Hawthorn

“You change your life by changing your heart.” -Max Lucado


Keep love in your heart.


Hearts and love. The two go hand in hand. We draw little hearts to mean, "I love you," and send Valentines covered in hearts to our beloved. February, the month of love, is also National Heart Health Month. So, what better time to talk about Hawthorn? 

Hawthorn has been used at least since the 1st century for heart ailments. Even today, hawthorn is considered one of the best and most specific herbs for cardiovascular health. It is generally considered to be safe, but always discuss herbs and supplements with a knowledgeable health professional.

According to Natural Standard, "Numerous well-conducted human clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of hawthorn leaf and flower in New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class I-II heart failure (characterized by slight or no limitation of physical activity)." It is used widely in Europe for treating this condition.

Herbalist James Green, in his book The Male Herbal, states that hawthorn nourishes the heart and helps it return to a normal state. It is therefore often used for heart palpitations. He suggests its use over time to strengthen the heart, reduce hypertension, arteriosclerosis and insomnia. He also says it combines well with yarrow, lavender and motherwort for high blood pressure and rapid or arrhythmic heartbeat. You can easily find it in a tincture, tea or capsule. Vitacost (click on the link to get a $10 coupon if you’re a new customer) is my favorite discount vitamin website and carries hawthorn in various forms.

As always, consult your doctor before adding herbs, especially if you take prescription drugs or have a health condition of any kind.

References


Green, J. The Male Herbal. 1991. California.

Natural Standard: The Authority on Integrative Medicine.www.naturalstandard.com

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