ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

7 Essential Oils to Tame Mosquitoes

Posted by American College of Healthcare Sciences on Aug 3, 2015 9:16:00 AM

Summertime means sunshine, camping, hiking, gardening, and an all-around good time being outside. But with the great outdoors comes one big bugaboo: mosquitoes!

Rather than spraying on a synthetic cocktail of chemicals with conventional bug spray, we prefer to use natural essential oils.

You may have already read our post 10 Essential Oils that Naturally Repel Insects, which includes a great list of essential oils that can be used to manage pesky bugs. But there seems to be one winged menace that’s especially difficult once the weather turns hot and humid. 

Not to worry … Here are seven essential oils that naturally discourage mosquitoes:

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Topics: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, mosquitoes

Debunking Dangerous Myths About Essential Oils

Posted by Oleg Maksimov on Jul 27, 2015 10:14:00 AM

I’ve recently encountered a number of blog posts, often written by individual distributors working for larger essential oil companies, which spread two myths about essential oils I find particularly dangerous.

The first myth is that pure and unadulterated essential oils don't expire and can last for centuries.

The second myth is that unadulterated essential oils do not cause allergic reactions.

Both of these beliefs can have damaging consequences and can be debunked with a deeper understanding of the properties of essential oils and their constituents.

Let’s take a closer look.

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Topics: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, chemistry, safety

Why You Need to Blog for Your Holistic Health Practice (and Your Life!)

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Jul 20, 2015 12:52:13 PM

If you subscribe to the ACHS Health and Wellness Blog or follow us on Facebook, you know we love to blog. We’ve got a lot of staff and faculty who just love to share helpful holistic health research, tips, recipes, and opportunities with our readers. Our blog posts reach tons of people all over the world, which is pretty darn cool!

We blog to meet our social mission: to share free holistic health education with the public. Blogging (along with our free Master Lecture webinar series!) helped us fill the gap when our free onsite classes got too big to fit into our classroom space. 

We blog to get you inspired to live healthier lives, and because we’re inspired by what we’re doing in the holistic health field.

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Topics: brand awareness, holistic health professional, blogging

Greener is Healthier: 7 Simple Ways to Green Your Home and Workspace

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Jul 14, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Growing up the daughter of a naturopath in New Zealand, my sister and I were taught that the health of our planet is an important factor in the health of our bodies. It is pretty much common sense: A thriving environment directly impacts the health of humans (and our animal friends!). And it’s not just us, but our kids that will benefit from our green efforts. We have lots of kids between us in the ACHS team, and with a 12-year-old and my twins now nine months old, we want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to keep the earth green for them to enjoy. 

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Topics: sustainability, green business, garden

Essential Oil Feature: Paraguay Petitgrain

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jul 7, 2015 10:26:00 AM

"Where do your oils come from?” is a question I am often asked. 

I love hearing this from Apothecary Shoppe customers and ACHS students and grads. Knowing where the plants used to distill your oils are grown or wildcrafted is vital in appreciating the differences and qualities in each essential oil.

Sustainable farming and harvesting practices are also key factors when considering esseial oil quality. Ensuring quality of our oils and herbs is a passion of mine. That’s why when I source essential oils for our College store, I visit the growers, wildcrafters, harvesters, and distillers in person. 

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Topics: travel, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, soap making

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

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