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Hawthorne Berry - Crataegus laevigataHawthorn berries are antispasmodic, cardiac, diuretic, sedative, tonic and vasodilator. Mainly used as a cardiac tonic in organic and functional heart troubles. Both flowers and berries are astringent and useful in decoction to cure sore throats. A useful diuretic in dropsy and kidney troubles.
Hawthorne Berry, is known as one of the most valuable cardiovascular tonics available. It has been used (in higher quantities than in our Q10 caps) to bring high or low blood pressure back to normal and reduce the severity and frequency of angina attacks. It has also been used in the treatment of irregular heartbeats, artery spasms (Raynaud's), and some nerve disorders such as insomnia.
The berries are also used to treat a heart muscle weakened by age, for Inflammation of the heart muscle, for arteriosclerosis, and for nervous heart. The effect of hawthorn berry on these heart conditions is not immediate; it may be necessary to take the herb for 4 to 6 weeks to see results. Leaf and flower preparations may work faster, but hawthorn berries are better for some specific problems.
The leaves have been used as an adulterant for tea. An excellent liquer is made from Hawthorn berries with brandy.
Crataegus laevigata, known as the midland hawthorn, woodland hawthorn or mayflower, is a species of hawthorn native to western and central Europe, from Great Britain (where it is uncommon, and largely confined to the Midlands) and Spain east to the Czech Republic and Hungary. It is a large shrub or small tree growing to 8 m (rarely to 12 m) tall, with a dense crown. The leaves are 2–6 cm long and 2–5 cm broad, with 2–3 shallow, forward-pointing lobes on each side of the leaf. The hermaphrodite flowers are produced in corymbs of 6–12, each flower with five white or pale pink petals and two or three styles, and are pollinated by midges. The fruit is a dark red pome 6–10 mm diameter, slightly broader than long, containing 2–3 nutlets.
|Taken in excess, hawthorn berry teas can cause mild diarrhea. This does not occur when the berries are used to make tinctures or are encapsulated. Diarrhea is not a side effect of the leaf and flowers. Taken in excess, hawthorn berry soft drinks, especia|