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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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    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, ACHS Founding President /  
    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, ACHS Founding President /  
    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, ACHS Founding President /  
    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, ACHS Founding President /  
    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, ACHS Founding President /  
    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, ACHS Founding President /  
    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, ACHS Founding President /  
    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...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Dec 15, 2015 8:40:00 AM

    Flu Shot or Herbal Teas? |

    BY ACHS Founding President Dorene Petersen

    Flu shot or herbal tea? It’s up to you, but for me, my flu shot resides in my herbal teapot!

    You have probably noticed it yourself, more adverts for flu shots in both the daily newspapers and on TV....

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Nov 30, 2015 11:16:03 AM

    Natural Love Potions? Neroli and Jasmine Essential Oils

    Natural Love Potions? Neroli and Jasmine Essential Oils

    As humans, our sense of smell is a crucial element of attraction. 

    Smell has a strong bond with memory—it’s why romance films show the forlorn hero smelling the sweater or pillowcase of a...

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