Hawthorn Benefits & Information

Warning: Not recommended for people with low blood pressure. Not always compatible with heart medication.

Uses

Hawthorn berries or flowering tops can be used to treat a wide range of problems associated with the circulatory system. This herb improves the function and health of the heart, it makes the peripheral blood supply to the hands and feet more plentiful, and it slightly lowers blood pressure. It can speed the recovery from a heart attack and stroke. It can be taken alongside orthodox medication under the supervision of a herbalist, but it is not always compatible with heart or high-blood-pressure drugs. For the purpose of self-prescribing I would recommend using it for poor circulation and slightly raised blood pressure.

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Combinations

Hawthorn combines well with yarrow.

How to take

As tincture.

Dosage

Adults: 1-2ml, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:2.

Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.

Horse chestnut Warning: Do not take when pregnant.

Uses

The fruit of the horse chestnut tree is used medicinally to improve the health of the veins. It has a reputation for helping with varicose veins, but in my experience it mostly works as a preventative measure. However, people who suffer from varicose veins often have a poor blood flow from the legs to the heart, and horse chestnut will help to treat the resulting tendency to swelling. This herb is also useful for inflamed haemorrhoids and leg ulcers, as well as acne rosacea.

How to take

As tincture.

Dosage

Adults: 1-3ml, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:5.

Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see

Lime tree flower

Uses

Lime tree flower, also known as linden, can help with raised blood pressure. It is suitable for people who are tense and stressed, as it is a gentle relaxant.

Combinations

Combines well with hawthorn.

How to take

Either as a tea made from dry flowers, or as tincture.

Dosage

Adults: 1 cup of tea, 1-3 times a day; or 4-10ml, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:5.

Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.

Hawthorn Benefits & Information

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