Toss Your Plastic Wrap!

Plastic wrap is a petroleum based product that, like other plastics, leaches chemicals into the food it touches.

I always use a piece of wax paper between it and food, creating more waste than should be necessary to store food in the fridge.

Well, I was standing at the kitchen counter after dinner some months ago.. begrudgingly tearing yet another sheet of plastic wrap to cover a bowl of hummus… when I looked at J and said,

“There has to be a way to craft a cover that is food-safe, and plastic free.  I just hate buying and throwing away plastic wrap week after week, and year after year!  Think of the amount of awful waste each household generates just for wrapping food. It’s huge!”

Then within 2 months I came across reusable cloth covers, sold by a specialty site. Bingo!  I bought some to figure out how well they worked, and decided to make my own, since they sold for $12.00 -15.00 each!

I am happy to say they work like a charm.

I am making them available to you all through my Hoda’s Herbals website at 1/3 of the price!  They are reusable, rinse-able and fun!

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Reusable, food safe bowl cover

We only use pure Beeswax, nothing else.  The warmth of your hands causes the wax to soften and mold beautifully around any container.  Will last many months.

Now I rarely use plastic wrap or foil.. the latter to line a baking sheet when I make the covers, or to wrap around the meat that I re-package with parchment for the freezer.

Buy two sets, and mix and match patterns.  These make an awesome gift, saving recipient $$/month.

HELP US REDUCE environment/health damaging chemicals, both in the manufacturing and disposal of plastics.

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Round bowl covers, Farm motif


Purifying and Protecting: Cypress Essential Oil

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Cypress is an exceptionally long-lived evergreen tree and is often considered the symbol of eternity.

Cypress essential oil is steam-distilled from the leaves, twigs and cones of the cypress tree. The essential oil is clear and has a woodsy, pleasantly smoky aroma with a slightly spicy, resinous undertone.

Cypress oil is recommended when there is excess fluid, because it is a powerful astringent and venous decongestant.  This makes cypress essential oil a first choice when treating varicose veins and hemorrhoids, and over-heavy and painful menstruation.

The antiseptic properties of Cypress Oil make it a good choice for treating both external and internal wounds. it is also a common ingredient in antiseptic lotions and creams. This quality is specifically due to the presence of Camphene in the essential oil.

Cypress essential oil is valuable in the treatment of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and irritability.  Cypress essential oil is good for excessive perspiration and for deodorizing sweaty feet.

Cypress essential oil improves circulation and strengthens blood capillaries, and is great for supporting and detoxifying the lymphatic system.

It induces a calming, relaxing and sedative effect on both the mind and body by relieving nervous stress and anxiety. It also stimulates a happy feeling in case of anger or sadness. It is helpful to pacify people who have suffered a serious shock, trauma, or major setback in life.

Purifying, protecting and refreshing, it provides excellent psychic protection and as a symbol of eternity, cypress instills wisdom.  You may use it in meditations for bereavement, difficult transitions and painful changes.

I will be adding a Cypress infused Detoxifying and Soothing Cream to my line of personal products soon!

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Bounce Your Way to Good Health!

Rebounding is more than simply jumping on a mini trampoline. This small, yet powerful fitness tool strengthens and supports virtually every major system in your body.

Jumping on a rebounder/trampoline can help improve your blood and lymph circulation and help detoxify your body.

Even if you are tired or suffer from chronic fatigue, rebounding is a gentle, easy form of exercise that is so much fun, you just might feel like a kid!  Unlike running, rebounding dramatically reduces the impact on your joints, so it’s gentle enough for anyone.

The lymphatic fluid contains the body’s T- and B-cellsB-cells work chiefly by secreting antibodies into the body’s fluids to ambush foreign antigens circulating in the bloodstream. They are powerless, however, to penetrate cells.

The job of attacking target cells—either those infected by viruses or cells that have been distorted by cancer—is left to T cells or other immune cells.

The lymphatic system, as described by Dr. Morton Walker in his book “Jumping for Health“, is the  “metabolic garbage can of the body. It rids you of toxins, such as dead and cancerous cells, nitrogenous wastes, fat, infectious viruses, heavy metals, and other material cast off by the cells.”

There are only three ways for the lymph system to “pump” and cleanse: exercise, which helps muscular contraction; massage of the tissues; and gravitational pressure.

Bouncing provides all three ways of removing waste from the cells.  You can start out by putting on your favorite music and dancing on the trampoline for 15 minutes, building up to 25 minutes.  Change it up by bouncing a few times in between dances… letting your arms and shoulders flop around.

“And the joy of it all is that you don’t even have to exert yourself to get these benefits. The eldest of the elderly can do this, as well as the handicapped person, and the arthritic.”   ~ Linda D Cloward LMT bouncer

Buy yours by clicking here.

~ In Good Health!

The Power of Guided Nutrition in Cancer Treatment

In several posts I have mentioned the indispensable service offered by Nutritional Solutions to cancer patients.  I refer many of my clients to their office for phone consultations before, during and after treatment.

“Jeanne Wallace is among a small handful of gifted practitioners who has succeeded in synthesizing the complex and wide volume of available research in the field of integrative care. Her work with brain cancer deserves further attention from the research community.”
Keith I. Block, MD, Medical Director, Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care

They will teach you to:

  • Maximize your cancer therapy with nourishing foods, nutrients and herbs to enhance the efficacy of your treatments, while safely reducing their side effects
  • Harness the ONCOMETABOLIC ADVANTAGE—Dr. Wallace’s cutting-edge, scientifically-based program to foster an anti-cancer environment within your body.
  • Learn how wholesome foods, dietary supplements and simple lifestyle changes can:Talk to your genes with specific foods that have been shown to suppress the expression of cancer genes and increase tumor suppressor genes
  • Curb inflammation, a known contributor to tumor growth and invasion
  • Thwart angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels that “feed” a tumor
  • Target insulin resistance, a hidden underlying factor scientifically linked to prognosis, survival, and treatment outcome
  • Provide the necessary nutritional co-factors that prompt cancer cells to mature into healthy cells (a process called differentiation) or to undergo a natural cell “suicide” (apoptosis)
  • Boost the competence of your immune system
  • Utilize a panel of laboratory testing to:
    • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of your diet
    • Individually tailor your protocol based on your body’s unique biochemistry
    • Prioritize your nutritional goals so you know which areas are most important
    • Monitor the efficacy of your nutrition protocol (with follow-up testing)
  • Learn appropriate dosing, how and when to take your supplements, and recommendations for superior quality products with proven track records

Listen to a short clip by Dr. Wallace:

~ In good health

Regenerate Your Entire Immune System in 72 Hours


  • Prolonged fasting downregulates a IGF-1/PKA pathway in stem cells
  • Prolong fasting protects hematopoietic cells from chemotoxicity
  • Prolonged fasting cycles promote HSC self-renewal to reverse immunosuppression
  • Inhibition of IGF-1 or PKA signaling mimics the effects of prolonged fasting

The immune system is something that is highly misunderstood not just by everyday people but also by the many conventional doctors who we depend on for health advice.

Most people resort to things like synthetic vitamins and medicines (ignoring better natural alternatives) to deal with colds and improve immunity, but the cycle of sickness always seems to continue.

White blood cells (right) help immune response, and they can be recycled through fasting, the study said.

For people with compromised immune systems, there are many natural options, and now researchers have discovered what could well be one of the best ways to reset and recharge your immune system; one that happens to be free and is believed to work even in the elderly.

Three Days to a Whole New Immune System

According to researchers at the University of Southern California, the act of fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in elderly people.

The researchers said that fasting helps the body’s stem cells to begin producing new white blood cells, which help to fight off infection.

They added that the discovery could be especially effective for people suffering from damaged immune systems, including chemotherapy patients, who were protected from the toxic impacts of the treatment during the fasting period (note: we personally don’t recommend chemotherapy as a first go-to therapy; consult a holistic doctor for more information).

Flipping a “Regenerative Switch”

As the researchers noted, the act of fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in elderly people.

“Fasting gives the ‘OK’ for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system,” Prof. Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California, told the UK’s The Telegraph.

He added that the body actually removed parts that were damaged, old or inefficient during the fasting process, creating “literally, a new immune system.”

According to Dr. Longo a person’s system recycles unneeded immune cells, especially damaged ones, in order to create energy while they are fasting.

Over the course of his study’s trials, participants were asked to regularly fast between 2-4 days over a 6 month period.

The study was released in June and Dr. Longo said that clinical trials must still be completed, but added that the research looks “very promising.”

You can read the full study in the journal ‘Cell Stem Cell’ by clicking here

CAUTION: Consult your physician before starting a fasting regimen.

Drink your GRASS – The Power of Wheatgrass

WHEATGRASS juice is nature’s finest medicine

It is a powerful concentrated liquid nutrient.
Two ounces of wheatgrass juice has the nutritional equivalent of 5 POUNDS of the best raw organic vegetables… twice the amount of Vitamin A as carrots and is higher in Vitamin C than oranges! file0002014167620

It contains the full spectrum of B vitamins, as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium in a balanced ratio.
Wheatgrass is also a powerful detoxifier, especially of the liver and blood.

These powerful nutrients can also prevent DNA destruction and help protect us from the ongoing effects of pre-mature aging and cellular breakdown.

The high content of oxygen in chlorophyll helps deliver more oxygen to the blood.

The wheatgrass juice must be consumed fresh – within fifteen minutes of juicing.  Do not dilute it with any other liquid.

For about $1.00/week you can grow your own!

How to Grow Your Own Wheatgrass

  1. Soak your hard winter wheat seed (also called wheat berries) overnight (8 to 12 hours).
  2. Sprout the seed in a jar for the next 16 to 24 hours, rinsing the seed well three times a day.
  3. After a very short “tail” is visible, plant the seed on top of the soil. Basic potting mix or topsoil will work fine. Peat moss is an important ingredient to look for in your soil so if you have to add it, the mix is one part peat moss to three parts soil, filled halfway up a two-inch deep tray.
  4. Water the tray and then cover the seeds to keep them from drying out for the first three days.
  5. During the first three days of growth, water once a day in the morning and really soak the soil (until the tray drips is a good sign you are watering enough). Then lightly mist your seed in the evening (lift cover off to mist seed).
  6. On the fourth day, uncover grass (roots should begin to take over your soil), water heavily once a day and keep the grass in the shade (never direct sunlight).
  7. For mold problems, increase your air circulation with a fan or air conditioning to keep the temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21° to 26° Celsius).
  8. Harvest grass when a second blade of grass appears on the grass blades, or when the grass “splits” toward the bottom of the blade. Average growing time is seven to 12 days, depending on the weather, but still always watch for the second blade of grass as you can never judge by how many days it has been growing or how tall the grass is.
  9. Only harvest once.
  10. Cut grass will store in the fridge for about seven to 10 days or longer in Green Bags. Then start the process all over again with new seeds and soil.


~ Be Well.