Constipation is one of those topics that doesn’t come up too often during conversations with family or friends since it’s not the most comfortable subject to discuss. While it may not be a popular topic, constipation has an impact on many of us (affecting women and the elderly more commonly than any other group) but is a complaint that can be eased or avoided with some natural help and attention to our diets. Not sure if the symptoms you’re experiencing are constipation? Generally speaking you’re constipated if: bowel movements (BM) become difficult or are not frequent (one or less times a day, extreme constipation is two or fewer times per week), you strain during a BM, or you do not completely evacuate your system when having a BM. If any of these symptoms sound like something you are experiencing or if you’re looking to avoid constipation altogether, follow these 5 Steps to Avoid and Alleviate Constipation. [Read more →]
March 5th, 2014 · Cleansing and Detox, Herbs for, home remedy
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February 18th, 2014 · adaptogen, Anti-aging, Antioxidant
Do you have someone in your life that you’d refer to as a “breath of fresh air”? You know the type …they walk in the room and everyone feels a little better, smiles a bit bigger, and the energy in the room changes for the better. I can think of a few people in my life who have this impact but I can also relate this feeling to my lifestyle choices I make with diet and exercise. Following a yoga class I feel calm but am energized for the day and after a healthy meal I feel satisfied and pleased with the clean fuel I’ve put into my body. The herbal supplements I choose have the same positive impact on my system and just as I have people or activities that serve as a breath of fresh air in my life, so too is Holy Basil for my energy, stress levels, and immune system. As an adaptogenic herb that supports whole body health, this shining star of Ayurvedic medicine can benefit you in a positive way as well. Take a look at why Kroeger Herb is including this dynamic and powerful herb in their Complete Concentrates line. [Read more →]
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February 3rd, 2014 · Conscious Living, Healthy Living, home remedy
Using food to heal your body and to act as a medicine is something we at Hanna’s Herb Shop don’t shy away from. With hundreds of remedies and recipes from Hanna using items that can be found in a cupboard or refrigerator, we’re always eager to treat our sniffles and sneezes or bumps and bruises with something wholesome and natural. Honey is a shining star in many of Hanna’s remedies with food, from increasing energy to boosting the immune system or healing acne, Hanna showed us how honey can benefit the body from the inside out. While the ability to use honey as a natural remedy is great news, there’s some shocking research being done on honey sold in the US. What if the honey you’re ingesting isn’t really honey and is instead chemical laden sugar syrup with color added or, worse yet, laced with lead and antibiotics? Food Safety News purchased more than 60 jars, jugs, and plastic bears of honey in 10 states and the District of Columbia to test the beloved sweet stuff and what they found is less than appetizing and most certainly isn’t a healing ingredient. Learn more about current research and the dangers to your health posed by honey imposters as well as how to make safe choices at the grocer below. [Read more →]
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January 22nd, 2014 · Hanna Kroeger, Heart Health, Herbs for
If you google “master” you’ll find a definition that suits Hanna: A skilled practitioner of a particular art or activity. Master suits Hanna for her speciality in performing hands-on therapy, consulting with hundreds of people at New Age Foods in downtown Boulder, CO and for the creation of her master formula, CircuFlow. Through success with the individual ingredients of CircuFlow for addressing heart issues, Hanna saw the benefit that could come from encapsulating them in order to make it more available to everyone who wanted to keep their heart healthy. Though heart disease has been on the minds of Americans since that time, the concern grows with each passing year as the number of deaths due to heart disease continue to climb. Right now 1 in 4 deaths in America is a result of heart disease but there’s hope! Check out how these 7 ingredients make up a Master Formula that is celebrated world wide for heart health and consider what CircuFlow can do for you. [Read more →]
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January 21st, 2014 · Conscious Living, Disease Prevention, Healthy Living
A variety of cooking shows on television, magazines devoted to the art of creating in the kitchen, and specialty grocers popping up everywhere in America are an example of the attention we are paying to food and the value of a delicious and healthy meal. While we are aware of the importance of a well balanced diet the bustle of the work week, extra curricular activities, and a busy life can stand in the way of being able to prepare it, especially in the winter. With fewer hours of daylight and the need to get as much done as possible during them, it’s not surprising that during these months some of our levels of nutrients are depleted and our health can suffer because of it. DoSomething.org polled Americans and found that 20% of our weekly meals are eaten on the go in our cars and that 1 in 4 of us eat at least one fast food meal per day. A busy lifestyle and the need to eat quickly to “fill the tank” is causing a common deficiency nationwide that many of us are not aware of, protein deficiency. Being too busy to cook and choosing the standard fallback of eating out or buying take away food is impacting our health in a major way with cravings, joint and muscle pain, mood disorders, and skin issues, among other complaints connected to protein deficiency. Not sure if you’re experiencing symptoms because of your diet? Here’s a closer look at how you can check and reverse the negative impacts of protein deficiency. [Read more →]
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January 9th, 2014 · Conscious Living, healthy gut, Healthy Living
Fad diets are, in my opinion, pretty hilarious. If you sit back and consider the “rules” of fad diets I’d be willing to bet you may find them comical as well. Take the purple diet: you can eat whatever you’d like but it has to be purple in color… eggplant with grape jelly and purple hard candies? Dinner is served! What about the air diet where you eat, well, nothing? How is that a diet? It sounds more like starvation by another name. The liquid diet isn’t much different than the air diet considering you won’t actually be allowed to chew anything while the cabbage soup diet only takes it one step further, giving you the opportunity to chew but wrecking your digestive tract and causing bouts of diarrhea from eating too much cabbage. Fad diets can be pretty extreme and promise to give you immediate weight loss with no promise for a long-term goal. While you might enjoy quickly dropping a few pounds of water weight, going to an extreme based on a diet that is in the temporary lime light isn’t the way to drop the holiday weight or start your year off right. While losing weight and getting healthy is at the top of most New Year’s Resolution Lists, attaining that goal doesn’t have to mean you starve yourself, succumb to the latest fad diet, or eat only one portion of the color wheel. Check out these three steps to weight loss and a healthier you. Really, it’s as simple as 1-2-3. [Read more →]
December 10th, 2013 · Conscious Living, Healthy Living
Natural Remedies to Help Get You “Unstuck”
Millions of people eat when they are bored, sad, lacking creativity or fulfillment in their lives or don’t feel satisfied. If this is you, you are not alone. This habit can be intensified around the holidays with so much added stress and of course by all the extra “comfort” foods at an arm’s reach.
Breaking the habit of emotional eating by finding natural and supportive ways to calm and successfully soothe yourself and the way you feel about eating is a much better approach than dieting, which tends to feel more about deprivation than a real solution. We’re here to give you a helping hand on how to stay on track and still enjoy yourself this season!
December 6th, 2013 · adaptogen, Antioxidant, Disease Prevention, Healthy Living
It’s no secret the staff at Hanna’s Herb Shop are excited about the whole body support provided by adaptogenic herbs and we’ve got another reason to celebrate! Joining the line of Kroeger Herb’s Complete Concentrates is a highly acclaimed adaptogen, Ashwagandha (pronounced ash-wah-gon-dah) also known as “Winter Cherry.”
Adaptogen herbs get their name from their adaptable traits. They interact within each body in a unique way and find what’s wrong and attempt to fix it. They are cherished in ancient medicine as “longevity herbs,” adaptogens harmonize with your body, providing a multitude of benefits. Among the most well-known adaptogens in the western world is Schizandra, made popular by Dr. Oz, who brought attention to the herb calling it a “miracle remedy for anti-aging.”
November 25th, 2013 · adaptogen, Antioxidant
Having a wide variety of the purest products on our shelves, it’s not uncommon that people ask “What’s your favorite herb?” or “What do you take every day?” While the answer may differ as far as the name of the herb I am taking is concerned, the type of herb remains the same…I love adaptogens.
Adaptogens are herbs that have been around for thousands of years; they’re the basis of Ayurvedic healing in India and are known as Superior Herbs in Chinese medicine. To be considered adaptogenic, an herb must meet each of these three requirements:
- The herb must produce a nonspecific response. For example, an adaptogenic herb will allow your body to “adapt” to an increase in multiple stressors, be it physically, mentally, or emotionally.
- The herb will have a normalizing influence on the system. If you are having difficulty sleeping and have little energy each day, for example, an adaptogenic herb will assist you in getting proper rest as well as providing you with energy during the day.
- The herb is innocuous and does not hinder normal and healthy bodily function.
What makes adaptogenic herbs so unique is that they provide wellness for the entire body, not just one symptom or complaint. Because the day-to-day stressors of life impact us both mentally and physically, adaptogens work towards providing our bodies with a balance among the up and down. Stress at work, lack of sleep, changes in schedules, illness, a long to-do list, or the loss of a loved one are only a few examples of some of the stressors that can impact our body negatively but can be lessened with the introduction of adaptogens. [Read more →]