November 15 is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
November 15 is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. Yes, there really is a day for everything! But it is smart to make room in your refrigerator now before Thanksgiving starts to cause a panicked shuffle for space in the icebox. I like to do mini refrigerator clean outs every Sunday (I use up vegetables […]
Write a Business Plan for Your Wellness Center
Are you a health and wellness warrior who wants to start your wellness center or business? You have the passion, drive, and ideas, but you’re thinking… where do I start?! Many wellness professionals begin with a strong vision but are unsure about how to turn their wellness dream into reality. Starting a business can be […]
Top 5 Reasons Why You’ll Love Mastic
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. I’ve long enjoyed working with mastic in clinical aromatherapy—so much so, that I […]
Top 5 Ways to Check Quality of Essential Oils
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 are trying essential oils for the very first time, it’s always a good idea to brush up on […]
Organic Milk is Packed with Omega-3s
Got Omega-3s? If you’re drinking organic milk, the answer is YES—according to a new study in Plos One journal. When I need a dairy fix, I only drink certified organic milk, so this new research immediately caught my attention! I first heard about the study while listening to Melissa Block’s All Things Considered segment on […]
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 the incredible opportunity to study abroad with us in Indonesia:
Cancer Sniffing Honeybees: Next Buzzing Trend in Holistic Health?
The holistic health field is certainly buzzing with excitement lately. People are choosing to live natural and holistic lifestyles: adopting exercise, aromatherapy, holistic nutrition (I’m looking at you, kale junkies!), and other practices as preventative measures in order to live fuller, healthier, and happier lives! But you don’t often hear too much about natural methods […]
Essential Oil Quality: Diluents, Extenders, Synergy
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 some tasty wine. Similarly, when practicing aromatherapy, every Registered Aromatherapist […]
Excuse Me…is that your Phone that Smells like Roses?
Technology moves fast. We now have 3-D televisions and printers, video games that read your body, and smart phones that can track your REM cycles while you sleep. But what if you could smell a bouquet of roses every time you receive a text from a loved one? Or how would you like the aroma […]
Quality of Essential Oils: Extenders, Adulterants, Diluents…Oh My!
When practicing aromatherapy, every Registered Aromatherapist (RA) should be working with the best oils to achieve the desired therapeutic effects. Learning to assess the quality of an essential oil is much like developing a “nose” with which to enjoy fine a wine and distinguish the complexities in the flavor. The aromatherapist’s “nose” is one of […]
An Interview with Author Lori Bell
“I want to try natural remedies for healing and holistic health, but I don’t know where to start.” Lori Bell (an American College of Healthcare Sciences alumna) often heard this lament at farmer’s markets while selling natural products through her homegrown business, Sun Kissed Herbal. In response, she began showing novice natural medicine users that […]
Holistic Health is Helping Others
Here at ACHS, we recognize that earning a certificate, diploma, or degree requires dedication and committment to your studies. There is no doubt about it, being a student can at times feel overwhelming. With a busy class schedule, texts to read, essays, and projects, it can be easy to lose sight of what motivated you […]