Memory, Brain Health, and Essential Oils Talk

Aromatherapy Expert Discusses Memory, Brain Health, and Essential Oils at AAC Conference Delhi, India

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Delhi, India—April 20, 2016There are 47.5 million people living with dementia worldwide, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates this number to increase 70% by 2050.[1] These devastating statistics have prompted researchers to investigate alternative protocols, like aromatherapy essential oils, to provide accessible, effective support for an aging global population. 

Aromatherapy and essential oil expert Dorene Petersen will present “Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Memory Retention” at the Asian Aromatherapy Conference (AAC) in Delhi, India on April 21, 2016. Petersen’s paper explores the potential use of essentials oils for memory retention and support for declining cognitive abilities commonly associated with aging.


The AAC is organized by the Essential Oil Association of India (EOAI) and presented by the Asian Aroma Ingredients Congress & Expo (AAIC). The AAIC brings together educators, producers, growers, and scientists to discuss various issues surrounding the future of the aroma-ingredients and essential oil industry.

“This is a topic near and dear to my heart,” says Petersen, president and founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences. “My mother, who was always smart-as-a-tack, started beginning to repeat stories and show signs of cognitive decline last year. Dementia and age-related cognitive decline is on the rise. This is a worldwide epidemic, and we have to be proactive.”

“I’m excited to share information that could have a significant positive impact for people struggling with memory performance. Essential oils may also prove effective as a support for people living with, or developing symptoms of, Alzheimer’s disease. The potential for improved quality of life with this relatively inexpensive and safe holistic wellness protocol is huge,” adds Petersen.

Petersen’s AAC presentation will explore emerging memory research on black pepper Piper nigrum (L.), coriander Coriandrum sativum (L.), clove Syzygium aromaticum (L.), Spanish sage Salvia lavandulifolia (Vahl), Greek sage Salvia fruticosa (L.), lavender Lavandula angustifolia (L.), and rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis (L.) essential oils.

For more information about this presentation or to schedule an interview with Dorene Petersen, email [email protected].

About Dorene Petersen 

Dorene Petersen, BA, Dip.NT, Dip.Acu, RH (AHG), is the Founder, President, and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS). She has over 35 years of clinical, aroma blending, teaching, and lecturing experience in essential oil therapy and other holistic health subjects. She has presented papers on essential oil research 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 also is active with the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

About ACHS

American College of Healthcare Sciences has been educating industry leading holistic health professionals since 1978. View our Alumni in Action online at ACHS is an accredited member of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACHS is one of the only accredited holistic health colleges offering fully online graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, career-training certificates, and continuing education courses in integrative medicine fields, such as aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness coaching. For more information about ACHS programs visit


[1] World Health Organization. (March 2015). Dementia:Fact sheet N°362. [Online]. Retrieved from: