A member of the rose family, Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is a thorny, flowering shrub commonly found in Europe, North America, and northern Asia. Its tiny tart, tangy, and mildly sweet berries are often used in jams, jellies, candies, and wines. However, all parts of the plant, including leaves, flowers, and even bark, have long been used in herbal medicine. Hawthorn is incorporated in many folk digestion, kidney,anti-anxiety, and heart ailments. The leaves, flowers, and berries of Hawthorn contain an abundance of antioxidants and flavonoids, which are believed to be responsible for the plant's therapeutic force. In modern times, this ancient medicinal herb is widely available in many forms (as a dietary supplement, tea, tincture, and such) and is still popular primarily for its heart health benefits.
Hawthorn is valued in treating anxiety and panic attacks. Herbalists include Hawthorn in the infusions for a restless or unfocused mind because it helps comfort nervous unrest, calming and reducing anxiety, and battle insomnia. In addition to relieving the physical and emotional effects of stress and insomnia, this medicinal herb has a solid relaxing effect on the central nervous system. Hawthorn is synergistically blended into our proprietary herbal infusion STRESS AID for maximum effectiveness in stress anxiety reduction and pleasant taste.
☛ Anti-inflammatory Digestive Benefits
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of Hawthorn have the potential to protect against colitis — inflammation of the colon. The flavonoids in Hawthorn can help guard against inflammation and treat stomach disorders, including stomach spasms, stomach acid deficiency, preventing stomach irritation and ulcers.
☛ Heart-Related Conditions' Improvement
According to a scientific article published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine and Toxicology, plant-derived compounds in hawthorn help dilate peripheral and coronary blood vessels, which can help angina (chest pain) sufferers. Certain bioactive compounds found in the plant may help improve metabolic effects, particularly in patients with high cardiovascular risk.
☛ Reducing High Blood Pressure
Many herbal practitioners recommend hawthorn berries, flowers, and leaves as natural blood pressure reducers. Hawthorn relaxes and widens blood vessels, which allows blood to flow more easily.
☛ Lowering Cholesterol
Research suggests that Hawthorn can lower LDL ('bad') cholesterol and triglycerides (fats in the blood). It also reduces the accumulation of fats in the liver and the aorta.
What is Hawthorn tea good for?
In traditional medicinal treatments, Hawthorn is used to improve cardiovascular health, blood pressure, cholesterol, and mild sedative.
Scientific research on Hawthorn:
Hudson, T., Hudson, A. the A. T., & Hudson, T. (n.d.). Hibiscus, Hawthorn, and the Heart. Natural Medicine Journal. https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2011-07/hibiscus-hawthorn-and-heart.
Tadić VM;Dobrić S;Marković GM;Dordević SM;Arsić IA;Menković NR;Stević T; (n.d.). Anti-inflammatory, gastroprotective, free-radical-scavenging, and antimicrobial activities of hawthorn berries ethanol extract. Journal of agricultural and food chemistry. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18698794/.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Hawthorn. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/hawthorn.