Tuesday, August 30, 2011

You're Invited: Free Dynamic Phytotherapy Lecture Wednesday at 11 am

Dynamic Phytotherapy has the power to enhance the healing abilities of even the most experienced holistic health practitioner.

Join ACHS President Dorene Petersen for a Brown Bag Lunch talk about Dynamic Phytotherapy remedies and uses this Wednesday, August 31, from 11am-12pm.

This community wellness event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, just email admissions@achs.edu or call us at (503) 244-0726.

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The ACHS Campus and Botanical Teaching Garden is located in John's Landing at 5940 SW Hood Avenue, Portland OR 97239. Directions are available online here.

Do you use homeobotanicals as part of your health and wellness routine? What do you like most about homeobotanical remedies?

Monday, August 29, 2011

ACHS President Dorene Petersen Chats with Aromatherapy Student Cheryl Narron About Benefits of Studying Online

Dorene Petersen, president of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS), chats with Aroma 203 student Cheryl Narron about the benefits of the online learning at the College's August 26 lavender distillation. Cheryl shares how much she loves the flexibility.

What is your favorite thing about getting your degree or diploma online?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

You're Invited: ACHS Lavender Distillation and Sidewalk Sale August 26

In celebration of the end of the summer season, we're distilling the lavender from the ACHS Botanical Teaching Garden this Friday, August 26, and you're invited!

Join ACHS President Dorene Petersen for this unique hands-on workshop and learn:
  • Best practices for harvesting fresh lavender
  • How to distill fresh lavender
  • Therapeutic uses for lavender essential oil and distillation by products
  • Distillation begins at 11 am and is free and open to the public.
This is a popular event, so be sure to RSVP and secure your spot - just email admissions@achs.edu or call us at (503) 244-0726.

Come early for our Apothecary Shoppe Back-to-School Sidewalk Sale with aromatherapy, herbal medicine, and holistic nutrition books discounted up to 30% off. The Sale opens at 9 am and is first come, first served. Don't miss this opportunity to build your library at great savings!

The ACHS Campus and Botanical Teaching Garden is located in John's Landing at 5940 SW Hood Avenue, Portland OR 97239. Directions are available online here.

We look forward to seeing you Friday!

Hang Out with ACHS at Spaw Day, A Fundraiser for the Oregon Humane Society

Don't have plans for tomorrow evening? Come hang out with us! American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) is participating in Spaw Day, a fundraiser for the Oregon Humane Society, hosted at Sniff Dog Hotel (1828 NW Raleigh St. Portland, OR 97209), Thursday, August 25th, from 6-8pm.

Spaw Day, an Oregon Humane Society event hosted by Sniff, is a fun opportunity for you and your dog to relax and enjoy spa activities together, including massages, aromatherapy, manicures, and other spa-like features.

Stop by and visit with us! It's going to be really fun! For directions, click here http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Sniff%20Dog%20Hotel

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

AHPA Congress on NDIs - September 8, 2011

We received this event notification from the American Herbal Products Association, which we thought you may be interested in attending. Please refer to the links within the post for further questions and information about how to register.

AHPA Congress on NDIs: Crafting an Industry Response & Filing Successful Notifications
Thursday, September 8, 2011
8:30am - 5:30pm

Mesirow Financial Services Auditorium
353 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Register by August 25 and save $100 on registration!

The AHPA Congress on NDIs will sift through the clutter, the hype and unanswered questions on NDIs to provide clarity and help industry companies answer the following questions:
  • How would the FDA draft guidance on NDIs--if it is not amended--affect your business and the kind of products that you sell?
  • What specific sections of FDA's draft need to change to protect consumer access to a broad range of supplements?
  • Should your company file comments to try to change the FDA draft guidance?
  • What should your comments--and those from AHPA--tell FDA?
  • Do you need to file NDIs for your particular class of ingredients and/or products?
  • Exactly how do you do that?
  • The AHPA Congress on NDIs is geared to all companies that rely on new products and product innovation and whose products fall under the regulatory framework created by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).

Session 1: Crafting an Industry Response to the NDI Guidance
McGuffin--widely considered to be one of the industry's leading experts on NDIs--will moderate this town-hall-style discussion on the development of industry's comments regarding the draft NDI guidance. Participants will have the opportunity to voice their concerns and positions and have them discussed among a panel of attorneys recognized as NDI experts, including:

Anthony Young, Esq., AHPA General Counsel and Partner, Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker
Alan Feldstein, Esq., Counsel, Collins, McDonald & Gann
Jim Prochnow, Esq., Partner, GreenbergTraurig (invited)
Ashish Talati, Esq., Partner, Amin Talati
Session 2: Filing Successful NDI Notifications
The afternoon session features preeminent companies with real-world experience in creating high-caliber, successful NDI submissions. The presenters will deliver practical, hands-on information and advice on the necessary steps needed to develop and submit NDI notifications for numerous product categories.

Hear from:

CANTOX, an InterTek Company
Spherix Inc.
The Program - Thursday, September 8, 2011
8 - 9 a.m. - Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Session 1
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch, provided by Grifcon Enterprises
1:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Session 2
5:30 p.m. - Adjournment

Event Registration
Attendance is limited to 100 participants. Early registration is suggested. Click HERE to register.

Conference Location & Lodging Information
The AHPA NDI Congress will be held at the Mesirow Financial corporate headquarters, 353 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/River North for the night of September 7 at a special rate of $159 on a first-come, first-served basis. For reservations at the discounted price, contact Liz Rejniak, Gray's Travel Management, via phone: 800.966.8728, or email. Mention the "AHPA-Mesirow Congress" to receive this discount. Please do not contact the hotel directly.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

First Annual ACHS Graduation Ceremony October 8

The 1st Annual ACHS Graduation Ceremony is October 8, 2011 and you're invited!

In response to your positive feedback, we're moving the graduation event from the Avalon Hotel to the American College campus in John's Landing, Portland, which will allow us to host more participants, family, and friends for a fun and relaxing celebration. ACHS Graduation will take place October 8, 2011, from 5-8 pm, PST, at the American College: 5940 SW Hood Ave., Portland, OR 97239.

ACHS Graduation 2011 will be an open house-style event, free to attendees and open to all ACHS students, graduates, and the local community.

For more information about how to participate, visit http://faq.achs.edu/questions/114/ACHS+Graduation+Ceremony+Information

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wind Down at Night with Bergamot Essential Oil

After busy summer days at work or at play, it's important to wind down. Stress comes in many forms, even fun. Support your body's optimal health and wellness and make daily relaxation a top priority.

Wondering how? Try an aromatherapy Relaxing Bedtime Blend with bergamot (Citrus aurantium var. bergamia) essential oil. The oil's fresh, citrus fragrance is a great mood support and can be soothing in a bath or massage blend.*

Relaxing Bedtime Blend

Clary sage Salvia sclarea: 3-drops

Bergamot Citrus aurantium var. bergamia: 10-drops

Benzoin resinoid Styrax benzoin: 2-drops

Chamomile Matricaria recutita (German) or Chamaemelum nobile (Roman): 2-drops

Use 2-3-drops in bath, or dilute with 1-oz massage oil and rub on the chest.

Give it a try and let us know how it works for you! Feel free to post your suggestions for relaxing aromatherapy blends, too!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your primary care physician, naturopathic doctor, or Registered Aromatherapist (RA) before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.

Antioxidant Spices May Reduce Negative Effects of High-Fat Meal

We thought you would find this herbal information interesting ... In a new study, researchers at Penn State have found that eating a diet rich in spices may reduce the body's negative response to high-fat meals.

Researchers added two tablespoons of the herbs rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves, garlic powder, and paprika to meals given to men aged 30-65 who were overweight, but healthy. These spices reportedly increased antioxidant activity in the blood by 13% and decreased insulin response by 20%.

The two tablespoon of spices provides an equivalent amount of antioxidants to those contained in 5 ounces of red wine or 1.4 ounces of dark chocolate.

>>To read the full-text research review, click here.

>>For more information about using herbs to support optimal health and wellness, visit ACHSedu online here for a schedule of upcoming holistic nutrition and herbal medicine classes. Or, call (800) 487-8839 for more information!

e! Science News. (2011, August 10). Antioxidant spices reduce negative effects of high-fat meal. Retrieved from http://esciencenews.com/articles/2011/08/10/antioxidant.spices.reduce.negative.effects.high.fat.meal

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Page Urban Herb Botanical Teaching Garden Launches

Hey there! ACHS has a launched a new page, Urban Herb Botanical Teaching Garden, dedicated to ... you guessed it ... our campus herb garden! Visit us here.

And be sure to check back frequently for new photos, botanical events, and garden tips.

While you're on Urban Herb Botanical Teaching Garden, feel free to leave a comment or post your best garden tips. We'd love to hear from you!

Learn How to Make Healthy Herbal Sun Teas with ACHS

This summer, ACHS has partnered with the Beaverton Farmers Market to offer community education regarding holistic health and wellness.

At our booth this past weekend, we shared how easy it is to make a great-tasting and good-for-you herbal sun tea as a delicious alternative to sodas and other sugary drinks. The ACHS Herbal Sun Tea is also the perfect way to get your kids involved with organic gardening and cooking.

Here's a video of ACHS President Dorene Petersen demonstrating how to make herbal sun tea!

What's your favorite herbal tea blend? Please feel free to post your recipes and suggestions for fresh-from-the-garden summer tea. We look forward to hearing from you.