Dorene Petersen on ABC News for Essential Oils for Healthy Sleep

Aromatherapy Expert Dorene Petersen Interviewed for ABC News Feature on Essential Oils for Healthy Sleep

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Portland, OR—April 21, 2016Dorene Petersen, president and founder of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), was featured in the ABC news story “Products to help you sleep better and sounder.” (Aired April 7, 2016.)


The Institute of Medicine previously estimated that between 50-70 million U.S. adults have a “sleep or wakefulness disorder[1].” This is a public health concern, according to the CDC, who have linked insufficient sleep to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational error[2].

Petersen, an internationally recognized aromatherapy expert with more than 35 years’ experience, emphasized the use of aromatherapy essential oils as an alternative method to support healthy sleep (00:47/02:04).

Aromatherapy—the use of aromas for their healing properties—is a natural, safe, and relatively inexpensive alternative method of promoting optimal health and wellness. Healthy sleep is a popular use of aromatherapy, as many commercial beauty and wellness-based products are now available to the general public.

In addition to products like essential oils, aromatherapy sprays, and herbal sleep pillows, Petersen discussed formulated products like an aromatherapy essential oil blend calming sleep patch, developed by ACHS graduate Jodi Baglien. These and similar products often include lavender Lavandula angustifolia (Mill.) essential oil, which research has proven to have a relaxing effect, as Petersen emphasized.

Petersen cautioned, however, to read all product labels carefully as some aromatherapy essential oils are calming, while others are re-energizing.

For more information about this press release or to schedule a follow-up interview with Dorene Petersen, email

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 accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).  DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by 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’s accredited undergraduate and graduate programs, call 800.487.8839 or visit

[1] Institute of Medicine. (2006). Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Retrieved from

[2] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015, September 3). CDC Features. [Online]. Retrieved from http://www.