The hawthorn: remedy and edible treasure from nature

The hawthorn: remedy and edible treasure from nature

The healing power of the hawthorn

The flavonoids and procyanidins contained in the leaves and flowers of the thorny shrub interact in the human body with enzymes and docking points of receptors. Clinical studies show the effectiveness of hawthorn on the force of contraction and stroke volume of the heart. Medicines with hawthorn extract have been shown to improve blood flow to the coronary arteries.

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The orange-red fruits of the hawthorn are edible. They contain the same ingredients as flowers and leaves, but in a lower concentration. The dried berries are used to support the cardiovascular function, for example in the case of low blood pressure.

Hawthorn as a gentle medicine?

The usual dosage forms of the natural medicine:

  • dried leaves and flowers (tea preparation)
  • Powdered and standardized in tablets, capsules or dragees
  • as mother tincture or fresh plant juice

You can harvest leaves and flowers in early spring when the tree is adorned with fragrant umbels. If the fruits turn tomato red at the end of September or beginning of October, you can pick them from the tree. Always wear gloves when doing this, as the thorns of the hawthorn can cause painful skin injuries.

Even though hawthorn works gently, you should always consult a doctor or alternative practitioner before taking it.

The fruits of the hawthorn

The slightly floury berries of the hawthorn are edible. Mixed with other types of fruit, the fruit can be used to make delicious jams. The delicate bitter almond aroma of the berries gives the fruit spreads an exquisite note.

Tips & Tricks

The orange-red berries of the hawthorn are edible. In times of need they were ground and used as a substitute for flour. The roasted kernels served as a coffee substitute.