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Since time immemorial, man has depended on plants not only for food but also for medicine. Particular plants have been proven to offer specific benefits for important organs – such as hawthorn, the herb for the heart.
Plants are such selfless life forms: They prey on nothing to grow, depending, instead, on the process of photosynthesis which uses natural resources (carbon dioxide, water and sunlight) to produce food for themselves in the form of glucose. This complex chain of events produces a huge variety of species in the plant kingdom, many of which have generous and extraordinary health benefits, such as the herb hawthorn.
ABOUT HAWTHORNHawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) grows as a shrub or a tree with white or pink flowers that blossom in May and June. It has small clusters of berries and grows in the temperate regions of the Northern hemisphere: Europe, Asia and North America. In England it is widely grown as a hedge plant. Its trunk and stems consist of hard wood, with a smooth and ash-grey bark. The branches are thorny and the small, shiny leaves are dark green on top and have three irregularly toothed lobes.
Going green with tea is one of the wisest health moves you can make. Read on to discover the exciting benefits this ancient herbal beverage has to offer.
The brewing and enjoyment of green tea started in China long ago but today this healthy beverage is enjoyed throughout Asia and in the Western world. Green tea, like other teas, is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves used to produce green tea, however, do not undergo the same drying and oxidation process used to produce black tea. This fact immediately makes that cuppa of green a healthier option.
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