By Klaus Ferlow HMH, HA
By Klaus Ferlow HMH, HA
By Klaus Ferlow

Holistic health represents an attitude toward well-being which recognizes that we are not just a collection of mechanical parts, but an integrated system which is physical, mental, social and spiritual.

The writing of Hanna Kroeger, the “Grandmother of Health” drawn from over half a century of study in natural health, people share her techniques for self-healing, self-knowledge and healing us, help each other. She authored and published a huge variety of health books and 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 Alfred Brauchle. In 1953, she and her family came to America and in 1958 she started one of the first health food stores.

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, homeopathy products and 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 some of the major common ailments:

Acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, 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

Klaus Ferlow, Master Herbalist (HMH) & Herbal Advocate, (HA), author, innovator, lecturer, researcher, writer, founder of Ferlow Botanicals, Vancouver, B.C. and Neem Research, Mission, B.C., member of the Health Action Network Society, Canadian Herbalist’s Association of BC., National Health Federation, International Herb Association, Plant Savers, Neem Foundation, Mumbai, India, co-author of the book “7 Steps to Dental Health.”, author of the book “Neem – Nature’s Healing Gift to Humanity,”

This information is offered for its educational value and should not be used in the diagnoses, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease, please contact your health care provider.