Hawthorn Berries For Babies – Hawthorn has a long history of use in traditional Western herbalism and is loved for its affinity for the heart. The red berries of
Have been an ingredient in jams, wines, cordials and candies for centuries. A member of the rose family, hawthorn is a large shrub covered with sharp thorns. Sometimes spelled hawthorne, the berries are picked fully ripe in autumn before the first frost. Hawthorn berry is often macerated in herbal vinegars and syrups, infused in hawthorn tea or used in tinctures.
Hawthorn Berries For Babies
Hawthorn leaf, flower and berry have been praised over the centuries for their heart elevating properties. Believed to elevate and strengthen both the physical and emotional heart, hawthorn, as it supports healthy cardiovascular function, is also revered for ceremonial and spiritual purposes. The flavorful red berries are used in candies, jams, jellies, wines and cordials and are widely available in many forms as dietary supplements.
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Is a thorny shrub or tree with stems and trunks consisting of hard wood and gray bark, often with tri-lobed leaves and white flowers that are similar to other genera in the Rosaceae family and with bright red berries. There are around 280 known species, some of which are used in traditional medicine and can be used interchangeably. generally,
Is derived from the Greek ‘kratos’, meaning hardness and referring to the wood, ‘oxcus’ which means ‘sharp’, and ‘acantha’ which is a thorn. In some countries in Europe, mainly Germany, the hawthorn is used as a hedgerow, ‘haw’ being an older term for ‘hedge’. This shrub is also referred to as ‘whitethorn’ due to its light bark.
Most hawthorn that is cultivated for commercial purposes is obtained from the United Kingdom and other countries such as Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia and Poland. Collect the flowering branches in the spring, because all parts (leaves, twigs, spines, flowers) can be used for fresh tincture. Or if drying, discard stems and spines. The berries are best harvested in the fall when they are fully ripe, and before the first frost.
Hawthorn has been used since the Middle Ages, with some accounts going back as far as the first century to Greek herbalist Dioscorides. It was later used by Swiss physician Paracelsus (1493-1541 CE). Considered to be a particularly symbolic tree with many folktales and magical myths surrounding it, Hawthorn was “sacred tree medicine” to the ancient druids, and was said to house fairies, specifically when growing with oak and ash trees. However, it was unlucky to bring the flowers into the house, quite possibly because they would bring the fairy folk with them. Hawthorn twigs and flowers are incorporated into the wedding wreath symbolizing purity and ensuring prosperity in Greek weddings and are also used to decorate altars worshiping the goddess of marriage, Hymen. In Ireland, couples seeking Hawthorne’s blessing would dance around it during wedding ceremonies. The sprigs were attached to newborns’ cradles to protect them from evil and were also used to decorate the Maypole for the May Day or Beltane ceremony, which celebrated fertility and renewal. The flowering of this tree coincided with the first day of summer which occurred in May.
Awesome Health Benefits Of Hawthorn Berry
In the traditional medicine of Europe all parts of the tree are appreciated and used: leaves, berries, flowers and wood. The blossoms are used as a heart tonic and a diuretic, and the berries and leaves are made into an astringent tea to soothe throats. The bright red gorgeous berries are also made into a delicious brandy cordial. In addition, the wood was carved into smaller objects such as boxes and combs and burned as fuel producing wood fires that were extremely hot.
Hawthorn or ‘Shansha’ has been used in TCM since ancient times, but most historical uses were related to digestion until recently. It is considered energetically slightly warm, associated with the spleen, stomach and liver meridians, and reflects both sweet and sour 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 that are similar to the ‘fruit roll-ups’ in the West.
Hawthorn is considered a superior heart tonic by many herbalists. However, its effects on the heart are manifold. Many consider Hawthorn to be transformational for the emotional or spiritual heart. Herbalist Matthew Baker suggests that hawthorn is specifically useful for women with “broken hearts” i.e. for those “feeling wounded and hurt.” Often the flowers and leaves are made into floral essences to address these types of emotional issues. Hawthorn is considered a Slightly warm energetically and both sour and sweet in taste.
Precautions Please note that hawthorn berries will sometimes develop a white film on the berry. This is natural sucrose maturing in the outer skin. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or on any medications.
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