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    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President

    Dorene is the Founding President 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 has led ACHS Study Abroad programs to India, Indonesia, Greece, and (in 2018) Hawaii!
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    Jun 14, 2019 12:31:00 PM
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    5 Essential Oils to Keep your next Uber Ride Clean | ACHS.edu

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    Mar 20, 2019 4:48:00 PM
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    Mediterranean and DASH Diets for Alzheimer's Patients | achs.edu

    Memories, short or long term,  are too precious to forget. Yet, that is what happens with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Short-term memories may have a lifespan of only a few minutes while long-term memories get lost, or compressed in the mixed up...

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    Feb 7, 2019 8:00:00 AM
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    A Passion for Peppermint | achs.edu

    The use of mint and peppermint Mentha xpiperita essential oil has a long and legendary history. The name "mentha" comes from the Greek myth of the nymph Minthe. Discovered by Persephone in the arms of her husband Pluto, Minthe was metamorphosed...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Aug 30, 2018 10:46:00 AM
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    Herbal Studies 101: What Is Rosemary Good For? | ACHS

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    In her delirium, Ophelia says to Laertes, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” Indeed we often think of rosemary for memory: It turns out that ...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    May 1, 2018 5:55:00 AM
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    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, ACHS Founding President /  
    Mar 9, 2018 1:25:00 PM
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    Blending 101: The Art of Pairing Essential Oils Drop by Drop | achs.edu

    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
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    3 Romantic Recipes with Rose Essential Oil | achs.edu

    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...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Dec 29, 2017 9:25:46 AM
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    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, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jun 20, 2017 4:20:29 PM
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    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...

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    Apr 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM
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    Organic Fair Trade Practices in Nepal’s Essential Oil Industry | achs.edu

    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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