Trader Joes And Hawthorn Berries – Trader Joe’s always has a steady stream of interesting and delicious teas. Almost all are individually bagged and super convenient to use for a cup of tea. Trader Joe’s green tea seems to be the most popular of TJ’s teas, but there are a few herbal teas they offer that I really liked. No caffeine in these Trader Joe’s teas, just a variety of interesting flavors, flowers and fruits. Three of my favorites are Trader Joe’s Well Rested Herbal Tea, Trader Joe’s Blood Orange Rooibos Tea, and Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Rooibos! ………….
The Trader Joe’s Well Rested Herbal tea is a really soothing and pleasant tasting tea. It combines mint and chamomile with some other interesting ingredients like passionflower and hawthorn. The Organic Blood Orange Herbal Tea reminds me of the Orange Spice Herbal Tea that Bigelow and other brands sell. It has hibiscus and rosehip among other ingredients that give it a great subtle orange flavor and aroma without being sweet or overpowering.
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Finally, Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Rooibos has a natural pumpkin flavor along with festive fall spices like cinnamon and cloves in it. It tastes like a smooth pumpkin spice drink without all the sugar. Sometimes I add a little Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice to give it a sweeter taste! All of these herbal teas have a super subtle and mild flavor that I appreciate. Whenever I can’t decide which flavor I want, I usually go for a well-rested herbal. What flavors would you like for my next Trader Joe’s tea? What’s everyone going to TJ’s for tea? And if you can’t make it to TJ’s, try these items…
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– Twinings Herbal Tea Bags – 40 individually wrapped tea bags Pure Mint Chamomile Red Rooibos Mandarin Orange Honeybush plus 9 more flavors
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For today’s article, I am sharing excerpts from The Alchemy of Herbs about the many healing gifts of hawthorn. I’m also including one of my all-time favorite recipes: Hawthorn Cordial.
Hawthorn from the Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Medicines That Heal by Rosalie de la Foret (Hay House, 2017)
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Since heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, it’s surprising to me that more people don’t know about hawthorn. Before I start sounding like a snake oil salesman, I should point out that people get heart disease for many reasons and hawthorn is not a silver bullet that you can take while neglecting the basics of health like a healthy diet and an active lifestyle .
European culture has long been fascinated by hawthorn, and many myths and bits of folklore surround this prickly tree. In addition to its medicinal uses, the tree’s hardwood is made into tools, and the thick, prickly nature of the tree makes it a popular choice as a natural hedge or fence. Various species of hawthorn are native to North America, where First Nations used it to treat a variety of ailments, including wounds and digestive problems. People in China also have a well-developed relationship with hawthorn, often using it for indigestion.
In the spring, hawthorn trees produce masses of lovely white to pink flowers. After pollination, the tree begins to form many clusters of fruit that ripen in late summer. These red berries are dry and mealy and can range from bitter to sweet, depending on the variety.
Hawthorn is a tree in the rose family that grows throughout the northern hemisphere. There are more than 280 species and herbalists use them all equally. The most scientifically researched species are
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The current Western medicine paradigm for treating chronic disease relies heavily on suppressing symptoms rather than addressing the factors causing the problem. For example, if you have seasonal allergies, a practitioner may give you something to block your body’s attempt to create histamine, but practitioners often don’t give anything to modulate your immune system and prevent allergy symptoms in the first place. This paradigm can be seen in the range of pharmaceuticals that Western medicine uses to address the symptoms of heart disease. While this Band-Aid attempt may save lives in the short term, it does not address why the person has heart disease in the first place.
In fact, many commonly prescribed medications actually deplete the body of nutrients needed for heart health. Statins, commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol, deplete the body of CQ10, an important enzyme for a healthy heart. Diuretics, commonly prescribed for high blood pressure, deplete the body of potassium. Potassium deficiency leads to an irregular heart rhythm. Hawthorn, in nourishing and strengthening the heart, does something that no other pharmaceutical product can claim.
How does hawthorn work? Like most herbs, hawthorn works in multiple and complex ways, many of which we still don’t understand. One important factor, however, is the high flavonoid content of hawthorn. Heart disease is often associated with inflammation, and regularly eating herbs and foods high in flavonoids has been shown to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.
From the 1950s until very recently, we mistakenly believed that eating foods high in cholesterol led to high cholesterol levels. An updated perspective on high cholesterol is its connection to systemic inflammation, which hawthorn, with its high flavonoid content, helps reduce.
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Researchers have studied hawthorn in relation to various symptoms of heart disease for decades. In one study, researchers gave people with diabetes and coronary heart disease 1,200 mg of hawthorn leaf and flower every day for six months. After that time, those taking hawthorn showed a greater trend toward lower LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and reduced neutrophil elastase (an enzyme that, when elevated, is associated with heart disease) than those who took a placebo.
The dose used in this study is relatively low compared to herbalists’ standards, and it would be interesting to see the effects of larger doses more commonly used by herbalists.
For herbalists, one of the most common indications for hawthorn is high blood pressure. Some herbalists use hawthorn alone, others combine it with other herbs, and herbalists generally recommend it along with a healthy diet and regular exercise. After centuries of use, it remains a favorite for reducing hypertension.
Clinical trials have supported this traditional use. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in Iran, 92 men and women with mild hypertension took an extract of a native species of hawthorn for four months. Blood pressure was measured every month and the results showed a significant decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure after three months.
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Another study gave hawthorn to patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and found that the herb reduced diastolic blood pressure.
Herbalist Charles Kane says, “As a heart medicine, no other herb has as positive yet gentle an effect as hawthorn.”
In addition to helping reduce certain heart problems such as high blood pressure and hyperlipidemia, hawthorn improves overall heart function in people with mild to moderate heart disease.
One study looked at 1,011 people diagnosed with stage 2 heart disease who took a high dose of a proprietary hawthorn product. After 24 weeks, the researchers observed a significant improvement in symptoms, including reduced ankle swelling, improved heart function and decreased blood pressure.
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Another study used the same hawthorn product but studied patients for two years. After that time, those who took hawthorn had significant improvements in the three main symptoms of heart disease — including fatigue, pain on exertion and palpitations — compared to the control group. The researchers concluded that hawthorn has a clear benefit for patients with mild to moderate heart failure.
Western herbalists tend to use the fruit more often; however, scientific research has paid more attention to flowers and leaves in recent years.
You can eat the fruit as a food and enjoy it in a variety of ways, including infusing it in alcohol or vinegar, or making it into honey, jams, or even ketchup. I recommend enjoying hawthorn in large quantities on a regular basis; taking it daily keeps hearts nourished and strong!
Hawthorn berries are a food-like herb that people can consume in larger quantities as you would eat food. For best results with the fruit, leaves or flowers, use it daily and long term.
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Tea: up to 30 grams of fruit and up to 30 grams of leaves and flowers per day
This hearty hawthorn recipe combines the nourishing qualities of hawthorn with delicious spices that aid digestion. Enjoy small amounts after dinner. (I find it helps me unwind from the day.)
I recently brought this to a cookout and served 1 to 3 teaspoons of cordial in about 1 cup of bubbly