Meet Dr. Janet Carter: Empowering Veterans Through Herbal Medicine

2023 DEAC Famous Alumni Meet Dr. Janet Carter, the ACHS 2023 DEAC Famous Alumni! Janet graduated with a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine from ACHS in 2022. She is currently a pharmacist employed at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she is dedicated to finding alternative holistic modalities to serve the needs of Veterans.  Her initial goal in enrolling at ACHS was to integrate her knowledge […]

Meet Sian Seligman: ACHS Grad Making Waves in the Plant Medicine Field

2023 DEAC Outstanding Graduate Sian Seligman is a graduate of ACHS’s Master of Science in Herbal Medicine program and has been selected as the recipient of the ACHS 2023 DEAC Outstanding Graduate for making a positive impact in the herbalism and plant medicine field. Sian also completed the ACHS Integrative Cannabis Specialist™ and Integrative Psilocybin Mushroom Specialist™ micro-credentials. After working as a Brand Marketing […]

White Sage: A Closer Look

  History of White Sage White sage has a long history of use as a healing herb. That is why interest in this shrub’s healing properties, botanically known as Salvia apiana has soared in recent years. There is even a historical reason for this trend. The Chumash, a Native American people living along the central […]

10 Essential Steps to Become a Registered Aromatherapist (RA)

By Dorene Petersen Chair Aromatherapy Registration Council 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 core body of aromatherapy knowledge by passing the Aromatherapy Registration […]

Adult Skills Scholarship Recipient: Sarah Edelman

Sarah Edelman Scholarship Recipient

“Obsessed with food in all the right ways” – Sarah May Edelman Discovering Holistic Health Sarah is the recipient of the ACHS Adult Skills Education Program Scholarship (ASEP). Sarah began her studies at ACHS in the Fall of 2021 after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production. She has been immersed in […]

5 Resources for Learning More About Aromatherapy

5 Resources for Learning More About Aromatherapy

What is Aromatherapy? As aromatherapy as a healing modality has evolved, it has taken on a wide range of definitions, perspectives, and applications. Today, aromatherapy is known as the use of aromatic plant materials in the form of essential oils and extracts to support and promote the balance of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. If […]

5 Resources for Herbal Beginners

5 Resources for Herbal Beginners

Interested in learning about herbalism? Here are some free and low-cost resources to get started! 1. Learn about herbal teas An easy place to start is by learning to prepare herbal teas! Download the Preparing Herbal Teas eBook for free to get started. 2. Learn about herbs in the kitchen Learn from ACHS Alumna Lisa […]

Aromatherapy in the Home: Four Festive Fall Scents


With the first big rain of Fall in Portland this past week, the fresh pine and citrusy aroma of my neighbor’s majestic 50-foot douglas fir tree has been floating through the air. It is one of the first, and among my favorite, signs that Fall has arrived. It’s an intoxicating aroma that greets me in […]

What to Look For When Choosing CBD Products

We met with Frogsong Farm, an Organic certified Hemp farm in the Willamette Valley, to learn the details of what you should be looking for when you purchase a CBD product. Fun fact: Frogsong Farm is the first CBD Company to obtain a B Corp Certification!

What to Look For: Choosing CBD Products Part 2

In Part 1 of “Here’s what to look for when choosing CBD Products” [insert link once active], we outlined the minimum information that customers want to look for when purchasing a CBD product, whether it is ingestible or not.

Science Supports Viola’s Traditional Medicinal Value

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By Dorene Petersen BA, Dip.NT, Dip.Acu, RH (AHG) and Glen Nagel, ND, RH(AHG) This article is republished with permission from the International Herb Association’s book Viola: Herb of the Year 2022. Viola research supports the plant’s traditional medicinal value, and this article explores more about this research and the viola’s rich history. Exquisite wild violet […]

Adult Skills Scholarship Recipient: Carolyn Critchelow


“Don’t quit don’t give up on what your dreams are. Surround yourself with like minded people!” ~ Carolyn Critchelow Discovering Holistic Health Carolyn Critchelow is a recipient of the ACHS Adult Skills Scholarship. Carolyn is currently a nurse but has become passionate about integrative health and wants to learn more about the holistic approach to […]