Q: Are there any herbs to build up my moms heart. She’s 84, not on any meds but had a bout with congestive heart failure a day ago. I know she will be prescribed meds but are there any alternative herbs to assist with building her heart?
A: There most definitely are herbs that can greatly help in strengthening and rejuvenating your mom’s heart. The main two herbs are Hawthorn berry and cayenne. This herbal combination is probably the most effective compound for the heart. Hawthorn berries should be simmered for about 30 minutes and allowed to steep for another 30 minutes. Hawthorn berry powder can be added to smoothies or simply mixed into water. Cayenne powder can also be mixes into water and drank. I would start with about 1/8 or 1/4 tsp of cayenne once a day. The hawthorn tea can be drank 3 times a day. She could also take hawthorn in capsules, a few capsules a day.