Herbal Syrups for Common Ailments: Happy Heart

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Roses and hawthorn work together to reduce emotional stress.

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup hawthorn leaves and flowers
  • 1⁄2 cup rose petals
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar or honey

Optional

  • Vodka or motherwort tincture (1⁄4 of bottle space)

Directions

  • Herb Concentrate Method: Tea

    Medicinal Potential

    Hawthorn: Heart tonic, relaxant, possible diuretic; may improve circulation; may help dilate arteries; may decrease blood pressure; antioxidant 

    Rose: Long associated with the Heart Chakra according to Ayurveda, it may promote emotional healing, decrease stress and tension, alleviate depression and act as a mild aphrodisiac 

    Motherwort: Used to calm the heart, ease palpitations and grief; said to make one feel as if they are being enveloped in the loving embrace of a mother 

    Notes 

    Hawthorn is not recommended alongside heart medications. Rose is not recommended for those with diabetes or anemia. Motherwort should be avoided by those with clotting disorders and those taking treatment for a heart condition. Stop taking motherwort at least two weeks before any surgery.
    Read more about herbal medicines for common illnesses in Herbal Syrups for Common Ailments.

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This heart tonic is especially beneficial during times of emotional transition, distress, loss and grief. Physically, it may assist in strengthening the overall workings of the cardiovascular system.

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