Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Tea - Hawthorn Berry
These are dried Hawthorn Berries and their use dates to the ancient Greeks. Predominately they were used as a heart tonic and its benefits derive from the presence of Flavonoids, Cardiotonic Amines and Polyphenols as well as Vitamins B and C.
Hawthorn Berries help to relax and dilate arteries which in turn allows a greater flow of blood and oxygen through the body. With the blood vessels in a relaxed state this also sees a positive effect on blood pressure.
To make a tea from these berries, you generally use a teaspoon per cup. Let it brew for a few minutes before drinking.
It has a slight sour after-taste so honey is recommended to help sweeten the tea.