Fertility Naturally!

Katie

March 17th, 2017 · adaptogen, Herbs for, Reproductive Health

It's important to know what herbs can help you conceive naturally.Infertility, or the inability to conceive, has become an issue for many women and men in recent times.  The cause is not always known but there are ways to determine and correct imbalances in the body which may help to reestablish fertility.

Physical problems, including infection or scarring of the reproductive organs are sometimes the cause of infertility.  Uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts or endometriosis can also be a factor.  These problems can be detected by modern medical tests and are often correctable.  Structural issues such as a tilted or prolapsed uterus should also be considered.  Low sperm count or low sperm mobility can be tested for.  Any disease or infection needs to be addressed and cleared up before strengthening and balancing can be achieved.

Mental and Emotional issues definitely take their toll on fertility health.  Depression, fatigue, stress and tension all hinder normal processes of the body and block energy.

Poor health in the body can greatly contribute to infertility.  Improper circulation and a lack of energy flow through the reproductive organs will weaken fertility in women and men.  This is often due to imbalances in hormones caused by improper diet and lifestyle.  Regaining the health of the reproductive system is often the key to resolving fertility issues.  Achieving health of the body as a whole will only help to increase fertility health.  The natural approach is to nourish the body first.  This helps to boost vitality and well being and helps the reproductive system work optimally.  Hormone-balancing remedies can be an added benefit if needed.

Chinese medicine teaches that all aspects of good health, including fertility are dependent on a balance of yin and yang energy.   Yin supplies body fluids- blood, phlegm, and semen.   Our bodies are made up of water!  Without enough moisture there can be endocrine imbalances, blood deficiency, and excess acid conditions which can all lead to infertility.  Yang supplies energy to fuel metabolism.   If you lack yang energy, then body systems do not function optimally.  The result is fatigue and low endocrine function.  Eggs can be weak, and menstruation may become irregular or stop altogether. Both yin and yang are necessary to support life.  They provide healthy hormones, sperm, eggs, and the drive and energy to create and sustain a pregnancy.

Maintaining a healthy and regular menstrual cycle is important for women, especially those trying to become pregnant.  A regular cycle allows for determining and charting the time of the month when ovulation happens thus determining when conception will most likely happen.  Some health issues prevent a regular period.  Endometriosis or hormonal imbalances can adversely affect the menstrual cycle.  Stress and dietary deficiencies (including low body weight) can cause the menstrual cycle to become irregular or to stop altogether.  Again, determining any imbalances or issues is the first step.

Good nutrition is very important.  Iron deficiencies could cause lack of ovulation or poor egg health.  Animal sources of food provide excellent sources of iron.  Vegetable sources include blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, beans, nettles, amaranth, dark leafy greens, apricots, seaweed, and quinoa.  Vitamin C improves hormone levels and increases fertility in women. The body requires food sources of vitamin C for proper iron absorption, so it is important to combine the 2 nutrients. Great food sources of vitamin C are red bell peppers, oranges, strawberries and hibiscus flower tea.  Green vegetables are rich in B vitamins which are necessary for proper hormonal balance. Swiss chard, kale, watercress, seaweed, spirulina, collard greens, and nettles are all great choices!  Cholesterol is also necessary for hormone production.  Including some good animal fats in your diet is helpful.  Zinc is found to keep hormone levels stable throughout the entire menstrual cycle.  Zinc helps to produce mature eggs that are ripe for fertilization.  Good sources of zinc are oysters, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.

Relax and support the body's process with herbs.Other natural remedies for reversing infertility or enhancing fertility in general are readily available!  Long before fertility drugs, ovulation tests, sperm analysis, or assisted reproduction techniques women and men have relied on traditional plant remedies.  Herbs are very helpful when infertility is due to endocrine imbalances or when the body needs strengthening and supporting.  Herbs can help heal and balance the reproductive organs and hormonal levels in both men and women.  Improving overall health, restoring vitality, and balancing hormone levels all work towards boosting reproductive health.  In addition to herbs, a complete fertility protocol would emphasize good nutrition, exercise, and stress management.  When the body is healthy, conditions are more favorable to conceive.  Below is a list of herbs that can benefit and support reproductive health:

Alfalfa is very nutritious.  It is high in vitamins and minerals and contains some phytoestrogens that can help your body make the best use of its own natural estrogen.  It may also help with vaginal dryness.

Ashwagandha supports overall endocrine system functions as well as proper immune response.  It is also a great herb for stress.

Bee Pollen & Bee Propolis has been reported to have great results in boosting immunity and fertility. They are helpful in dealing with inflammation and stress in the body.

Chaste Tree Berry or Vitex is known as an all-around female reproductive enhancer.  It can be used to treat many female issues. It increases circulation to the genitals, as well as increases vaginal mucous.  It can also help make the menstrual cycle more regular.

Dong Quai is a star herb for women’s health.  It increases circulation which helps to remove excess tissue growth, heal tissue damage, and limit scar tissue and adhesion formation.  This is very important for women with endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and irregular or absent menstruation. Dong Quai stimulates healthy immune response, and reduces depression and fatigue.

False Unicorn Root is a Native American Herb popular with women for its fertility enhancing abilities.  It is used for many gynecological issues as it seems to have a normalizing effect on female hormones.

FML Tea (Female Tea) is Hanna Kroeger’s herbal tea for the female system. Cleanses and tonifies the reproductive organs optimizing their health to support pregnancy.

Fo-ti, also known as Ho Shou Wu root is traditionally used for men who have low libido, low sperm count, erectile dysfunction and poor sperm mobility. It supports both thyroid and adrenal function, helping the body overcome stress.

Eleuthero is an Adaptogen herb that supports overall endocrine function which supports hormonal balance. It strengthens the immune system and is a wonderful herb for stress.

Evening Primrose Oil supports overall reproductive health.  Its high content of the omega-6 essential fatty acids help balance and regulate hormone levels.  It also helps to tone the uterine muscles in preparation for pregnancy.  Borage Oil is also high in omega-6s.

Ginkgo is a supreme herb for erectile dysfunction. It increases circulation and is high in antioxidants.

Ginseng is often recommended for men and women.  It increases heat to the pelvic region and can help remove blockages.  Ginseng promotes vitality and is great for energy.

Ginger is anti-inflammatory and many help to increase and improve circulation.

Lady’s Mantle helps to ease menstrual pain, curb heavy menstruation, and strengthen uterine muscles.

Maca helps to balance the hormones, but does not contain any hormones itself. It is a nourishing food for the endocrine system, supporting the pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid glands (all involved in hormonal balance). It also works to protect the body from stress damage. It supports and increases egg health and has been known to increase libido in both men and women.

Motherwort can be very effective at reducing uterine muscle spasm, painful cramping and improving uterine tone. It has been found to mildly stimulate the uterus, helping the uterus work efficiently.

Nettles is astringent, high in iron and very nutritious.  Supporting healthy iron levels is very important in conditions where there is internal bleeding (like endometriosis) or excessive menstrual bleeding.

Red Clover contains protein, lots of minerals and some plant hormones.

Red Raspberry is one of the best herbs for uterine health.  It tones the uterine muscles, helps prevent excessive bleeding, and reduces endometriosis.  It also provides calcium, iron, and vitamins.

Yohimbe increases circulation to the male reproductive organs.  It has been shown to help sustain an erection and support a healthy libido.

Shatavari Complete Concentrate®Kroeger Herb’s newest product, Shatavari Complete Concentrate is a star herb for Women’s reproductive health.  In Ayurveda, Shatavari is prized as the ‘Queen of Herbs’!  It is the herb most recommended for all aspects of female health, though it is also excellent for men.  Shatavari tones and nourishes the female reproductive organs, optimizing fertility.  It increases cervical mucus which aids in the transport of sperm to egg.  Rich in phytoestrogens, it helps to restore hormone balance and regulate the menstrual cycle.  This is very important when trying to conceive.  Its many actions help prepare a body for pregnancy and also supports healthy libido in men and women.  Shatavari benefits male reproductive health by increasing sperm count, helping with impotence and easing inflammation of the sexual organs.

Mayan Uterine Massage can be very helpful when the uterus is prolapsed or tilted.  It is a gentle, non-invasive massage that guides the uterus into its normal position.  Due to a variety of reasons, the ligaments and muscles around the pelvis can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to fall downward, forward, backward or to either side.  This can cause uncomfortable symptoms and may hinder fertility by restricting blood and energy flow.  By re-positioning the uterus, physical and emotional congestion is released from the abdomen allowing chi and blood to flow where they are supposed to!  Men may benefit from this massage technique as well.  By increasing circulation to the prostate, swelling can be alleviated as well as the need to urinate frequently.  Some impotency issues may also be resolved!  There is a lot more information to learn about this amazing technique!  To read more and find a practitioner visit this site: https://arvigotherapy.com/practitioners

Meditation is very effective for stress management. Acupuncture can also be a very supportive tool.  It is effective for removing stagnation & energy blockage, and may even help to build blood to nourish the uterus.  It can also help to ease stress and regulate many functions in the body.   This site may be helpful for more information: http://americanpregnancy.org/infertility/acupuncture/

A healthy baby is a precious gift.The Fertility Calendar is helpful to learn about.  Finding out your ovulation time can greatly improve your chances of becoming pregnant.  See this site for more information: https://www.ovulationcalendar.com/menstrual-cycle/.  There is also the lunar fertility cycle.  It charts a specific woman’s ovulation cycle based on the moon cycle when she was born.  Studies show good success conceiving when following this cycle.  Visit this site for more information:  http://pregnancyweekly.com/preconception/preconception_information/lunar_fertility_calendar.htm

Supporting the body’s natural processes, achieving balance, becoming happy and reducing stress all work towards the ability to create & sustain life!

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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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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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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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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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