Red Heart Tea Recipe

This soothing herbal heart tonic includes hibiscus, hawthorn, and linden.

October/November 2017

  • A simple tea of hibiscus, hawthorn, and linden will have tonic effects for the heart.
    Photo by Getty Images/Sergeeva

Yield: 2 cups

This is one variation on a simple, delicious tea with tonic effects for the heart. Feel free to play around with extra ingredients, such as cinnamon, dried blueberries, and rose petals, or to skip any ingredient if it’s unavailable.


• 1 tablespoon hibiscus
• 2 teaspoon hawthorn berries
• 1 teaspoon linden
• 1 teaspoon rooibos or vanilla rooibos
• 1 teaspoon hawthorn leaf and flower
• 1/4 vanilla bean, snipped into pieces, or a splash of vanilla extract
• Honey or stevia, optional


Steep the herbs in 16 ounces of hot water for 15 to 30 minutes, strain, and sweeten with honey or stevia if desired. Drink once or twice daily.

Learn more about helpful herbs for heart health: Herbal Heart Tonics.

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