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Mother Nature's Best Remedies

by Klaus Ferlow(more info)

listed in herbal medicine, originally published in issue 242 - November 2017

“Wholistic health represents an attitude toward wellbeing which recognizes that we are not just a collection of mechanical parts, but an integrated system which is physical, mental, social and spiritual.”

The writings of Hanna Kroeger, the ‘Grandmother of Health’ draw from over half a century of study in natural health, they share her techniques for self-healing, self-knowledge and healing us, help each other. She authored and published a huge variety of health books; one of them is Ageless remedies from mother's kitchen. She was born of  German missionaries, studied nursing at the University of Freiburg, Germany and worked in a hospital for natural healing under Professor Brauchle. In 1953 she and her family came to America and in 1958 she started one of the first health food stores.

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A century ago, simple home remedies were used to treat minor injuries, ailments, and pains. If someone scraped the knee, a thorough washing and a thin layer of honey on the wound did the trick. Drinking tea for an upset stomach or stuffy nose gave way to popping antacids and antihistamines instead. There were times when conventional medicine treating the symptoms took over but in the last few years home remedies have reclaimed the spotlight.

However, I was very fortunate since I grew up in Northern Germany and our family doctor never prescribed drugs but herbal remedies! More than ever, many people are getting back to nature when it concerns their health. People are taking a second look at treatments their grandmothers trusted. Many folk remedies are simple, inexpensive, and effective – and most important are free of negative side effects of  some over- the counter treatments.

Statistically, is it no wonder that in North America between 70-75% of the population are using herbal remedies; research is revealing that many old-fashioned treatments have withstood the test of time for good reason  and many are backed by scientific research – they work!

Here is a list of Natural Herbal Remedies

  • Decoction
  • Extracts
  • Ointments, salves, creams
  • Powder
  • Poultice
  • Syrup
  • Tinctures

Here is a list of Major Common Ailments

Acne, athlete's foot, blisters, bruises, burns, cough, constipation, cuts, diarrhea, earache, eye troubles, gas, headaches, hives, insomnia, menstrual cramps, painful joints, sore throat, splinters.

Be open to the healing power of nature's best remedies by applying body mind and spirit and use them with  care and discover the ancient medical remedies of the past.

Words of Wisdom

For every disease we know Mother Nature provides a herb to heal and grow.


Castleman Michael, The Healing Herbs, St. Martin's Press, 1991.

Rose Jeanne, Herbs & Things, Lat Gasp, 1972.

Lust John, Tierra Michael, The Natural Remedy Bible, Pocket Books 1990.

Mindell Earl, New Herb Bible, Simone & Schuster, 1992.

Hutchens Alma R., Indian Herbology of North America, Merco, 1969.


It is not my intention to make specific claims. Any attempt to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat illness should be under the direction of your health care provider.


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About Klaus Ferlow

Klaus Ferlow HMH (Honorary Master Herbalist, Dominion Herbal College, Burnaby, B.C., est. 1926), HA (professional Herbal Advocate Canadian Herbalist's Association B.C., Victoria, is a traditional herbalist, innovator, lecturer, researcher, writer, founder of Ferlow Botanicals, Vancouver, B.C., now retired. Peter Ferlow is acting President, manufacturing/distributing herbal medicinal and personal care products with no harmful chemical ingredients to holistic practitioners and selected stores in traditional medicine in Canada and parts of USA since 1993; the company was founded in 1975. His educational articles about health, healing, herbs, nutrition have been published in health & women's magazines, newspapers, newsletter in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa in print and online and on the internet.
Klaus founded in 2013 NEEM RESEARCH, Mission, B.C. to protect and promote the precious healing gift of the Neem tree from India to humanity and with over 23 years experience working with Neem he published in 2016 the book Neem: Nature's Healing Gift to and is also a co-author of the book He is a member of the National Health Federation, Monrovia, Ca., International Herb Association, Jacksonville, Fl, United Plant Savers, Rutland, OH, Neem Foundation, Bombay (Mumbai), India and may be contacted via

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