Chinese people were making fermented drink out of hawthorn long ago and its remains were found in 9000-year-old pots. It is considered that even then, hawthorn was very important in religion. The legend says that Christ’s crown was made out of hawthorn. In addition to this, there were also some other beliefs and myths about hawthorn, such as the one with the vampires.
Hawthorn, at that time, was grown only in Europe, Asia, North America, and the Mediterranean, but today it is widespread around the world.
It is also known as white thorn, hawthorn, sharp thorn, hook, ETIC, haw, a bear pears and etc.
Hawthorn for Your Heart
Hawthorn contains antioxidants. Essential oil, glycosides, trimethylamine and oxacatin can be found in its flowers. Its fruits contain essential oil, tannin, saponin, glycoside and fructose and also large amounts of potassium, sodium, calcium, and salts of phosphoric acid.
After including the “fresh fruits hawthorn tincture” in the Willmar Schwabe’s homeopathic book, hawthorn became very popular and a subject of a lot of researches. These researches have proved that hawthorn is very important for the heart. Some researches arrive at very encouraging conclusions such as that hawthorn can also prevent a heart attack.
People who have problems with high blood pressure, and want to be protected from the dangers of high cholesterol and hardening of vessels, and all those who suffer from cardiac crisis, can use hawthorn.
This herb is widely used to maintain the health of the blood system, at high blood pressure, weakening of the heart muscle and cardiac arrhythmias. Not only is considered as a powerful treatment of heart diseases in its early stages, but also in its late stages. The reason why it is recommended after a heart attack is because it increases blood flow to the coronary blood vessels. Hawthorn also promotes activity and better nutrition of the heart muscle cells. All in all, people, especially those who are over 50, should occasionally use hawthorn tincture.
Other health benefits of Hawthorn
-it is a plant with a great sedative effect
-it helps with fatigue, lack of energy, bad sleep, difficulties in breathing, dizziness, fast heart beating, anxiety, nervousness and noise in the ears.
– it is great for women in menopause
-it can also be used for weight loss because it encourages excessive water removal from our organism. That is why it is also useful with cellulite, edema and joints diseases.
-it strengthens the connective tissue of the joints, and because of its anti-inflammatory action it should be used with ulcerative colitis and digestive problems.
– it protects against free radicals and prevents vascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis.
A lot of studies have shown that hawthorn is considered safe for most adults. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding.
Two kinds of hawthorn are used in the medicine- the red hawthorn and the less known, the white one. Hawthorn grows along roads, in the woods or meadows. It can be recognized by its thorns and its toothed lobes leaves. The bark is harvested in spring when the juices are circulating, and can be used fresh or dried. Fruits are harvested in autumn when they are bright red. The flowers are harvested preferably white, when they are still buds not long before its opening. From April till June is the best time for flower harvest. They should be dried in shade in thin layers.
Pour 200ml of 70% alcohol over 20 grams of crushed leaves and flowers. Stir occasionally. 3 weeks later, strain and filter the mixture. Drink 20 drops per day with some liquids. These drops can be used for prevention but also as a helpful therapy in vascular diseases and nervous system.
Put 2 kilos of hawthorn berries in a blender and mix them with water, which should be 2.5 cm above them. Leave them for 24 hours. Then boil it gently and let it simmer for half an hour. Turn off the fire and leave it for another half an hour. Strain the mixture and when it gets cold, put it in a fridge. Mix the berries in a blender with new water. Then again, boil them for half an hour and then leave them away from fire for another half an hour. In order to become thick, strain the mixture through a cloth. Mix this juice with the one previously made. And then simmer on low heat until there is a 1/ of 4 the mixture. When it’s ready, put it in a sterilized bottle and take 6 to 12 tablespoons a day. There is no expiration date of this mixture.
It Helps with Heart Attack
For those who have suffered a heart attack this is the enhanced formula of Herbalist Richard Sulz
–240 ml of hawthorn syrup
-30 ml of gentian tincture
-30 ml of ginger tincture
-30 ml of cactus Selenicereus grandiflora tincture
-30 ml of red pepper tincture
How to make it:
Fill half a bottle of half a liter with hawthorn syrup. In another bottle, mix all the other tinctures and then add them into the bottle with hawthorn syrup. Mix them well. Drink one tablespoon 3 to 8 times a day.