Olive Leaf™

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$12.49

Manufacturer Kroeger Herb Products
Supply 25 Days
Form 2 Capsules
Potency 700 mg
Size 100

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Olive Leaf™

Olive leaves, like echinacea or goldenseal, are frequently used as part of good health. Continuing Hanna's tradition of using the entire herb, KHP's Olive Leaf is a naturally superb addition to your herb shelf. Maintains a healthy immune system.

Directions:

Two capsules 2 times daily after meals.

Ingredients:

Olive Leaves, Yarrow. Other Ingredients: Vegetarian source capsule.

Additional Dietary Information:

Echinacea, Goldenseal, St. John's Wort, VYR Defense and X-40 herbal combinations.

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Hanna’s Remedies for Fungus and Fungal Infections

Did you know your body is covered in tiny fungal ecosystems? True and completely normal and natural though that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a bit creepy. The presence of fungus in and on the body is kept in check through our body’s healthy antibodies and bacteria though sometimes the balance is tipped towards the fungus and an infection can result. You’re probably aware of the usual suspects: Athlete’s foot, jock itch, yeast infections, or diaper rash and cradle cap but what about the maladies that result from fungus overstaying its welcome and overtaking our healthy bodies? Keeping fungus in check and ridding our systems of the toxins resulting from fungus is a topic Hanna discussed extensively and while that image to the left looks lovely, it’s actually fungus that lives on our skin and nails… read on for Hanna’s tips and remedies!

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Did you know your body is covered in tiny fungal ecosystems? True and completely normal and natural though that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a bit creepy. The presence of fungus in and on the body is kept in check through our body’s healthy antibodies and bacteria though sometimes the balance is tipped towards the fungus and an infection can result. You’re probably aware of the usual suspects: Athlete’s foot, jock itch, yeast infections, or diaper rash and cradle cap but what about the maladies that result from fungus overstaying its welcome and overtaking our healthy bodies? Keeping fungus in check and ridding our systems of the toxins resulting from fungus is a topic Hanna discussed extensively and while that image to the left looks lovely, it’s actually fungus that lives on our skin and nails… read on for Hanna’s tips and remedies!

Hanna believed that 90% of the Western population suffers from fungal infections and that the most susceptible to infection are those who are obese, frequently take antibiotics or birth control, people with diabetes, or those with Epstein-Barr or HIV. Fungus spreads rapidly, especially on moist areas of the body and when processed foods or antibiotics are ingested frequently. Because fungus is present on each and every one of our bodies, no matter how healthy we are, looking after our systems internally to avoid infection and the spread of fungus is important. Hanna truly believed in the power of healing our bodies naturally, especially through the foods we eat and shared these remedies:

Hanna’s Food Remedies for Fungus:

  • Drink 3 glasses of Concord grape juice daily
  • Eat 2 tablespoons asparagus twice daily
  • Drink cinnamon tea each morning and evening (add 1 teaspoon freshly ground cinnamon to a mug of hot water, sweeten with honey if desired)
  • Add plenty of alfalfa sprouts, chickpeas and sage to your diet
  • Drink aloe vera juice
  • Clear fungus using Hanna’s interferon recipe (Each morning eat 1 pint cottage cheese with 5 tablespoons of walnut, apricot or almond oil. Continue for 3 weeks)
  • Eat Hanna’s natural antibiotic foods: grapefruit, garlic, willow, radish, chlorophyll and bee pollen

Eating these foods will help to keep fungus levels in check in your system but if you’re already experiencing the symptoms of a fungal infection, there are additional (but still natural!) measures you can take. Once a fungal infection occurs in our systems there is a great chance that it will return several times throughout the year if it is not addressed properly. Yeast infections, for example, impacts the comfort of at least 75 million women worldwide annually according to The Fungal Research Trust. What’s worse? Of those women, nearly 10% will experience up to 4 repeated infections within the year. Struggle to keep itchy athlete’s foot at bay? It’s estimated that 1 in 5 people have it and considering it spreads person-to-person through contact with an area infected with the fungus (think shower stalls), that number isn’t going anywhere.

If you’re presently struggling with a fungal infection or have in the past, Hanna created several herbal products that can cleanse the system of fungus and rid your body of the toxins fungus produces.

Hanna’s Fungal Infection Remedies:

This list is compiled from Hanna’s book, Help One Another, and is only a sample of the items she recommended to take internally for fungal infection. Fungus that is taking hold in the system can lead to a number of illnesses that are often misdiagnosed for other illnesses which means that the overgrowth is allowed to continue and the condition can become much worse before it becomes better. Some indications of a possible fungal infection (other than the certain presence of conditions like a yeast infection or athlete’s foot that you can see/feel) include skin trouble resulting in acne or dull skin and stomach or digestive issues. Because of the toxins that a fungal infection creates in our systems, our intestinal lining can become inflamed or permeated causing leaky gut, a painful and wounded digestive system that can cause irritable bowel, constipation, or impact the proper absorption of nutrients from the foods we eat. Learn more about leaky gut here.

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A common complaint of fungal overgrowth on the body is the presence of a dry, itchy, red rash. With winter approaching it will be easy to assume the change in temperature is the culprit but don’t discount the possibility of fungus! For fungus on the skin Hanna believed in applying diluted cinnamon oil directly to the area several times a day until it disappears. Good choices for oils to dilute the cinnamon oil with arealmond, jojoba or grapeseed. Fungus cannot live in the presence of cinnamon. Check out the plethora of other benefits of cinnamon oil here.

Whether its the presence of Candida in the system, a recurring yeast infection, itchy athlete’s foot or a rash that just won’t stop, assessing the presence of fungus in your system and clearing it from the body with Hanna’s remedies is a natural and safe remedy for good health. Want to learn more about Hanna’s remedies? Take a look at them here.

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Home Remedies for Cough and Cold

The transition from fall to winter is a beautiful one with vibrant changes of color in trees, crisp air, and earlier nightfall. It’s during this scenic time that many Americans could face health challenges while they are enjoying the change in seasons. It is anticipated that about 1 billion people will suffer from a cold this year, so if you find yourself as one in those billion, we’ve got cold and cough remedies that can get you back on track!

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The transition from fall to winter is a beautiful one with vibrant changes of color in trees, crisp air, and earlier nightfall. It’s during this scenic time that many Americans could face health challenges while they are enjoying the change in seasons. It is anticipated that about 1 billion people will suffer from a cold this year, so if you find yourself as one in those billion, we’ve got cold and cough remedies that can get you back on track!

 

 

While it’s natural to want to curl up with a hot cup of tea or soup as the temperatures drop outside, doing so if you’re suffering from a cold can benefit your health and ease the symptoms of illness. Ensuring your throat is properly coated with liquids can ease an itchy throat or dry cough while also hydrating your body to keep your immune system working properly. Try drinking herbal teas such as Hanna’s CGH with organic honey and try to follow Hanna’s recommendation of making chicken soup from scratch when a cold sets in to bring necessary hydration using organic vegetables that will release important vitamins and minerals. Read this helpful blog about Remedies for Cold and Flu.

CGH Tea

Remedy a hacking cough and discomfort of a sore throat with Hanna’s Cough Tea

If you’re having trouble sleeping at night because of a cough, try sleeping at an incline. When we lay down at night, gravity works against us and forces mucus swallowed during the day back up into the throat causing irritation and coughing. Prop yourself up with pillows and be sure to keep a glass of water beside your bed to lubricate your throat as needed.

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Having a humidifier in the room when you are suffering from a cold or dry cough can help tremendously. Because dry air tends to intensify the symptoms of a cough or cold, having moisture in the air will cut back on fits of coughing and help you to breathe more easily. Don’t have a humidifier? Try to purchase one that will allow you to add drops of essential oils to the water for added relief.  A recommended product is Thieves from Young Living which is a powerful oil that defends against airborne bacteria and can keep everyone in the household guarded. Add Thieves to your humidifier, or to an essential oil diffuser. Also a neat trick is to add 30 drops to a spray bottle filled with water and spritz around your home.

For some immediate relief of a stuffy nose and to break up mucus in your lungs, try adding several drops of organic eucalyptus oil to a bowl of very hot water and breathe in the steam (be careful to avoid burning the delicate skin of your nose). You can also use a warm compress with drops of the oil on it and apply it to your face to get the same effect.

Additionally if a sore throat is one of your top complaints from your cough or cold, try gargling with warm salt water several times a day or try Hanna’s sore throat remedy, lovingly called “Napalm Bomb” by our staff and includes:
Garlic Tea

 

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • dashes of red pepper flakes

Take the garlic and crush it with a fork dropping it in a tea cup, then add the lemon and hot pepper. Next, add the honey and hot water to the mix, stir and sip it while it’s still hot.

A runny nose is a common complaint associated with a cough or cold and wiping your nose continually can lead to raw or chapped skin. To have some relief from this try applying a mild oil to the area likeAura Cacia’s Grapeseed Oil with Vitamin E – the Vitamin E will help to heal the area while the Grapeseed oil will lubricate without irritating.

Keep in mind that there are a number of natural supplements to keep your body healthy and to help you overcome a cough or cold without using over-or-behind-the-counter treatments. Take a look at Kroeger Herb’s Olive Leaf to keep your immune system in balance before you contract a cough or cold. Check our cold and flu section of the shop for cough syrups, lozenges, and other great products that can ease the symptoms without harmful side effects.

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Fight Inflammation with Natural Foods

Think about the last time you bumped your knee or sprained your ankle; there was a change in color and a puffiness associated with that minor injury. This puffiness is inflammation, a natural healing process of our bodies signaling to us that our immune system, is addressing the issue but what about chronic inflammation when no injury is present?

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Think about the last time you bumped your knee or sprained your ankle; there was a change in color and a puffiness associated with that minor injury. This puffiness is inflammation, a natural healing process of our bodies signaling to us that our immune system, is addressing the issue but what about chronic inflammation when no injury is present?

Recent studies on chronic inflammation have shown that people with diabetes, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disorders such as lupus, or arthritis have higher levels of inflammation in their bodies as well as less severe conditions like asthma, allergies, acne, or hay fever. There are foods you can eat to help tame inflammation in your body as well as foods to avoid that fuel the fire. Hippocrates said we should use food as our medicine and medicine as our food-sound advice.

Fight the Inflammation!

Natural Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Kale and other dark, leafy greens are natural anti-inflammatory foods.

Kale is high in protein and like other dark, leafy greens, is a natural anti-inflammatory food.

Kale and Leafy Greens: Kale, Swiss chard, and collards are powerful providers of antioxidants to the body and are high in vitamin K, both of which play a role in fighting inflammation naturally.

Turmeric: The yellow hue of this powerful and antioxidant rich spice is from curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory.

Hemp Seeds: With the omega-3 fats in these seeds, the production of anti-inflammatory compounds is increased. While flax seed is also a rich source of omega-3s, they need to be ground or consumed as an oil in order to gain the benefits while hemp seeds do not.

Celery: The stalks of this crisp veggie are loaded with luteolin, a flavonoid that appears to work well at taming inflammation of the brain.

Grapefruit: This breakfast favorite has shown significant promise in lowering the levels of proinflammatory compunds in the body.

Pistachios: Aside from being a heart healthy snack, pistachios provide high levels of vitamin B6 and monounsatured fatty acids that can fight inflammation. Choose unsalted versions and go easy on the servings since nuts are high in calories.

Ginger: Consuming about 2 grams of ginger root supplement per day, such as Kroeger’s Ginger Root Tincture good for circulation and aids in digestion and congestion, can reduce colon inflammation which may protect against colon cancer.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: The anti-inflammatory compound oleocanthal is found in high amounts in oliveoil. This staple of Mediterranean diets is also brimming with heart-healthy monounsatured fat which appears to help counter inflammation.

Whole Grains: Swapping refined grains for whole grains can help lessen inflammation that affects the heart.

Lentils: Because they are rich in folate, a B vitamin that can help reduce levels of inflammation in the heart, lentils make a great substitution for beans.

AVOID THESE FOODS!

Sugary drinks and the other foods listed here should be avoided to fight inflammation.

Sugary drinks and the other foods listed here should be avoided to fight inflammation

The Dirty Dozen: Fruits and vegetables are an important part of naturally addressing inflammation but conventionally grown choices are likely to contain a heavy dose of pesticides. Our immune systems sometimes see pesticides as invaders and increase your body’s inflammation response. Try choosing organic or pesticide-free produce whenever you can, especially the dirty dozen in this list.

Sugary Drinks: Soda, energy drinks, and some bottled teas can send your blood sugar through the roof while widening your waistline and increasing levels of inflammation.

Refined Grains: White bread, baked goods, and boxed cereal contain refined grains that lead to a spike in blood sugar levels and increase inflammation responses.

Potato Chips: Acrylamide is a carcinogen found in potato chips and french fries and, when eaten frequently can increase inflammation in the body.

High-Fat Animal Products: Meat and dairy can be high in certain acids of omega-6 fats that promotes the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body. A recent study showed that adults who ate the most red meat in a group had the highest levels of inflammation.

While inflammation is a natural and healthy response of our body when we are injured, the overproduction of inflammatory compounds in the systems of some means a more difficult time with infections, diseases, and everyday aches and pains. By eating the right foods to fight inflammation you can help your body function properly. Ingesting the foods on the “avoid list” mentioned above in moderation is acceptable but if you’re struggling with inflammation levels or are experiencing a flare up of an autoimmune disease, it’s best to give your body the assistance it needs without hampering its function. Natural anti-inflammatory foods are good for the heart, waistline, and general function of the body so eat up! 

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Mushrooms as a Natural Remedy?

With the onset of cold and flu season, we encourage you to ready your system for attack with natural herbs like echinacea, olive leaf, mushrooms! Yes,  they too can be a natural remedy to many ailments. Traditionally there is a rise in the use of Vitamin-C in most American’s diets once the weather turns cold and the sniffles turn on. While the benefits of Vitamin-C are amazing year round, many consumers may believe the benefits to be heightened in winter due to the onset of cold and flu season. Vitamin-C is an excellent addition to your attack on unwanted coughs and sneezes but aside from the orange juice, soup and plenty of liquids recommendation…  did you ever consider Olive leaf? Echinacea? Or even …Mushrooms?

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With the onset of cold and flu season, we encourage you to ready your system for attack with natural herbs like echinacea, olive leaf, mushrooms! Yes,  they too can be a natural remedy to many ailments. Traditionally there is a rise in the use of Vitamin-C in most American’s diets once the weather turns cold and the sniffles turn on. While the benefits of Vitamin-C are amazing year round, many consumers may believe the benefits to be heightened in winter due to the onset of cold and flu season. Vitamin-C is an excellent addition to your attack on unwanted coughs and sneezes but aside from the orange juice, soup and plenty of liquids recommendation…  did you ever consider Olive leaf? Echinacea? Or even …Mushrooms?

Yes, mushrooms…but more on that later.

 

OLIVE LEAF: A NATURAL REMEDY 

Did you know that the olive tree has an impressive longevity history? Many are recorded to have lived longer than 1,000 years due to their high anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.

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Olive leaf extracts have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties

Because of these properties, olive trees are able to ward off environmental threats and maintain healthy function. The introduction of olive leaf  into your diet and herb supplement routine is an excellent choice in preparing for the cold and flu season as well as when you are already under the weather.  A study discussed in Natural Products magazine found that olive leaf, taken in the midst of a fight with a virus or nasty bacteria, could help cut the duration of illness when taken in a larger dose. Already worried about the cold and flu around your home?  Take a cue from the olive tree; prepare now for the upcoming attacks on your immune system and incorporate Kroeger Herb’s Olive Leaf Combination into your diet and help your body ward off the meanies.

ECHINACEA AS A NATURAL COLD REMEDY

Echinacea is a natural remedy for sickness.

Aside from the amazing qualities of olive leaf to share, we would also like to familiarize you with echinacea, “an immune stimulant and natural anti-bacterial agent.”  Natural Products magazine shares the recent research findings of the Society for Medicinal Plant Research in Austria (August 2010 publication) and the promise echinacea shows as being a treatment for the common cold with virtually no side effects. Never mind that syrupy goop filled with chemicals you chose to put in your system last cold season; choosing a natural path to wellness is beneficial for both the mind and body. Why would you run the risk of being drowsy all day with an over-the-counter temporary fix when the path to holistic healing is so broad? Consider anechinacea tincture to add to your regime of health improvement and go ahead and recycle that sticky dosage cup.

While some people claim that the benefits of echinacea are greatly lessened if you are already sick, it’s my belief that taking any natural remedy that will boost your body’s immune system is beneficial during the cough and cold season!

MUSHROOMS CAN BE A NATURAL REMEDY FOR MANY AILMENTS

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Mushrooms as a natural remedy? You bet!

And now, drumroll….mushrooms to help fight a cold and flu? You bet! They have been known to help fight cold and flu assumptions, too. While there is a wealth of research that drives the demand for medicinal mushrooms, it is difficult to translate this research to the general public and thus, consumers of products containing medicinal mushrooms for the purpose of boosting their immune systems.

Whether you choose to add mushrooms to soups, stir-fry, sauces or as freeze-dried filled capsules, it is important to remember that mushrooms are not just a simple botanical.  What we would like to share with you is this recipe LearningHerbs.com for a delicious mushroom soup to help feed your immune system and help you fight off infection. According to Natural Products magazine, “mushrooms secrete compounds that have potent antimicrobial properties” and allow your body to attack bacteria and viruses more successfully than without. Reishi, shiitake and maitake mushrooms are the types most commonly associated to medicinal treatments and their use as such can be traced back thousands of years to China where they were referred to as the “Medicine of Kings.”  See, mom was right, you must remember to eat your veggies!

While the list of homeopathic treatments goes on and on, we hope you will take the time to familiarize yourself with the benefits of choosing natural remedies for the everyday ailment rather than an over-the-counter or prescription drug. And, for a handy guide to natural remedies, consider adding one of our favorite books to your library, Ageless Remedies from Mother’s Kitchen, you can purchase a copy here - it makes a great gift and serves as an excellent resource in any home.

For more information on Hanna’s own remedies from everything covering acne to constipation, or colds, take a moment to read this handy check out our home remedies post.

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Guard Your Body with Immune Boosting Herbs

A lot of folks feel helpless when it comes to their health and the idea of immunity building never even enters into their minds. Even those who do know they can strengthen themselves to fight off colds and other tiny assailants tend to limit themselves to the few things that they know, maybe Echinacea or Vitamin C.

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A lot of folks feel helpless when it comes to their health and the idea of immunity building never even enters into their minds. Even those who do know they can strengthen themselves to fight off colds and other tiny assailants tend to limit themselves to the few things that they know, maybe Echinacea orVitamin C.

While those are excellent choices, constantly using the same approach, can eventually lead to patterns that will start to open up breaks in your immune defense. Here is an analogy for you. Say you are in the boxing ring and fighting against a real tough contender.  You have been able to win a few rounds by focusing on hitting your opponent with a series of right handed punches. Since this method seems to be working, you keep it up. After awhile though this tough competitor starts to expect those right hooks and starts to block those punches enabling some return shots to your own body. After suffering for a spell you decide to try to mix up your punches a little. Suddenly you once again gain the upper hand and are able to knock out the challenger to your health and wellbeing and exit the ring with some new strategies for the next time someone is spoiling for a fight.Get Some New Tricks Up Your Sleeve for Immunity

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Don’t just rely on that right hook! Several herbs are useful in boosting your body’s immune defenses.

Just like the prize fighter, it is a good idea to have a few extra tricks up your sleeve when you have a malicious enemy challenging your good health. In addition to Echinacea and Vitamin C, some other great immune builders are Olive Leaf, and Garlic. I like to tell my friends to try different approaches to immune building to stay on top of their game. Using different herbs as well as staying physically active are a great start.

We also have some great Hanna Kroeger formulas specifically targeting parts of the body most often hit by seasonal malaise.Sinus BlendBlack Radish & Parsley for the throat and Lung Formula are particularly effective.

Remember to get creative with your approach to keeping healthy and the prize of good health can be yours. Choosing a special combination of immune boosting herbs can help you fight off illness year round. Don’t just think about prevention and addressing sickness in the winter or fall–the need to boost your immune system is a year round goal!

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