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!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

March Against Monsanto - with Jane Hash, CNHP

Hello, Lovely Readers!  A few weeks ago, I was honored to be invited to speak at the Cleveland March Against Monsanto rally that is taking place on Saturday, October 12th.  Considering my passion for living a holistic lifestyle and all the toxic things Monsanto causes our environment we live in and food we eat, I eagerly accepted.  Now that the fliers are made and my name is listed, the excitement is starting to kick in!

Please, come march against Monsanto with me!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Australia Reaches Out

Dear Readers,

I received an interesting email last week from a follower of this blog who lives in Australia.  It's exciting to know how far my posts are reaching!  She works for Open Colleges, which is a correspondence school of higher education based in Australia.  Recently, Open Colleges added the fascinating study of Iridology to their curriculum.  As a fellow believer in this naturopathic modality of assessing potential weaknesses within the body, she asked me to help promote this new program.  How could I resist?  

I wish you the best, Open Colleges, and I hope your Iridology program is so successful that you add more alternative health courses to your curriculum!

Jane Hash, CNHP

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Jane's Maca Madness Smoothie Recipe

Hello, Lovely Readers!  This week, I discovered how amazing Maca Root powder is!  My house has been bursting with vital energy ever since I whipped up my first Maca smoothie on Monday.  I tried one recipe that I found online and it was ok. Then I made up my own recipe and it is a keeper, for sure! Give it a try and tell me what you think.

Jane's Maca Madness Smoothie Recipe

  • 2 cups of soy, almond, coconut, or hemp milk
  • 1/4 cup chia gel
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 TBSP Trader Joe's organic chocolate hemp protein powder
  • 1 TBSP organic maca powder
  • 4 to 5 ice cubes (optional)
Add all ingredients as listed and blend.  Stores well in refrigerator for up to three days.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Gratitude and Progress

Dear Readers,

Yesterday was hugely successful!  I was invited to The Hive: Embodiment and Education Center, to give a lecture on Holistic Vitality Education.  Students showed up AND had fun!  We all enjoyed samples of my immune boosting tonic, grape flavored Water Kefir, and Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie with chia seeds.

I got some great video footage of yesterday's lecture and will be launching my Holistic Vitality YouTube channel very soon!  Stay tuned!

Subscribe to my channel here!

p.s. Here is the mantra I promised students of The Hive I would post!

My mind is free from fear,
My heart is filled with love,
My body is free from sickness,
My life is filled with prosperity! 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Jane's Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 large sweet potato, cooked, unpeeled and cooled 
  • 1/2 cup almond or soy or hemp milk 
  • 1/2 frozen banana 
  • 1 golden delicious apple, halved and seeded
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 3 tablespoons Chia gel
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Using a Vitamix, add ingredients in the order they are listed above.  Start at Variable 1 while quickly increasing to 10.  Then flip to High.  Use tamper. Blend for about 40 to 60 seconds.

In a more standard blender, cut the fruit up in small pieces and add the ice at the end.

It's like having your dessert for breakfast!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Process Of Finding MY Path

Dear Readers,

Recently, I had an article published regarding the process of how I decided naturopathy is the right path for me.  Should you read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Click here to read article.

Jane Hash, CNHP

Monday, August 5, 2013

Jane Hash, CNHP - Free Lecture! Free Samples!

What is Holistic Vitality Education?  
Jane Hash, CNHP

  • It's fun!
  • It's self-empowerment!
  • It's freedom!
  • It's independence!
  • It's learning about the many paths to homeostasis!
Jane Hash, CNHP is offering a free lecture to describe the variety of exciting and empowering Holistic Vitality Education classes she will be teaching at The Hive: Embodiment Education Center 100 4th Street, Elyria, Ohio 44035. 

Join us on Sunday, August 18th, 2013 from 1pm-4pm!

Some items will be available for donation only!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Allopathic and Naturopathic Can Work Together

Hello, Lovely Readers.  Recently, I had the honor of being the very first person to publicly share the personal story of Holistic Health Crusader, LaurĂ©n Laurino.  Her experience in finding a balance between Allopathy and Naturopathy, to achieve her dramatic health transformation, is inspiring.  I hope you enjoy listening to our interview and please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

2 for 1 Special - Ear Candle Making $35 – Sunday, June 2nd


In this class we will start by discussing the interesting history of Ear Candles and what they have traditionally been used for.  Then, be prepared to get messy because you will have the opportunity to make your own set of Ear Candles followed by a demonstration of how to use them!  You will leave this class with your first set of Ear Candles, instructions on how to make Ear Candles, a template for making them, a guide on how to safely use them, and wax all over your hands and clothes!  Students must be over fifteen years old to attend this class as a safety precaution because we will be working with very hot, melted wax.  Tip: Your clothes may get ruined so don’t wear your Sunday best!

  • Location information
  • A minimum of 10 students MUST register at least one week in advance or class will be canceled.
  • Payment must be made at time of registration
  • To register email Jane @

Sunday, May 5, 2013


Hello, Lovely Readers!  I have two bits of very exciting news to share!  First, my dear friend and colleague, Melissa Lopez, is opening a new studio called "The Hive: Embodiment Education Center."  The studio will offer a wide variety of movement as well as informational classes.  The second bit of good news is, I am going to teach Holistic Vitality Education classes at this new and amazing facility!  

To learn more about Melissa Lopez and "The Hive: Embodiment Education Center," scroll down to read a brief Q&A between her and I.  To learn more about the hands-on, messy, and really fun classes I'll be teaching, click on the "Events" link above!

Q&A With Melissa Lopez

JH) What is The Hive: Embodiment Education Center?

ML) From the outside, it might seem like another yoga studio or fitness center, but The Hive is so much more! To embody something means to give an idea, feeling, or quality a tangible form. Embodiment Education uses the body as the means for developing the tools we need to express our highest potential. The Hive is a community of men, women, and teens who embrace the perception of the body as ally rather than enemy, while creating an environment of compassion, safety and joyful exploration. Utilizing the body as a vehicle for change, students will cultivate an ability to generalize the skills and confidence they gain through participation in The Hive’s programming to every facet of their lives.

JH) What types of classes are going to be available at The Hive?

ML) Yoga, Bellydance, Salsa, Zumba Fitness, Meditative Hoop Dance, Modern/Contemporary Dance, Jazz/Musical Theatre, and a series of classes for Seniors. Our modern/contemporary and jazz/musical theatre instructor is trained in adapting traditional dance technique for folks with special needs.

In addition to our movement based classes, we will also offer discussion based classes and workshops focusing on Holistic Vitality Education and sexuality education.

JH) How long have you been teaching the classes that you are offering?

ML) I’ve been teaching yoga and dance for over 10 years. In 2004 I started teaching sexuality education and have facilitated workshops in faith based organizations and lectured at colleges and universities around the country.

JH) Are you the only Instructor? Do you have a regular Staff/Faculty? Are you seeking to employ more Instructors?

ML) I am the principal instructor and contract with other instructors to provide their instruction at The Hive. While I do not have employees, I am always interested in bringing educators who have a real interest in people and have a passion for what they teach.

JH) When is your grand opening? Can anyone come?

ML)Our Grand Opening Celebration begins May 11. There will be a free yoga class (10am-11:00am) and a Bellydance class (11:30am-12:15pm) in the morning, and a Hafla (Bellydance show/party) at 7:00pm. It is open to the public and tickets are $5 a person. (Instructors of the The Hive receive complimentary admission.)

JH) Is The Hive: Embodiment Education Center a non-profit organization?

ML) We are currently a for profit business but hope to establish a non-profit entity within 5 years. I am developing a movement based curriculum which I will share with service organizations working with marginalized populations, specifically survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, sexual trafficking and the LGBT community.

JH) Can people receive medical treatments at The Hive?

ML) While there will be yoga series that take a therapeutic approach, The Hive does not offer medical treatments.

JH) Will you have set hours of operation or will it be open by appointment only?

ML) The Hive will have regular hours of operation based on the class schedule and calendar.

JH) Would you like to share a personal message with my Readers?

ML) Martha Graham, dancer and choreographer, shared this statement: “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through another medium and it will be lost.”

It sounds easy to say “just get comfortable in your body” but in truth, our society is bombarded with messages that actually cause us to perceive the body as something that is not okay in its natural state and needs to be manipulated, altered, changed, and controlled. I believe that with the support of a compassionate, non-judgmental community it is possible to counter negative cultural messages and habits and create change from the inside by changing the body through movement. When we start to develop new ways of moving, we create new neurological connections. When we start to change our neurology, we change the way we think. When we change our negative thought habits, we provide the unique expression of that “vitality, life force, a quickening” an opportunity to flourish. This can be very difficult work. Why not find a way to get the work done, grow into your full potential and have fun too? Our medicine is the practice, the classes you attend as you gather new tools and begin to generalize those new skills from the studio to the rest of your life. At The Hive, you will get plenty of honey too as we nurture a community that will remind us to smile and enjoy the work. It helps get the medicine down when we add a little sweetness.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Holistic Education Summer Internship Opportunity

There will be no financial compensation. 


· Must be a high school graduate or have a GED. 
· Must have reliable transportation and valid driver’s license. 
· Must be staying in Northeast Ohio during time of internship. 
· Must be a non-smoker (at least while on active Intern duty.) 
· Must be able to lift approximately 20lbs. 
· Must submit a 300-word essay about why you want this experience. Send essay, by May 15th, to 
· Must be willing to put in a minimum of 30-hours of service beginning June 1st and ending August 31st. 
· Must be an example of health and vitality. 


· Intern will assist me with classes I am teaching this summer including preparation before class, assist during class, and teardown after class.

· Intern will meet with me one-on-one, a week before each class.

Benefits to Intern: 

· Intern will get hands on experience in making/learning to use Ear Candles, herbal formulations, probiotics, and digestive enzymes.

· Intern will get a copy of all handouts given in classroom.

· Intern will get his/her own capsule machine.

· At the end of this internship, Intern will get a one-hour Holistic Instruction on the topic of his/her choice.

· Intern with be provided a letter of recommendation at the end of internship.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Quote Of The Week

"Emotions that aren't released bounce around inside until they are translated into a comfortable and appropriate physical means of self-expression."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Holistic Vitality Multi-Tasking

I feel it is important for my readers and students to know that I truly practice what I preach.  That is why I have started posting more photos of myself, doing the variety of things that I write about.  Hopefully, it enhances your visit here and makes you want to come back and see what new projects I'm working on!

Being healthy in today's busy world can be rather challenging at times.  Multi-tasking is often a necessity for me, so I can get to the bottom of my 'To Do' list by the end of the day.  I had no time to sit still for lunch today while I was dying my hair with henna and rinsing my Tibicos so they can make me a new batch of Water Kefir. Fortunately, I have some homemade green smoothie-pops left from when I made too much green smoothie.  For me, they are an excellent and tasty meal replacement.  

Now, my hair looks great, Water Kefir is brewing, and my hunger was satisfied until dinner time!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

This Is What An Herbalist Looks Like

Hello, lovely Readers!  I'm having a fantastically productive weekend grinding and mixing herbs which will soon be put into capsules by my own little hands.  This is a lot of tedious and time consuming hard work but the benefit of optimal health makes it all worth while.  Keeping myself healthy, happy, and full of vitality is my responsibility which I take very seriously...though it is hard to look serious while wearing a mask and Batman t-shirt.

Thank you Montel Williams for designing the superior Health Master food emulsifier and thank you Spirit Apothecary for supplying herbs of the highest quality it a timely fashion!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Time For Spring Cleaning!

Hello there, my lovely Readers!  Sorry it has been over a month since I have posted anything.  I shall do my best to be more diligent in sharing information in a timely fashion in the future!

It is officially Spring yet it took a while to really settle in here in northeast Ohio.  I decided to celebrate Spring's arrival anyway by doing an internal cleanse, regardless of the frigid temperatures.  I must admit that the cold weather made it a challenge to drink the abundance of cold grape juice that was on my menu.

Before I get into the dirty details of how I get my insides sparkling clean every Spring, I want to address people's differences.  This is a very important point to consider when choosing an appropriate cleansing protocol for yourself.  Everybody is different.  We all know this.  Every body is different as well.  This perspective is all too often overlooked in the health care field.  Every person's body has unique needs.  While there are established and respected cleansing programs that work great for most people, some of us need to make adjustments to such programs to insure our body's needs are being met.  

The cleansing program I based my Spring cleanse on was Dr. Christopher's 3 Day Cleanse.  This is a rather aggressive program but I have done it before and was very pleased with the results.  Since I am about two feet, seven inches tall with an average weight of 38lbs, I had to make some adjustments to this program.  

On the first day, I drank prune and grape juice but only half as much as the program recommends.  I also took half as much olive oil as the program recommends. It proved to be a very cleansing day indeed.  Much of it was spent in the bathroom.  On the second day, I continued with the prune juice.  I also ate a few pieces of fresh fruit and a bowl of homemade vegetable soup.  On the last day, I abstained from fruit juice.  However, I continued eating fresh fruit, more vegetable soup, and a baked potato with olive oil and black pepper. It was the best potato ever!  During all three days of this cleanse, I also took Dr. Christopher's Lower Bowel formula in capsule form.

I am very pleased with the results of my cleanse.  I didn't weigh myself before or after because too much emphasis is put on our weight and I didn't want to feed into that.  However, I can tell I lost weight.  My skin is clearer and I have lots more energy now!  Cleansing can be temporarily uncomfortable but the long-term benefits are definitely worth it.  

If you need a specialized cleanse because of your unique body, do not do it on your own.  For your safety, seek the guidance of a health care professional.

Be well!
Jane Hash, CNHP

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Optimal health doesn't just happen for most of us.  It takes work and dedication.  Although I do not consume the Standard American Diet (SAD), there is still room for improvement.  I spend a good portion of my time modifying recipes so that I can still enjoy foods that I like without suffering the unhealthy side effects.  

Well, a few weeks ago I really wanted a cookie!  This meant going to the store because sugary snacks like this do not regularly occupy my cupboards.  It seemed like a simple desire to fulfill until I read the ingredients in the cookies.  Bleached white flour, high fructose corn syrup, and no indication of GMO's aka POISON!  Not one package of cookies met my standards in the whole store!  My cookie desire was still going strong which left me no other choice.  I had to bake my own.

I spent two days doing research...sifting through oatmeal cookie recipes and making modifications.  My final recipe looked promising yet I had made so many changes, it was really a brand new recipe.  The results were so phenomenal that I have to share my recipe with you.  See below recipe for vegan / gluten-free tips.  Most ingredients are organic.



  1. 1/2 cup chia gel
  2. 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/2 cup white sugar
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 tsp vanilla
  7. 1/4 cup wheat germ
  8. 3/4 cup spelt flour
  9. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  10. 1 tsp Cinnamon
  11. 1/2 tsp sea salt
  12. 1 cup raisins
  13. 3 cups quick oats

First, preheat oven to 375.  Then cream together ingredients 1-6 in a large bowl.  Next, stir in ingredients 7-12.  When that is all thoroughly mixed, add the oats.  Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet (I used coconut oil) and bake for 10-12 minutes.  This recipe makes about three dozen cookies.  I must admit, these are the best oatmeal raisin cookies I have ever eaten!  They were totally worth the wait!  Yum!



Feed-back welcomed!!!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Holistic Victory Over Cancer

Nikol Boddie-Treece & Husband
I author two very different blogs.  Every now and then though, the subject matter of which I am presenting applies to both.  This post would be one of those occasions.  

Recently, I was fortunate enough to interview a lovely and tenacious woman about her journey with cancer.  It isn't your typical cancer story though.  The only tear I shed during this interview was because we were laughing so hard!  To hear this amazing woman's story of her holistic victory over cancer, click on this link.  Then, download "HASH IT OUT WITH JANE" featuring Cancer Survivor and Author, Nikol Boddie-Treece.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lemon Peel Follow-Up

Last month I posted about my experiment in recycling lemon peels.  The experiment was a great success!  Next time, I plan to let the concoction sit for an additional week though so the lemony scent is more intense.  This batch is quite nice though.

All I did was fill a glass jar with rubbing alcohol and put a tight fitting lid on it.  Then, every few days when I used some lemon, I put the peel in the jar of rubbing alcohol.  After about a month, I strained it and put the liquid in a plastic spray bottle.  Now I have wonderful lemon air freshener which, is a really nice pick-me-up scent to help make this cold and dreary Ohio winter a little less dreary.  It's like having a little sunshine in a bottle!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lovely Locks

When I discover new methods of improving my regular health maintenance routine, I get ridiculously excited about sharing the information with my Readers!  Today's post is about maintaining lovely locks of hair.

I have two distinctly different types of hair on my head.  My Hairdresser says that's common but I think he is just trying to make me feel better.  Both types are healthy but one requires a lot more conditioning than the other.  Have you ever tried conditioning part of your hair?  It is not at all a good me.  The "normal" parts always get over conditioned and then I look greasy.  

Well, as you may have read in a previous post, I recently made a formula which included vegetable glycerin in the list of ingredients.  It only took a little bit which left me with almost a full bottle of the vegetable glycerin.  Everything that I spend my money on is good to the last drop, even if I have to research what to do with it.  I do not waste anything.  In my research I found this fantastic formula!
  • 2 oz water
  • 2 oz vegetable glycerin
  • 5 drops of essential oil (I used 10 drops of lavender essential oil)
  • small spray bottle
This stuff is amazing!  It adds the perfect amount of moisture to my hair and allows me to control exactly where it goes.  It's also a great de-tangler.  I really wish I knew about this formula as a child.  It would have saved my mother a significant amount of money because we were always buying some type of de-tangle product.

To purchase your vegetable glycerin and essential oils, just click the link below!  I'd also love to hear the results of your own hair care experiments.

Mountain Rose Herbs. A herbs, health and harmony c

Thursday, January 24, 2013


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  • Richest plant source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • contains a vital mineral called boron, which acts as catalyst for the absorption and utilization of calcium by the body
  • The Aztecs depended on Chia as a main food source
  • It was so highly valued it was used as a form of currency
  • A vegan-friendly food
  • Cholesterol free
  • Assists bowel function and regularity
  • When soaked in water for 30 minutes, chia seeds form a thick gel. This gel also forms in the stomach when chia seeds are consumed. Researchers believe it slows down the rate at which digestive enzymes turn carbohydrates into sugar, making it especially beneficial for diabetics and others with blood sugar issues.
  • Environmentally friendly – does not require the use of pesticides
  • “Chia” means “oily”
  • Is hydrophilic and can absorb more than 12 times its weight in water. This makes it helpful in maintaining body hydration 
  • Is high in antioxidants
  • can be stored for long periods, unlike flax seeds
  • is a very easily digested source of protein
  • help maintain resilience and lubrication of all cells and combine with protein and cholesterol to form living membranes that hold the body cells together
  • free of mercury, unlike many fish oils
Suggested Directions:
Mix 1/3 cups of ground seeds with 2 cups water.  Whisk periodically for 15 minutes, let stand for 1 minute, then whisk again.  It will form a gel.  Place in refrigerator.  Take 3 tablespoons of gel 3 times a day.  The gel may be added to smoothies, cereals, or yogurts.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Recycled Lemon Peel

For the past few months I have been making water kefir religiously.  Every three days I'm birthing one jar and starting another.  Each batch uses half a lemon.  That means I have been throwing away the peel of about four organic lemons per month!  They smell absolutely delightful and it pains me to toss them out.  Well, today I stopped this wasteful habit!

Instead of throwing out the lemon peel, I put it in a clean glass jar and filled the jar with rubbing alcohol.  Every three days when I start a new batch of water kefir, I'm going to add the discarded lemon peel to the jar of rubbing alcohol.  I made sure the jar I chose has a tight fitting lid so it can withstand a good shaking every few days.  In a month or so when the contents of the jar reaches my desired level of lemony freshness, I'll strain it and put it in a spray bottle to use as an air freshener!  

I'll be sure to let you know how this experiment turns out!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Herbal Cough Syrup, Made At Home

In anticipation of my seasonal and annoying cough, I started a few tinctures brewing back in the fall.  The ghost pepper and the wild cherry bark tinctures were made using grain alcohol and the comfrey leaf tincture was made with apple cider vinegar.  I must say, these mysterious looking jars sitting in my kitchen have been the inspiration of many interesting conversations over the past several weeks.

My cough started the other day, just as I expected it to.  Well, today I used my homemade tinctures and made an awesome cough syrup!  I've been breathing with ease and have not coughed once since I took a dose several hours ago.  My formula is a slightly modified version of the formula I was taught by Dr. Philip Fritchey, M.H., N.D., CNHP.  If you would like to make your own, here is the formula I used.
  • 4 oz wild cherry bark tincture
  • 4 oz comfrey leaf tincture
  • 1 tsp ghost pepper tincture
  • 3 oz raw honey
  • 3 oz vegetable glycerin
wild cherry bark
I stirred it all up and stored it in a glass bottle.  No refrigeration needed.  It is suggested that a child's dose is 1 tsp and an adult's dose is 1 TBSP.  I diluted my dose in a little water because it is pretty intense stuff.

Be sure to always label your homemade formulas!


Monday, January 14, 2013

Self-Care Valentine Special!

Weather you have a serious health issue or simply a desire to improve your overall well-being, most people claim they just don't have time to do things that promote optimal health because of the fast paced world we live in today.  Unfortunately, if we don't make a little time for self-care now, we will likely regret it later.

If you want to learn how to put a simple and mostly painless "Self-Care" plan together, without even leaving your desk, then you should take advantage of my special offer that runs from today until Valentine's Day.  My "Virtual Holistic Vitality" classes, conducted via Skype, are regularly $50.  Between 1-14-2013 and 2-14-2013 though, these classes will be available for only $40!  

To schedule your Virtual Holistic Vitality class, email me at and put "Self-Care" as the subject.  Gift certificates are also available.

Be well!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Go Green in 2013!

The only thing that I really miss about consuming alcohol is holding a wine glass in my hand.  Who says wine is the only beverage that can go in a wine glass though?  Besides, I'm not known for following rules very well anyway.  So, I dusted off my wine glasses and have found a way to recycle them!

Jane with Green Smoothie in wine glass
My New Year's Resolution is to drink at least five green smoothies a week.  Green smoothies are an excellent way to get lots of live, easy to digest, vitamins and minerals into your diet.  They may seem intimidating or even scary at first but they look really fun in a wine glass!

The recipe I used today...

  • 2 cups plain non-GMO soy milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 pear
  • 2 organic large kale leaves (with spine removed)
  • 1 tsp of my organic, homemade, powdered, vitamin mix which is, equal parts alfalfa, kelp, and rosehips
When choosing the ingredients for your Green Smoothie, be sure to check the Food Combining Chart so you get the most benefit out of your smoothie!

Sometimes I make more smoothie than I can drink in one sitting.  This stuff is too good to waste though so I put any extra smoothie in a popsicle tray and make Smoothie Pops!  These are especially tasty on summer days that are just too hot to cook.  It's a complete meal in a yummy popsicle!  Plus, you'll be the coolest parent in the neighborhood when you announce that you're serving popsicles for dinner.