Herbal Healing for the Cardiovascular System

The human circulatory system also called the cardiovascular system (from Latin words meaning “heart” and “vessels”) is the system that circulates blood and transports nutrients to and from the cells in the body to provide nourishment and help combat diseases. Approximately 121.5 million adults in the US have cardiovascular disease per the National Institute of Health https://www.heart.org/en/news/2019/01/31/cardiovascular-diseases-affect-nearly-half-of-american-adults-statistics-show

The circulatory system is made up of the heart, blood and blood vessels which work together to service the cells of the body. Then using the network of arteries, veins and capillaries, blood carries carbon dioxide to the lungs (for exhalation) and picks up oxygen. From the small intestine, the blood gathers food nutrients and delivers them to every cell. With such an important job that this system has, knowing how to keep it functioning correctly can add years to your life. Here are 10 herbs that can help with healing the Circulatory System.

Let’s begin with Hawthorn (Crataegus). This Herb is known as the best for helping to fight heart disease. All parts of the herb can be used from the flowers, berries, leaves and even the tips of the branches. This herb is a quintessential cardiovascular strengthener and helps assist in normalizing cardiac functions. Hawthorn has the ability to gently stimulate the heart and dilates arteries and veins which allows blood to flow freely and helps release cardiovascular constrictions and even blockages. This herb is also known to help prevent heart problems by assisting in treating heart disease. A fun fact about this herb is that it helps people who have a hard time expressing their feelings and is a great remedy for “broken hearts” and depression and anxiety. “It helps the heart flower, open and be healed.”-Herbal Recipes for vibrant health by Rosemary Gladstar’s . Hawthorn is best used as a tonic and should be used over a period of time for best results. Also great in jams and jellies.

Below is a great recipe to get started.