Sunday, March 9, 2008

Hawthorne: Nourishing Herbal Infusions

(Crataegus spp.) 

Parts used: leaf, flower, berries

Taste: Sweet, Astringent

Properties: slightly cool/dry, cardiac trophorestorative, relaxing nervine, digestant, astringent, diuretic, antioxidant

Used for: heart health, digestion

Nutrients: Known to be high in antioxidants, chromium, selenium, choline and vitamin C

When many herbalists think of hawthorne, they immediately think of the heart. Hawthorne has a strong affinity for the heart and can be effective for both high and low blood pressure,and is a general cardiac tonic to restore and maintain healthy heart function. In western herbalism the berries are often used while the Chinese seem to use the leaf and flower more often. As an infusion I really enjoy using the leaf and flower and the berries can be used as well. 

Hawthorne goes beyond healing the physical heart as it can be a powerful ally for the emotional heart as well. You can find it commonly used in grief formulas to help heal broken hearts. Used also as a relaxing nervine, hawthorne is a great ally for those experiencing stress and hardship with symptoms showing up as heart palpitations. 

Herbalists David Winston and Matthew Wood both use hawthorn for children and adults who are restless and irritable with a difficulty in focusing. In his book The Earthwise Herbal Matthew Wood shares his experience using hawthorn for an autistic child. 

The Chinese have used the leaves and flowers for stagnant digestion associated with poor lipid metabolism. Indications for this include heartburn and indigestion. 

Special Considerations
None currently known. 

Keeping it Simple

Hawthorne has a strong affinity for the heart, both physically and emotionally. It can also soothe stress and promote digestion. 

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