Hawthorn Leaf Tea

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Hawthorn Leaf and Flower

Symphytum officinale

Tea

Heart and cardio-vascular system tonic

Congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, high blood pressure, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), high cholesterol.

Do not use hawthorn leaf and flower tea if pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not take if you have a heart condition, or if you are on beta-blockers or Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs) that are used to treat high blood pressure

 

Background

This common English hedgerow tree can grow to 15m and supports many insects, birds and small mammals. Hawthorn’s beautiful red berries in autumn mean it’s time to turn in for winter and are a memory of the previous summer, long into darker days. Hawthorn has long been used as a base for herbal tea blends. It can be drunk regularly with no side effects and has a pleasant, leafy taste.

Uses

Within the body hawthorn functions as a cardiovascular tonic, decreasing high blood pressure and raising low blood pressure. Hawthorn effect of lowering blood pressure has been confirmed in early research. It seems to cause relaxation of the blood vessels farthest from the heart. As such hawthorn is used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. It is also used to treat both low blood pressure and high blood pressure, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), and high cholesterol.

Combines well with:
Lemon balm, Damiana, Ginkgo Leaf

Combining tonic teas is great to prevent illness. I use the teas in my herbal power blend: Damiana, peppermint/chamomile (I don’t like the flavour of them combined), ginkgo, horny goat weed, tulsi, Vervain (the best), elderflower…

Precautions

Do not use if pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not take if you have a heart condition, or if you are on beta-blockers or Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs) that are used to treat high blood pressure.

Further Reading

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-527/hawthorn
https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-benefits-of-hawthorn-89057

 

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