The cardiologist told me not to exercise until after the nuclear stress test (which still hasn't been scheduled!) I'm working on getting a home blood pressure monitor, which my insurance will cover, but the doctor has to order it first and I didn't think of it until after I'd left the cardiologist's office. I left a message for him and am waiting for a call back.
I've also bought whole hawthorn berries to brew into a beverage and coQ10 pills; 100 mg each. I've been taking 2-3 a day, with meals. I've been cutting back on my salt usage and drinking more water, and I'm looking forward to having that blood pressure monitor so I can see if the salt restriction is needed.
What's the best way to use the hawthorn berries? Simmered in water or just steeping in hot water?
Every day, I make a nettle infusion, to which I add rose hips. The second half of the month, I swap out some red raspberry leaves for some of the nettles. I've also been making ginger root tea by cutting up ginger into cubes and simmering on the stove for about half an hour.
Is it better to add the hawthorn berries to the ginger or to the nettles? How much should I be using per day? Is there a time of day that's better to take it, or should I have small amounts throughout the day?
Also, is there anything I could or should do before the nuclear stress test to minimize the damage from the radiation?
But I have also understood that water is most likely to extract everything. You could steep them in water for a few hours to get a good strong infusion*, or make a syrup - simmer down the infusion (barely barely at a simmer) to half its volume and then add half that volume of honey.
*As far as whether steeping or simmering the actual berries is best - you will get different opinions about that, but one of my first teachers suggested steeping leaves and flowers but simmering things like seeds, berries, and barks.
In the early summer you will be able to collect hawthorn leafs and flowers and dry it for next winter.
What was your blood pressure like before surgery? Using pharmaceuticals before surgery? After?
Hawthorn IS an awesome healer, physically and emotionally, but she's a slow healer, slow and steady so be consistent. (Consider garlic and motherwort too).
I make a decoction when working with hard dried berries, roots and barks. Generally I start with 2 Tbls of Hawthorn berries, 5 cups water bring to boil simmer to half volume, drink throughout the day...warm ( no microwave).
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