1 Cup Hawthorn Berries, Dried – Hawthorn has a long history of use in traditional Western herbalism and is much loved for its emotional connection. The red berries of
It has been used in jams, wines, chocolates, and candies for centuries. A member of the rose family, the hawthorn is a large shrub covered in sharp thorns. Sometimes spelledhawthorne, the berries are picked when they are fully ripe in the fall before winter. Hawthorn berry is often macerated in medicinal vinegar and syrup, steeped in ashawthorn tea, or used in tincture.
1 Cup Hawthorn Berries, Dried
Hawthorn leaf, flower, and berry have been praised for centuries for their heart-enhancing properties. Believed to enhance and strengthen both the physical and mental heart, hawthorn, as it supports healthy heart function, was also revered for ceremonial and spiritual purposes. The delicious red berries have been used in jams, jellies, wines, and cordials and are widely available in many forms such as snacks.
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A thorny shrub or tree with trunks and trunks with hard wood and gray bark, usually with tri-lobed leaves and white flowers similar to other genera in the Rosaceae family and bearing bright red fruits. There are around 280 known species, several of which are used in traditional medicine and can be used interchangeably. In general,
It comes from the Greek word ‘kratos’, which means hard and means wood, ‘oxcus’ means ‘sharp’, and ‘akantha’ is a thorn. In several countries in Europe, especially Germany, hawthorn was used as a hedge, ‘haw’ being the old word for ‘hedge.’ This shrub was also called ‘whitethorn’ because of its light bark.
Most of the hawthorn grown commercially comes from the United Kingdom and other countries such as Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, and Poland. Collect flowering branches in spring as all parts (leaves, branches, spines, flowers) can be reused for tincturing. Or if you freeze it, discard the stems and spines. The berries are best harvested in the fall when they are fully ripe, and before the onset of winter.
Hawthorn has been used since the Middle Ages, with some accounts going back as far as the first century Greek herbalist Dioscorides. It was later used by the Swiss physician Paracelsus (1493-1541 CE). Considered a symbolic tree with many myths and magical legends surrounding it, the hawthorn was a “sacred tree medicine” for the ancient Druids, and it was called the house of fairies, especially when it grows with oaks and ash. However, she did not bring flowers into the house, perhaps because they would bring noise. Hawthorn branches and flowers were included in the wedding ceremony symbolizing purity and maintaining prosperity at Greek weddings and were also used to decorate alters to worship the goddess of marriage, Hymen. In Ireland, couples wanting the blessing of the hawthorn would dance around it at wedding ceremonies. Sprigs were attached to the legs of babies to protect them from evil and were also used to decorate the maypole for May Day or the Beltane celebration, which celebrated fertility and renewal. The flowering of this tree coincided with the first day of summer that occurred in May.
Botanic Choice Hawthorn Berry Liquid Extract
In traditional European medicine all parts of the tree were valued and used: leaves, fruits, flowers, and wood. The flowers were used as a heart remedy and diuretic, and the berries and leaves were made into a soothing tea to soothe the throat. The lovely red berries are also made into a delicious brandy cordial. In addition, the wood was carved into small objects such as boxes and combs and burned as firewood to create high-temperature firewood.
Hawthorn or ‘shanzha’ has been used in TCM since ancient times, however most historical uses were associated with grinding until recently. It is considered to be slightly strong warm, connected to the spleen, stomach, and liver meridians, and reflects both sweet and bitter tastes. Currently, it is used to support the cardiovascular system as well, and in fact, in China, the berries are so popular that they are made into hawthorn candies similar to ‘fruit roll-ups’ in the West.
Hawthorn is considered an excellent heart tonic by many herbalists. However, its effects on the heart are many. Many consider hawthorn as a change to the mental or spiritual heart as well. Herbalist Matthew Becker suggests that hawthorn is especially helpful for women with a “broken heart” ie for those who “feel injured and hurt.” Often the flowers and leaves are made into flower essences to treat these types of emotional problems. Hawthorn is thought to be slightly warming in energy and both bitter and sweet in taste.
Precautions Please note that Hawthorn Berries sometimes form a white film on the berry. This is the growth of sucrose in the outer skin. We recommend that you consult a qualified physician before using herbal remedies, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
Hawthorn Berry Decoction
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