Thursday, June 5, 2014

Treat Your Face To Flower Water

Hello, lovely Readers! I am kicking myself in the butt for not taking a photo before I tried this latest experiment but I did not expect such quick and awesome results.  

My skin isn't porcelain white but I am quite fair. Lately, I started developing a lot pink and redness on my face. Perhaps the seasonal change caused the inflammation. I'm not quite sure. 
I looked through my pantry, which is full of herbs, essential oils, and other Herbalist necessities to see what type of potion I could whip up to help my irritated skin. In my search, I found a bottle of Chamomile Hydrosol. 

I know Chamomile is soothing in teas, lotions, and ointments. Why not try this on my face? Morning and night I have applied Chamomile Hydrosol to a cotton ball to cleanse my face. Then I apply a thin layer of moisturizer aka coconut oil. Three days later the inflammation on my face in 99% gone. My skin is clear and soft and feels great!

Do you use hydrosols (flower waters)?  Share your tips and suggestions in the comment below!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Superfood Dessert...Maco-Choco Delights

Hello, Beautiful Readers,  

I have an amazing recipe to share with you that includes some of my most favorite things, including maca root, cacao, raw honey, and coconut oil.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

These four simple ingredients are some of nature's most powerful superfoods, also known as 'foods of the gods.'  

Maca root comes from Peru and has been effectively used as an energy booster and hormone stabilizer because it is loaded with vitamins, fatty acids, phytohormones, and amino acids.

Cacao beans are grown in Mexico and South America.  When they are dried at a very low temperature, they can then be ground up into an easy to use powder.  This chocolaty treasure is abundant in antioxidants, which promote general health and may reduce the risk of heart disease. 

Raw Honey...oh my, I must use restraint to be brief on this decadent embodiment of sweetness.  This tasty temptress contains antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.  It also helps relieve allergies and aids in digestion.  The list goes on.  To make sure we always have raw honey to help keep us healthy, learn what you can do to help keep the bees healthy. (#savethebees)

Coconut Oil is extracted from the white meaty part of the coconut.  It's uses and benefits are endless!  I know you're eager to get to the recipe though so you can sink your teeth into some yummy Maco-Choco Delights!  To learn more about coconut oil, just check out the article I wrote about it for TMR

How to make Maco-Choco Delights

  • In a small bowl, mix together 6 TBSP maca root powder & 6 TBSP cacao powder.
  • In a small pan, over low heat, melt 3/4 cup coconut oil & 3/4 cup raw honey.  
  • When the honey and oil become liquid, add the powders gradually, stirring continuously. 
  • When all ingredients are combined, pour into chocolate molds of your choice and place in refrigerator until firm. 
If you don't love these sweet treats at first bite, send them to me because I can't seem to get enough!

Enjoy your health!
Jane Hash, CNHP

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Cajun Lentil Soup Recipe

Greetings, wonderful Readers! It has been a brutally cold winter here in northeast Ohio. My urges to gorge on heavy comfort foods can get overwhelming. 

During these dark and blustery times I do my best to be gentle with myself, by finding creative compromises that fulfill what I want as well as what I need.  

Below is a recipe I concocted yesterday in my laboratory aka 'kitchen.'  It was inspired by the rich and spicy flavors of Cajun cuisine. Then, I incorporated one of my staple health foods...lentils.  

This recipe need not be followed EXACTLY as it is written.  I used green lentils but any lentil could work. Also, you may want to add diced tomatoes, more celery and less green pepper.  You may even want to add some type of seafood.  Make it as it is written or get creative with it.  Either way, I want to know how you like it!  Bon appetit!

Awesome Cajun Lentil Soup

Spice Mix

Equal parts
  • Sea salt 
  • Black pepper 
  • Cayenne 
  • Oregano 
  • Paprika 
Put all the seasoning in a container with a tight fitting lid and shake to mix. Set aside. 

The Soup

  • about 1 lb andouille sausage
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 2 small onions or 1 large onion
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Better Than Bouillon (vegetable or chicken)
  • Small can tomato paste (about 6 oz)
  • 1 lb green lentils
  • 8-10 cups of water (depending on how much broth you like)


First, slice sausage, cook thoroughly, drain grease, and transfer sausage to the soup pot. Then, dice peppers, onions, celery, and garlic and add to the pot. Add water, rinsed lentils, tomato paste, and 1 TBSP of the prepared Spice Mix…more spice can be added later if you want it hotter. Bring pot to a boil, add a heaping TBSP of bouillon, stir, and turn down to simmer. After it starts to simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes.

This recipe makes a lot of soup but it tastes great and freezes well.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Holistic Vitality Education Gift Certificates

Happy holidays!  I'm very excited to announce that starting today and ending on December 24th, you can purchase a Holistic Vitality Education (HVE) Holiday Gift Certificates for only $50!  

An HVE Holiday Gift Certificate entitles students to two one-on-one classes with me!  Our first class will focus on setting your HVE goals and developing steps to help you reach those goals.  In the second class, we will evaluate your progress and you'll have the opportunity to set new goals to help you reach optimal health and vitality!

Be Well,

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ear Candle Demonstration

Hello, fabulous Readers!  One of the things I love most about doing what I do is, empowering others to take care of their own well-being.  I've been teaching workshops about herbs and holistic living for several years and I'm always curious about whether or not my students will implement their new found knowledge into their lifestyle.  Well, I was just doing some research on YouTube and came across an Ear Candle demonstration video made by a former student. She's doing it just like I taught her!  Great job, Lindy!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Flu Shots

If the now trendy Flu shot is not your style and you're interested in boosting your immune system naturally, check out the article I wrote about my Flu shot alternative.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

March Against Monsanto in Cleveland, Ohio

Dear Readers,

Several months ago I was invited to be a guest speaker at the March Against Monsanto rally that took place today on Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio today.  It was an honor to be recognized for my knowledge regarding the effects our food has on our health and vitality.  Below is the full text of my presentation today, along with a video of the event that includes highlights of my speech.


by Jane Hash, CNHP

Hello and thank you for coming out here today. Ever since I picked up a microphone two years ago and began producing the podcast “HASH IT OUT With Jane,” I have been speaking out against Monsanto. I consider most of their business practices to be crimes against humanity, which I could talk about for days.

However, I was invited to speak to all of you today because I am Certified Natural Health Professional who spends a great deal of time educating individuals and organizations about diet and nutrition. A very wise pioneer in holistic health, Dr. John Christopher, believed that the main cause of all sickness, disease, and disability is malnutrition. The average American is not likely to buy into this quackery though because America is a super power! We have tons of food, right? In 2012, the Natural Resources Defense Council reported that Americans throw away over 150 Billion dollars of food every year. So, how could WE be suffering from malnutrition?

Let’s shift our focus now to Round-Up and Round-Up Ready seeds. Round-Up is one of the marketing names for an herbicide called glyphosate, which was created by a team of scientists employed by Monsanto. It has been used in commercial farming since the 1970’s. Round-Up Ready seeds are seeds that have been Genetically Modified to be glyphosate resistant. If you are a Farmer who uses Monsanto’s Round-Up, you have to use Round-Up Ready seeds.

Now let’s examine how glyphosate and Round-Up Ready GMO seeds may be affecting you and me. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration claims that glyphosate is safe and does not pose any cancer or other health risks to humans. There was a time when this would have brought me comfort. Then I started doing my own research and learned that many of these individuals within the EPA and the FDA who are making these claims, also work for Monsanto. I’m not going to pull a Palin and name names or hold up their photos with crosshairs over their faces. Instead, I will simply encourage you to do your own research.

Fortunately, there are experts out there who are willing to speak truthfully on this subject. Dr. Don Huber, an internationally known and respected plant pathologist and Professor Emeritus at Purdue University stated that, glyphosate kills plants by starving them to death. It inhibits a plant’s ability to utilize minerals found in the soil. It also inhibits their ability to defend themselves against natural threats, like funguses and other organisms, which cause the plants to become diseased.

The European Journal of Agronomy published a paper written by Huber in 2009, in which he stated the following:

I found that glyphosate has an effect on reducing manganese in plants, which is essential to many plant defense reactions that protect plants from disease and environmental stress. Glyphosate can immobilize plant nutrients such as manganese, copper, potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium, and zinc so they are no longer nutritionally functional.
The report went on to explain that glyphosate not only makes these vital micronutrients unavailable to crops but also to animals and humans. What all of this means is that our food is not only diseased but it’s also severely nutritionally deficient. There has been no substantial evidence to prove that GMO’s crops are more prolific. However, even if those claims are true, what is the point if all they produce is diseased and nutritionally deficient crops?

Some of you might think that you are not being affected by GMO’s or glyphosate. Let’s conduct a little experiment. Raise your hand if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any of the following conditions.

· Anxiety


· Asthma

· Autism

· Cancer

· Digestive disorders

· Hyper or Hypothyroidism

· Fertility issues

· Unexplained skin rashes

· Allergies to soybeans and/or peanuts

· Auto Immune Disease

· Chronic ear infections

· Connective Tissue Disorders

The list goes on. I am not a medical doctor and I am not audacious enough to say that GMO’s directly cause all of the issues I just listed. However, I am educated and experienced enough to say that a diet deficient in vital micronutrients that also include diseased cereal grains like wheat and corn, will absolutely, without a doubt, contribute to the development of sickness, disease, and disability. As a society, we are showing significant signs of malnutrition.

I will never know if GMO’s or glyphosate caused my disability but I strongly suspect that they are a contributing factor. There are over 70 million Americans with disabilities. Several thousand of these disabilities were caused by a Monsanto created herbicide used in the Vietnam War called, Agent Orange. These American soldiers were not informed of the potential heath risks of using Agent Orange. They were contaminated, came home, had children, and spread what is now commonly known as “Agent Orange Syndrome.” This is a horrific, debilitating condition which I encourage you to educate yourself about. You may not have been born until after the Vietnam War but people are still suffering.

History is repeating itself. Glyphosate is the new Agent Orange. Our government is not protecting us. The only way to peacefully defeat Monsanto is to stop giving them our money. Monsanto feeds on money. Let’s starve them out just like they are doing to us.

Just say no to GMO’s!