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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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    Sep 21, 2015 9:00:00 AM

    An Aromatherapist’s Report from IFEAT 2014 |

    **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...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jul 7, 2015 10:26:00 AM

    Essential Oil Feature: Paraguay Petitgrain

    "Where do your oils come from?” is a question I am often asked. 

    I love hearing this from Apothecary Shoppe customers and ACHS students and grads. Knowing where the plants used to distill your oils are grown or wildcrafted is vital in...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jun 15, 2015 5:09:38 PM

    Why Everyone Should Be Dry Skin Brushing

    The skin is the largest organ in the body. It makes sense, then, why its condition is affected by so many body systems, including the lymphatic system, the circulatory system, and the nervous system. Needless to say, your skin works hard, and...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jun 11, 2015 9:30:00 AM

    Immortelle Essential Oil and Extract: Are Two Preparations Better than One? |

    **The full text of this article is published in the special essential oils edition of the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild, Vol. 13 No. 1**

    The plant commonly called “immortelle” has another, more historic and enchanting name:...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jun 8, 2015 1:07:00 PM

    Memories Matter: 6 Easy Tips for a Healthy Brain |

    Have you thought about the health of your hippocampus lately? Probably not, and you may not even know what or where it is!

    The hippocampus is a seahorse-shaped (hence the name) area of the brain located just above the left and right ear, and...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jun 5, 2015 9:30:00 AM

    Low-linalool New Zealand Lavender Oil |

    Those of you with sensitive skin, get ready to rejoice. There’s a special low-linalool lavender Lavandula angustifolia (Avice Hill) essential oil just for you. This low-linalool oil is grown and produced in my native country of New Zealand—so...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Mar 27, 2015 11:58:24 AM

    5 {DIY} Body Care Recipes from Natural Products |

    With more and more toxins and nasty chemicals making their way into conventional cleaning, bath, and body care products, I’m proud to support a day that celebrates the benefits and necessity of natural products. On March 24—Natural Products Day...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Mar 10, 2015 4:10:00 PM

    GMOs and Pesticides: Why You Should Cook Organic

    Have you read the web chatter surrounding the recent USDA approval of GMO “Arctic Apples”—apples that have been genetically modified to resist browning?[1] 

    When I read about these apples—set to hit shelves by 2017—I couldn’t help but hum the...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Feb 9, 2015 4:26:00 PM

    The Remarkable History of Roses

    Living in the City of Roses, all of us here at ACHS get to experience firsthand the flower of love. In late May and early June, it’s a pleasure watching the rosebuds blossom into beautiful, fragrant flowers all over our city. And when...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jan 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM

    10 Steps to Become a Registered Aromatherapist |

    One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from ACHS students, graduates, and aroma-enthusiasts is: How do I become a Registered Aromatherapist (RA)?

    As you may already know, an RA is an aromatherapist who has successfully demonstrated a...

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