What is Hawthorn Berry?
The hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is a flowering plant belonging to the Rosaceae family. It has petiole leaves that have 3 to 7 deep lobes, sometimes serrated. The flowers have 5 white or pink petals, 5 sepals, about twenty stamens with pink or purple anthers and grow in corymbs of up to twenty. Its fruits are oval, red, with a single seed and little pulp. The Hawthorn can live up to 500 years and is native to Europe, West Asia, and North Africa..
Properties of Hawthorn Berry
The main use of hawthorn is focused on its cardiotonic properties (it strengthens, slows and regulates the heartbeat), known since ancient times. The infusion of the flowers is especially indicated in angina pectoris, arrhythmias and heart failure. It is recommended as a treatment after heart attack, and as a preventive measure to keep the heart healthy in people under high stress.
It is also recommended to regulate blood pressure, whether it is high or low, although in cases of hypertension some scientists claim that it is not entirely effective.
Hawthorn also possesses anxiolytic properties (eliminates anxiety), which makes it suitable for people whose nervousness leads them to have insomnia, anxiety, tachycardia, etc.
Benefits of Hawthorn Berry
- The flowers improve the functions of the cardiovascular system. This is one of the most outstanding benefits of hawthorn consumption. It is considered a tonic plant. It also dilates blood vessels, acts as an antioxidant, and is good for hypertension.
- It has calming and antispasmodic properties that help fight anxiety, insomnia, stress or nerves.
- Another benefit of the use of hawthorn is to curb some of the symptoms of menopause. Flavonoids improve circulation, regulate heart palpitations, reduce anxiety, and decrease hot flashes.
- It is used to combat digestive problems such as vomiting, stomach pain or diarrhea. The starch it contains acts as an astringent.
How to prepare medicinal hawthorn tea
Hawthorn or hawthorn tea is prepared with 1 teaspoon of flowers per cup of boiling water. Let it rest for 15 or 20 minutes and preferably sweeten with honey, as it seems to enhance its effects.
If you consume the fruits, take a handful of fruits three times a day.
Hawthorn Berry Contraindications
In addition to some caveats, hawthorn is generally safe to consume. In most studies, little or no side effects have been reported. However, possible side effects include headache, nausea and irregular heartbeat. As a general precaution, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children should not consume it. In addition, if you are taking any form of medication or have any concerns about your heart, consult your trusted doctor before adding any supplements to your dietary routine.
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