Working non-stop 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days of the year, our hearts work to keep blood pumping through our bodies providing us with oxygen and nutrients we need to stay alive. When we neglect our health, our hearts can unfortunately take the biggest toll. Thankfully, a humble little herb can help support and tone our hearts: hawthorn.
- It dilates the arteries that supply the heart muscle itself with blood, oxygen, and fuel, providing a better supply of these essential nutrients. This results, with continued use, in a stronger, more efficient heart beat.
- It acts as a powerful free-radical scavenger, protecting the heart against the harmful effects of lessened oxygen—a common result of vascular disease, such as atherosclerosis.
- It can help steady the heartbeat, if it is irregular and does not lead to dependence.
- It has mild sedative activity, which may be useful where mild heart disease is combined with nervousness, hypochondria, etc., in which case it can be combined with lavender or lemon balm