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With the hawthorn in full bloom, it’s time to celebrate the wonderful properties that hawthorn and other herbs can provide for our circulatory system. As always, please talk to a qualified herbalist before taking any medicine, as there may be contraindications, especially if you are pregnant or are already on medication.
Welcome in the May!
Hawthorn (Crataegus oxycanthus) – leaf, blossom and berry
Hawthorn is a good heart tonic, beta blocker, protects the heart muscle, prevents heart attacks, is a vaso-dilator (peripheral), helps promote sleep and is the best herb for blood circulation. It regulates low blood pressure, steadies the heartbeat and lowers cholesterol. It contains chemical compounds that keep blood vessels open, and it vital where vessels lack tone and are inert due to fatty or calcium deposits. It lessens pain in the heart and adjacent areas, re-elasticates blood vessel walls (through rutin), rebuilds collagen fibres in outer layers of vessels and is a powerful anti-oxidant, as well as being rich in vitamin C. It reduces inflammation, relaxes the smooth muscles of the uterus, intestines and other areas to relieve congestion and reduces water retention (bloating before period). It also aids digestion and eases sore throats.
This herb is to be used as a tea, syrup (berries) and as a tincture.
*Not to be used with other beta-blockers or heart drugs/herbs. Please consult a qualified herbalist if on heart/blood pressure medication of any kind.
Cayenne (Capsicum annum) – fruit
Cayenne is a brilliant styptic (stops blood flow from wounds). It equalises blood pressure and is good for heart attack or stroke victim recovery as it strengthens the heart and improves circulation. It dilates the arteries and protects from damage. It aids in heat tolerance, stimulates endorphins and is a good treatment for migraines (prevention and cure). It also reduces the tendency for blood clots. It aids digestion, is a cathartic and also relieves sore throats.
This herb can be used in cooking, in capsule form (powder) or as a tincture (HOT!).
*There are contra-indications with this herb, especially for asthma sufferers.
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