Monday, September 24, 2012

A Very Herbal Weekend

I have had a very busy yet rewarding weekend of tending to my homemade, organic, herbal formulations!  Being healthy does not mean you have to make everything yourself.    I tend to purchase formulas that are exceptionally messy to make like, ointments.  I truly enjoy making most of my home remedies myself though!  Some of my recent formulations included a nutritional supplement, herb infused oil, and three tinctures which will be components used in yet other formulations!

For my nutritional supplements I decided to use equal parts of alfalfa, kelp, and rose hips.  It wasn't hard at all to decide which herbs to use in this formula that I put into capsules.  If I were to purchase pre-made vitamins, I would buy VITALERBS from the Dr. Christopher product line because I truly believe they are the best herbal multivitamin that you can buy.  The first three ingredients in these vitamins are alfalfa, kelp, and rose hips!  This tells me that Dr. Christopher felt very strongly about the nutritive value of these three herbs.  In doing my own research, I completely understand their value and decided to use them in my formula too.  They really give me a serious energy boost!

The herb infused oil I started is grapeseed oil and comfrey leaf.  When I say that I "started" it, I mean that I put the herb and oil in a glass jar.  A few times a week I'll make sure the jar gets a good shaking!  In six weeks I'll strain the plant matter from the oil and do lots of wonderful things with my lovely, hand-crafted comfrey oil.  I can't wait to use it in my skin smoothing bath scrub!

I also started one tincture and strained two others.  The tincture I started is made of comfrey and Apple Cider Vinegar.  Some of this will be used in a cough syrup I'll be making.  I am aware that the FDA does not approve of comfrey being used internally.  However, I have consumed comfrey for years and believe it has improved my health greatly.  This will also get a good shaking a few times a week until I declare it 'ready' in six weeks.  One of the tinctures I strained provided me with an excellent learning opportunity.  Never, ever again, will I use "POWDERED" white oak bark to make a tincture.  Instead I will only use cut white oak bark for this purpose.  Straining the powdered white oak bark tincture, made with grain alcohol, was like straining mud.  It took a ridiculously long time and looked rather gross.  The other tincture I strained was wild cherry bark in grain alcohol.  This will go into the previously mentioned cough syrup with the comfrey tincture.

I hope you enjoy and learn from my experiments in my laboratory a.k.a. kitchen.  I'll be sure to let you all know how the cough syrup turns out.  If you are interested in making your own tinctures, infused oils, and capsules then I suggest getting a good herbal 'how to' guide.  The one I use is "The School of Natural Healing" by Dr. Christopher.  It is full of amazing formulas that have improved my quality of life.  

Also, once you decide which formulas you're going to make, you'll need some supplies.  All the organic herbs, capsules, and capsule making tools discussed in this post were purchased fromMountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c.

Enjoy and be well!

Jane Hash, CNHP

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Our Relationship With Food

This evening I visited one of my favorite websites, Natural Health News.  In flipping through their many informative videos, I came upon one entitled "The Wisdom of Raw Foods."  One prospective discussed in this video, is that many of us are more careful about the fuel we put in our cars than the fuel we put in our bodies.  Weather you are an omnivore, vegan, or vegetarian there is a lot of information in this  video that you may find helpful and interesting.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Free Herbs All Year - Home Grown

A happy, healthy herb garden can easily produce more than you can use during the growing season.  Luckily, there are lots of different ways to preserve your home-grown herbs so that you can enjoy their culinary and medicinal benefits all year long!

When using the methods in this first video, I like to use a vacuum sealer instead of regular plastic baggies.  I think it preserves the freshness better.
This next video illustrates the drying method which I have used for years.  The only thing I do different is I hang my upside-down bundles of herbs inside a paper lunch-sized bag to keep dust and cat fur off of my herbs.
Experimenting with different methods of preserving your fresh, home-grown herbs is half the fun of growing them!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Aromatherapy and Asthma

My first step down the holistic path, over ten years ago, was learning basic Aromatherapy.    In conjunction with dietary and environmental modifications, Aromatherapy facilitated me in weening myself off of asthma medication which I had been on for half my life.  

Before delving into the fragrant world of Aromatherapy though, it is important to educate yourself.  My very first Aromatherapy book was, "500 FORMULAS for AROMATHERAPY."  To this day, I reference it often.

Friday, September 14, 2012

To Save Money, I Make My Own Dietary Supplements

Here is an excellent instructional video which shows the tools needed to make your own herbal capsules/dietary supplements and how to do it!  All needed supplies and herbs can easily be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Holistic and $15 Off for Four More Days! Get Your Discount Today!

Treat yourself or a loved one to a Virtual Holistic Vitality class!  All you need is a half-hour, and a computer with internet and speakers/mic.  This may very well be the most easy class to take advantage of in which, you get one-on-one attention from a Teacher who is a Certified Natural Health Professional as well as an Herbalist.  The best part of the class is the subject - YOU!  That's right!  All topics related to your health and overall well-being are open for discussion without judgement.  Also, out of respect for my students, I  have a very strict Student/Teacher Confidentiality Policy.  Since these classes only run 30 minutes long, here are a couple tips to help you get the most valuable information out of your class!

  • When scheduling your class, tell me what topics you are most interested in learning about. Here are some examples; weight loss, improving the quality of your sleep, and stress reduction.  This will insure that I will be prepared with nutritional information, meditation tips, or simply a few book recommendations.
  • Be sure you have a quiet space for your 30 minute class so that no one interrupts by knocking on your door or calling you on the phone. These 30 minutes are all about you!
For a limited time, you may schedule your Virtual Holistic Vitality class for only $35!! You may only schedule one class during this introductory offer.   Starting on Wednesday, September 19th, Virtual Holistic Vitality classes will go up to their regular price of $50. Contact me today to schedule your first Virtual Holistic Vitality class!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Which Multivitamin Should I Take?

"Which Multivitamin Should I Take?"  This is one of the most frequent questions I am asked as a Holistic Vitality Educator.  The formula which I recommend most often is Dr. Christopher's formula, 'Vitalerbs.'  The two main reasons I prefer this formula are:
  • The Dr. Christopher line of products have a long history of keeping generations of families healthy.
  • This formula is made from life-giving herbs grown with a great deal of care in nutrient dense soil, rather from chemical compounds formulated in a laboratory like many conventional multivitamins.

Manifesting Your Own Reality

It is my belief that most people truly want to be happy.  Yet, many are dissatisfied with his or her current lot in life.  This state of unhappiness could potentially lead to illness.  Therefor, it is important to recognize destructive behaviors and replace them with healthy and proactive ones before a serious health crisis occurs.

To facilitate in introducing the concept of 'Manifesting Your Own Reality,' I recently had an article published which is entitled "Making Your Wishes Come True."  The practices which I describe in this piece have served me very well in my own life.   As always, it is my hope that you find the information that I provide to be helpful.

Jane Hash, CNHP

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Introductory Offer on Virtual Holistic Vitality classes!!

This is likely the most convenient class for a busy person who wants to learn about making healthy lifestyle choices.  You won't even have to get up from your desk.  It's also the easiest class to fit into a tight budget.  Regardless of where you are located, video-chat can bring us together for a one-on-one, face-to-face Holistic Vitality Class!  All you need is a computer with a mic/speakers  and high-speed internet.  (Accommodations will be made for those with visual and/or hearing impairments.)

These classes only run 30 minutes long so here are a couple tips to help you get the most valuable information out of your class!

  • When scheduling your class, tell me what topics you are most interested in learning about.  Here are some examples; weight loss, improving the quality of your sleep, and stress reduction.
  • Be sure you have a quiet space for your 30 minute class so that no one interrupts by knocking on your door or calling you on the phone.  These 30 minutes are all about you!
For a limited time, you may schedule your Virtual Holistic Vitality class for only $35!!  You may only schedule one class during this introductory offer.  Starting on Wednesday, September 19th, Virtual Holistic Vitality classes will go up to their regular price of $50.  This gives you one whole week to take advantage of an excellent opportunity to do something kind for yourself.  You deserve it!  Contact me today to schedule your first Virtual Holistic Vitality class!
Jane Hash, CNHP
Holistic Vitality Educator

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I'm a LUSH Girl (Mostly Vegan Body Care) - part two

A few posts ago I gushed about LUSH, a company that makes personal hygiene products out of fresh fruits and vegetables.  They have been part of my daily bathing/beauty routine for at least five years now.  Just when I thought our relationship was perfect and couldn't get any better, LUSH gave me another reason to love them more!

You see, in the previous post I mentioned that I was promoting LUSH products completely commission-free.  At that time it was absolutely true.  After I published the post though I started thinking about all the people who I have converted from conventional products to LUSH products.  At the risk of bragging, I'm quite the effective LUSH pusher.  This product line really sells itself because of its superior quality and the care that goes into making the products.  Sometimes people just need a little convincing to give it that first try though because our society generally deems it strange to wash ourselves with fruits and vegetables.  Every time I have convinced a friend to give LUSH a try though, they became a repeat customer.

So, I decided to look for employment opportunities within the company.  They are a rapidly growing business which provides a lot of opportunity.  Due to geography and physical demands, the best way for me to join the LUSH team at this time is to be an affiliate...hence the random LUSH ads on my blog.  By being an affiliate, I'll get a commission when you make your LUSH purchases by going through the ads on my blog here.  I'm definitely going to keep an eye on LUSH's job posting page as well so I don't miss an opportunity to be a greater part of the LUSH team!

Monday, September 10, 2012

'Jane Approved' Natural Living Products

Recently I signed up for an AdSense Account through Google, in hopes of generating a little cash from my blog.  That lasted about 24 hours because all the ads they wanted to put on my blog were contradictory to my blog's content.  I am a Holistic Vitality Educator and I will not have Domino's Pizza ads on my blog!  I may not be rich but I do have my integrity.

This experience taught me a valuable lesson.  I should only promote companies I trust and products that I actually use.  So, now I am in the process of becoming an affiliate of those companies whose products actually enhance the quality of my life.  Don't worry that my blog will become overrun with ads because there are few companies who live up to my standards.

The first ad you'll notice here is from Mountain Rose Herbs.  I have been a very satisfied customer of their for nearly 10 years.  Every time you follow their links here on my blog and purchase one of their fine products, I will get a commission for telling you how amazing they are!  WIN WIN!

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Introduction to Lavender

Recently, I had an article published about the medicinal properties and uses of Lavender on a very informative website called, "Helium."  This site publishes a broad spectrum of articles written by a diverse collection of writers.  

Since Lavender is by far one of my favorite herbs which I use daily, this will not be the only occasion that I write an article about it.  However, this piece is a great first step for those who are just getting acquainted with this aromatic gift from Nature!  As always, it is my hope that you find this article interesting and informative!

"Medicinal Properties and Uses of Lavender" by Jane Hash, CNHP

Saturday, September 1, 2012

I'm A LUSH Girl! (Mostly Vegan Body Care)

My whole life I have struggled with very sensitive skin.  Nearly every soap or shampoo I've ever used has caused me a rash, dry patches, or painful burn looking marks.  I have had similar experiences with lotions and facial moisturizers.  Make-up is the absolute worst though.  I actually had to go to the E.R. once because of a reaction to lip gloss!  It looked like my lips were trying to swallow my face because they were so swollen!

All this changed a few years ago when I was introduced to a company called, LUSH.  I do not work for this company or own stock in it (but I would.)  Nobody is paying me to share this information with you.  I am just so grateful that this company exists that I want to tell everyone I know, especially those who have had similar experiences with sensitive skin.

It can be really depressing not being able to use fragrant lotions, sweet smelling shampoos, or something as simple as lip gloss.  It is also stressful and scary buying such personal hygiene items knowing that there is a good chance that it will harm you in some way.  Discovering LUSH products was truly a gift which I'm happy to share.  Over the past few years I have successfully used their shampoos, conditioners, lotions, make-up, soaps etc and my skin loved every moment!  

If you deal with similar issues due to your delicate skin and the harshness of most commercial personal hygiene items, I highly recommend giving LUSH a try.  Here is a video which explains even more reasons to love LUSH!