High blood pressure (HBP), as we all know, is not a good thing to have on an ongoing basis.
Blood pressure is essential to move blood (and nutrients) through the circulatory system, but if the pressure is on high consistently, the result is BIG trouble.
Chronic high blood pressure contributes to:
- Damage to the heart and heart attack
- Kidney failure
- Stroke and cognitive impairment
- Blood vessel damage to the eyes
- Nerve damage
Let’s get that HBP under control!
There are many steps to reducing HBP, and you can start by drinking this cooling, refreshing tea.
Hawthorne Berries (Crataegus laevigata): Hawthorne is a classic heart healing remedy. According to world-renowned ethnobotanist, Michael J. Balick, PhD, “Hawthorn leaves, flower and fruit contain compounds that dilute coronary vessels and lower blood pressure.” Hawthorne is a member of the Rosaceae family and is generally cooling in nature.
Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa): This flower is sour, and traditionally used to cool the body and treat anxiety. It is rich in Vitamin C that helps repair oxidative stress, and is a diuretic to help relieve some of the fluid pressure in the body.
Keep in mind that your blood pressure won’t be lowered in one day. It’ll take some time.
And, you can’t drink this tea and continue eating crap and fast food and think your blood pressure is going to come down. That’s not reality. Overall diet and lifestyle improvements are needed to support your big beautiful heart and cardiovascular system as a whole to bring your blood pressure down.
This tea is also very cooling. So, if you are feeling cold… this may not be the right remedy for you.
Or, you can add some cinnamon sticks and ginger to help bring up a the heat a little bit.
Here’s the Recipe: Blood Pressure Support Tea
 Rodale’s 21st Century Herbal, Michael J. Balick, Phd, Rodale 2014, pg. 158
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.