Hypertension and Mung Beans

Mung Bean Tea

At some point in our lives, a doctor is most likely going to diagnose us with hypertension, pre-hypertension, or any other number of diagnoses that will result in the prescription of any number of drugs that make the pharmaceutical companies rich.
I know this because our latest doctor did just that earlier this year and so did our previous doctor.  This time I decided that I needed to know what the effects of their “medicine” felt like so I did take the prescribed drug for about a week.  The results were even worse than I had anticipated.

The effects of so-called “medicine”


The first thing I noticed was that my energy level was greatly diminished and I felt like I just wanted to stay asleep or lounge about all day.  This was not good, as I need to be alert and active on a daily basis, not an invalid.
Next was the coldness.  Both my fingers and toes became constantly cold to the point that they hurt from it.  The only other time I had experienced cold like this was when I went snow camping and my socks and gloves got wet.
Enough was enough so I stopped taking this awful “medication” before it had any lasting effects and would make me dependant on it for the rest of my life.

Acceptance and solutions

I know that I have slightly higher blood pressure than I should and I even know the varying causes of it.  I have spent the last 6 months testing various remedies to varying success.  Though I do have my blood pressure down it isn’t as far down as I would like to see it, and I’m pretty sure my doctor would like to see it lowered even further.
To reach this final goal I am trying out a remedy from one of my favorite authors, Michael Tierra, which uses Mung beans.  The process of making this tea is very simple and this morning I had my first cup.  The tea itself is very pleasant and refreshing, tonight I will know what the beans themselves are like to eat.
Throughout my use of this remedy, I will be taking my blood pressure once or twice a day to measure the effects and share this with you.  Currently, my systolic blood pressure has been about 150 and I would like to see this come down to around 130.

Cough Remedy and Immune Booster

When our herbs arrived I needed to test out a few things like our scale, bags, and measuring devices.  To accomplish this I decided to make a blend that would hopefully help with our daughters seemingly non-stop cough, you know that one we all get this time of year and none of the cold remedies work?

I sat down with some of our herb books and decided on 3 herbs that would make up the remedy: 2g Galangal root, 1g Mullein Leaf, and 1g Echinacea leaf.   I took this home and simmered it in 473ml of water (that’s about 2 cups) for 5 minutes and then let it rest for another 15 minutes before straining.

The resulting infusion was very pleasing to smell and our daughter gobbled up the spoonful that I gave her without any foul remarks or issues.  That night she was not coughing and when she woke up she was quite chipper.