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Hawthorne (Crataegus spp) 


The Hawthorne plant is characterized astringent leaves, sweet and sour berries, as well as a vast selection of fragrant flowers. The strength of its medicinal qualities is derived from a mixture of berries and flowers; although both the berries and the flowers can be just as potent when used individually, it is usually a better bet to combine them. The Hawthorne is a distinct member of the rose family, and ranks as one of the most effective herbal remedy in the plant kingdom, providing medicinal value for a wide range of conditions. It is top on the list in use on patients with cardiac insufficiency, and is known to be highly effective as a corrective agent.

Medicinal uses

Many clinical findings place Hawthorne firmly as a safe, effective treatment for a variety of cardiovascular diseases. Since the 19th century, Hawthorne has been the most effective herbal remedy for respiratory diseases and circulatory disorders, with substantial efficacy in treating symptoms of heart failure, causing the subsequent reduction in blood pressure, remedying chest pain as well as a variety of other ailments. Modern research still supports this claim, and suggests that Hawthorne may be used to treat mild cases of heart failure, as well as resulting in the subsequent increase in coronary blood flow.

Hawthorne is also quite effective against heart conditions that result from a weak metabolism, emotional heartache, nervous heart conditions as well as a bunch of other variations. It is the riches source of herbal nourishment for the heart and is good for a number of circulatory system problems. It has been known to be slow acting, so it is advisable not to up the dose to try to speed up the results. The best way to get the desired results would be to use it on a long term basis. As a supplement, Hawthorne helps to maintain strong, healthy veins and lymphatic vessels, while ensuring the correct functioning of arteries, and a health circulatory system overall.

It has been frequently referred to as a heart tonic, mainly because it reduces peripheral vascular resistance, and improves cardiac functioning on holistic level. Although it may not be recommended for use in chronic heart conditions, its use has been known to affect, and ultimately reduce the severity levels of these diseases

Dosage and Administration

The dosage depends on the purpose. It is recommended, in infusion, that one takes one tablespoon per cup of water. Or, if the Hawthorne is in a dry strength liquid extract, then you can schedule about 60-120 drops per cup of water, taken on a frequency ranging between 1-4 times in a day. 

Parts used

Flowers, leaves and berries


Research on the medicinal benefits of Hawthorne is at an advanced stage, with extensive results on its top class efficacy as a cardiovascular enhancing agent proving it to be invaluable in the battle against the number one cause of premature death. Research has had consistently positive outcomes, with many test subjects witnessing improved cardiac activity, decreased blood pressure and a substantial improvement in cardiac functioning across the board. There have been little to no instances of adverse interactions, meaning that this herb’s safety profile is off the charts. Hawthorne is now considered a viable, effective and non-toxic replacement for many chemical based drug treatments for heart problems.

Side effects

Hawthorne is a predominantly safe herbal remedy, and although it does have certain side effects, they are often mild and infrequent, even at substantially elevated doses. That said, it is always important to stay on the safe side, and stick to the recommended dosage. As mentioned, the side effects are few and far between, and they may include mild cases of stomach upsets, fatigue, sweating, and dizziness. In some rare cases, you may experience insomnia. Some people have also been known to experience spats of nose bleeding, palpitation and agitation after taking Hawthorne, but again, in mild cases.

There has also been some concern about the use of Hawthorne supplements during pregnancy, and although there is no conclusive research to this end, it is recommended that you don’t use it during pregnancy. Hawthorne has also been known to render many heart medications ineffective, hence it is advisable to consult your physician before using Hawthorne, or, more importantly, to have all your heart medication monitored. 


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