Friday, July 25, 2008

an Aromatherapist's inspiration

Aromatherapy is a powerful healer. How do I know? Well… put a scent in your burner, relax, and I’ll tell you a story.

Years ago my life was at a stressful high. As a result I developed dreadful insomnia. It would take hours to fall asleep and I would wake up often during the night. I tried the suggestions from my doctor and the health food store clerks. Nothing really worked.

As luck would have it, I received a gift that included a lavender massage oil. Curious, I went to the store it came from to learn more. I skimmed an aromatherapy book and later, based on an idea in the book, put the massage oil on a cotton ball and placed it in my pillowcase. That night I fell asleep in five minutes for the first time in six weeks.

This turn of events impressed me so much that I was inspired to study essential oils further. I developed a blend that did wonders at keeping insomnia at bay. That blend has seen little change over time and has become my best selling item. People have brought friends to me so they can try it. It works.

That brief introduction to essential oils started me on the path to where I am now… helping myself and others find relief from stress and common ailments. If you have a minor health problem, want to pamper yourself, or just want your room to smell nice, aromatherapy can help. No matter where it takes you, it is sure to be a wonderfully aromatic journey.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Introducucing new blog author Lynda Byington RA

Welcome to our newest blog author, Linda Byington!

Linda is a Registered Aromatherapist and ACHS Graduate, and is the founder of Elemental Aromatherapy LLC. Her interest in aromatherapy and healing modalities began in 1990. In 2003 she became a Registered Aromatherapist ("RA") through the national exam written by the Aromatherapy Registration Council. Linda then received a Diploma in Aromatherapy, with Honors, from the nationally accredited Australasian College of Health Sciences. She is certified in Swiss Reflex Therapy by Shirley Price of England, and has studied the Ingham Method of Reflexology

Career highlights include lecturing on aromatherapy topics, teaching hands-on workshops, custom formulating, and manufacturing aromatherapy personal care products. As a therapist she offers Ingham Method Reflexology, Swiss Reflex Therapy, and Aromatherapy Consultation.

Linda is a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, the Reflexology Association of Oregon, Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, and the Women Entrepreneurs Organization.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Oregonian A&E Features ACHS and Lavender UPick

The A&E in the Friday Oregonian featured a delightful article about the College urban herb garden and our lavender u-pick. you can see an online version here

Be sure to go to page two to read the full story!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Featured Herb of July

The open house may have passed (and was great fun) but we don't stop there! :) Be sure to take a look at the featured herb of the month!

July Herb of the month:
Uva Ursi
Uva Ursi is a common plant in the Northern hemisphere, being found in barren, mountainous locations in Europe, Asia and America. You have to go above 3000 feet to find this indigenous herb growing wild in the US. The Native Americans used this herb for a smoking mixture, called kinnikinnik. It is of the same family as the Strawberry tree, Arbutus unedo, and Trailing Arbutus, Epigaea repens.

When you order the Featured Herb of the Month you will receive a new herb of the month package. This package includes 8 oz bag of the herb of the month and an insert, describing your oil in detail with recipes and other fun ideas to incorporate into your natural healing lifestyle.

You also may wish to become a prepaid member of the Herb and/or Oil of the Month Club lasting 20 months:
Herb of the Month Club
Oil of the Month Club

You will receive a beautifully designed 3 ring binder. Each month you will receive a new herb or oil of the month package including 8 oz of the herb of the month or 5 ml of the oil as well as an insert for your personal binder, describing your herb or oil in detail, including recipes and other fun ideas to incorporate into your natural healing lifestyle.

Be sure to continue to visit our Apothecary Shoppe as well for all our specials and products:
ACHS Apothecary Shoppe

For information about Herbalism, or any of our programs at ACHS, please contact an admissions advisor today! Call 800.487.8839 or email Be sure to ask about our AA and MS Complementary Alternative Medicine degree programs!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Special Savings during our open house week

Its that time of the year... There is so much going on here at ACHS!

If you haven't noted we are having our Lavender Open House:
Lavender Open House Link

Plus our Lavender U-Pick:
See our previous blog post just below.

In addition we also are having a special savings of 20% off limited through July 16!
Open House Savings Special

In celebration of the ACHS 5th Annual Lavender Open House, the Apothecary Shoppe is extending you a limited Open House additional savings to total 20%* off your order when placed by the end of day Wednesday, July 16th.

So, if you're not able to join us on-campus for this fun event, you can still take advantage of this great special saving by placing your order online!

Start shopping online now to receive this limited time special savings. Stock up on all your natural health needs or take advantage of this special savings while purchasing your holiday gifts! Be sure to add this promotion to your cart before checkout. Your additional discount will be taken off your order total during processing.

*May be combined with student or graduate discount to total 20% discount. Available in-store, online and orders by phone. Cannot be used with Recommended Reading Book Sets or Study Kits. Back ordered items will ship at a later date for a minimal shipping fee. Not to be combined with any other offer. Not valid in states where prohibited.

nd yet there's one more special... All Organic Seeds are 30% off while supplies last!
Organic Seeds Sale Link
With over fifty great organic seed varieties from which to choose from, click on the link to order yours while they last.

We hope you are all enjoying your summer!

For information about Aromatherapy, or any of our programs at ACHS please contact an admissions advisor today! Call 800.487.8839 or email Be sure to ask about our AA and MS Complementary Alternative Medicine degree programs!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

U-Pick Lavender!

The ACHS is having its yearly Lavender U-Pick!

Come to the Australasian College's garden and harvest lavender for your own use! $6/bunch or $10 for 2 bunches. (size of bunch is determined by zip tie and a bunch can be a quite a nice bit)

To U-Pick Lavender come by the college during our business hours of Monday through Friday 8:30 - 5:30 pm. We are located just off Macadam in Johns Landing.

Here is a link to directions to our campus:

Where is the ACHS campus

This is a great deal for fresh lavender and bunches can go quickly, drop by soon. :)

While at the college be sure to visit our Apothecary Shoppe for other items or specials.

Interested in Holistic Health education? Be sure to speak with one of our Admissions Advisors about all of our programs when you stop by.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

ACHS Lavender Open House listed in The Asian Reporter

The Asian Reporter Community Calendar lists ACHS's Lavendar Distillation demo and Open House on Wednesday July 16 from noon - 4:00pm at the college, 5940 SW Hood Ave. Portland, OR 97239.

At the Open House, you can learn about harvesting and distilling lavender into its essential oils, take a tour of the Botanical Teaching Garden, and learn how to grow different types of lavender with Master Gardener and ACHS SVP Erika Yigzaw.

The first five guests to the Open House will receive one free bunch of fresh picked lavender, so reserve your place today!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

ACHS Graduate Laura Lamun on Raw Vegan Radio

On the June 25 installment of Raw Vegan Radio:

Interview with Laura Lamun, ACHS Graduate and owner of Little Moon Essentials!

She shares ideas and stories from her upcoming book "Raw Aromatherapy". You can hear the interview on iTunes by subscribing to Raw Vegan Radio, or by going to the website


For information about Aromatherapy, or any of our programs at ACHS please contact an admissions advisor today! Call 800.487.8839 or email Be sure to ask about our AA and MS Complementary Alternative Medicine degree programs!