“Be true! Be true! Be true!” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Today I am thinking about Hawthorne, but not just the 19th century author from Salem, MA. Crataegus oxyacantha (or hawthorn) is a wonderful shrub of the Rose family that bestows berries full of heart-healing gifts, called hawthorn berries. The berries ripen for the picking in early Autumn, and Juliette de Bairacli Levy states that the aromatic flowers are said to bring fairies into the house – but she warns not to pick them before May. Kay Parent, an amazing herbalist and intuitive healer, advised me to make a hawthorn berry tincture with brandy to help improve my circulation and treat my longtime Raynaud’s condition. Also known as May Bush and Thorn Apple Tree, here are a few ways this crimson red berry can contribute to your heart health:
- Hawthorn tones, strengthens, and fortifies the heart
- Treats high or low blood pressure
- Regulates pulse
- Relieves nervous tension + sleeplessness
- Full of antioxidants
- Excellent for people with a family history of heart disease
- Rosemary Gladstar says anyone over 50 should drink it! (It can prevent atherosclerosis, or fatty degeneration of the heart)
- Lifts the spirits+opens the heart
- Helpful in cases of depression due to loss, grief, or heartbreak
- Hawthorn berries can be enjoyed as a jam, paste, tea, tincture, liqueur, or as a powder added to oatmeal with cinnamon.
- To reap these benefits, Jethro Kloss recommends one cup of hawthorn tea twice a day, sweetened with honey as desired.
Wishing you healthful and heart-full healing ♥ ♥ ♥