Hawthorn flowers, leaves & berries are used in herbal medicine as a heart & circulatory tonic; dilating coronary blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and allowing the heart to pump more efficiently. As a strong antioxidant, hawthorn protects tissues from damage.

A syrup and tea can be made of the fruit (see below).

Hawthorn Syrup
1 cup of fresh hawthorn berries
3 cups of water
(ideally spring or distilled)

Simmer the fruit in the water until soft & thick. Place in a jelly bag & leave to drip into a bowl overnight.
Measure strained liquid & add an equal amount of honey. Simmer the mixture & skim off any scum that forms. Stir & pour into sterilised bottles. Refrigerate.

Take by the teaspoon, add to yoghurt or pour on to pancakes.

Hawthorn Tea
Put a handful of crushed berries in a teapot or cafetiere. Pour on boiling water & steep for 10 mins . Strain & pour. Add honey to taste.

Crataegus spp. (Hawthorn)

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