Herbs for the Heart

Spring is upon us and it is especially exciting this year to see and feel the new growth happening all around us. Sitting with the plants this season I am gravitating toward heart-supporting plants. These botanicals are often easily available so let’s take a look at a few.

Rose (Rosa rugosa)

Rose petals are lovely made into a glycerite or added to a tea blend. Now is a great time to plant roses that will settle in for the season. The berries (or hips) full of vitamin C can be harvested in the fall.

Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.)

Soon we will have the delicate hawthorn flowers blooming in the northeast. Later in the season we can harvest the berries as well. Hawthorn supports cardiovascular functioning as well as the emotional heart. It is in the same botanical family, Rosaceae, as Rose. 

Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)

Motherwort is also an early spring riser. It is in the mint family and has a sturdy square stem with super sharp sepals that surround the flower. This plant is also called Lion-Hearted herb and reminds us to connect to our heart as a source of power and comfort. It can calm anxiety and heart palpitations related to stress. For new mothers it can be a wonderful postpartum plant ally.

Peachtree (Prunus persica)

Peach tree buds are sprouting and the leaves are a remedy to aid the heart with grief. Offering a subtle, lovely flavor, an infusion, glycerite or tincture can be made.

All these beautiful flowers, trees and plants are available for your heart space. Can you grow or wildcraft these or other plants to nurture yourself this growing season? These plants can be formulated together or added to other blends to support the heart energetically and physically.

Be well and happy planting!

Andy ?

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Andy Rowan

I am an herbalist in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York who loves to grow and wildcraft. My goal is creating vibrant health with the support of plant medicine and lifestyle habits.