Maca, The Great Endocrine Adaptogen!


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


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


  • 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


  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


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™


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™


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


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!


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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10 Supplements Everyone Should Take


June 30th, 2015 · adaptogen, Anti-aging, Antioxidant, Cleansing and Detox, Conscious Living, Disease Prevention, essential oils, Hanna Kroeger, Hanna Remedies, healthy gut, Healthy Living, Heart Health

10 Supplements Everyone Should Take

shutterstock_262438055 Top 10 Sign1. Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid:

High omega 3 foods and supplements have numerous health benefits.  This fat is good for you! Omega-3 fatty acids are a collection of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including eicosapentaenic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), found in fish, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in plants.  Most Western diets are high in Omega 6 & 9 (Olive, Canola, Sunflower, grapeseed, etc.), which would be great if we were also getting enough Omega 3 to balance it out, but most of us are deficient.  Omega 6 & 9 have an inflammatory action in the body and Omega 3 has an anti-inflammatory action on the body so getting more Omega 3 is extremely important.  Omega 3’s can help with many conditions including Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Alzheimer’s, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, ADHD and Rheumatoid Arthritis. They help reduce inflammation throughout the body, can improve memory, maintain the fluidity of the cell membranes, and lower the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream.  Omega 3’s are very beneficial for heart health as well as skin and eye health.  Omega 3’s pack a huge nutritional punch!

Here are some omega 3 products we offer here at Hanna’s Herb Shop:

Omega 3- D, Liquid: Nordic Naturals Omega-3-D is a great-tasting, fresh, and pure source of Omega-3s, vitamin E, and vitamin D. This formula can help support the immune system and the central nervous system. All Nordic Natural fish oils surpass all pharmaceutical standards for freshness and purity.

Omega-3: Nordic Naturals Omega-3 provides EPA and DHA from purified fish oil in a fish derived gelatin soft gel. It is purified through molecular distillation to ensure the absence of impurities including PCBs and heavy metals.

Omega, Ultimate: Another Nordic Naturals product, Ultimate Omega has been clinically shown to support heart health, and the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response. Double-strength EPA+DHA for increased omega-3 benefits in fewer soft gels. Ultimate Omega® provides exceptionally high levels of the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA. It is ideal for people wanting high intensity, therapeutic support in a smaller serving.

Fermented Cod Liver Oil: Blue Ice Unflavored capsules or Cinnamon Tingle liquid: Natural Cod liver oil has a deep and rich history providing a variety of natural Vitamins A and D along with other nutrients. Many of the great historical cultures had one sacred food which they relied on to ensure strong mind, body, and spirit: fermented fish/fish liver oil. [Read more →]


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Reasons to Love Fermented Foods!!


June 11th, 2015 · Conscious Living, Hanna Kroeger, Hanna Remedies, healthy gut, Healthy Living, Homeopathy, Uncategorized

Whether it is the French dining on cheese and wine or the Japanese enjoying miso and pickles, it is no surprise that most cultures consume some form of fermented foods in their daily diet. Unfortunately, in our Western society fermented foods have fallen out of our daily routine and are disappearing from our diets altogether.


The act of fermenting foods dates back to the beginning of civilization, and was mainly used as a way to preserve foods or make alcoholic mixtures, like beer, cider or mead. The most ancient form of fermentation known is mead, a drink that is created from the process of fermenting honey.

Not only is the act of fermentation been used by cultures for centuries, fermenting foods supports numerous functions of the body. Fermentation makes new nutrients by breaking down (predigesting) the particles in food, preserves and assures optimal bioavailability of the nutrients, removes toxins, and some fermented foods even act as antioxidants. They contain probiotics, which are beneficial bacteria that aid with digestion, improve bowel movements and increase immunity. Since the probiotics from fermented foods balance the bacteria in the digestive system, all the nutrients from the food you eat are better absorbed. In the end, better absorption will allow you to need to take less supplements and vitamins, and your digestive system will be healthier. [Read more →]


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Taking Control of Hair Loss

Sara Beth

May 26th, 2015 · Conscious Living, Hanna Remedies, Healthy Living, Herbs for, home remedy

What results in hair loss and what can we do about it?

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Our hair is a living garden.  It can thrive in optimum conditions and can wither in unfavorable ones.  It can reflect the health of our body and the conditions of the environment around us.  It grows in response to nutrients we consume and to the elements it is exposed to.  It is an ‘antenna’, a connection to the energy forces of the world.  Over-washing, chemical styling and blow drying can strip the natural oils from hair, leaving it dry, unhealthy and more prone to falling out.  Environmental toxins and imbalance & illness in the body can also contribute to unhealthy hair and excessive hair loss.  Genetics and hormones play their part as well.

Hair loss is a common condition and can affect many people at some time in their lives. It is normal to shed 150 hairs a day.  Sometimes hair may simply thin as a result of predetermined genetic factors and the overall aging process. Many men and women may notice mild thinning of hair starting in their 30s and 40s. Sometimes the amount of hair loss may be increased by various stresses on the body.  Physical stress such as illness, a lack of protein, and hormonal changes like those in pregnancy, puberty, and menopause may cause a reversible hair loss.  Other factors to consider are shock, emotional stress, damage to the skin such as burns, infection or radiation, an excess of Vitamin A, skin cancer, chemotherapy, hypothyroidism, or by a sluggish or toxic liver and kidneys.

Several health conditions, including thyroid disease and iron deficiency anemia, can cause hair loss. It is important to exclude underlying causes in sudden or severe hair loss.  Medical health screening will include blood work to determine if hypothyroidism is a concern or if there is an imbalance to body’s hormonal and vitamin levels.

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