Summer hydrating and gaining health benefits!

It is Monday!  Good morning to you all!  Hope you were able to relax a bit over the weekend, or catch up on some sleep. It was another beautiful one here in upstate NY!

Have you ever tried  making up a batch of brewed tea?   Well, I did yesterday.  I am not a huge fan of all the sugary teas one could buy in the markets and I like flavored beverages to drink, especially to stay hydrated during the summer months.

 

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I made up a fresh batch of This Organic Hawthorn tea with Hibiscus in it, added a bit of raw honey, along with dropping some sliced lemons for added nutritional benefits.

The Hawthorn plant (Crataegus monogyna) has been used in both clinical and folk medicine. The traditional doctors used the leaves, berries, and flowers to cure different types of diseases. Recent research shows that the berries have some beneficial properties. This has put them at the forefront of herbal medicine.

I am not sure about you, but I try to add natural plant sources to my diet in order to reap their many nutritional health benefits.  I am a huge proponent of prevention.  We are able to make changes in our lifestyles in order to maintain our health and wellness.

Often, this takes an intentional choosing on our part to create a plan, then following through with it.  I have found I have learned to make these changes in my own lifestyle in beginning one step at a time.  Making simple changes can make a huge difference in our mental/physical health, even if already dealing with a long-term chronic condition.

Research has shown the intimate connection between our diet and our health.  Not sure about you, but I would rather eat for my health, rather than eat towards the deterioration of my health.  The types of foods we ingest do matter and they can make the difference in how we feel, our mental attitudes, our spiritual well-being and greatly aids in helping us in decreasing our risk towards living with disease states.

7 BENEFITS OF HAWTHORN TEA

1. Antioxidant Properties

According to the animal and laboratory research studies, this plant has potent compounds with antioxidant properties. You may already be aware that antioxidants assist in getting rid of free radicals. Free radicals are damaging elements that tamper with the DNA, alter cell membrane, and may cause cell death.

In general, these free radicals occur in the body naturally, although certain environmental toxins such as radiation, ultraviolet light, air pollution, and cigarette smoking make them multiply.

The growing amount of research that has been conducted show that free radicals accelerate the aging process as well as the development of a number of health problems.

Hawthorn tea, helps your body get some of the essential antioxidants that can prevent and reduce the damage they cause.

2. Heart Disease and Congestive Heart Failure

The hawthorn berries are used as an effective and safe treatment for the early stage of the heart disease. Its use has been endorsed by some of the renowned health research body teams including the Commission E. Which is a branch of Germany government that studies and approves the use of herbal treatments. (herbs-for-health

A study was conducted on people with congestive heart failure (a condition where the heart doesn’t have the ability to pump enough blood to the organs in the body). These studies revealed that individuals treated with hawthorn had improved symptoms of the diseases like fatigue and shortness of breath.

The effect of hawthorn tea on the conditions that affects the heart is not immediate, but along with lifestyle changes, a person can see some results in 4-6 weeks.

3. Relieves Chest Pain

Hawthorn tea also combats angina. This condition develops when there is insufficient flow of blood to the heart.

A research study was conducted, showing when hawthorn berry tea for three days, the study patients reported reduced chest pain, which was attributed to improved blood flow to the heart.

4. Fights High Cholesterol

Other studies also show that hawthorn tea has powerful agents that help in the removal of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL also referred as the bad cholesterol that leads to clogging of the arteries, causing high blood pressure.

Hawthorn reduces the levels of the LDL by stopping its production in the liver. For this reason, a patient suffering from high LDL can benefit a lot from taking hawthorn tea on a regular basis.

5. Prevents Skin Problems

Another main benefit of the hawthorn is that it also helps in various skin issues. This includes skin problems such as boils, ulcers, sores, frostbites, and itching. To reap the benefits, you simply need to apply it directly on the skin. Hawthorn also contains anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great option for treating rashes from psoriasis and eczema.

6. Helps Digestion

This tea soothes your intestines, improving digestion. This is attributed to the fibers found in the hawthorn tea. Food rich in fiber helps in digesting food, reducing some of the issues associated with constipation.

7. Boosts Your Energy Levels

The tea also boosts your energy levels. It does this by expanding the blood vessels allowing more blood to circulate in your body. By doing this, you will feel more energized and alert.

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Heart Side Effects. Because hawthorn is so effective in treating many heart issues, it can also cause side effects if taken by those who do not need it. While it is used to treat heart palpitations, one of the side effects can be an increase in heart palpitations.

 

The bottom line.   

In drinking hawthorn tea on a regular basis, we can reap many benefits. However, just like many other herbal medicines, you should talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should also consult the doctor before you add the hawthorn tea into your health regimen.  

Hawthorn tea has shown adverse side effects in persons taking certain heart medications, so please check with your medical professional before consuming Any herbal products.

 

Here is an excellent online resource for those who wish to continue researching the many benefits of adding herbs to your diets. (Livestrong.com – Health benefits of hawthorn tea)

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Thanks for stopping by again today and I hope you enjoyed reading about this one awesome herb!  And it does make for a delicious beverage to drink during the day too!

Share with us on the ‘Penny for your thoughts’ section below, what teas you have discovered beneficial and enjoy drinking?

 

Living Intentionally

Lorraine

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