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7 Herbs That Strengthen the Cardiovascular System

Updated on October 18, 2012

Herbs for Cardiovascular Health

Are there simple and inexpensive ways to strengthen the cardiovascular system? There are! If you are new to the idea of using herbs for heart health purposes, this lens is a great place to start. I've kept the page simple and at a digestible length.

The word herb is an English version of the Hindi word 'aushadhi'.

Medicinal Herbs have been in use for thousand of years and are used for their effectiveness in health and healing. Herbs are very effective in boosting the immune system, increasing the body resistance to infections, healing the allergies, and raising and renewing the body vitality.

The following 7 herbs are used to strengthen the cardiovascular system.

THIS LENS OFFERS INFORMATION ONLY and no recommendation for the use of herbs is implied. Many herbs have health considerations that only doctors and herbal practitioners know. Never assume that all herbs are OK for everyone.

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“A man's nature runs either to herbs, or to weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other.”

~ Francis Bacon ~

Hawthorne

Latin: Crataegus

One of the most valuable heart herbs is Hawthorne berries. Rich in bioflavenoids, Hawthorne acts a normalizer upon the heart, increasing blood flow and oxygen to that part of the body. Hawthorne helps to gently move the heart to normal levels of functioning, and it may safely be used in heart weaknesses and palpitations.

Hawthorne is good for protection against the early stages of heart disease, pressure/tightness in the chest, and mild arrhythmia. Its known to speed-up recoveries from heart attacks. The leaves and flowers of the plant are best for heart conditions.

Hawthorne dilates the coronary (and other) blood vessels getting more oxygen to the heart. This herb contains enzymes that get the heart pumping with more force, and converts "bad" LDL cholesterol into the "good" HDL kind. Hawthorne can also dissolve plaques deposits in arteries.The effects of Hawthorn happen when taken over time.

Motherwart

Latin: Leonurus cardiaca, Leonurus heterophyllus

Another valuable cardio-tonic is Motherwort. Motherwort, a member of the mint family, is specific for a racing heartbeat caused by anxiety and tension. The ancient Greeks and Romans used this herb to regulate heart palpitations and treat depression. A woman's menstrual cycle is affected by Motherwort because it balances the related hormones but both sexes benefit from its effects on the heart.

Motherwort in Latin is "lion heart." It can strengthen the heartbeat without increasing the pulse. It increases circulation to the heart by sedating and relaxing coronary arteries. This herb is also used for heart irregularities caused by hyperthyroidism.

Because Motherwort stimulates the uterus, pregnant women should avoid taking it.

Ginkgo Biloba

Latin: Ginkgo biloba

Gingko biloba has been recommended by herbalists for over 5,000 years to improve circulation throughout the body. Some trees live 1,000 or more years, and researchers are just beginning to understand their medicinal value. But this tree dates back more than 200-300 million years, making it one of the oldest species still alive.

Not only does Gingko exert a positive effect upon the vascular system by delivering blood and oxygen more efficiently to the various organ systems, but it also improves memory and the ability to concentrate. Studies also show that Gingko contains powerful antioxidants which may slow the aging process.

Gingko reduces the production of the fibrous tissues in arteries which are like "velcro" to plaque, causing arteries to narrow.

Butcher's Broom

Latin: Ruscus aculeatis

If you suffer from discomfort and pain caused by poor circulation in the legs (a heavy-leg feeling) consider the using the herb Butcher's Broom. This herb is particularly good for people who are on their feet most of the day. This herb will improve circulation in the hands and feet and reduce edema.

This bush used to be dried and used as a broom which is, of course, how it was named. Both the root and the above ground part of the bush are used in herbal medicine. Butcher's Broom is known to cleanse blood vessels. It helps the blood to maintain viscosity and supports blood circulation, especially in the legs.

Butcher's broom may interfere with some high blood pressure medications.

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Cayenne

Latin: Capsicum

When Butcher's Broom is used in combination with Cayenne, you have a powerful team to rebuild the circulatory system. Cayenne was brought to Europe from Central America in the 17th century.

Cayenne is an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory which is why it helps the circulatory system. It also increases gastric juices, and supports metabolism. The substance in Cayenne that makes it a medicinal herb is Capsaicin which is found in more than 130 species of pepper.

Garlic

Latin: Allium sativum

A real wonder drug of the herbal world is Garlic. This amazing food and herbal medicine does everything from treating ear infections to preventing heart disease. Include it in the daily diet and it will support the body in many ways, more than any other herb perhaps.

Think of Garlic as a basic food that augments the body's health and protects it in general. Garlic lowers blood pressure and blood cholesterol, fights infections, aids in digestion, relieves gas, helps with respiratory problems. The list of benefits goes on. on.

Garlic lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels which in turn keeps blood platelets from getting sticky. It also stimulates the process by which blood clots dissolve (fibrinolysis).

Ginseng

Latin: Panaax ginseng

Another famous herb that has been introduced to us by the Chinese is Ginseng. There are many types of Ginseng, but for our purposes, the most interesting two are Panax Ginseng, also called Korean Red Ginseng, and American Ginseng. The American is somewhat "lighter" in its effects, and therefore more appropriate for people with high blood pressure. (Side note: a Ginseng crop takes at least four years to mature.)

Ginseng means "root of man," and it has the property of increasing physical and mental endurance. It has the power to move people to their physical peak, and many athletes claim that it gives them a competitive edge.

Ginseng has "adaptogenic" properties, which means it has a unique ability to normalize body functions. For example, if blood pressure climbs too high, or if blood sugar falls too low, an adaptogen will help to return the body to normal levels. It relaxes the lining in blood vessels

"Much Virtue in Herbs, little in Men."

~ Ben Franklin ~

The garden is the poor man's apothecary.

- German Proverb ~

What Healthy Herbs Do You Use?

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      pshinde2109 lm 4 years ago

      very nice..

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I use garlic (of course) Cayenne and Ginseng fairly often. And I use a lot of other herbs for flavoring but I have no idea if they have any healing properties. I just love the great flavors.

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      changrcoacher 4 years ago

      Thanks for this informative lens...I learned more. Garlic and cayenne are two of my favorites...

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      Christine Hulme 4 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Everyone should know this! Thank you for sharing this invaluable info!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      guys this is legit, the benefits exceed prescription drugs and its all natural!

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      oiloflife 4 years ago

      Very helpful Lens with great information and such cute pictures!

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      aussiejon 5 years ago

      Great info, we don't turn to herbal medicine enough

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi, sam here, liked your post. I am looking for panax ginseng plant for my herbal garden. Can you guide me or provide some reference ( from where i can buy a panax ginseng plant).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A Few Herby Tips

      Use a wide variety of herbs.

      Never use too much of any single herb at once.

      Try different blends.

      Grow some fresh herbs and keep plenty of dried on hand.

      Let your taste buds guide you.

      Add herbs when cooking fats; this wonât just protect the fat from oxidation, but it will also provide the best flavor.

      Feed your pregnant ewe plenty of thyme.

      generic medicines

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Herbs confer a lot of benefits to the cooking process. They make it taste good for one, but they also protect the fats from oxidation during cooking, making them perfectly paired with fatty foods â like herbed cheeses, herbed butters, lamb legs studded with rosemary and thyme, butter or cream sauce reductions with a dash of herbs, and herb-infused olive oils.

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      Norbert Isles 5 years ago from Philippines

      Love all herbs I can find available. Great information on herbal remedies.

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      Great lens

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      June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      Another wonderful herbal remedy lens by a lensmaster that really knows her stuff. With cardiovascular problems on the rise, more people should not only look into eating healthier by increasing their vegetable, fruit and whole grains intake, they should also look to using these herbs for the cardiovascular system. Leaving you with another blessing.

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      Jacqueline Marshall 6 years ago from Chicago area

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thank you. Blessings are good for the heart, too!

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      Jacqueline Marshall 6 years ago from Chicago area

      @howtocurecancer: Thank you!

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A normal triglyceride level is of great importance for our health. All of us should have a good knowledge of it.You can take a dignose in order to know your triglyceride level.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Very worthy of the angel blessing, congratulations.

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      gia combs-ramirez 6 years ago from Montana

      I love herbs and I love this lens! Blessed by an angel...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great information, You presented it all so anyone could understand the benefits. I have lensrolled this to several of my aromatherapy and essential oils lenses. Nice job.

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      I love using herbs medicinally. I am blessing this lens, and would love to see RSS module or a link to the blog that you mentioned "Herb-blog-ogy". It looks very interesting and will make it easier to find. Blessed and added to http://www.squidoo.com/nutrition-angel