hari’s (AKA the Food Babe) recent investigations into the amount of harmful chemicals in Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice latte,[1][2] we decided it was time to come up with an alternative holistic recipe.

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Topics: holistic health, recipes, health and wellness

Salt: Too Much or Too Little Can Kill You

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Oct 13, 2014 2:55:00 PM

I was traveling in India in the ’90s when I first discovered the power of salt. It was extremely hot and my legs started to swell so badly my ankles were the same size as my thighs…. Now that is a bad look!

I visited an Ayurvedic doctor and was told, “Oh, you need to add salt to your diet.” In my naturopathic training, I had been taught to avoid salt and had covered all of the dangers of a high-sodium diet. But, I followed the Ayurvedic doctor’s advice, and within a day, my ankles were back to normal.

Battles have been fought over salt, so there has to be more to this story right?

Like you, I think a lot about what I am eating. Am I eating enough greens? Too much sugar? Am I getting enough fiber and enough protein? How much sodium do you need? It’s no easy task to objectively assess your diet, especially with all the conflicting information out there. So what is the final word on salt in our diets?

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Topics: holistic nutrition

Basil Essential Oil: A Must-Have in Your Fall Holistic Cooking

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Oct 9, 2014 3:00:00 PM

I just returned from two weeks in Sicily and Rome visiting our organic citrus distillers and attending the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades annual conference. My daily treat was a caprese salad with the tastiest tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil with a generous layer of whole fresh basil leaves. I was eager to get home and harvest my basil plants growing in my patio pots. 

Since returning, my caprese salad addiction has waned, and as fall ushers in the cooler air and changing leaves, my dinner table begins to change as well. If you’re like me, you start to crave those heartier and more savory dishes that keep us warm and toasty as the seasons change.

My basil harvest went well, and while I always do my best to save the herbal harvest from my garden, it can be difficult to cook with fresh herbs—like basil—in the late fall and winter. (And who doesn’t want the taste of fresh basil in their organic pasta pomodoro?) This is one more reason why I love culinary essential oils: they are a fantastic flavor addition when you don’t have the fresh or dried herbs on hand. 

But even if you do have the herbs in your pantry, adding basil essential oil (EO) Ocimum basilicum (L.) to your cuisine will give a boost of both flavor and health to your holistic nutrition. Here are my favorite reasons why basil O. basilicum essential oil is a must-have in your holistic kitchen cupboard:

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Topics: holistic nutrition, recipes, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, essential oils

Anxious or Feeling Down: Can Essential Oils Help?

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Sep 22, 2014 11:23:00 AM

There has been a lot of discussion lately about emotional disorders like depression and anxiety. Talking about this difficult topic is an enormous step forward on the road to supporting those who suffer. One question I am often asked is: Which natural remedies work for depression and anxiety? And this is often followed-up with something like: Can essential oils REALLY help?

With a recent study showing a link between anti-anxiety medications and dementia[1], there is more reason than ever to choose essential oils instead of pharmaceuticals. I know it’s hard to imagine that inhaling a “nice aroma” could alter your body’s chemistry and imbalances that lead to mood disorders, but here are three essential oils that research has shown can help ease depression and anxiety.

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Topics: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

Must Have: 5 Essential Oils To Beat Back To School Bugs

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Sep 11, 2014 2:00:00 PM

The days are shorter, school supplies are lining store aisles, and there’s a slight chill in the air… welcome to Back To School Season!

With all the lovely things that accompany autumn, there’s one thing that we’d all like to avoid when heading back to the classroom: Back To School Sickness! The colder weather ushers in colds, flus, and many more unsavory bugs caused by bacteria and viruses.

So how do we protect ourselves during such a vulnerable time of the year? With antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties, these essential oils for back to school are an ideal way to create a fall and winter “immunity bubble.” Here are my favorite 5 essential oils to beat back to school bugs:

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Topics: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, essential oils

5 Quick Tips For Cooking With Essential Oils

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Sep 3, 2014 3:47:00 PM

Using essential oils in the kitchen will not only spice up your cooking… it’s also incredibly fun and an easy way to add flavor and flair to your recipes! But there are a few key things you should always keep in mind. We’ve just released a new eBook, Top 10 Culinary Essential Oils (follow this link or click the image at the bottom of this blog post to download your free copy!), so to celebrate, here is a sneak peak at some of my quick tips for cooking with essential oils:

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Topics: holistic nutrition, recipes, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

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