ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

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

5 Soothing Herbs for Peace and Calm

Posted by Valerie Lull on Sep 16, 2015 4:22:49 PM

Feeling overwhelmed lately? Perhaps you feel stressed out and frustrated. Stress is a natural side effect of life. Some stress is good for us; it can relieve boredom and keep us on our toes. But it can easily get out of control. Everyday life is filled with stressful situations, so it’s important to have tools that promote calm and peace.

Herbs and essential oils are exceptional when used to combat the little stresses of everyday life and promote peace and calm. So if your cat threw up, or the baby cried all night, or any of the hundred little frustrating things that happen during the day, there are a number of soothing essential oils and herbs for peace and calm. 

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Topics: herbs, stress

8 Spectacular Essential Oil Blends

Posted by American College of Healthcare Sciences on Sep 5, 2015 9:30:00 AM

If you’ve experimented with essential oils, you know how rewarding creating your personal masterpiece can be. But, that means you also know the disappointment when you create an eye watering, room-clearing blend! Sometimes it’s nice to have someone do the work for you. That’s why we created eight brand new essential oil blends representing our favorite elements and ambiance. 

These blends will take you on amazing adventures—from warm sand beneath your feet and the soft sound of crashing waves to the crisp, clean air and tranquil silence of the mountaintops. The best part is: we use all Certified Organic or sustainably produced essential oils hand-selected by ACHS Founder and President Dorene Petersen for their quality. Not only will you travel to serene or reviving destinations in your imagination, you’ll do it with the highest quality essential oils!

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Topics: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, blending

10 Easy Relaxation Techniques to Harmonize Your Day

Posted by Kelly Johnson on Aug 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM

I’m running late. I’ve spilled coffee on my white blouse. My phone is buzzing with emails and ringing off the hook. I’m too late to grab a bite of breakfast because, of course, I’ve left mine on the counter at home.

Finally, I get to work, but I’m already frazzled after my crazy morning. And…it’s only Monday!

Ever have one of those days?

It seems like they’re all too common, which is why I choose to practice relaxation techniques—to ensure the stress of my day doesn’t eat me alive from the inside out!

So if you find yourself never having enough time, never enough hands, too much stress, and too many roadblocks, I think you should try my tips. Feel like you’ve heard it all before? I dare you to try these easy relaxation techniques for one week and report your outcomes (leave me a note in the comments!).

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Topics: wellness, rest and relaxation, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

5 Foolproof Ways to Fail Finals Week

Posted by Melissa Trujillo on Aug 26, 2015 12:24:34 PM

By Melissa Trujillo and Renee Long

Final exams can leave students with conflicted emotions. They signal the finish line of a class, but finals week is also a rigorous, sometimes stressful part of the student journey.

Finals week is nearly here at ACHS. Do you feel prepared?

We work with students every day and hear about the struggles and successes of preparing for end-of-semester finals.

Instead of offering you the typical “tips for success,” we thought we’d try something a little different…Keep reading and let us know­­—do you identify with any of these common exam habits?

Here are five ways that will surely set you up for a tough week of finals.

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Topics: student success, study tips

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