The Seasons for Harvesting Herbs

Katie

October 3rd, 2016 · Conscious Living

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Lavender is a favorite flower to harvest for tea, as well as crafts.

As summer comes to an end our suppliers are getting busy with harvesting many of the wonderful herbs they grow for our combinations.  The end of summer and beginning of fall is a time of abundance, when the bounty of the gardens is at their highest.  It’s time to reap and enjoy what has been labored over all season!

But not all plants should be harvested at the same time.  When to harvest depends on the particular plant and what portion of the plant is being used.  Flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, bark and fruit all ripen or mature at different times for different plants.  Follow these guidelines to ensure that you obtain the most medicinally potent herbs from your gardens and in the wild.

The best time to harvest herbs is in the morning as the essential oils in the plants are at their highest concentration.  Harvest plants before the sun gets too hot but after it has had time to dry the dew on the leaves. [Read more →]

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New Products: New Dimensions® Tinctures

Katie

July 14th, 2016 · Hanna Remedies, Heart Health, Joint Pain, Reproductive Health

New Dimensions® Tinctures: Cat's Claw, Dong Quai and Hawthorn Berry.We have added 3 new products to our herbal line of New Dimensions® tinctures: Cat’s Claw, Dong Quai and Hawthorn Berry. Like all of our New Dimensions® tinctures, these new additions are made the Hanna Kroeger way: without heat or harmful solvents and are simply herbs, distilled water and alcohol.

 

Cat’s Claw is a creeping vine that grows in the South American rainforest.   It is used as an anti-inflammatory agent and immune stimulant.  Cat’s Claw is a rich source of sterols, chemical compounds that are related to steroids. The sterols effectively help to reduce swelling in the body, making Cat’s Claw a benefit for all forms of arthritis.   It supports the body during illness by stimulating the immune system to increase white blood cells and also offers protection while detoxifying the intestinal tract.  This is a valuable herb for the young and old.

 

Dong Quai is the root of the Chinese Angelica plant.  Dong Quai relieves many symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).  It is a regulator for the female reproductive system.  Some of its compounds work towards stimulating the uterus, while others help to relax it.  Dong Quai can also induce the production and/or regulation of hormones. It has been shown to improve quality and mobility of sperm cells, making Dong Quai a valuable asset for infertility issues.  Dong Quai also acts to lower blood pressure and reduce the formation of plaque on artery walls.  This wonderful herb is beneficial to both men and women.

 

Hawthorn Berry comes from the thorny deciduous tree in the Rose family.  It contains compounds that support the heart and circulatory system.  It is most often used to protect against the beginning stages of heart disease: heart muscle weakness, pressure and tightening in the chest, and mild arrhythmia.  One of the ways Hawthorn works is by dilating the blood vessels which improves circulation.  Hawthorn is high in vitamin C and ‘heart health promoting’ antioxidants called anthocyanidins.  Hawthorn has been used for centuries to prevent heart disease and is a star ingredient in Hanna’s popular Circu Flow® herbal combination.  We are excited to offer this supreme herb in tincture form.

 

Check out these 3 amazing new tinctures and see if they have a place in your protocol for achieving optimum health!

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The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15

Katie

August 5th, 2016 · Healthy Living

We are all aware of the benefits of eating healthy foods. Fruits and vegetables contain many health supporting nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, etc., so including more fresh fruits and vegetables in our diet can only be a good thing, right? Not when modern conventional farming uses many toxic chemicals on produce and buying only organic is too hard on the pocketbook. That’s where the dirty dozen and the clean 15 come in to help.

We are sharing with you the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2016 dirty dozen and clean 15 lists of the cleanest and dirtiest produce in terms of pesticide use. The EWG puts out this shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce every year.  Its analysis is based on results of more than 35,000 samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. With this guide we can make educated choices on the healthiest yet most cost effective produce. This makes it easier to include as many healthy fruits and veggies possible in our diets.

clear, youthful, healthy glow and appearance!

They look delicious, but not if they’re laden with pesticides.  Strawberries are the #1 most contaminated produce this year.  Make sure to get Organic, it’s worth it!

The 2016 dirty dozen list for conventionally grown produce:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Sweet bell peppers
  11. Cherry Tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers

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Maca, The Great Endocrine Adaptogen!

Katie

May 13th, 2016 · adaptogen, Hanna Remedies, Reproductive Health

Maca balances the endocrine system without hormones

This simple looking tuber is actually a powerhouse! It balances the endocrine system without hormones

Maca, a starchy tuber similar in taste to a potato, originated in the high altitude of the Andes Mountains of Peru.  It has been a dietary staple of Peruvians for over 2000 years.  Today, it is gaining popularity and value for its use as an herbal supplement.

 

Maca is a nutritionally dense plant of the mustard family.  It is rich in the B vitamins, vitamins C and E, as well as calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus and amino acids.  It also contains several health promoting glucosinolates (the sulfur-containing compounds found in cruciferous vegetables.) Studies have indicated that these types of foods possess anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties as well as protect the body from carcinogens. [Read more →]

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10 Meals for Candida Cleansing

Katie

April 1st, 2016 · Cleansing and Detox, Healthy Living, Uncategorized

So, you’ve decided to commit to Candida cleansing.  That’s great!  You may have read all about how to cleanse and what foods to stay away from.  Now, you may be wondering what you can eat.  We’re here to help get you started. Enjoy this list of recipes!Eat to Live

For Breakfast try:

Porridge, Avocado Cakes, Vegetable Omelet

For Lunch/Dinner try:

Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce, Green Chili Chicken Stew, Salmon with Chia Seed and Fennel Crust, Carrot & Cauliflower Soup, Green Bean Salad, Lentil Veggie Burgers, Spicy Avocado Baked Eggs

For a Snack try: Coconut Ginger Cookies

 

Breakfast Porridge

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of sea salt
  •  1 cup boiling water

Directions:

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a food processor or Vitamix®
  2. Blend until finely ground
  3. Pour boiling water into the bowl, cover with lid
  4. Blend very carefully starting on low setting, then moving to high, until porridge is smooth
  5. Transfer porridge to a bowl
  6. Garnish with sunflower seeds and enjoy!

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Shatavari: The Queen of Herbs for Female Libido

Katie

February 16th, 2016 · adaptogen, Anti-aging, Disease Prevention

In Ayurveda, Shatavari is prized as the 'Queen of Herbs'!  It is the herb most recommended for all aspects of female health, although it is also excellent for men.

In Ayurveda, Shatavari is prized as the ‘Queen of Herbs’! It is the herb most recommended for all aspects of female health, although it is also excellent for men.

The newest addition to the Kroeger Herb Product line of Complete Concentrates® comes from Ayurvedic healing.  Asparagus racemosus, known as Shatavari, is a relative to the common asparagus we eat.  It is grown throughout India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Himalayas.  Meaning ‘the 100 rooted one’ Shatavari is so named due to the branching nature of its root system.  Its name has also been translated to mean ‘curer of 100 diseases’ and in Sanskrit ‘she who has 100 husbands’.  Indeed, this amazing plant has much to offer in the way of healing, with a special affinity towards female reproductive health!

Shatavari is a cooling, calming, nourishing and purifying herb.  It is considered an Adaptogen, having a positive effect on the body as a whole.  Some of its benefits are antihepatotoxic (protecting against liver toxicity), immunomodulatory (having the ability to regulate immune function), and immunoadjuvant (improving immune response).  Studies have also shown it to have antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, demulcent, digestive, diuretic, and galactogogue properties. [Read more →]

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The Uniqueness of Hanna Kroeger’s Remedies: Heart Care Blend™

Katie

November 3rd, 2015 · Anti-aging, Disease Prevention, Hanna Remedies, Heart Health

Heart Care Blend was designed by Hanna Kroeger to support the heart muscle itself.Heart Care Blend, formerly called Heartwarmer®, is back by popular demand!  This is a very special formula of Hanna Kroeger’s and we are so excited to have it back in stock.

Hanna considered Heart Care Blend to be food for the heart.  It was designed to nourish and support the heart muscle and its function. Heart Care Blend combines traditional heart healing herbs such as Hawthorn, Capsicum, and Motherwort with Chickweed and Crampbark to make a unique and highly energetic combination for overall Heart Health.

Hawthorn has been studied extensively for its help with many circulatory concerns including blood pressure & cholesterol regulation, angina, and heart palpitations.  Hawthorn is reported to slow, strengthen and regulate the heartbeat.  It also improves oxygenation, energy metabolism, and pumping capacity in the heart. And it makes the heart’s job easier by relaxing the blood vessels!  Hawthorn Berries are often used in combination with Motherwort to promote longevity and strengthen the heart. [Read more →]

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The Uniqueness of Hanna Kroeger’s Remedies: Serenity™

Katie

October 27th, 2015 · Hanna Kroeger, Hanna Remedies, Herbs for, sleep

Serenity™ has a cooling effect on an overheated digestive tract, a calming effect on the nerves, and a relaxing effect on the muscles.

Serenity is a very special combination of herbs designed to provide calmness to the body.  This formula soothes the nerves and allows for a better sleep cycle.  Most people would gather these intended effects by reading the name, however, the process these herbs undertake and the systems in the body that are affected may come as a surprise.

When a person is agitated, nervous or frazzled their body may actually have too much heat.  The mind is overactive and they may be unable to relax or sleep.  The source of this excess heat is often the digestive system.  The digestive system releases heat when digesting food which can radiate throughout the body, stimulating the heart and mind and creating mental chatter and restlessness.  This can happen from many things including over indulging in food, improper food combining or eating too close to bedtime.  Fluctuations in hormone levels also cause temperature changes in the body.  The hypothalamus works in conjunction with the thyroid gland, which creates hormones responsible for, among other things, our metabolic rate and internal temperature.  Balancing these hormone levels can be an important factor in maintaining a calm mind/body/spirit. [Read more →]

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Serrapeptase for Inflammation

April

September 16th, 2015 · Uncategorized

shutterstock_108320885 You Are Leaving Pain Roadsign Serrepeptase, a natural anti-inflammatory, protein-digesting enzyme, has been used throughout Europe and Asia for over 40 years and is widely prescribed in clinical practices in Japan. First discovered in silkworms, Serrepeptase is the enzyme isolated from the mircoorganisim Serratia, which silkworms use to break down their hard cocoons and the tough mulberry leaves their diet mainly consists of. The uses for Serrepeptase range widely and cover almost every condition affected by inflammation or non-living tissue.

Serrepeptase is most popular for its anti-inflammatory properties. It works by digesting dead tissue that can accumulates after an injury, thereby reducing swelling and pain while enhancing one’s ability to heal. Low level inflammation allows injuries and infections to heal. However, chronic inflammation causes irritation and pain and can slow the recovery process. Serrepeptase is often recommended when someone is icing their injury, because the icing alone restricts blood flow and nutrients, while Serrepeptase improves overall circulation and accelerates the healing process. [Read more →]

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Glutathione- Why it’s so important!

Katie

July 9th, 2015 · Cleansing and Detox, Conscious Living, Disease Prevention, essential oils, Hanna Kroeger, Hanna Remedies, Healthy Living, Herbs for

shutterstock_148913738 Smiling Family in Circle (1) Glutathione is called the Master Antioxidant and the Master Detoxifier.  It is a natural substance produced in the body.  It is also available through food and supplements. Because it is made in the body, glutathione is not considered to be an essential nutrient although many people consider it to be one of the most important links to good health.

The body makes glutathione from the amino acids L-Cysteine, L-Glutamic Acid, and Glycine and it’s in every cell.  The liver especially has very high amounts of glutathione. It is used in metabolism, protein synthesis, prostaglandin synthesis, amino acid transport, and enzyme activation.  Thus, every system in the body can be affected by glutathione levels.  Those systems especially affected are the immune system, the nervous system, the gastrointestinal system and the lungs. [Read more →]

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