A healthy way of living is crucial for a proper work to the most precious muscle in the body, and also many medicinal herbs can help your heart.
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading reason for death in the world. And besides, many aren’t trying to keep their heart healthy until the first signs of an illness appear. Angina pectoris, raised blood pressure, improper operation of the heart and heart attack are few of the complications that can emerge due to not taking care for this vital organ. You can protect the heart muscle if you drink plenty of water during the day and moderately consume food, based on fruit and vegetables from organic origin. You can spice the meal with Curcuma longa, rosemary, ginger and hot pepper. You should not be in stressed situations, and enough sleep is imperative for the proper work of the heart. In prevention and the healing of the cardiovascular diseases helps many medicinal plants, but you should remember that these herbs are not a substitute for the prescribed therapy, and also should not be used without a consultation with a doctor. Here I present the 10th best friends of the most precious muscle in our body.
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
Hawthorn from ancient time is known as the best friend to the heart muscle. Feeds the heart and gives him the power to work proper, providing better circulation and flow of oxygen to the rest of the body. Stops the gathering of cholesterol in the walls of the arteries and lowers the blood pressure. It is especially perfect for people that recover from a heart attack or fights against arrhythmia. Those that have healthy heart can drink tea from Hawthorns flower to additionally strengthen the heart and protect from a future heart attack, but also to increase the tolerance of the heart from oxygen deprivation, that can be an effect of a major excitement or stress. Remark: Do not use Hawthorn during pregnancy.
Bistort (Polygonum bistorta)
Bistort, especially in combination with Hawthorn, is a true friend of the heart and positively influence the complete nervous system. Relax the muscles, lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood and prevents the blood clotting. Promotes a normal work of the heart, fights efficiently against tachycardia and reduces the high blood pressure, especially the one that appears as a result of anxiety or stress. And small amounts of tincture from bistort can be a real energy injection, and few more drops fix the problem if you have insomnia.
Garlic (Allium sativum)
If you have high blood pressure, or, you struggle with raised cholesterol and triglycerides, garlic can help. One piece is enough daily to eat for a healthy heart, and if you are not very fond of the taste and smell from this herb then add it into the meals as a spice. It is vital to consume it every day on a regular base to avoid blood clotting that eventually will lead to heart attack or a brain stroke.
We know that Ginkgo acts good on the brain and nervous system, but it is also a great ally in a prevention and fight against cardiovascular diseases. With the kind spreading of the arteries and veins it improves the circulation and stops the forming of the blood clotting and with it helps in the prevention of heart and brain stroke. Also, gingko efficiently lowers the blood pressure and fights against free radicals, preventing them from damaging the walls of the blood vessels. Remark: Never use teas and preparations of ginkgo in combination with drugs for diluting of the blood.
Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)
Although often is used in prevention and treatment of kidney diseases, acting as a diuretic, barberry is an excellent ally in the fight against cardiovascular illness. Barberry is significant to people with low blood pressure, as to those with noticed blood clotting. Barberry is efficient in the treatment of a chronic veins insufficient and varicose veins. However, barberry is not to be used by people that have high blood pressure, and also people that drink medications for normalising the pressure or for diluting the blood.
Valeriana (Valeriana officinalis)
If your heart problems are on a nerve base, look for an ally in the bitter root of Valeriana. In ages this plant works against insomnia, and it can help you lower the blood pressure and to calm the heartbeat caused by too much excitement. According to some scientists, the root of Valeriana can help in the treatment of congestive heart failures when one of the chambers can not pump the whole amount of entered blood. Still, you should not use Valeriana if you take medications for regulating the blood pressure or cholesterol.
Adonis (Adonis vernalis)
If you fight against angina pectoris, in Adonis you will find a important friend. This plant improves circulation, calms the heart beat and slows the pulse, and at the same time strengthens this vital organ and encourages it for proper work. In regards that it calms the nerves, Adonis does not raise the blood pressure during the strengthening the heart muscle. Prepare tea as following: boil one soup spoon of the plant for 2 minutes in 3dl of water, and after it cools for 5 minutes it is squeezed and drank three times after meals. You should not consume it for more than two weeks and certainly not without a consultation with a doctor.
Arnica (Arnica montana)
Most phytotherapist point to arnica as a great ally for disinfection and treatment of wounds, but this herb is extremely efficient in the fight against the diseases of the heart and blood vessels. It lowers the blood pressure, stops the blood clotting, strengthens the weakened heart from hard diseases and fights against cramps to the arteries and veins, by kindly spreading them. Arnica is used mainly as a tincture, but because it is poisonous, it must be done in small amounts and under a doctor’s direction.
Mistletoe (Viscum album)
Mistletoe is a plant-parasite, grows as a evergreen bush on high branches of trees, usually on apples, pears or on oak. It is known as a cleanser of the blood and helps during the treatment of heart difficulties, especially atherosclerosis, and angina pectoris. It lowers the blood pressure, by reducing the tense of the veins and by stopping them from rupturing and bleeding.
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
Spice your meals with parsley and you will support the health of your heart. Thanks to the folic acid, this plant the potential dangerous homocysteine transforms it into harmless molecules. And stops it to damage the blood vessels, lowering with it the risk of heart and brain stroke and angina pectoris, to which especially are exposed people with atherosclerosis or diabetes. Since it is full of antioxidants, parsley is a great ally in the fight against many diseases, including cancer.