Hawthorn Berries (Crataegus Monogyna)
Also known as May blossom, Red Haw, Mayflower, and White Thorn, Hawthorn Berries is a medicinal herb native to Mexico and Newfoundland. Considered as sacred as it is believed it was used in the Crown of Thorns; this plant adorns the family crest of the English royalty.
Used primarily as an effective and totally safe heart tonic, this medicinal plant has been approved by the German Commission for the treatment of cardiac insufficiency. Studies show that it can help decrease the production of lactic acid, which is one of the major causes of heart muscle pain; hence, improves the pumping capacity of the heart. It also helps with oxygenation, improves energy metabolism in the heart, dilates coronary arteries, and overall relaxes blood vessels making it easier to circulate the blood.
Taken in combination with ‘Mother Wort”, it can strengthen the heart and increase longevity. To ensure heart health, it is recommended that the tonic is taken daily for a prolonged period, as this has no adverse effects.
Hawthorn Berries are also used in the treatment of insomnia and digestive problems. Its astringent properties make it a good remedy for painful sore throat.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!