Friday, August 17, 2012

Congratulations Recent ACHS Graduates! We can't wait to hear about all your future successes!

Congratulations, American College graduates! Hats off to you! We are very proud of your accomplishments and look forward to hearing all about your future successes. Join us in celebrating our latest ACHS grads, including:

• Allison Sarkar, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting (Honors)
• Amy Palena, Holistic Health Practice
• Aparna Chidambaram, Certificate in Natural Products Manufacturing (Honors)
• Aurora Boyers, Certificate in Wellness Consulting
• Beth Hooper, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting
• Brittany Davis, Certificate in Natural Products Manufacturing
• Candace Wilken, Holistic Health Practice (Honors)
• Caroline Smith, Certificate in Aromatherapy
• Catherine Kubinec, Diploma in Holistic Health Practice (Honors), Certificate in Wellness Consulting (Honors), Certificate in Iridology Consulting (Honors)
• Charlene Young, Herbal Retail Management (Honors), Natural Products Manufacturing (Honors)
• Christina Rise, Certificate in Aromatherapy
• Christina Ybarra, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting
• Cindy Chandler, Certificate in Wellness Consulting (Honors)
• Dorine King, Aromatherapy Master Aromatherapist
• Fabienne Bernard, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting (Honors), Certificate in Wellness Consulting (Honors)
• Fay Smith, Certificate in Herbal Retail Management
• Felicia Yifan Zhang, Certificate in Aromatherapy
• Haney Small, Holistic Nutrition Consulting
• Inga Wieser, Certificate in Wellness Consulting (Honors), Certificate in Natural Products Manufacturing (Honors), Certificate in Herbal Retail Management (Honors), Certificate in Homeopathy Consulting (Honors)
• Janet Bodyfelt, Holistic Health Practice
• Jayson Rivest, Aromatherapy Master Aromatherapist
• Jillian Brummer, Certificate in Wellness Consulting
• Julia Becharas, Diploma in Herbal Studies Master Herbalist, Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine
• Kalli Heinze, Aromatherapy Master Aromatherapist
• Karen Eisenbraun, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting
• Kendra Broyles, Certificate in Wellness Consulting
• Lanie Gladwin, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting, Certificate in Wellness Consulting
• Latasha Proctor, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting
• Linda Hohmeister, Aromatherapy Master Aromatherapist
• Lori Herrmann, Natural Products Manufacturing (Honors)
• Lorraine Janssen, Herbal Studies Master Herbalist
• Luvena Rangel, Diploma in Holistic Health Practice (Honors)
• Malik Adisa-Ajene, Diploma in Holistic Health Practice
• Matthew McFarland, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting
• Nancy Jean Jones, Certificate in Aromatherapy (Honors)
• Norma Bewell, Certificate in Wellness Consulting
• Renata Hinton, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting
• Robin Hardt, Iridology Consulting, Herbal Studies Master Herbalist
• Ronna Haxby, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting (Honors)
• Sarah Guarin, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting
• Sharon Marks, Diploma in Holistic Health Practice
• Soleil Hawthorne, Diploma in Holistic Health Practice
• Suzanne Gossett, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting (Honors)
• Tammy Olsen, Certificate in Wellness Consulting (Honors), Diploma in Aromatherapy Master Aromatherapist (Honors), Certificate in Herbal Retail Management (Honors)
• Teresa Graner, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting
• Victoria Shibata-Hatch, Herbal Studies Master Herbalist
• Virginia McDevitt, Certificate in Holistic Nutrition Consulting (Honors)

ACHS graduates, you know first-hand the excitement and potential challenges of going back to school. You can help new and prospective ACHS students get started on the right foot by sharing your experiences.  Become an ACHS Ambassador today and help others change their life the way you've made positive change in yours!

Being an ACHS ambassador gives you the opportunity to share your story, develop confident communication skills, strengthen your holistic health community and help others in their education and holistic health journey.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the ACHS Ambassadors program today!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Netiquette, Twitiquette, and Blogger-Etiquette for Sharing Content

BY Erika Yigzaw, American College of Healthcare Sciences Chief Institutional Officer

Do you love our natural health and wellness blog? Want to share some content with your website readers or store customers? Who doesn’t want to share tips on how to get well and healthy with simple therapeutic lifestyle changes and organic botanicals!

But when does sharing become stealing? We love when you share, but we’ve seen entire blog posts show up elsewhere without a word as to where it came from. Boo! Hiss! It takes time and effort to come up with good content and stealing is not just illegal, it’s really bad karma!

Google announced this week that they will be taking even more steps to lower rankings for sites that steal content, so how do you ensure you’re following the rules? Not just the rules of copyright law (can you explain “fair use” at a cocktail party?) but also the netiquette, twitiquette, and blogger-etiquette of it all!

How to quote, cite, borrow, and rework existing content is a common issue for students, but it doesn’t go away once you graduate. Most business owners need to steadily create content for blogs and websites, and that can be tiring, particularly if you’re not that handy with the keyboard. While some copying is blatant and just plain rude, we know that lots of folks out there are innocently copying and pasting away without realizing they are skating on thin ice. There is no “10% rule.”

We love this blog post from Hubspot on how to share and give credit in a way that builds your credibility and links, rather than inadvertently stealing content and hurting your Google rankings:

And here are some other ideas on how to get original content for your website or blog:
  • Invite guest bloggers to contribute. (Are YOU interested in writing a blog post for the ACHS blog? Email us today! No, really. We’re talking to you!) This is a great way to increase your content while helping someone else get more readers to their own site and business.
  • Hire a ghost blogger. It’s hard to make a living as a writer in your pajamas. There are lots of would-be Huffington Post writers out there who can write for you and your business. As a ghost writer, they don’t get credit or links out to their own business, but you have to pay them. What to pay ghost writers depends on the industry, experience, word count, etc.
  • Get a copy of Dragon Dictate. It helps avoid carpal tunnel and makes getting that stream of consciousness down on “paper” that much easier.
Do you have a blog or newsletter for your holistic health business? What are your favorite tips for generating new content?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

5 Essential Tips To Know When Using Hydrosols

BY ACHS President Dorene Petersen, BA, Dip.NT, Dip.Acu, RH (AHG)

Throughout your aromatherapy studies, you will have come across reference to aromatic waters, hydrosols, hydrolats, and floral waters.  Essentially, these are all the same thing: the alluring aromatic waters that result from the cooling of the steam process during the distillation of essential oils. I prefer the term hydrosol.

Long thought of as a by-product of distillation, hydrosols are enjoying a revival. Hydrosols are an important tool in your aromatherapy toolbox for health and wellness.

Here are five essential tips to get you started:

1. Gentler? More Balanced? Ever wonder why hydrosols are said to have a more gentle and balanced action?  Hydrosols are jam-packed full of therapeutic constituents, but at a fraction of the concentration of an essential oil. Captured in their aromatic waters are tiny amounts of the volatile aromatherapy essential oil, most of which has been separated off.  Plus, the water-soluble volatiles that don’t make it into the essential oil are captured in the hydrosol. So hydrosols contain a more broad spectrum of constituents and can offer a gentler tool for health and wellness than an aromatherapy essential oil. Hydrosols are yet another way to harness the health and wellness potential from aromatic herbs and botanicals!
Loading the still to distill aromatherapy essential oils at the ACHS campus distillation lavender open house. Pictured here ACHS President Dorene Petersen, ACHS CIO Erika Yigzaw and local massage therapist Donald Toomim. Copyright ACHS 2012.

ACHS CIO Erika Yigzaw using a pipette to separate lavender essential oil from the hydrosol from distillation of L. Angustifolia. Copyright ACHS 2012.

2.  Aromatherapy Essential Oils versus Hydrosols: You know that old saying oil and water don’t mix? Well, in an aromatherapy grade hydrosol, a small amount of essential oil is already diluted and mixed in water. You will learn throughout your online aromatherapy classes at ACHS and your holistic health careers that wellness is something we should ideally do everyday: Hydrosols make it easier to accomplish daily health and wellness. No need to dilute or create blends - the hydrosol can be used as a room and body spray right away. Plus, the fact that the essential oil is physically dissolved in the aromatic water assists the body to absorb it.
ACHS separator separating the essential oil from the hydrosol at the ACHS 2012 Lavender Open House.

3. But is it safe? Safety is always key so this is always a good question to ask. Hydrosols are safe and have been used for many centuries throughout many civilizations and still are.  For example, the aromatic water of Sage Salvia triloba is liberally drunk in many Middle Eastern countries. In Turkey, when you are invited to someone’s home, you'll often be offered a glass of iced sage hydrosol is usual  - an instant and effective antibacterial and antioxidant refreshment.  Rose water and orange blossom water are two other hydrosols that have a long history of culinary use.

4. What about external application? Splash on and leave to dry – yes, hydrosols are an ideal, quick, and easy external application. Remember they don’t contain alcohol which can be drying and sting if the skin is cut, grazed, sensitive or inflamed. When concocting an unguent or cream, think about adding a hydrosol rather than a tincture; it is milder on the skin. Preparing a hair tonic? Think hydrosol!

5. Inhalation: This is one case when you want to inhale! Spray and breathe deep – yes it is that easy. Unlike infusions, lotions, essential oils and tinctures, which all need a level of preparation before the client can use them, aromatic waters are mostly instantly available for a range of internal and external uses. For example, a spray bottle of chamomile Matricaria chamomilla water in your purse or kept at home can be sprayed too soothe skin after a little too much sun or a brush with some irritating plants after a day in the garden. Or use the chamomile Matricaria chamomilla hydrosol as a facial toner, inhaled in hot water or added to a baby’s bath . . . the list is endless. You can even add a teaspoon of chamomile Matricaria chamomilla hydrosol to your chamomile tea for a relaxing end to the day or after a big meal. Need a calming and soothing skin tonic? Spray with Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia. Musty smell in the garbage or anywhere around the house? Spray Lavandin Lavandula intermedia. (What? Aren't they the same? No! Lavandula angustifolia is very different from Lavandula intermedia - more on that in another blog post!) Freshen up the laundry while drying by soaking a cloth in  Lavandin Lavandula intermedia, and toss it in while the clothes are on the dry cycle. Feeling out of sorts because it’s that “time of the month”? Spray your face and wrists three times a day with Vitex Vitex angus-castus hydrosol! As you can see, there are many choices of hydrosols for health and wellness!

The American College of Healthcare Sciences’ Apothecary Shoppe College Store provides a small select range of boutique, hand-distilled therapeutic hydrosols available in 2-16 ounce sizes.

Watch Dorene Petersen distilling Lavender Lavandula intermedia at the ACHS campus during the 2012 ACHS Lavender Open House: 
Learn more about aromatherapy preparations with ACHS's comprehensive, accredited, online diplomas, certificates, and courses. Click here to request more information today.

This information has not been reviewed by the FDA. This information has been provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease.  ACHS has provided this material for your information. It is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your primary health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with your health care provider. The mention of any product, service, or therapy is not an endorsement by ACHS.

U-pick lavender at the ACHS Campus 2012.