Hawthorn berry Tea

Hawthorn should only be used under the guidance of an experienced professional. It is thought to be one of the best tonic remedies for the heart and circulatory system.

 Australian grown. Wild crafted in Tasmania.

Herb Info / Uses


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Botanical Name: Crataegus monogyna

Plant Family: Rosaceae

Plant description: Native to Europe, North Africa and West Asia, Hawthorn is an erect shrub or small tree to 9 m but more commonly 4–6 m. It has many spreading branches with thorns 5–25 mm long. The leaves are alternate and mostly ovate, deeply lobed and toothed at the tips 15–50 mm long. Flowers are white or pink with 5 petals in clusters at the ends of the branches and branchlets, with a strong scent. The fruit is a small berry which becomes red as it ripens with a yellowish flesh.

Part used: Leaf and flower, and berry.

Harvest: The leaf and flower should be harvested when the flowers are mostly open but before they begin to fade. The berries can be harvested as soon as they turn red. The active constituents are highest at this stage.

Active Constituents: Oligomeric procyanidins (1%–3%), mainly procyanidin B-2; flavinoids (1%–2%) including quercetin glycosides (hyperoside, rutin) and flavone-C-glycosides (vitexin); saponins and tannins.

Energetics: Sour, sweet, slightly warm.

Actions: Mild cardiotonic, cardioprotective, hypotensive, peripheral vasodilator, antiarrhythmic, antioxidant, mild astringent, collagen stabilising.

Uses: It is thought to be one of the best tonic remedies for the heart and circulatory system. Hawthorn has historically been used for mild congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, palpitations, cardiomyopathy and ischaemic heart disease including angina. It is traditionally though to be beneficial in hypertension, atherosclerosis and impaired peripheral circulation. Hawthorn has been used to relieve menopausal symptoms.

Dosage: Decoction - boil one teaspoon of dried berry in two cups of water for 10 minutes in a covered pot. Drink up to one cup three times daily. Fluid Extract (1:2) – 20—50 ml/week.

Cautions: No adverse effects from ingestion of hawthorn are expected. A synergistic interaction may occur between Hawthorn and certain drugs such as digitalis, beta-blockers, other hypotensive drugs and glycosides. Modification of dosage is generally required with no adverse side effects expected.

Interactions: Digitalis, beta blockers, antihypertensives and cardiac glycosides interact synergistically. Mineral supplements, thiamine and alkaloid can reduce Hawthorn’s efficacy.

 

 Australian grown. Wild crafted in Tasmania.