Hawthorn Berries On Branch – Hawthorn is often classified as a “hilarious” in old herbal literature – strongly uplifting to the spirit. Along with Rose, Vanilla, Vetiver and others, Hawthorn is an excellent “rescue remedy”. Whether it’s sadness over profound loss or simply caked and encrusted darkness and doom, Hawthorn can help. I like to make an elixir of hawthorn tincture, elderflower liqueur and rose-infused honey with a little bit of Reishi extract to root out the sweetness a little. It is a precious sweet medicine to lift you up in painful moments! Hawthorn also blends beautifully with Vanilla, Calamus and Wood Betony for deep, ingrained calm and clarity.
Hawthorn is such a protective plant, physiologically and emotionally! Of course we think of berries and their many heart-supporting attributes, but I also think of thorns when I think of hawthorn medicine. In
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, MacKinnon states that hawthorn trees developed their thorns not as protection against the grazers we have today – deer are agile and can nibble easily between thorns – but to protect themselves from the giant sloth. The name might sound like a teddy bear that you could sit in on your lap, but the giant sloth was actually a rather huge and formidable four-ton creature. Hawthorn’s protective aspect is like this: When you need emotional protection from really, REALLY big things, Hawthorn has you covered.
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Those heart-supporting hawthorn berries are full of antioxidants, which is exactly what you want to repair damage in the circulatory system. Much of that damage is caused by “free radicals” (which sound more like a hippie band than a molecular structure!), Which leave wounds on the arterial walls that need to be scabbed to heal – it gets into cholesterol! Cholesterol actually serves many important purposes in the body, one in particular in the cardiovascular system being that it helps heal internal wounds. But too many inner wounds with large lumps of cholesterol “scabs” are definitely NOT good for you. Antioxidants to the rescue: Eliminate free radicals and protect you from those arterial wall injuries, which means your cholesterol levels stay lower because you don’t need that many scabs. A very common source of free radicals in the diet is the type of oils used in snacks and processed foods, so drink hawthorn berry tea and cut back on Cheetos and you are well on your way to a healthier cardiovascular system!
Hawthorn berries also have pectin – in fact, hawthorn berries are the most pectin thing I know of. That’s great if you’re making jam, but that’s not all: pectin is a prebiotic, which means it’s food for your probiotic friends! Hawthorn has a long history of helping with pain, sadness and depression due to its association with the heart and its hilarious action. But now science is also recognizing the strong link between gut flora and mental health, and Hawthorn shares those connections. Hawthorn has strong effects directly on the heart and cardiovascular tissues and ALSO promotes a strong and healthy intestinal flora – two great actions that work great together to lift morale and strengthen the heart!
I love putting hawthorn in cranberry sauce. Hawthorn berries are best cooked separately and sifted, as they have large pits. Then I add them to organic Cape Cod cranberries, raspberries we harvest at a local farm, a couple of apples, ghee, cinnamon, vanilla, a little Vermont maple syrup and a drop of water to avoid. burn. Often I also add orange peel and fresh ginger. Quickly canned and refrigerated, this cranberry sauce will last up to a year, although we usually eat it faster!
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