Hawthorn Berries Tincture Recipe – “Its thorns are like nails; inches long and strong; drag And yet, a more tender and nutritious plant is unlikely to be found.” – Jim McDonald
For today’s post, I’m sharing excerpts from The Alchemy of Plants about the healing gifts of hawthorn. I’m also including one of my favorite recipes: Hawthorn Cordial.
Hawthorn Berries Tincture Recipe
Hawthorn from Herbal Alchemy: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal by Rosalie de la Foret (Hay House, 2017)
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With heart disease being the number one cause of death in the United States, it’s surprising to me that more people don’t know about hawthorn. Before I sound like a snake oil salesman, I should point out that people get heart disease for many reasons, and hawthorn is not a silver bullet cure that you can ignore the basics of wellness, like a healthy diet and active lifestyle.
European culture has long been fascinated with hawthorn, and many legends and pieces of folklore surround this maple tree. In addition to being used for medicine, the tree’s hardwood was used to make tools, and the tree’s thick, thorny nature made it a popular choice as a natural wall or fence. Various species of hawthorn are native to North America, where First Nations used it to treat a variety of ailments, including wounds and digestive problems. Chinese people also have a well-developed relationship with hawthorn and often use it for stagnant digestion.
In the spring, hawthorn trees produce a large number of beautiful white to pink flowers. After pollination, the tree begins to form large clusters of berries that ripen in late summer. These red berries are dry and fleshy and can range from bitter to sweet depending on the species.
Hawthorn is a tree from the rose family that grows throughout the northern hemisphere. There are over 280 species and herbalists use them all in the same way. The types that are most studied in science
Hawthorn Berry (crataegus Laevigata) Tincture
The current paradigm of Western medicine for the treatment of chronic diseases relies more on relieving the symptoms than on addressing the underlying causes. For example, if you have seasonal allergies, a practitioner may give you something to stop your body from trying to make histamine, but practitioners often won’t give you anything to regulate your immune system and prevent allergy symptoms in the first place. This paradigm can be seen in the range of drugs that Western medicine uses to relieve the symptoms of heart disease. While this Band-Aid effort can save lives in the short term, it doesn’t solve why a person has heart disease in the first place.
In fact, many commonly prescribed medications actually deplete the body of nutrients needed for heart health. Statins, commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol, deplete the body of CQ10, an enzyme important for a healthy heart. Diuretics, which are usually prescribed for high blood pressure, reduce the body’s potassium. Lack of potassium leads to irregular heartbeat. Hawthorn does something in nourishing and strengthening the heart that no other medicine can claim.
How does hawthorn work? Like most herbs, hawthorn works in multiple and complex ways, many of which we do not yet understand. However, an important factor is the high content of hawthorn flavonoids. Heart disease is often associated with inflammation, and regular consumption of herbs and foods containing flavonoids has been shown to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.
From the 1950s until recently, we mistakenly believed that eating cholesterol-rich foods would lead to high cholesterol. An updated perspective on high cholesterol is its connection to systemic inflammation, which hawthorn, with its high amount of flavonoids, helps to reduce.
Benefits Of Using Siberian Hawthorn Berries
For decades, researchers have been studying hawthorn in relation to various symptoms of heart disease. In one study, scientists gave people with diabetes and coronary heart disease 1,200 mg of hawthorn leaves and flowers every day for six months. After that time, those taking hawthorn tended to have a greater reduction in LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”) and a reduction in neutrophil elastase (an enzyme that, when elevated, is linked to heart disease) than those taking a placebo. they showed
The dose used in this study was relatively low compared to herbal standards, and it would be interesting to see the effect of larger doses more commonly used by herbalists.
For herbalists, one of the most common symptoms of hawthorn is blood pressure. Some herbalists use hawthorn alone, others mix it with other herbs, and herbalists usually recommend it along with a healthy diet and regular exercise. After centuries of use, it remains a favorite for lowering hypertension.
Clinical trials have supported this traditional use. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study in Iran, 92 men and women with mild hypertension consumed an extract of a local species of hawthorn for four months. Blood pressure was measured monthly, and the results showed that after three months, both systolic and diastolic blood pressure had significantly decreased.
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Another study gave hawthorn to patients with type 2 diabetes and found that the herb reduced diastolic blood pressure.
Herbalist Charles Kane says: “As a medicine for the heart, there is no other herb with a more positive but gentle effect than hawthorn.”
In addition to helping to reduce specific heart problems such as high blood pressure and hyperlipidemia, hawthorn has been shown to improve overall heart function in people with mild to moderate heart disease.
One study looked at 1,011 people with stage 2 heart disease who consumed large amounts of a patented hawthorn product. After 24 weeks, the researchers observed significant improvements in symptoms, including reduced ankle swelling, improved heart function, and lower blood pressure.
Hawthorne Berry As Herbal Medicine For Healing Your Heart
Another trial used the same hawthorn product but studied patients for two years. After that time, those consuming hawthorn had significant improvements in the three main symptoms of heart disease, including fatigue, pain with increased pressure, and palpitations, compared to the control group. The researchers concluded that hawthorn has clear benefits for patients with mild to moderate deficiency.
Western herbalists tend to use more berries; but research studies in recent years have paid more attention to flowers and leaves.
You can eat the berries like food and enjoy them in a variety of ways, including dipping them in alcohol or vinegar, or making them into honey, jam, or even ketchup. I recommend regularly enjoying large quantities of hawthorn; consuming it every day nourishes and strengthens the heart!
Hawthorn berries are a food plant that people can consume in large quantities as you eat. For best results with berries, leaves or flowers, use it daily and long term.
Hawthorn Care Tincture
Tea: up to 30 grams of berries and up to 30 grams of leaves and flowers, per day
This hearty hawthorn recipe combines the nutritional qualities of hawthorn with delicious spices that aid digestion. Enjoy a small amount after dinner. (I find it helps me unwind from the day.)
I recently brought this to a boil and added 1 to 3 teaspoons of sweetener in about 1 cup of sparkling water for a low-alcohol cocktail. It was a hit and several people asked to buy bottles from me (I gave them the recipe instead).
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Recipe for Hearty Hawthorn from Herbal Alchemy: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal by Rosalie de la Foret (Hay House, 2017)
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A steadfast friend in times of need, Hawthorn is an invaluable heart tonic. Delicious hawthorn juice will give you a wonderful taste and wonderful taste.
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With weeks of heavy rain, high winds and widespread flooding forecast, I seek shelter and the comforts of home. My house is now decorated for the holidays, which is the heart and sparkle of the season. I started creating and making handmade gifts for many, revamping my holiday menus and decorating my home with holiday ideas. But underneath all the “Martha Stewart-y” drama of the season, I’m sure I’m not the first to admit that the holidays can sometimes bring a load of anxiety, stress, and moments of unspeakable sadness. I feel the weight of these past, present and future moments weighing heavily on my heart.
To find the courage to hold my head high and open my arms wide, I am reaching for a powerful plant ally this season. Hawthorn. Oddly enough, before I studied herbal medicine, I was always drawn to these pomegranate berries, set on maple limbs. I braided them into wreaths and glued them in place. I