Care & Feeding of the Heart

heart front viewThe heart is a vital organ, a pump, we cannot live without.  The question now arises how best to maintain the healthy function of the heart.  The Vegan food program has been proven the absolute best for regaining or maintaining healthy heart function.  Vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, all the good foods created to fuel our bodies.  If all you do is change from an animal based food program to the vegan lifestyle, this one choice alone can significantly reduce your risk for heart disease.

For more on how to do a vegan food program I suggest you watch an excellent DVD titled: “Forks over Knives”.  This will not only provide all the information needed to make this lifestyle change intelligently but there is also an excellent cookbook filled with tasty dishes for the new vegan.

Herbal Supports for a Sick Heart

Heart disease is a serious life threatening condition.   Below is a program for quickly clearing heart blockage while restoring healthy tone and vigor to the heart muscle.

“Juice-fasting is excellent for people with clogged arteries.”

The food program for the first 30 days should be juices only.  Yes, a 30 day juice fast is the quickest way to thin the blood and unblock the heart.  Depending on the severity of the condition the juice fast might need to be extended and or followed by a period of time on a raw food program.  The patient will then need to maintain an ongoing vegetarian food program for the rest of their lives.

In cases of a failing heart the blood must be thinned and the cholesterol level reduced. Juice-fasting is the quickest way to accomplish both objectives, quickly reducing stress on the heart. Juicing takes all the pressure off. Even a full stomach puts pressure on the heart.  You don’t need any more pressure. Juice-fasting is amazing after just two weeks heart patients experience a reduction of blood pressure, reductions of blood cholesterol levels, the blood is thinner and easier to pump, and they have more energy. The person has totally transformed themselves.

Using two to four tablespoons of Superfood three times a day while juice fasting will provide an excellent amount of Alfalfa along with many other basic nutrients needed for rebuilding the health of the body and heart. Dr. Christopher said Alfalfa would clean the arteries.  We know that not only does alfalfa do it, but garlic does it, and so do many herbs and natural routines.

First Response for Heart issues

Any Chest pain or tightness: add 1 tsp. Cayenne & 1 Tablespoon Hawthorne to cup hot water.  Finish entire cup.  (When healing any heart condition it is important to learn to use cayenne as soon as possible.  Start with a small amount and work up to the full 1 tsp. dose.)

Begin Cayenne & Ginger fomentation’s, or Hot & Cold Hydro-Therapy, this will in most cases immediately relieve angina.

NOTE: For those not used to taking Cayenne you may add 1 tsp. cayenne to shot of juice or water.  Get the cayenne down, just shoot for the back of your throat and swallow.  Then sip on the nice tasting hot cup of Hawthorne tea.

If there is still Nausea or discomfort follow the above process with 1 tsp. each Digestive Tonic & LG/AP formula in 2 ounces water or juice.  The Gallbladder likes to join any party going on in the body, this will cool the gallbladder right now.

HEAL’s Heart Tonic

Here is a powerful Heart Formula for today’s heart problems.

Hawthorn berry, Red Clover, Motherwort, Ginger root, Cactus grandifloras, Cayenne pepper

Dosage: Use 1 teaspoon 3 to 8 times daily.

Heart-Kidney Connection

When there is not enough blood going to the kidneys there will be swelling, edema, in the body.  Often this will show in the lower leg area from the calf down.

The use of Cayenne will stimulate the kidneys as well as help to thin the blood.  Often, with congestive heart failure, you don’t even have heart issues, just kidneys that aren’t working.

You need tremendous quantities of fluids to thin the blood. Most doctors use diuretics to get rid of fluid, when what the body actually needs is plenty of fluids to flush the body out. Starving the body of fluids endangers the person.

  1. Batmanghelidj, M.D. says, the body hoards water when it is dehydrated. To get rid of the edema, the patients need plenty of fresh water, with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of natural salt for each 8 glasses of water drunk. Readers who need more information on this can get Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book, “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, Get this book!

What to do for severe clogged arteries

Castor Oil Packs

Castor oil will break up congestion in the body and is an excellent aid for dissolving and clearing severely clogged heart arteries.  The castor oil packs should be applied right over the center of the sternum. The best place is about a steering-wheel size castor oil poultice right over the center of your chest.


The use of cayenne and ginger fomentation is extremely beneficial.  Into 2 quarts of water add two heaping tablespoons of cayenne pepper, and two heaping tablespoons of fresh, grated ginger.   Depending on the person’s pilot light, you’ve got to be careful, because the hot tea fomentation can be pretty fiery.  Alternate the fomentation with the castor oil packs over the heart.


The Hot & Cold Hydro-therapy right over the heart is a little stronger routine.

FYI: Dr. Richard Schultz says he used five or six tablespoons of extra hot powdered cayenne pepper a day while healing his heart. 

Cayenne Dosage

A good internal dose of cayenne 200,000 heat unit powder or liquid tincture is three to six teaspoons a day.  The Cayenne and ginger are counter-irritants. They go into the pores, they warm; they bring blood; they move the blood, especially for conditions like congestive heart failure.

Hawthorn is the #1 Heart Food

Suggested Daily Dosage: ½ teaspoon Hawthorn extract every three hours, for serious cases 1 teaspoon every three hours in cup hot water with cayenne 

Hawthorn berries strengthen and protect the heart.   Cayenne supports circulation, movement of the blood through the body.  The hawthorn is more of a food for the heart—but it should not be underestimated. Hawthorne contains chemicals similar to flavonoids which protect the heart muscle from damage and cause the heart to be stronger.

“Hawthorn lets your heart survive on less blood and oxygen, so if you have a severe heart disease, you’re not going to have a heart attack.”

In heart conditions like blocked coronary arteries, angina pectoris, whatever, hawthorn will buy you time.  The enzymes in Hawthorn bind to heart cells allowing the heart to function on less oxygen and blood.  It’s an amazing plant much like milk thistle toward the liver, hawthorn is for the heart; it protects and repairs.

Changes Must Be Made

Don’t expect the herbs to support the heart while you continue to eat, think, and live poorly.  Those who refuse to reform their lifestyle will one day be shocked when they have a heart attack while taking hawthorn.  While these herbs are very powerful, they will not remove the results of continual bad living.  The bottom line is: if you refuse to feed your body correctly, continue smoking cigarettes, nothing is going to keep you alive.

About Dara Dietz

Dara D Dietz is co-founder with her Husband of H.E.A.L. Marketplace, a private Natural Healing Association. As a teacher and counselor she has been supporting the members of H.E.A.L. with Natural Healing information and herbal supports since 1998. She continues to maintain strong ties to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Since healing her own kidney ailments she has assisted thousands of people in discovering and using natural herbal remedies. Dara has written and compiled numerous articles on a wide variety of natural healing topics. Drawing from her own healing experiences and borrowing from the vast wisdom of natural healers long departed, she continues to provide H.E.A.L.’s international membership with down to earth natural healing wisdom in H.E.A.L.’s bi-weekly newsletters. Dara and her husband currently reside in Rutherfordton, North Carolina.
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