Heart’s Ease was created in response to a friend’s worry about her weak heart. It has since helped me with my own issues (chronic pain can become problematic on so many levels), and has turned out to be a lovely and helpful tea.
Since we created the first blend, we have created several alternate versions so that the basic idea of the tea will be available to more people.
On top of being beneficial to the heart, in both the short term and the long term, this tea also doubles as a stress relief tea. Even more amazingly, the taste is one that makes this one of my favorite “shortbread dipping” teas.
We centered the tea around Hawthorn Berries, and then added a few other things for the following reasons:
Hawthorn is known, both through long-standing herbal tradition and through science, to be beneficial and effective. And, unlike foxglove, its pharmaceutically raided cohort in heart health, it does not have a dangerous toxicity.
Placed in combination with Willowbark, the predecessor to aspirin, this tea has both immediate and long-term benefits for the heart and circulatory system.
Oatstraw was included for several reasons. The first is that I prefer to put a nutritive is all of our medicinal teas, as nutritional deficits are often either part of the cause or an exacerbating factor in many common ailments. One of the vitamins that Oatstraw has in truly spectacular quantities are the B’s. They are involved in a number of the body’s processes, but the one I was thinking about for this tea is that they improve the body’s capacity to deal with stress. As heart trouble is often triggered or worsened by stress, this seemed a good fit.
The rose petals were also chosen, in part, for their nutritive and stress relief properties. Vitamin C is one of the rose family’s gifts to us, and it is something the body cannot store, so a bit extra here and there is almost never a bad thing. They also have a relaxing scent and smell, and the flavour that they lend to a tea is really lovely.
Heart’s Ease comes in four different variations. We have our Original, our Original Alternate (blood-thinner safe), our Black, and our Black Alternate (blood thinner safe.) Here is the basic information for each type:
Organic Ingredients (Original): Hawthorn Berries, Oatstraw, Willowbark, Rose Petals
Batch Size (Original): 1 ounce (approximately 25-30 cups of tea)
Options (Original): Loose Tea (Bag, Jar, Latch-Tin*), Single Serving Sachets
Purchasing (Original): Etsy
* For our ‘Heart’s Ease – Original,’ our Latch-Top tin holds 4 batches, making approximately 100-120 cups of tea.
Organic Ingredients (Alternate): Hawthorn berries, Oatstraw, Rose Petals
Batch Size (Alternate): 1 ounce (approximately 15-20 cups of tea)
Options (Alternate): Loose Tea (Bag, Jar, Latch-Tin*), Single Serving Sachets
Purchasing (Alternate): Etsy
* For our ‘Heart’s Ease (Original – Alternate)’ our Latch-Top tin holds 4 batches, making approximately 60-80 cups of tea.
Organic Ingredients (Black): Hawthorn Berries, Willowbark, Rose Petals, Oatstraw, Black Tea
Batch Size (Black): 1.6 ounces (approximately 25-30 cups of tea)
Options (Black): Loose Tea (Bag, Jar, Tin), Single Serving Sachets
Purchasing (Black): Etsy
Organic Ingredients (Black – Alternate): Hawthorn Berries, Rose Petals, Oatstraw, Black Tea
Batch Size (Black – Alternate): 1.8 ounces (approximately 25-30 cups of tea)
Options (Black – Alternate): Loose Tea (Bag, Jar), Single Serving Sachets
* If you are a cardiac patient, Hawthorn Berries do change the way some heart medications operate. For the most part, they make them more effective. You should consult both me and your doctor regarding your medication list before regularly drinking any of the variants of ‘Heart’s Ease.’
** I am not a doctor. The FDA (along with other governmental agencies) has not recognized any of this as fact. We do draw on science as well as tradition, but the path from research proving efficacy to formalized treatment is a long and complicated one. (Especially since plants can’t really be patented.) None of the information contained in these pages is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease from a medical standpoint.