Hawthorn Heart Ball Recipe
Hawthorn is a staple herb when it comes to heart health as it is rich in flavonoids, namely, oligomeric procyandins (OPC’s) and quercetin. Flavonoids are touted as having many benefits, but one of the most intensely studied conditions that it affects is various forms of heart disease. This includes arrhythmia, palpitations, improve the function of capillaries, regulate glucose metabolism and, of course, reduce arterial blood pressure and the risk of hypertension. There are several different mechanical actions that flavonoids can take on the blood, but pertaining to hypertension the most important may be the widening of the blood vessels, which ultimately reduces the pressure of the blood. You can enjoy hawthorn in the form of a tea or in the form of 'balls', which is what is given below. The recipe also calls for cinnamon and ginger, which are great for helping circulation flow smoothly.
- 4 tablespoons of powdered hawthorn berry
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tablespoon of ginger root powder
- 1/4 tablespoon of cardamom powder
- 1/4 tablespoon of activated turmeric
- Raw honey
- Cacao powder
Place the hawthorn, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom powders in a bowl and mix together well. Add the activated turmeric, honey to taste and just enough water to make a paste. Thicken the mixture with cacao powder until it has formed a dough that you can cleanly roll into small balls no bigger than your index fingernail. Place them on a cookie sheet and place in a dehydrator and dry on lowest setting. Alternatively, place in an oven on the lowest possible temperature setting until dry. Store indefinitely in a glass jar out of direct sunlight and in a cool place. Take 1 or 2 balls daily.