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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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    Jul 3, 2014 4:00:00 PM
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    The Aroma of Choice: Health Freedom and Aromatherapy*

    * This article originally appeared in the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal Summer 2014.2 and is also published with permission on the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy’s blog. 

    Some of my favorite summertime activities in...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jun 3, 2014 4:09:00 PM
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    5 Resources Every Holistic Nutrition Student Should Know | achs.edu

    A few weeks ago, I was privileged to attend the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) Annual Conference & Expo in Tucson, Arizona. The ACHS team and I (including Mr. Celery man, pictured below!) had so much fun “getting juiced”...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Mar 12, 2014 4:20:00 PM
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    20 Aromatherapy Terms You Need to Know

    If you’re an aromatherapy novice, it can sometimes be overwhelming to read essential oil descriptions like, “yarrow essential oil is a wonderful aperient!” or “Eucalyptus can be used as a febrifuge.” It takes an aromatherapist years of...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Feb 6, 2014 4:26:00 PM
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    16 Questions from the Master Lecture Webinar: What's Hot and What's Not in Aromatherapy

    On Wednesday, I had the exciting opportunity to present the ACHS Master Lecture webinar, “What’s Hot and What’s Not: 2013-2014 U.S. Trends in the Aromatherapy Essential Oil Sector.” We had a lively Q&A at the end of the lecture! Unfortunately,...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jan 10, 2014 4:32:00 PM
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    Top 5 Reasons Why You’ll Love Mastic | achs.edu

    The deep woodsy scent of trees after a Mediterranean rainstorm, sweetening as the sun warms the refreshed earth. That’s one image that comes to mind when I close my eyes and inhale the aroma of mastic essential oil Pistacia lentiscus var. Chia....

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Jan 7, 2014 10:08:00 AM
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    Top 5 Ways to Check Quality of Essential Oils | achs.edu

    Editor's Note: This post was originally published on January 7, 2014, and was updated in June 2016.
     
    How do you ensure that the essential oils you're buying are the best possible quality? Whether you're a Registered Aromatherapist TM or...
    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Dec 19, 2013 12:02:00 PM
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    The 12 Toasty Drinks of the Holistic Holidays

    The lights are hung and twinkling. The gifts are wrapped. The cards are in the mail. It’s time to treat yourself by curling up near the fire with a good book and a mug of your favorite holiday beverage. At ACHS, we love brewing organic herbal...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Dec 18, 2013 8:27:00 PM
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    Nutrition, Vitamins, and Holistic Health | achs.edu

    By Oleg Maksimov, Ph.D., Academic DeanA CNN news report earlier in the week that boldly stated that vitamins and supplements are a waste of time and money caught my attention.  The article the news report referred to was written by Dr. Alice...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Dec 18, 2013 5:22:00 PM
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    Top 9 Reasons to Study Abroad in Indonesia

    We’re very excited to announce that our Aromatic Indonesia 2014 Study Abroad tour will be casting off on May 12th until the 25th. Interested in joining us on our herbal excursions? I’ve compiled the top 9 reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on...

    Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President /  
    Dec 6, 2013 12:29:00 PM
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    Essential Oil Quality: Diluents, Extenders, Synergy | achs.edu

    The Art of Choosing Quality Oils

    Isn't it nice to go wine tasting? If you’re like me, you might choose a family owned vineyard known for organic and responsible farming. When you know exactly where and how the fruit is grown, you're going to get...

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