Way of Life’s February Newsletter
February is Heart Health Month. See this month’s article on how we can protect and nourish our hearts.
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Here’s to a Healthy Heart and Body!
Heart Healthy Lifestyle
by Susun Weed Excerpt from: “New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way”
Smile! Depression increases your risk of both heart attack and stroke. In fact, severe depression is more strongly linked to stroke risk than high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking cigarettes, being overweight, and nine other known risk factors. When you smile, your brain makes hormones that make you, and your heart, feel good. So, smile.
Nourish and Tonify
Touch and be touched. In numerous scientific studies, people who were touched lovingly every day had significantly fewer heart problems than those who weren’t.
Nuts to heart attacks. The fats in nuts have been linked to a reduced risk of heart attacks. Volunteers on high-fat diets (35-40 percent of calories nuts and olive oil) lowered their LDL cholesterol by 13 percent. Greek women do the same, and have one of the lowest rates of heart disease in the world.
Essential fatty acids, especially omega-3s, are ever so essential to a healthy heart. Look for them in fish (salmon, sardines, trout, herring are highest), seeds, whole grains, beans, and nuts. They are especially abundant in wild seeds such as plantain, lamb’s quarter, and amaranth. And in freshly ground flax seeds. Women who consume the EFA alpha-linolenic acid daily have the lowest risk of a fatal heart attack.
Keep your heart healthy with regular use of seaweeds. Seaweeds have clinically proven cardiotonic effects: they stabilize blood pressure; regulate levels of triglycerides, phospholipids, and cholesterols; prolong the life of the heart muscle; and encourage a steady heart beat. Women who regularly eat foods rich in carotenes cut their risk of stroke by 40 percent. Women who eat broccoli at least once a week have roughly half the risk of heart disease as women who eat none.
Eliminating or limiting carbohydrates, especially refined flours and sugars, has halved the cholesterol of several friends whose totals were above 400.
“What emerges is a clear association of heart disease with . . . consumption of devitalized, processed, fabricated food items, including sugar and fructose, soft drinks, fortified white flour, milk and egg powders, caffeine, imitation broth products, synthetic vitamins, vegetable oils, and hydrogenated fats.” — Sally Fallon
Garlic, Knoblauch, Ail (Allium sativum) is a great friend to old hearts. Several cloves a day of fresh, raw garlic can lower blood pressure, reduce phospholipids and cholesterol, strengthen heart action, increase immune response, reduce platelet clumping and clotting (thus reducing strokes), and stabilize blood sugar levels.
Don’t like raw garlic? Use powdered! A four-year study found women who ingested 900 mg (1/4 teaspoonful) of garlic powder daily had 18 percent less arterial plaque than those taking a placebo.
Hawthorn berry tincture is the standard herbal heart tonic, and for good reason. It is broadly effective, virtually without overdose, and easy to make from fresh or dried berries. An elegant shrub or small tree, hawthorn is frequently cultivated in the suburbs.
The action of hawthorn is slow but complete. It strengthens the heart, establishes a regular heart beat, relieves water build-up around the heart, and resolves stress throughout the cardiovascular system. Dose is 25-40 drops of the berry tincture, up to 4 times a day. Expect results no sooner than 6-8 weeks.
Motherwort, that dear friend of menopausal women, is a favorite heart tonic. A dose of 10-20 drops of the tincture of the flowering tops, taken up to three times a day, helps lower blood pressure, strengthen heart action, ease palpitations and irregular heartbeats, and make room in the heart for compassion.
Chocolate, keep your heart healthy by eating chocolate. Sound too good to be true? Despite its reputation, chocolate is loaded with heart healthy phytochemicals. Cocoa’s tretramers curb oxidation of the blood vessel walls, short-circuiting the build up of atherosclerotic plaque; they also help keep the vessels relaxed, keeping blood pressure down.
Chocolate’s flavonoids are more powerful than vitamin C in limiting oxidation of LDL; they protect all lipids in the blood from free-radical damage. Procyanidins are flavonoids that work like mild aspirins, keeping the blood thin and free-flowing.
Polyphenols are heart-healthy substances found abundantly in red wine, green tea, and chocolate. Daily use may prevent stroke by delaying blood clotting time. (.75 ounces/20 grams of dark chocolate = one-half cup tea = one glass red wine.)
Chocolate also prevents blood platelet fragmentation (which occurs when platelets get sticky), and boosts HDL (good) cholesterol. No wonder it often comes in heart-shaped boxes!
Lemon Balm is so strengthening to the heart, it is said those who drink it daily will live forever. Brew fresh or dried leaves in a cup of water for 5-10 minutes. Or steep fresh leaves in a glass of white wine for 1-2 hours and drink with dinner. Or enjoy 1-2 tablespoons/15-30 ml of the vinegar.
You don’t have to sweat, but you do have to move! to keep your heart healthy. However you can do it, do it; no excuses.
Dandelion root tincture lowers blood pressure and keeps your heart and cardiovascular system healthy and happy. Use 10-15 drops with meals.
If you eat meat, be sure to eat whole grains and beans. Homocysteine is concentrated in the blood of those who eat a lot of animal protein and don’t get enough B vitamins to process it completely.
Susun Weed, green witch and wise woman, is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health. This complete article is available on her website – https://goo.gl/WqT3oJ
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De-Stress with Tasty Tonic Tulsi Tea
This mint family plant has been a sacred and important medicinal plant in India. Tulsi (holy basil) is one of those plants that will amaze you with the many ways it can support health & well-being.
What you’ll need… 1 heaping teaspoon of tulsi leaves, 1 heaping teaspoon of hibiscus flowers, 1 heaping teaspoon of edible rose petals, pinch of stevia or honey to taste
Simply place the herbs in your tea pot. Pour in 16 oz. of just-boiled hot water. Let steep for 10 – 15 minutes…And enjoy your holy basil tea! Recipe from Tasty Tonic Tulsi Tea.
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Delightful Victorian Earl Grey Tea
Uplift regular Earl Grey tea with the addition of floral delights. This tea recalls a time of lovely tea parties in beautiful garden settings, it is easy to make, adjust the flower ratios to taste.
1 oz. of Earl Grey Tea (regular or decaf), 1 heaping tablespoon of edible rose petals, 1-2 heaping teaspoons of lavender flowers, 1 heaping teaspoon of Calendula flowers, 1 teaspoon Cornflowers (optional)
Mix tea and flowers together, use a generous teaspoon per cup of tea, steep about 3mins. Add milk and sweetener if desired.
All of the herbs in these recipes are available at Way of Life.