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 time...trust 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.


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Chia Seeds “THE REDISCOVERED SUPERFOOD”

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CHIA SEED FACT SHEET
  • 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!

* IF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IS OF CONCERN TO YOU, SIMPLY ADD A SMALL AMOUNT OF VERY HOT WATER TO YOUR DOSE OF COUGH SYRUP.  ALLOW TIME TO COOL BEFORE INGESTING.  THIS WILL CAUSE THE ALCOHOL TO EVAPORATE.

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 janehashCNHP@gmail.com 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.