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Lime trees are covered with feathery yellow-green flowers at this time of year and these are the parts commonly used by herbalists. Lime flowers make a a relaxing tea for helping with anxiety and poor sleep, but as with all herbs there’s much more to it than that. As a suitable remedy for stressed, fiery types with high blood pressure, strong pulse and red skin, it relaxes blood vessels and eases blood flow in capillaries, reducing blood pressure and supporting health of the heart and circulation. Another way that it’s used for ‘hot’ conditions is in feverish states, where its relaxing properties help the body to cool by promoting sweating (a ‘diaphoretic’ effect).
Shepherd’s purse is a lesser known weed that is flowering at the moment; it’s easily identified by the ‘purse’ or heart-shaped seed pods on the stem. The entire plant above the ground is used to make a medicine that’s commonly used to reduce unwanted bleeding. It does this by encouraging blood coagulation and also causing blood vessels to widen, therefore diverting blood away from the site of bleeding, including helping circulation to the heart and extremities. It contains the antiinflammatory and tissue strengthening flavonoid called rutin which helps where weak veins and poor uterine muscle tone allows blood to ‘stagnate’ and build up in uterine tissue. It’s therefore a good medicine for heavy menstrual bleeding where blood is dark and clotted.
In news this week, a cautious discussion about why hot chillies ‘might’ be good for us, following a recent study of thousands of Americans which suggested general benefit to health of eating chillies.
Chillies have been long valued in herbal medicine for their warming and circulatory properties, for those people who need a warming boost for poor circulation to the extremities, sluggish metabolism and digestion. It’s also a useful addition to a cream or salve for reducing the pain of arthritis – it not only helps local circulation but also stops nerves transmitting pain sensations if used regularly (but with a caution to keep away from the eyes).