This infusion is strongly protective for the heart and all the ingredients can be wildcrafted in many parts of the US.
I drink this blend to support regular healthy heart function. It could also be suitable for people with high blood pressure but is probably not ideal for those with low blood pressure.
Here's a brief look at our ingredients...
Linden (Tilia spp.)
Linden trees are not native where I live, but it is planted ornamentally and can be easily found for foraging. I harvest the leaves and flowers when in bloom, being careful not to upset the plethora of bees which are usually there in mass drinking their fill.
Linden is commonly used by herbalists for people with hypertension. I surmise it works as a relaxing nervine that relaxes the vasculature and decreases blood pressure.
[Linden] also cleans the blood and makes it more fluid. This means that it is a valuable defense against arteriosclerosis, phlebitis, angina and heart attacks. Naturally one must not expect much from it after these troubles have already occurred: I am recommending the lime as a preventative, and as this you cannot start taking it soon enough.Maurice Messegue, Health Secrets of Plants and Herbs
Hawthorne (Crataegus spp.)
Hawthorne is well know for its ability to protect, strengthen and improve heart function (1). It has been shown to normalized cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation (which is often associated with heart disease).
I commonly use it in blends for people with hypertension. I've found that fairly high doses need to be taken to see results. (As well as lifestyle adjustments such as diet, exercise, breathing/meditation, etc.)
Although the berries are best known for the heart protective properties the leaves and flowers are also high in flavonoids known to protect the heart.
Goldenrod is less well known for the heart, however this fabulous and abundant native plant is super high in antioxidants that protect the heart.
Love Your Heart Tea
1 part linden leaves and flowers
1 part hawthorne leaves and flowers
1 part goldenrod leaves
1 part rose petals
You can make this in any amounts you desire.
I like to use about a 1/2 cup of each herb, place it in a quart mason jar. Fill with just boiling water, stir briefly, and let sit overnight. In the morning I strain it and enjoy it throughout the day.
I often gift a version of this tea in wedding baskets. It's a beautifully packaged tea with those beautiful rose petals shining through.