February is American Heart Health month. So what better time than now to talk about heart healthy herbs.
Honestly, I think this is something we should be raising awareness for all year round, and not just the month of February, but since it’s also Valentines Day, it just makes it perfect, eh?
What’s frightening is that the CDC reports that almost ½ of all American adults have high blood pressure. That’s over 116 million adults.
And hypertension puts you at high risk for heart disease, or even stroke.
What makes it even scarier is that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the united states.
Poor heart health is costing Americans over 131 Billion per year! That’s absolutely insane!
And while there are many things you can do to improve your heart and cardiovascular health, such as getting adequate exercise, and eating a proper diet rich in colorful foods, and less of the bad ones.
There are also some really beneficial plants to help you along your way.
And, that’s what you'll discover in this article. Plus, you'll be getting my favorite heart healthy lovers cordial recipe. Not only heart health, but tongue tantalizing too!
It's true, I love celebrating love, and I love our hearts, as obviously they’re an integral part of our body systems. And, clearly without them we would not exist. So, it’s really important that we care for them, am I right?
And this issue is super important to me. I’m 43, and I’ve already had 2 of the men I dated in my earlier years, that have passed due to heart failure. And, I’m so sorry to say another person from my life just passed away last week, from heart failure. And while their heart fails, mine and all of their other loved ones break.
It’s so sad and devastating, and when you recognize that heart disease is the leading cause of death in our country, it’s clear we need to step it up a lot in regards to heart health.
Needless to say, this topic really hits close to home for me.
And, I’m frequently asked what herbs to take for various heart and cardiovascular conditions.
So, while as you read this post, PLEASE know that it is extremely important for you to work with your doctor or health care provider. I am not giving you healthcare advice. What works for one person, may not be what works for you. That being said, I am going to speak about the herbs I know to be most effective, while also being the most safe.
Be sure to read to the bottom for my super yummy heart healthy recipe.
Heart Healthy Garlic Allium sativum
So, the first herb I want to talk about today is one that most of you likely have sitting around your house right now. And, oftentimes, those are the very best herbs to go to!
And this one is also one of the more impressive herbs out there when it comes to heart and cardiovascular health, yet so few people think of it as such.
And, it's Garlic!
Did you know that Garlic can decrease your risk of heart attack or stroke?
Heavenly Heart Happifying Hibiscus Hibiscus sabdariffa
She’s a beautiful one and oh so popular for so many people.
It’s Hibiscus! Yes, the lovely often bright red flower that s many love to have in their teas.
It’s also known as sour tea, because it’s well… a bit sour!
I use it in my Hibiscus Heart Song blend, for it’s heart healthy properties and it’s delicious taste, only I balance it with other heart happifying and nerve calming herbs to make it, even tastier, minus so much bitter.
Anyway, those heart healthy properties, that’s what we’re here for, right?
Hibiscus has been showing some great promise for helping to reduce harmful cholesterol levels.
A study done in 2009 with 53 diabetic women, showed that drinking one cup of hibiscus tea per day for 1 month, lowered their LDL
cholesterol (the bad stuff) by 8%, and raised their HDL (the good stuff) by 14.9%!
Wow! Those are some mighty impressive results for sipping a tasty cuppa tea, ya?
But wait, there’s more!
Not only can hibiscus improve cholesterol health with a simple cuppa tea, it can also help lower blood pressure!
If these aren’t incentives to drink some tasty hibiscus tea, I don’t know what is!
Though, I must admit, I’m honestly not the hugest fan of the sour taste of hibiscus. But, I love it when it’s mixed with lemon balm, and lemon verbena, and a bit of the super tasty circulatory stimulant, cinnamon, like in my Hibiscus Heart Song blend.
Yes, I’m biased, but it’s just a darn good tea!
Hawthorn Crataegus spp.
Another heart healthy herb, that’s probably on the top of my list, and also in my Hibiscus Heart Song, is Hawthorn!
I have a major love affair with this beautiful tree, and the medicine it creates!
It’s one of the best herbs out there for toning the heart muscle, and cardiovascular system. It’s the first herbs I think of using when it comes to almost anything related to heart health, minus low blood pressure. It’s
Heart Healthy Cordial Recipe
Now, let’s chat about one of my favorite heart health recipes, shall we?
This a tasty recipe I love to make around Valentines day. I refer to it as a lovers cordial, and it’s so darn tasty and heart healthy too!
It will even help get the blood pumping to those super important places that you want blood flowing to when you’re with your lover, if ya know what I mean
These are just a few of the herbs I’m so grateful to have in my medicine cabinet at the ready as I need them.
Love these herbs and want to get some in your belly? You can find them, with an array of other amazing herbs for a happy healthy hear & Soul in our Hibiscus Heart Song Blend
About the Author: Melissa Mutterspaugh
Melissa lives in Oregon, in the foothills of Mount Hood. She's a clinical herbalist, environmental educator, mother, wilderness therapist, lover, nemophilist, music loving maniac, and the founder of Mountain Mel's Essential Goods, and podcast host at The Herbalist's Path. She is passionate about inspiring others to take better care of our planet, through taking better care of themselves, naturally!