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Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)


Hawthorn

Effect:

strengthens the heart, lowers blood pressure, strengthens the nerves, strengthens the circulation, promotes blood circulation, antispasmodics, vasodilating, stimulating the circulation, anti-inflammatory, astringent


Areas of application:

strengthens the heart and the nerves, improves blood flow to the heart muscle, hardening of the arteries, in cases of sluggish stools, obesity, heart dilatation, palpitations, states of exhaustion, depression, insomnia, menopausal symptoms, indigestion, high blood pressure, promotes blood flow to the coronary arteries, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, heart problems, high Cholesterol levels, angina, atherosclerosis, strengthens the immune system, constipation, bloating, cramps, intestinal infections, parasites, eczema, psoriasis, swelling, redness, itching, sores, fever, malaria


Plant parts used:

Flowers, fruits, leaves and bark


Collection time:

Flowers in May to June and

Berries in autumn


To find:

Sometimes it can still be found in deciduous and pine forests, on hedges and fences. Hawthorn is already an endangered shrub, so it is beneficial to plant it in the garden.


Ingredients:

Flavonoids, amines, procyanidins, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, essential oil, glycoside, bitter substance


Miscellaneous:

☕ Tea: 2 teaspoons of flowers or leaves and berries are poured into 1/4 liter of boiling water and left to steep for about 20 minutes. Drink 3 to 4 cups daily and sweeten with maple syrup, honey or sea buckthorn syrup.


The hawthorn is a deciduous shrub, rarely a small tree, which can reach a height of between 2 and 6 meters, rarely up to 12 meters. The white, red or pink flowers bloom in May. The numerous flowers are mostly white and have a diameter of less than 2.5 cm. The calyx has 5 lobes and 5 sepals. The small berries ripen to a bright, deep red or sometimes even black. The berries are edible and have a sweet and sour taste. The leaves are alternate, toothed and ovate, 5 to 7.5 cm long and may be lobed or sharply toothed. They are dark green with a bluish-green base and vary in size and shape. It has sharp thorns that can be up to 5 cm long.


🛑 Hawthorn is generally well tolerated, but can have side effects for some people. These include upset stomach, sweating, tiredness, nausea, dizziness or restlessness. Serious side effects include shortness of breath, allergic reactions, irregular heartbeat, and mood changes. A doctor should be consulted before taking hawthorn, especially if you are also taking medication.


In the kitchen you can eat the fruit raw or cooked, but it tastes better in jam or jelly.


The hawthorn planted around the house scares away evil spirits, vampires and ghosts. The wood of the hawthorn bush is used for magic and is smoked in protective rituals.


"The hawthorn, as every child knows, quickly strengthens the heart and nerves."


Hawthorn is a calcium smuggler plant.

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