Midnight Express (Organic)
$15.00 – $58.02
Country of Origin: Bulgaria / Egypt (Blended by Neat Jane’s Tea House)
Grade(s): First grade
Altitude: 450 metres above sea level.
Manufacture Type(s): Field grown, sun dried.
Cup Characteristics: A slightly astringent taste with a smooth lemony finish on the palate.
Infusion: Tending deep green
Ingredients: Hawthorn leaf & flowers, Lemongrass
Description: Hawthorn is best used to promote the health of the circulatory system, treat angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia and has been found to strengthen the heart. Hawthorn is also a powerful sedative which relaxes the nervous system. Hawthorn is widely regarded in Europe as a safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease and has been used for a number of ailments including angina, myocarditis, arteriosclerosis, nervous conditions like insomnia and diarrhea. It has also been indicated for strengthening blood vessels, vascular insufficiency and blood clots, restoring the heart muscle wall, lowering cholesterol and to aid digestion.
Hawthorn is widely regarded in Europe as a safe and effective treatment for the early stages of heart disease and is endorsed by Commission E – the branch of the German government that studies and approves herbal treatments.
It is used to promote the health of the circulatory system and has been found useful in treating angina, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia. It has been found to strengthen the heart and stabilise it against arrhythmias.
Properties of Hawthorn
Astringent, Antispasmodic, Cardiotonic, Carminative, Diuretic, Sedative, Stimulant, Vasodilator
Anthocyanin-type pigments, Choline, Citric acid, Cratagolic acid, Rich in bioflavonoids, Flavonoid glycosides, Tannins, Glavone, Glycosides, Inositol, PABA, Purines, Saponins, Sugar, Tartaric acid, Minerals and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12 and C.
Valve prolapse, Angina, Congestive heart failure, Cardiac arrhythmia, Myocarditis, Arteriosclerosis. Hawthorn can normalise blood pressure by regulating heart action; extended use can lower blood pressure. Good for heart muscle weakened by age. Can help strengthen blood vessels, reduce palpitations, help prevent vascular insufficiency, blood clots (embolism, phlebitis).
Dilates coronary vessels to restore heart muscle wall. Lowers cholesterol. Good for nervous conditions like insomnia. Aids digestion. Relieves abdominal distension and diarrhea, fod stagnation, abdominal tumours and is good for dropsy.
Though non-toxic, Hawthorn can produce dizziness if taken in large doses. Avoid if colitis or ulcers are present. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use Hawthorn.
Animal and laboratory studies demonstrate that this herb has antioxidant properties that help protect against the formation of plaques, which leads to a health problem known as atherosclerosis. Plaque buildup in the vessels that supply oxygen rich blood may cause chest pain (angina) and heart attacks while plaque buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the brain may result in stroke.
Hawthorn has shown to combat chest pain (angina), a health problem caused by insufficient blood flow to the heart. In one early study, 60 angina patients were given 180mg/day of Hawthorn berry-leaf-flower extract or placebo for 3 weeks. Those who received the Hawthorn preparation experienced improved blood flow to the herat and were able to exercise for longer periods of time without suffering chest pain.
Studies using rats suggest Hawthorn tincture (made from the berries) may be powerful agent for the removal of LDL (bad) cholesterol from the bloodstream. The tincture of hawthorn berries also reduced the production of cholesterol in the liver of rats who were fed a high-cholesterol diet.
High Blood Pressure
Although Hawthorn has not been studied specifically in people with high blood pressure, considerable evidence supports the cardiovascular benefits of this herb. Studies suggest that Hawthorn can be taken by people with hypertension who are also taking blood pressure medications.
Hot tea brewing method: Bring fresh cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon for each 200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 5-10 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time, the better the flavor as more herb flavor is extracted).
Iced tea brewing method: Not recommended.
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