For centuries, hawthorn has been praised for its affinity for the heart. Hawthorn has often been used to uplift and strengthen the emotional heart while supporting healthy circulation and cardiovascular functioning*. Beyond its healthful qualities, the plant has also been revered throughout Europe for ceremonial and spiritual purposes.
Utilized since the Middle Ages, hawthorn remains a popular herb today. Most parts of the tree were employed in traditional European herbalism, including the leaves, flowers, and berries. When picked fresh, the bright red berries were used in candies, jams, wines, and cordials. It is a particularly symbolic tree with many folktales and magical myths surrounding it. It was considered a sacred tree to the ancient Druids and was thought to house faeries. In Ireland, hawthorn was used to decorate the maypole for May Day celebrations.
Crataegus monogyna is a member of the Rosaceae family commonly found in hedgerows throughout Europe. It is a large shrub that can extend into a tree with hard wood and gray bark. Hawthorn often has tri-lobed leaves with white flowers blooming in spring and bright red berries ripening in autumn. The branches of the shrub bare sharp thorns and care must be taken when harvesting.
Our clearance hawthorn berries are organic. They make a delicious and healthful addition to teas, warm or iced. Hawthorn berry can be tinctured, enjoyed as a cordial, or used in various herbal infusions such as syrups, vinegars, oxymels, and elixirs.
Please note that Hawthorn Berries will sometimes develop a white film on the berry. This is natural sucrose maturing in the outer skin.
We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.