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    Dorene Petersen

    Dorene is the Founder, President, CEO, and Principal of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS). She has over 35 years clinical teaching and lecturing experience in aromatherapy and other holistic health subjects. She has presented papers on essential oils and clinical aromatherapy at the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades Annual Conference (IFEAT) in California, USA; the Aroma Environment Association of Japan (AEAJ) in Tokyo, Japan; the Asian Aroma Ingredients Congress (AAIC) and Expo in Bali, Indonesia; the International Center of Advanced Aromatherapy (ICAA) at the WonGwang Digital University in Seoul, Korea; as well as the AAIC Expo in Kunming, Yunnan, China. Dorene currently serves as Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC), and she is also active with the Distance Education Training Council (DETC). Dorene is a travel junkie, and she hopes you will join her for the ACHS Study Abroad Program in Indonesia and India in 2015!
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    Jun 20, 2017 4:20:29 PM

    Aromatherapy Safety: Using Essential Oils in the Bath [VIDEO]

    Aromatherapy Safety: Using Essential Oils in the Bath [VIDEO]

    I love a languorous soak in an aromatic bath. It can energize, relax, or refresh, depending on your choice of oils. Recently, I’ve received a few questions on how to use essential oils...

    Dorene Petersen /  
    Apr 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM

    Empowering Farmers to Develop Organic and Fair Trade Practices in Nepal’s Essential Oil Industry

    Empowering Farmers to Develop Organic and Fair Trade Practices in Nepal’s Essential Oil Industry

    Last fall, I traveled from my home in Portland, Oregon to the southern lowland area of Nepal known as the Terai. I went as a volunteer with Winrock...

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    Jan 27, 2017 5:38:45 PM

    Anxious or Feeling Down: Can Essential Oils Help?

    There has been more open discussion than ever in the health and wellness community about emotional issues like depression and anxiety. Talking about this difficult topic is an enormous step forward on the road to supporting those in need....

    Dorene Petersen /  
    Dec 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

    Community Aromatherapy: 5 Ways to Reach Out and Recharge for Winter

    Winter wellness is always a hot topic for aromatherapists. How do we provide our clients with affordable, effective solutions to winter woes during one of the most challenging (not to mention priciest!) times of the year?  

    It’s something I...

    Dorene Petersen /  
    Nov 22, 2016 11:00:00 AM

    Kale Stir-fry and Thanksgiving: A Love Story

    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...

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    Jun 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

    Aromatherapy and Memory

    As aromatherapy fans, we know that some of the most common (and beloved!) herbs in the pantry also produce exceptional essential oils, like rosemary. You’ve probably heard all about rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis (L.) essential oil’s uplifting...

    Dorene Petersen /  
    Mar 21, 2016 2:13:13 PM

    24 Natural Sleep Aids for Restful, Rejuvenating Sleep

    Can’t recall when you last slept all night through? Read on, friend; you are not alone. One of the biggest issues facing our fast-paced, technology-driven culture is quality sleep. Did you know that lack of restful sleep could lead to… 

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    Dorene Petersen /  
    Feb 29, 2016 11:08:48 AM

    3 Reasons to Love Rose in Your DIY Skin Care

    Do thou smile like the rose at loss and gain;

    For the rose, though its petals be torn asunder,

    Still smiles on, and it is never cast down.

    – Rumi 

    Yes, Rumi was correct… rose wears an eternal smile. But, more than a popular symbol of love, rose ...

    Dorene Petersen /  
    Feb 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    Help Define ‘Natural,’ or the FDA Will Do it For You

    You may have heard that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened a docket to collect comments from the public on what the term “natural” should mean on food labels.

    I was very excited and encouraged when I heard this news. As consumers,...

    Dorene Petersen /  
    Jan 11, 2016 3:51:21 PM

    Why Greece Loves Olive Trees and Oil (And You Will, Too!)

    I’ve always been a tree hugger. But I do have my favorites, like the beautiful Mediterranean olive tree. There is something about wrapping your arms around an old, weathered olive tree trunk and inhaling the surrounding aromas that provides deep...

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