Home Made Hawthorn Remedies For Blood Pressure and Heart

Natural Herbal Remedies

‘Hawthorne for the Heart’s Woes’, methinks.  Hawthorn is considered by many herbalists to be ‘the traditional organ remedy for the heart’, whether the problem be of a physical or emotional origin.

As my Uncle Ivor used to say, ‘It’s very good for what’s wrong with you’.

Botanical names for Hawthorn: Crataegus Oxyacantha. Crataegus Monogyna.

The common Hawthorn is also known as the ‘Mayflower’, because it flowers in May, in Britain, from whence it originates.  The famous pilgrim ship to America was named ‘The Mayflower’ after the English Hawthorn bush.

Hawthorn is a wonderful remedy which has been known since ancient Roman times.  For strengthening the heart, for circulation problems, and stabilizing the  blood pressure, there is no other herb that can beat Hawthorn for its safe and tonic effect.

It was known as a gout medicine around 1695, according to Robert Barnett.  He also says that Hawthorn is used in Chinese medicine for what they call ‘food stagnation’ of the gut and intestines.

Homeopathic Crataegus   Homeopaths often use Hawthorn (Crataegus) combined with Arnica, which  is considered to be a mild heart tonic.

General Tonic For The Blood: Hawthorn Berries and the leaves are rich in antioxidant flavanoids.  These chemicals, plus its abundant Vitamin C and B content, and trace elements such as iron, make the Hawthorn a great blood cleanser and general tonic.

Insomnia and Nervous Depression:  Hawthorn can be helpful as a tonic for the relief of these aforesaid conditions, since Hawthorn has a mildly sedative effect on the nervous system.  The homeopathic combination of Crataegus and Arnica would be an efficacious remedy for treating nervous conditions and insomnia:  The Arnica would enhance the sedative and calming effect of Hawthorn.

High Blood Pressure: People suffering hypertension, or high blood pressure, would do well to begin drinking  Hawthorn tea, simply made with the Hawthorn leaves  and mixed with some peppermint or spearmint herb for flavour. Below is a recipe to make palatable Hawthorn tea.

Note:  Do not begin using Hawthorn tea, or using the tincture, if you are already on prescription medicine of some sort.  Doubling up on a remedy which affects blood pressure may not be helpful.  The cardiac glycoside drugs such as Digitalis or Digoxin should not be mixed with herbal medicines which will do the same thing. Ask your doctor or naturopath about using Hawthorn if you are taking medication.

Low Blood Pressure:  Hawthorn Tea is equally good for treating low blood pressure, according to Louise Tenney and other herbalists.

Hypoglycaemia: Whilst Hawthorn can be helpful for normalizing either low or high blood pressure, it can  also have a stabilizing effect on the blood sugar levels.  It is a useful herb for treating hypoglycaemia, when the blood sugar levels plummet from high to low, leaving the person feeling lifeless and depressed.

Tasty Hawthorn Tea Combination

Crumble  1/4 cup  of dried Hawthorn leaves into the teapot. You can use your fermented leaves if you have them – see the previous post on making fermented Hawthorn tea leaves.

Add 1/4 cup of fresh or dried Peppermint or Spearmint leaves.

Pour over 4 cups of boiling water.

Leave to infuse for 5 minutes, then add the juice of one lemon and a tablespoonful of honey.

Drink one cup of this tea three or four times a day as a general tonic.

Hawthorne Tea To Help Lower Blood Pressure

Pour 250 mls of boiling water over either dried leaves, flowers or berries of Hawthorn, or a mixture of these.

Infuse for 20 minutes, then strain off the tea.  Drink two or three cups of cold tea per day over a period of around two months or so to help reduce high blood pressure. (see ‘Your Complete Guide To Natural Health’)

Hawthorn Tea To Help Angina and Arrhythmias

Use two teaspoons of Hawthorn berries.  Pour over 250 mls of boiling water and leave to infuse for twenty minutes.

Strain the tea.  Drink cold.

‘Your Complete Guide To Natural Health’ recommends drinking two or three cupsful of this tea each day, one cup at a time, of course,  for around two months or so, for the effect of helping the conditions of angina and arrhythmias.

Home Made Hawthorn Tincture – Heart Remedy

See the previous post for another method of making Hawthorn tincture.  This simple recipe here below is adapted  from one found in ‘Your Complete Guide To Natural Health’. International Masters Publishers, Auckland, NZ.  No date.

Take a clean jar with a screw top lid.

Put in 20 gms of dried Hawthorn, leaves and flowers. Crumble the herbs a little.

Cover the herbs with vodka.

Screw on the lid.

Shake every day for 10 days.

Strain into a clean, dry bottle.

To strengthen the heart, take between 20 to 40 drops in a little water three times a day.

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Hawthorne Wine Or Beer Recipe For Hypertension

Natural Remedy For High Blood Pressure

The Hawthorne has been proven as an effective remedy for hypertension – high blood pressure.

John Heinerman says in his book, ‘Miracle Healing Herbs’ that a Scottish doctor in 1939 ran some tests with a hawthorne remedy on 10 patients who had high blood pressure.  This doctor was Dr. James Graham of Glasgow University.

Dr Graham’s experiment with his home made remedy was successful in improving the health of all 10 patients in his study.

Here is my version of the recipe which Dr Graham is said to have used:

Recipe For Hawthorne Wine Or Beer:

Take 4 tablespoonsful of dried hawthorne berries.

Crush the berries well.

Add these to one pint of either dark honey mead, or a dark, rich beer.

Alternatively, you could use a sweet sherry, which will keep well.

You could also use vodka to make your remedy.  I use vodka to make up homeopathic remedies.  It keeps well, is inexpensive, and the flavour is so mild as to not impair any remedies.

Put the mixture in a bottle with the cap loosely screwed on, so as to let any gasses out as the mixture works.

Leave your hawthorne preparation for 15 days, shaking well each day.

After 15 days, strain the mixture into another clean, dry bottle and cork or screw down the lid.

Dr Graham’s reported dosage for each patient was 25 drops taken for one dose, twice a day.  The drops were put under the tongue, which aids in quick absorption of the remedy.

After only one week, apparently, all his patients had fully recovered.

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Breathing Method To Help Reduce High Blood Pressure

The Yoga Cooling Breath – Sheetali Pranayama

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Yoga Technique To Enhance Vitality, Induce Mental Calmness And Normalize Blood Pressure

Sheetali Pranayama is an age-old practice which is included in the teachings of Satyananda.

Sheetali Pranayama will noticeably reduce high blood pressure even after one or two practices of the method.  Over time, if you practice it regularly on a daily basis, you will find that your general health will improve, and that your blood pressure will also improve. Of course, attention to the diet and minimizing any activities which cause your blood pressure to rise are also important in achieving a balanced state.

Basically, this is a very easy exercise to perform.  There are some added sophisticated yoga techniques which  you could add to the exercise if you wish to take your yoga practice seriously.

But here I will give the simple, basic method which is effective in calming the mind and in helping to reduce blood pressure, and which anyone can do easily without any prior knowledge of yoga technique.

First, make yourself comfortable, either in a chair, or in your favourite meditation pose.

Take two or three slow deep breaths to clear your lungs of air and prepare for the Sheetali pranayama cooling breath.

How To Perform The Sheetali pranayama Cooling Breath:

So now you are seated comfortably. Stick out the tongue a little, and make it into a tube shape.  You are going to breathe in through this tube made by the folds of the tongue. Note: This is the only one of Satyananda’s yoga breathing techniques whereby the breath is taken inward through the mouth, and outward through the nose. It is the reverse of the usual method.

So – With the eyes closed, we take the breath in through the curl of the tongue, slowly and evenly. Hold the breath in briefly with the mouth closed.  Then exhale evenly out through the nose.


Be Cautious – Build Up Slowly:

In the beginning, if your blood pressure is high, it might be best to perform only about three or four breaths using this curled tongue technique. Otherwise if you do too many at once,  you might feel awfully light-headed or dizzy as the sudden burst of oxygen into the blood stream takes effect.

As your strength improves with building up your Prana, or nervous energy, you should be able to perform more breaths in the one sitting.  In conjunction with regular pranayama practice, nine rounds is suggested by Satyananda.

For people suffering high blood pressure, Satyananda recommends building up the practice slowly for anything up to 60 rounds.

Many Benefits:

I find that the Sheetali pranayama Cooling Breath has many benefits.  As well as the obvious effects in calming the mind and normalizing the blood pressure, it also oxygenates the blood, helps the eyesight, enhances the intuitive faculties, improves memory, and helps to improve the digestion.  You will notice right away that saliva secretions increase as you perform the exercise.  Stimulating the saliva glands in this way greatly helps the digestion.  After a few days of practicing the Cooling Breath, you will become aware of other more subtle changes occuring throughout the system.

It can be a helpful technique for people suffering all kinds of degenerative disease, such as cancer and arthritis.

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Remember To Drink Plenty Of Water Daily:  This helps keep the blood pressure stable.  Take a glass of water immediately after performing the Sheetali pranayama cooling breath exercise.

Jalandhara bandha – The Chin Lock. If you wish, you could perform the Jalandhara bandha  as you practice the Sheetali pranayama Cooling Breath.

You need to sit in a meditation pose for this, knees touching the floor if possible, and with the arms straightened out, hands holding the knees. Hunch up the shoulders so that the arms can become perfectly straight.

Close the eyes. You then inhale through the curled tongue, then, close the mouth whilst holding in the breath, and push the head forward so that the chin touches the chest.

Hold this position, with the breath retained inward, for as long as is comfortable.  Then, still retaining the breath inside, slowly relax the pose, bringing the head up.  Exhale slowly through the nose as you sit with the head erect.


It is important to remember that the head must be properly erect before breathing in or out.  No breathing should be done whilst the head is down on the chest in the chin-lock.

Personally, I think that the chin-lock is a bit much for most people who are simply wanting to improve their blood pressure. It is not really necessary in order to achieve results.

But there we have it!!!!!!

See the deep relaxation technique which is also helpful for stabilizing blood pressure and calming the nerves:

Yoga Nidra Deep Relaxation





Flu Vaccination Brought On Asthma And High Blood Pressure

On The Bad Effects Of  Vaccination

For a start, the flu vaccination, in this case, brought about a bad dose of flu the very next day – the very thing the flu vaccination was meant to prevent!


Immunization  Has Debilitating Effects For Some People:  This is a story about how vaccination caused influenza, asthma and high blood pressure in a person immediately after she had a flu injection. 

If only she had known about the effectiveness of Homeopathic Arsen Alb., she may have been spared the consequences of the flu jab.  Read:

Homeopathic Arsen Alb For NZ Flu May 2013

There is much literature around on the bad effects of vaccination.  The debate is still a very hot one, with drug companies and much of the medical profession pushing to keep those vaccinations going.

Antibiotics used in vaccination programmes are incredibly large money-earners for the drug-pharmaceutical industry, as well as the medical profession,  and so, like the tobacco story, it can be a very difficult thing persuading people that vaccinations can be harmful, because so much money is spent on propaganda in favour of vaccination or immunization.

These big organizations manage to get institutions such as the FDA alongside, who then pressure for mass vaccinations to be  made mandatory.  Even WHO, the ‘World Health Organization’, in tow with the pharmaceutical companies, go about the world vaccinating thousands upon thousands of people in those underdeveloped countries where they are least likely to find resistance.  Programmes like these bring in massive profits for the drug companies.

However – This is not working out for them so well in Pakistan at the moment, where the Teleban are cracking down on the vaccination programmes being run there by WHO.  The Teleban, and many other Pakistani people,  are suspicious that the vaccines might cause infertility, among other things, and quite rightly so, in my opinion.  Read my post entitled: Fake Vaccinations So Teleban Kill Polio Workers In Pakistan which has a bit more on this story.  See also some of my other posts on the subject of Vaccination and Vaccination Alternatives:

Link Between Vaccination And  Obesity New Study Suggests BBC Report;  

Possible Homeopathy For Meningitis If Vaccinations Don’t Work; 

Is Vaccination Related To Autism;

Useful Homeopathic Remedies For Measles.

Importance Of Magnesium In Preventing Heart Attack And Lowering Stress

And now – For the story on how immunization for flu weakened the immune system, bringing on asthma and high blood pressure, amongst other things:

I have just met a lady who has been made very ill from having a routine flu injection.  Four years ago, she and her husband went in to get their ‘flu shots’.  That year nothing unusual happened.

But the following year, just before going on holiday to Australia in 2010,  they decided to get their flu vaccinations done to ensure they did not catch anything while they were away.  They got their vaccinations done three years ago this April.

On this occasion, the flu vaccination caused a health crisis in this woman’s life.  Her husband did not have any trouble with the vaccine, apparently, although I have not spoken to him.

The first adverse reaction to the flu vaccine was to immediately get a bad dose of the flu.  My friend became suddenly very ill with the flu the following day after having the vaccination.

After she recovered from the flu, she found she had developed asthma, which she had never ever experienced in her life before.

The asthma grew worse.  By the time they had gone over to Australia on their holiday, she was in dire straits with the asthma, and had to be hospitalized.  Her blood pressure had also soared, when she had not had a blood pressure problem before.

Her blood pressure was suddenly dangerously high – 180 over 120.

After being discharged from the hospital in Australia, they returned to New Zealand, whereupon she went back to the doctor to complain about the effects of the vaccination.  This doctor dismissed the idea of vaccination being the cause of her demise in health.  He said her sudden bad health had nothing at all to do with the vaccination for flu.

But she had become IMMEDIATELY ill with the flu after having the vaccination, and the flu was followed on by asthma and extremely high blood pressure, as well as a feeling of lethargy and depression.  My friend did not believe the doctor at all. She changed her doctor right away to one who has been helping her to gradually reduce all the medications she has been put on to manage the asthma and hypertension.

Incidentally, she has found that her blood pressure problem has improved greatly with the addition of magnesium to the diet.  She has almost weaned herself off the high blood pressure medication.  Her new doctor supports her attempts to reduce her high blood pressure through natural means.

The first doctor who ignored her complaints about the flu injection, insisting that the flu injection had not caused any demise in health, is typical of many doctors who support the pharmaceutical industry:  They refuse to acknowledge any harmful effects of their vaccinations.

It is not compulsory for doctors to keep a record of the bad effects of vaccination.   I wonder why?  It is obvious.   Ignoring the harmful effects of vaccinations means that the proof against vaccinations remains hidden.  This is very convenient for the drug companies, because there is no register kept which lists just how many people suffer ill effects from vaccinations or immunizations, and there is no record kept of the type of illnesses which people succmb to after having vaccinations done.

Which is why I keep writing these articles up – in an attempt to help disseminate information which might antidote the potentially harmful propaganda which is continually churned out by the drug companies and much of the medical profession.

Useful Books To Read:  ‘Your Health At Risk – What Doctors And The Government Aren’t Telling You’ by Toni Jeffreys Ph.D.  Published 2005 by Crow’s Nest Publishing, Warkworth, New Zealand and also by Axiom Press Australia.

‘Vaccination – A Guide For Making Personal Choices’ by Dr Hans-Peter Studer.  First published in English by Floris Books in 2004.

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Olive Leaf Tea

Olive Leaf Benefits Health:

The value of olive oil in treating gall bladder and liver disfunction and in strengthening the heart is discussed on several other posts on this site. Olive oil is well known as having value as a detoxifier of these organs  and as a laxative. Olive oil is a natural liver cleanser.

But today, let’s look at the benefits to the health in using olive leaves as an infusion and as a tea.

Olive Leaf Is a Natural Antiseptic

Olive leaves are a natural antiseptic. Leaves of the species olea europaea, from the Oleaceae family, can be infused in boiling water to make an antiseptic solution. This infusion, once it has cooled, can be used to bathe sores and cuts and bruises.

Circulation: A well as lowering the blood pressure, this olive leaf infusion can help to improve circulation. It is therefore a good remedy for varicose veins. It can be used externally to bathe varicose veins and to use as a footbath. A footbath of olive leaf infusion can help relieve varicose veins and improve circulation to the legs.

Olive Leaf Tea can be taken internally to help lower blood pressure, and improve circulation, provided you are not already on any medication to alter your blood pressure. Check with your health professional before using olive leaves to lower your blood pressure.

Olive Leaf Tea is rich in nutrients, one of which is an antioxidant called Oleuropein. Olive leaf tea is a tonic which can help reduce free radical damage. It is also a relaxant which can soothe frayed nerves.

Olive leaf tea, and also olive oil itself, is a gentle and safe natural laxative.

Olive Leaf Tea can be made from any of the following varieties of olive tree:

Olea Arbequisa: This comes from Catalonia in Spain. It produces a small brown olive fruit.

Olea Kalamata: This variety comes from the Kalamata region in Greece. It has a large black fruit.

Olea Picholine: This variety is French. Its fruit is a longish green olive.