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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 26, 2015 4:00:00 PM

    From Mindful to Light: 16 Words to Shape 2015

    I am not one to rely on grandiose plans. Or rather, I should say, I prefer action and deliverables to big ideas that only remain, well… ideas. That is why I was so inspired when I saw a fascinating Listly by Kelly McCausey. Every year, Kelly...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jan 15, 2015 12:00:00 PM

    3 Steps to a Powerful Winter Wheatgrass Detox

    It seems that every headline I’ve read this month has been on cleansing, detoxing, fasting… all the ways to clear our bodies of the junk from 2014.

    I suppose I’m a bit late to the party for starting my New Year’s detox regime, but I thought I’d...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jan 13, 2015 2:45:00 PM

    How to Experience the Ultimate Aromatic Bath (Plus Recipes!)

    For those of us who reside in chillier climates, there’s nothing better than slipping into a soothing hot bath to soak away the winter doldrums. But if you haven’t tried adding essential oils to your bath time routine, you’re missing out!


    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jan 1, 2015 8:48:00 AM

    Cheers to 2014: Our Top 7 Success Stories

    I simply love the refreshed and rejuvenated feeling that comes with a new year, and I am thrilled with the new opportunities for growth, learning, and positive change that await our ACHS family in 2015.

    When the New Year rolls around, I enjoy...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Nov 7, 2014 2:38:00 PM
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    7 Irresistible Reasons to Try Thyme as a Culinary Essential Oil

    There is something about the cool weather, darker evenings, and my lonely fresh-herb patio pots that makes me yearn to start playing in the kitchen with culinary essential oils like thyme Thymus vulgaris (L.), basil Ocimum basilicum (L.), and...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Oct 13, 2014 2:55:00 PM

    Salt: Too Much or Too Little Can Kill You

    I was traveling in India in the ’90s when I first discovered the power of salt. It was extremely hot and my legs started to swell so badly my ankles were the same size as my thighs…. Now that is a bad look!

    I visited an Ayurvedic doctor and was...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Oct 9, 2014 3:00:00 PM

    Basil Essential Oil: A Must-Have in Your Fall Holistic Cooking

    I just returned from two weeks in Sicily and Rome visiting our organic citrus distillers and attending the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades annual conference. My daily treat was a caprese salad with the tastiest...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Sep 11, 2014 2:00:00 PM

    5 Essential Oils To Beat Back To School Bugs |

    The days are shorter, school supplies are lining store aisles, and there’s a slight chill in the air… welcome to Back To School Season!

    With all the lovely things that accompany autumn, there’s one thing that we’d all like to avoid when heading...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Sep 3, 2014 3:47:00 PM

    5 Quick Tips For Cooking With Essential Oils

    Using essential oils in the kitchen will not only spice up your cooking… it’s also incredibly fun and an easy way to add flavor and flair to your recipes! But there are a few key things you should always keep in mind. We’ve just released a new...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Aug 25, 2014 4:02:00 PM

    Health Professionals: The Do's and Don'ts of Holistic Nutrition |

    One of the most common questions I receive from students who want to work with clients as they approach graduation is, What can I legally do when I graduate from ACHS?[1] 

    The answer to this question varies for each holistic health modality.[2]...

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