Liime flowers

Tilia cordata, T. platyphyllos, T. x europaea Calming blood pressure remedy

Lime flowers are a traditional European medicine for high blood pressure, especially when it is accompanied by heart palpitations or hardening of the arteries. They are also a gently calming remedy for anxiety and restlessness, so are particularly useful when high blood pressure is caused or worsened by worry.

0 DOS\GI infuse 1 teaspoon of dried lime flowers in boiling water and drink up to 3 cups per day.

Cautions

• Heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions are potentially serious issues, and should not be self-treated. Always follow the advice of your doctor, and if you experience any symptoms that may indicate a heart attack, such as chest pain (which may radiate to the jaw, back or arms), shortness of breath, or a general feeling of discomfort in the upper body, call for an ambulance without delay.

• Hawthorn, garlic and turmeric are known or suspected to interact with many prescription medications (including heart, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood-thinning drugs), and may alter the dosage requirements of your existing medication, so consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking these particular herbal remedies.

• Occasionally, adverse effects of hawthorn have been reported in clinical trials, but they tend to be mild and transient. The symptoms may include digestive problems, headache, dizziness, sleepiness and palpitations. If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your healthcare professional.

• Garlic sometimes causes side effects, including gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, indigestion, offensive breath and body odor. Some of these effects can be minimized by eating cooked rather than raw garlic.

• Turmeric sometimes causes side effects of gastrointestinal upset when taken in large doses. Except under professional advice, it should not be used at higher than culinary doses by people with liver and gallbladder disease (including gall stones), gastric or duodenal ulcer, or people taking blood-thinnmg medication.

• Persons with diagnosed intestinal illness should only use psyllium on medical advice.

• Psyllium may interfere with the absorption of other medicines, so separate doses by at least 2 hours.

• Always drink plenty of water when using psyllium, as occasionally cases of choking have been reported when psyllium powders have been taken without adequate fluids.

• Lime flowers may reduce the absorption of iron, so separate doses by at least 2 hours.

Contact allergies to lime flowers have occasionally been reported.

• If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not take hawthorn, lime flowers or psyllium, except under professional supervision. Do not take garlic or turmeric in greater than culinary quantities.

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