Herb Girl Tackles High Blood Pressure

After today, high blood pressure will no longer be your nemesis. High blood pressure (HBP) is a serious condition that can lead to coronary heart disease (also called coronary artery disease), heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, and other health problems. ”Blood pressure” is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways.

But no more.

First let’s start with a juice so yummy, no one could mistake it for medicine.

Caribbean Juice Pressure Reducer

mix coconut water and lemon lime.

Too simple? Not everything has to be hard. With this electrolyte infusion, you’ll be feeling breezy like wind from the beach :-) This is a safe diuretic, mineral replacement, and it’s very easy to digest.

Now for the Elixir, let’s learn about some great herbs! Hawthorn dilates arteries, lowers blood pressure, and is also a diuretic. Cramp bark can be used for cramps (hence the name)It also lowers blood pressure by relaxing the vessel walls. When taken in large dosages (30 drops or more every two or three hours), cramp bark may reduce leg cramps, muscle spasms, or pain from a stiff neck. Rooibos is an extremely nutritious herb, containing Vitamin C, Alphahydroxy Acid, potassium, copper, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, manganese and fluoride. It can help to control blood sugar levels, lower blood pressure and enhance immunity functions. Coleus (Forskolin) lowers high blood pressure, increases the release of hormones from the thyroid gland, stimulates digestive secretion, and reduces pressure within the eye. Coleus has been prescribed to treat congestive heart failure and poor coronary blood flow. It also improves circulation of blood to the brain.

Whew! Who’s ready for the recipe?

Heart Cordial Blood Pressure Elixir 

(this heart cordial is a potassium replacement, antithrombotic, and loosens blocked arteries)

*1 oz cramp bark

*3 oz hawthorn (1 oz leaf, 1 oz flower, 1 oz berry)

*1 oz rooibos (South African Red Bush)

Mix it up and put an ounce of it in tea with 2  1/4 oz of dandelion

*4 cups of hot water

Let steep for 5 minutes. Strain 15 oz– add 3 drops of rosemary oil (thrombosis is clotting within a blocked artery and rosemary helps with that), 3 oz of unsweetened cocoa, 8 oz dehydrated sugar cane juice, 4 oz of hawthorn tincture, 2 oz of coleus tincture. For better taste, add vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, and hawthorn berries.

Rx- 2 tsp a day

Store in the fridge with a label. I’ve been told it can last 6 months without refrigeration, but Florida summers are kinda brutal. Let’s stay on the safe side :-)

All right, it’s been a pleasure and as always…

Herb Girl… Spice Girl… Baby Spice, over and out