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Most popular for its soothing properties, peppermint is great for relieving flatulence, anxiety, as well as influenza and colds. Also used as a carminative, antiseptic, and antispasmodic.

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5 Steps to Avoid and Alleviate Constipation

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. 

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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. 

1. HYDRATION’S ROLE IN CONSTIPATION:

Glass of water

There’s a reason we’ve listed hydration first in the 5 Steps to Avoid Constipation! Having the recommended eight 8 oz glasses of water each day has its benefits beyond clear skin, more energy, better sleep, and improved mood; it can also improve your digestion and keep your gastrointestinal tract functioning properly.  No matter the water content in the food you are ingesting, if you are dehydrated the odds of experiencing a delayed or painful BM are high. Why? After food is processed in the small intestine, it travels to the large intestine/colon. When the body is dehydrated our large intestine attempts to remove all available water from the stool resulting in hard stools that are difficult to pass. Proper hydration is so important to breaking down food in our systems as it helps to not only soften food but it also lubricates our intestine and encourages healthy movements. How do you know you’re getting enough fluid? Aside from the long standing recommendation of a minimum of eight 8 oz glasses of water daily, most experts say that letting your thirst be your guide is a good indicator of what’s right for you, although once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  Try to stay ahead of your thirst by drinking water throughout the day and ingesting foods that have high water content as well. Once you find you aren’t thirsty throughout the day, you have found the right amount of water for you.

2. HERBAL REMEDIES FOR CONSTIPATION:

Hanna believed in keeping your body’s wastebasket clean in order to not only avoid constipation but to also be sure your body is absorbing nutrients properly and functioning properly. According to Hanna, if our colon is blocked then garbage is building up in our bodies and to avoid this, we need to cleanse the system annually. Hanna’s Bowel Cleanse Kit is an effective and safe way to cleanse the bowels and maintain healthy digestive system function. With Digestive Enzyme™ (D.E.), Turmeric, Fennel, and Mover®capsules, along with Black Walnut Hull tincture, this kit contains herbal products that Hanna believed in and saw work for people with constipation complaints.

Looking for constipation relief from an herbal product that isn’t a part of a kit?  Mover from Kroeger Herb Products is what you’re

 Mover®

looking for. With a blend of Yellow Dock, Onion, Sage, and Wahoo Bark, Mover has been helping ease the complaint of temporary constipation and is most effective when combined with a diet that is high in fiber and hydration. Mover is not designed to be used long term for chronic constipation and is instead an effective remedy for constipation that occurs due to the common causes (dehydration, travel, stress, too much dairy, etc.). Mover is an effective herbal remedy for constipation and, while it does not need to be taken as a part of the Bowel Cleanse Kit to provide relief and movement, Hanna did recommend cleansing the system to ensure good health. Keeping our bowels moving is an important aspect of good health; cleansing the digestive tract brings vitality to the system.

Other recommendations from Hanna include Dandelion Root tincture, Hydrangea Root tincture, or tea made from peppermint, gentian, or fennel as well as whole leaf Aloe Vera gel which acts as a natural laxative and assists with digestive complaints but should not be used long-term to treat chronic constipation.

3. HOME REMEDIES FOR CONSTIPATION:

Help One Another, An Anthology of the Teachings and Remedies of Hanna Kroeger

We love the suggestions for good health left to us in Hanna’s books and there’s some great remedies for constipation. Two of our favorites:

  • Boil orange peels in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; allow to cool then drink the juice.
  • Simmer flax seeds for 30 minutes in 1 cup water then allow to stand where it will remain hot for 1 to 2 hours. Add 2 tablespoons of the flax seeds to 2 cups boiling water then boil down to 1 cup. Once this happens, pour the mixture into a mug and add honey to taste and the juice of half a lemon. Drink the entire cupful at bedtime, swallowing all the seeds. Drink this once weekly or every 4 days as needed.

4. FOODS AND DRINKS TO AVOID TO KEEP CONSTIPATION AT BAY:

Constipation can occur due to the things we ingest and that includes fluids. While you may be aware that too much cheese (or dairy) can slow your digestive system, maybe you weren’t aware of the causes of dehydration due to alcohol or caffeine. That cup of coffee may help to get your system moving every now and then but in reality (especially for those suffering from chronic constipation) more harm than good is occurring since the caffeine is robbing your body of water content. A similar story is true for alcohol. Having an occasional drink isn’t going to harm your system but moderation is key for good health and a digestive tract that is hydrated and moving properly. Aside from cheese, many experts suggest avoiding ingesting red meat daily and instead only having it a few times a week as well as avoiding fried foods daily. The amount of unhealthy oil in fried foods can cause the system to slow and could, in the case of having fried foods multiple times a week, cause constipation. If you are craving oil, try incorporating more healthy oils into your diet like an Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) supplement or Coconut, avocado or flax oil in a smoothie or on salads.

5. FOODS TO HELP YOU AVOID CONSTIPATION:

It’s the same story wherever you go for a healthy body… eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and make sure a good portion of them are raw. In the case of avoiding constipation you can narrow down the long list and count on including leafy greens, fibrous fruits, and other fiber rich foods in your diet. Dr. Ozoutlines the 50 most fiber-rich foods though some of our favorites are prunes, apples, blackberries, strawberries, kale, squash/pumpkin, artichoke, Brussels sprouts, quinoa, wild rice, oats, and beans (navy, kidney, black). Try to purchase only organic foods from the list and be sure to incorporate them into your daily meals to get the most benefit.

Want to learn more about your digestive tract and keeping your system moving properly? Take a look at our Learn section with a great article about Colon Health and, like us, you can always turn to the great remedies and advice from Hanna in her books.

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Home Remedies for Digestion

Hanna’s remedies for digestion include spices, herbs, and foods that can be found in your own home. Whether it’s indigestion, gas, cramps, or even troubles properly breaking down and digesting food, Hanna has a remedy for that. Take a look below to see how the foods and herbs in your kitchen can be used as remedies for digestion from Hanna’s New Book on Healing

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Hanna’s remedies for digestion include spices, herbs, and foods that can be found in your own home. Whether it’s indigestion, gas, cramps, or even troubles properly breaking down and digesting food, Hanna has a remedy for that. Take a look below to see how the foods and herbs in your kitchen can be used as remedies for digestion from Hanna’s New Book on Healing

Home Remedies for Digestion

Don't let digestive issues get you down. Try these home remedies.

Don't let digestive issues get you down. Try these home remedies.

Cardamom is commonly used to treat indigestion by warming and stimulating the body. It is also useful to treat gas.

Garlic and Nutmeg are both useful for digestive issues. Try adding garlic to your meals or make a tea of nutmeg before or with a meal.

Lettuce and spinach are rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E and stimulate the smooth operation of the digestive tract. Add these bulky greens to your diet to assist in proper digestion.

Dill tea helps to relieve gas, indigestion, and cramps. To make dill tea, use one teaspoon dill seeds to eight ounces of cold water. Bring the blend to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Drink before or with a meal.

Lemon balm assist with digestion, especially in times of worry or anxiety.

Peppermint is well known to help indigestion, intestinal spasms, gas, and other similar conditions, particularly in children. Peppermint leaves as a tea or added to cottage cheese can assist in proper digestion.

Cabbage and kale are helpful for digestive problems because of the protective enzymes they produce when eaten.

Fennel in food will help aid digestion greatly. Too much acidity in the stomach can be regulated by drinking one cup of fennel tea. Fennel expels mucus and relieves cramps, gas, and indigestion. Chewing fennel seed relieves hunger and eases digestion.

Cinnamon can be used as an aid for digestive processes and alleviates indigestion, cramps and gas. See a recent post about how cinnamon can benefit other parts of your body beyond digestion.

Ginger, sage, and bay leaf have been used traditionally for digestive disorders.

Oranges are used as a digestive remedy, aiding in the treatment of constipation.

Mustard, horseradish, and radishes are known to raise vital life forces and are helpful in digestion because of the protective enzymes created when eating them.

Coriander is a digestive tonic and is a mild sedative. It is helpful for gas and indigestion.

For slow digestion, take the Homeopathic Lycopodium (club moss)

For more remedies, check out our Home Remedy section of our blog and for more products to assist in proper digestion, see our Digestive Product section of our store. Also, take a look at one of Hanna’s prized formulas Healthy Gut and read a blog about your digestive tract and how it can assist in keeping it healthy here. Whether you’re using home remedies or a natural product to improve digestion, let us know what’s worked for you!

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Hanna’s Peppermint Remedies

Peppermint is a favorite beverage tea all over the world. It elevates and opens the sensory system. It has been found to be very purifying and stimulating to the mind as well as the body.  Peppermint is well known to help indigestion, intestinal spasms, gas, colic, and other similar conditions, particularly in children. Peppermint stimulates the liver. Peppermint leaves in cottage cheese taste good and helps digestion.

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This excerpt from one of Hanna’s books details her favorite uses for peppermint.

Fresh peppermint, tea, or essential oils can be used for a variety of home remedies.

Fresh peppermint, tea, or essential oils can be used for a variety of home remedies.

Peppermint is a favorite beverage tea all over the world. It elevates and opens the sensory system. It has been found to be very purifying and stimulating to the mind as well as the body.

Peppermint is well known to help indigestion, intestinal spasms, gas, colic, and other similar conditions, particularly in children. Peppermint stimulates the liver. Peppermint leaves in cottage cheese taste good and helps digestion.

Peppermint aids nausea and travel sickness and is helpful for fever and flu. It is analgesic, calming, and good for headaches and migraines.

Peppermint is used to soothe sore throats and is antibacterial. For sinus problems, drink peppermint tea and apply a large, warm peppermint pack to the sinus area for immediate relief.

If every scratch becomes a sore, peppermint tea is helpful. It can be used as an eyewash for inflammations and as a wash for skin ailments, itching, burns, ringworm, and bug bites.

Peppermint can be used for shingles, as well as infected or painful nerves. For vaginal itching, use a very mild tea of peppermint as a douche to bring relief.

If one of your loved ones has to have an operation, place peppermint leaves on their picture and pray for healing.

Sharing information about an herb that is easily attainable for most of the country is important to us. We enjoy teaching you how you can find healing in your spice rack and kitchen. Find organic peppermint leaf and peppermint essential oils on our website and check your local health food store for peppermint tea.

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