Herb meanings and uses A-Z: Hawthorn (Berry, Bush, Tree). The Bread and Butter Tree?

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Hawthorn Berry, an herb native to Europe, benefits the cardiovascular system. In the same family as the Rose, this berry is embraced, revered, and appreciated globally.

Containing the vitamins B1, B2, the C complex, as well as Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, and Choline, Hawthorn bolsters immunity. It is a proven antispasmodic, which means it reduces muscle spasms; this effect aids heart conditions, soothes indigestion, and relieves insomnia.
Hawthorn is proven to regulate blood pressure, and this has potential to rectify a myriad of health concerns. By lowering cholesterol, fortifing blood vessels, preventing blood clots, calming palpitations, and strengthening the heart muscles, Hawthorn prepares the body to process blood. Healthy cycling of blood ensures proper functioning of all organs.

This herb relates with the literal and metaphorical heart, and thus lends itself both medicinally and ritualistically. It soothes emotional upset and uplifts mood, while also protecting the physical heart. Due to its mild sedative and anti-inflammatory properties, Hawthorn relaxes the user and quells anxiety.

Hawthorn Berry’s pleasant taste and positive impact upon temperament make it ideal for health care. It’s commonly jammed, jellied, candied, or turned into wine. Though delicious, candies and other sweet treats come with downfalls, and their sugar content inevitably overshadows the presence of Hawthorn. To truly reap Hawthorn’s potential, one must use the Herb (tea, tincture) or an extraction (pill, essential oil, etc).

Today, it grows in the United Kingdom, Poland, Albania, Romania, and Bulgaria. Hawthorn’s branches and stems, in addition to the berries, can be turned into viable medicine/tinctures/teas/edibles. In fact, the leaves, berries, and flowers of Hawthorn are all safe to consume, and reputedly palatable. Therefore, it has earned itself the nickname of the “bread and butter tree”.

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