The emotion of joy is connected with the heart. Happy and sad situations can be a source of stress. Often people who have difficulty dealing with stress may develop heart imbalances which manifest as anxiety, palpitations, hypertension, insomnia, restlessness and menopausal mood swings etc. Deep seated fear of being hurt, or having your “heart broken”, feeling isolated and lonely, also effect the source of “spirit” which resides in our hearts.

As a herbalist I know the importance of treating the emotional imbalance which leads to physical ailments. Herbal medicines work on many levels, both the physical, spiritual and emotional, to bring about harmony and balance in the heart and cardiovascular system. Hawthorn, Motherwort, Rose, Passion flower, Lime flowers, Cayenne and Garlic are some of many herbs used to support heart health.

Today, try and develop a greater sense of awareness and understanding in how emotions can effect your physical health. Put aside worries and anxieties and be more open to giving and receiving love.