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Hawthorn

Hawthorn for your heart!  If you have high blood pressure, this is the herb for you. Actually, hawthorn is the best thing ever for your heart.  Some years ago I was having some symptoms of heart attack.  So, as we should do, I went to the local ER.  They eased my symptoms, thankfully it was not a heart attack.  Then they referred me to a cardiologist just as a precaution.

I did the follow-up visits with the cardiologist.  Had stress tests and echocardiograms and was, at one point, put on three different blood pressure medicines.  At this point, I knew I had to do something besides go along with the status quo.  Through all the testing, they decided that there really wasn’t anything so wrong with my heart.  Except for a slow heartbeat and could possibly one day have to have a pacemaker.  Not looking forward to that at all.

I began to research natural methods of bringing blood pressure under control.  I thought that was a good place to start.

This herb is completely safe.  So, if you love the taste, rest assured you cannot overdose on it.  Hawthorn is especially good for aging hearts, hearts with an irregular heartbeat, hypertension, those who are recovering from heart surgery, and well, any type of heart issue.

INFUSION:  I prefer to take hawthorn as an infusion. (To find out how to make an infusion, click here ) You may try the powdered form or a tincture.

COLOR:  Once the infusion is complete, hawthorn has a medium golden color.  Much like a weak black tea.

TASTE: The taste is mild, again, much like a weak black tea.  If you would like to sweeten it, use honey or stevia.

DOSAGE:  4 ounces of hawthorn infusion 2 times per day.  In the morning and in the evening.

If you prefer to use a tincture and want to make your own, consider using the haws or berries. You can find instructions on making tinctures here .

Hawthorn takes some time to work its magic.  If you are primarily using it to regulate your blood pressure, expect it to show lasting results in about 3 months.  Hawthorn is not fast but it is enduring. The is undoubtedly the very best herb for heart health.

The German Commission E, a group of scientists that determines the effectiveness of herbal medicines, recommends hawthorn for:

  • Cardiac insufficiency (weak heart)
  • Pressure and tightness in the chest
  • Aging hearts
  • To increase circulation
  • Arrhythmia

SIDE EFFECTS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS

Well, there aren’t any.  If you are currently taking medication for hypertension, you can still use Hawthorn.  It will not cause your blood pressure to drop too low.  After a few months, you will probably be able to wean off of the blood pressure medicine.  There is no danger of overdose on Hawthorn. Since it is not a diuretic nor does it block calcium channels, Hawthorn is a safe way to lower blood pressure in those who have kidney disease or are diabetic.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical doctor nor do I diagnose disease.  Please contact your personal healthcare practitioner before trying any herbal remedy.

 

 

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SUNDAY ORACLE: Aine (Leap of Faith)

“Take a risk, and put your heart’s true desire into action!”

Blessings this Yuletide day!  And what better time to take that leap of faith and begin to follow your passion?!  Winter solstice and a New Moon….what wonderful magick can be wrought at this time.  The goddess, Aine, is here to help you with acting on your heart’s desire.

Aine is a powerful Celtic goddess who can provide you with courage to take the risks necessary to fulfill your dreams.  Call on her this week, today is a great time to start.  She will help you make sound decisions regarding following your true heart’s desire.  Know that your first step is to make the decision to just do it.  Putting it off will NOT help you reach your goals.

Decide where you want to be, then set up a plan of action to get there.  Breaking down your dream life into small steps and goals will help you achieve the life you were meant to live!   Spend time in prayer or meditation with the Divine, allow your intuition to set the pace.  Know that you are on the right path and once you decide to follow your dream the universe will open every door to make it happen for you.

Bright Blessings, dear ones! Have a happy and safe Holiday Season!

**Sunday Oracle is taken from the Goddess Oracles cards by Doreen Virtue.

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NATURAL HEALTH AND HEALING: Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy is probably not something that a lot of people, especially here in the Bible Belt, have heard a lot about. However, it is a most interesting therapy and could quite possibly take the place of many heart bypass surgeries. But, let’s get into what chelation (key-LAY-shun) therapy really is.

This natural therapy is a way to rid the body of toxic metals. It is used to improve circulation of the blood and to reverse atherosclerosis. During chelation therapy, which is done on an outpatient basis, the patient is given an IV infusion of EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraaetic acid ) and vitamins and minerals. This becomes a detox program on steroids…so to speak…no steroids are actually used.

Chelation therapy is beneficial to those who suffer from intermittent claudication (leg cramps), those who have various heart related illnesses, i.e., angina, coronary artery disease, or stroke. But, it does not stop there. There are many documented cases that attest to improved memory and concentration, improved vision, and improved kidney function.

There is also a form of oral chelation therapy. This is not quite as aggressive as the IV therapy, but it can make improvements in your overall health. There are many nutritional supplements that can be used as oral chelation, such as, Gingko Biloba, garlic, vitamin C, and selenium, just to name a few. Your natural health practitioner can help you decide which supplements can be the most beneficial to you.

If you think you may be a candidate for IV chelation therapy, you can find board certified providers through one the places mentioned below

American Board of Chelation Therapy. www.glccm.org

American College of Advancement in Medicine www.acam.org

Gordon Research Institute www.gordonresearch.com

This blog post merely skims the surface of the depth and scope of chelation therapy and what it can do for an individual’s health and longevity. Suffice it to say, if you are having circulatory issues, including heart problems of any kind, it may be very advantageous for you to do some additional research. I wish you much health and Bright Blessings!