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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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    May 1, 2018 5:55:00 AM

    How to Tackle Your Pain Points with Aromatherapy | ACHS

    How to Tackle Your Pain Points with Aromatherapy

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    You’ve heard of lavender Lavandula angustifolia essential oil, right? It’s arguably the most researched essential oil and perhaps the most visible on...

    Dorene Petersen /  
    Mar 9, 2018 1:25:00 PM

    Blending 101: The Art of Pairing Essential Oils Drop by Drop | ACHS

    Blending 101: The Art of Pairing Essential Oils Drop by Drop

    It’s well-known that we’re all wired so aromas trigger emotions and memories. In fact, the postage stamp-sized olfactory lobe, which is in charge of smell, is also part of the limbic...

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    Feb 1, 2018 4:35:00 PM

    3 Romantic Recipes with Rose Essential Oil | ACHS

    3 Romantic Recipes with Rose Essential Oil

    No flower embodies love and romance quite like the rose. The essential oil of rose Rosa damascena (Mill.) is also known to provide psychological and emotional support when added to a bath blend or...

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    Dec 29, 2017 9:25:46 AM

    Happy New Year! Our Resolution Is Your Success

    Happy New Year! Our Resolution Is Your Success

    Now that the holiday season and 2017 draw to a close, I’m filled with gratitude for all we’ve accomplished together this year. Every year, my resolution for ACHS is to make our student experience ...

    Dorene Petersen /  
    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...

    Dorene Petersen /  
    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...

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    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...

    Dorene Petersen /  
    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...

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