Kiss your Heart Tea
Written by Lori Nichols Davies.
Heart disease is the number one killer in North America. To prevent this problem, exercise three days a week until you sweat; increase vegetable fiber, and enjoy meals with less red meat and omega 3 fatty acids from fish and flax and Salba. To reduce stress, enjoy this alkaline herbal tea after meals as your dessert. If it's summer time you can use an ice tea maker to refresh yourself in the heat.
Ginkgo is known as an antioxidant that has a tonic effect on blood vessels to increase blood supply to the extremities, especially arms and legs. It prevents platelets from sticking together in blood for more efficient oxygen and nutrient absorption into all blood cells, and especially for the heart.
It is particularly helpful if arteriosclerosis has affected brain function, or arteries of the arms and legs. It has rare cases of side effects: gastrointestinal upset, or headache and dizziness similar to aspirin, but aspirin may also cause heartburn, mild insomnia, and vomiting, whereas Ginko never has.
Fresh slices of Ginger
Ginger lowers blood cholesterol by stimulating bile flow, which is the body's primary way of removing any excess cholesterol. It lowers blood pressure and increases the circulation throughout your body. It's also very well known cure for all types of nausea and motion sickness. Pregnant women love this herb for morning sickness.
Haw thorne berries
Haw thorne berries, leaves or flowers can be easily found on bushes throughout temperate zones in North America the berries taste good and add a pleasant pink color to the tea. They are soft and edible after brewing tea. Used by naturopaths and herbalists for treating all heart problems, they strengthen and smooth out artery walls, so that the body need not accumulate cholesterol to protect rough arterial surfaces.
Hawthorne dilates coronary arteries, increasing blood and oxygen supply to the heart, and thus increases energy production. They also decrease excess lactic acid, an organic acid found in fermented foods, which
cleans the intestines, contributes to decomposition and reconstruction of protein, and activates the secretions of the pancreas. (Annelies Schoneck Des Crudities Toute L'Annee) but in excess causes muscular pain.
Cinnamon is an anti-fungal to fight infections, according to the German Commission E - a version of the Food and Drug Administration. It relieves gas. It's also good to stop heartburn, diarrhea, and nausea. It counteracts congestion during colds, and aids peripheral circulation of blood that helps diabetes. (Dr. Jonathan Wright, MD) It enhances metabolism of fats to warm the body in winter. Very useful for digestive problems, diabetes, weight loss, and yeast infections.
Cardamom prevents gas, heartburn, asthma, as it sweetens the breath.
Cloves taste good, fight infections, and are a digestive.
- 1 tablespoon of Hawthorne berries
- 1 tablespoon of Ginkgo
- 5 slices of ginger root
- 1 cinnamon stick,
- 9 cardamom pods
- 9 clove picks
Steep all ingredients for 10 - 15 minutes per cup of hot water.
Do not self-treat heart disease. When on medications, please abstain from having any herb tea until authorized by your medical doctor and professional herbalist.
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