In recent years, the use of natural remedies to improve health has increased notably, thus avoiding toxic compounds in drugs.
What is it?
Hawthorn, also called hawthorn or hawthorn, is a shrub native to the deciduous forests of Asia, Africa and Europe. It has been widely used for several thousand years thanks to its wide range of properties and health benefits. In addition, its toxicity is zero, making it a very safe and effective natural remedy.
This plant is one of the best remedies that exist to enjoy a healthy and quality life since it helps combat a wide range of problems, both physical and mental: it improves circulation, relieves stress, combats diarrhea, etc.
Recent research has shown that hawthorn fruits were already used in food during prehistoric times. It was the Celts who discovered the relationship between the consumption of hawthorn and improved cardiovascular health. Later, the Greeks and Romans considered this plant as a symbol of fertility and hope.
- It is a tree that can sometimes reach 10 meters in height, although the most common is that it reaches a maximum of 5 meters. That is why it is usually considered a shrub.
- Hawthorn is deciduous . It loses its foliage during the fall and winter.
- The flowers are white and have a total of five petals. Its fragrance is most pleasant.
- The fruits are small bright red berries, inside which is the seed.
Composition of hawthorn
This plant is made up of a large selection of very beneficial substances for health, such as antioxidants, flavonoids, organic acids and other substances: triterpenic acids, sterols, amines, aminopurines and phenolcarboxylic acids.
One of the most outstanding properties of this plant is soothing . It greatly helps to relax the muscular system and reduce stress. In addition, it has antipyretic properties , being of great help in feverish processes to reduce body temperature.
Another of hawthorn’s properties is astringent ; It is very effective in tissue healing and repair. Its application is recommended in case of minor burns and wounds.
It also has diuretic properties, eliminating fluids and facilitating the expulsion of toxins accumulated in the body.
Benefits of hawthorn
Take care of the cardiovascular system
One of the most outstanding benefits of hawthorn is that it notably cares for the cardiovascular system. It has vasodilatory properties of the coronary arteries, thus preventing them from becoming blocked and certain diseases such as myocardial infarction appear . In addition, hawthorn has cardiotonic properties , thus helping the heart to pump blood more strongly.
Relieve the stress
Hawthorn has sedative properties on the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for relieving stress. It is therefore a natural ingredient that helps to lead a more relaxed lifestyle.
Helps to cope with diarrhea
Diarrhea is one of the most common digestive disorders . Hawthorn has astringent properties , making it a very effective natural remedy to stop diarrhea and improve the symptoms that accompany it.
Combat respiratory problems
Certain respiratory problems, such as coughs , can be soothed completely naturally with hawthorn. An infusion of this plant deflates and soothes the throat, thus avoiding coughing.
Taking into account that hawthorn is one of the best natural remedies that exist to take care of the health of the heart, this plant improves blood circulation . Thus, its use is highly recommended in case of varicose veins or tired legs .
One of the most widespread uses of hawthorn is as a natural muscle relaxant . This plant is especially effective when muscle tension arises from a state of stress and nervousness.
It helps fight insomnia
Insomnia, along with stress and obesity, is one of the main diseases of the 21st century. Getting adequate rest is essential for a good quality of life. And the truth is that hawthorn is of great help when it comes to promoting sleep and thus fighting insomnia.
This plant helps fight a wide range of disorders.
- Myocardial infarction: hawthorn greatly favors blood circulation, so its consumption is especially recommended to avoid cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarction. Some studies have shown that the consumption of this plant is adequate to improve the quality of life of those people who have suffered a heart attack.
- Tachycardia: this plant helps regulate the heart rate, which is why it is also used for the treatment of tachycardia.
- Heart failure: thanks to its cardiotonic properties, hawthorn improves the power of the heart, allowing it to pump blood more easily. A highly recommended natural ingredient for those who suffer from mild heart failure.
- Migraine : in relation to the improvement of circulation, this plant is very useful in the treatment of migraine.
- Hypertension: the use of hawthorn helps reduce high blood pressure in cases of hypertension.
How do you take hawthorn?
The following parts can be consumed from hawthorn.
- Leaves: generally, the leaves of this plant are eaten in the form of a salad. A great option to create a very healthy and original dish.
- Flowers: the flowers are white and are also used in salads. The flowers can also be used to decorate vegetable, meat or fish dishes.
- Fruits: the fruits are red in color and its consumption is only recommended when ripe, during the first weeks of autumn.
One of the most common ways to consume hawthorn is tea. To boiling water you can add fresh flowers, dehydrated flowers or even prepared sachets that can be found in the supermarket.
A great option to enjoy better cardiovascular health in a totally natural way. You can have a cup after a meal or just before going to bed.
You can also enjoy the properties of this plant in capsules . They can be taken quickly and can be found in both pharmacies and herbalists.
Hawthorn can also be taken in the form of an extract. It is about the concentration of properties and benefits of this plant in just one drop . It is very powerful and can be taken dissolved in a glass of water.
Once the flowers and fruits are thoroughly washed to remove the remains of dust, dirt and bugs, they can be consumed with salads or accompanying different dishes.
Contraindications of hawthorn
So far no case of hawthorn overdose toxicity is known. However, if it is to be consumed in certain cases, it is better to consult your doctor in advance.
This is the case of those patients who are taking medications for cardiac arrhythmia, hypertension or any type of cardiovascular disease. And is that the use of this plant, combined with drugs for hypertension or tachycardia, can enhance its effects excessively.
Its use is contraindicated in the case of pregnant or lactating women. In this second case, women can provide the principles of hawthorn to the baby through milk.
And, finally, note that this plant should in no case be consumed by babies or children.
If this plant is taken for a long period of time and then its consumption is stopped, some side effects may arise. Although hawthorn is not addictive, the body can balance some processes with the presence of certain substances.
The most common side effects affect the digestive system: stomach pain, diarrhea, and gas . In addition, there are others such as itching and irritation of the skin, excessive salivation, disorientation, difficulty thinking clearly, chills and sneezing.
Cultivation of hawthorn
One of the best options to take advantage of all the properties and benefits of hawthorn is to grow this plant at home. It is a species that does not require great maintenance, only a series of cultivation conditions for it to develop properly.
Ideally, the soil is fertile and moist , with good drainage. It can be fertilized, especially when the soil is poor in nutrients. The best time to do it is in spring and fall. Of course, you must give it direct sunlight.
Hawthorn should be watered moderately. It is enough to do it once a week, although if there is a dry season it is necessary to increase the frequency.
And finally, when it comes to pruning hawthorn , it is advisable to wait for the winter frosts to pass.
Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.