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Hawthorn is a thorny deciduous tree that can be grown from seeds. But it takes several years until it bears fruits and even longer until it can be used as a hedge. It is hardy in US zone 5-9.
Rosemary Gladstar mentions however that she replanted hawthorn into her US hardy zone 3 garden in Vermont from California (zone 8) so wherever you live just give this wonderful tree a chance. It is said to be able to live to more than 100 years old.
To reach this old age however it needs to be protected from rabbits who like to eat it in the winter.
Hawthorn is good for the heart and helps to restore normal heart function. It opens the arteries and widens the blood vessels, treats inflammation of the cardiac muscular tissue, strengthens the heart muscle, corrects irregular heartbeat, etc. when taken regularly.
Hawthorn contains bioflavonoids, antioxidants and procyanidins which help the heart.
It can also lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels if taken long term. For the lowering of blood pressure it can be used together with yarrow.
As it helps to increase your oxygen uptake and the circulation of your blood it
also improves your memory and concentration.
To prepare a tea take 2 teaspoonfull of the berries for a cup of hot boiling water and let it steep for 20 minutes.
The tea can also be prepared with berries, leaves and flowers. And combined with St. John's wort, lemon balm and oats it also makes a great tea to remedy grief and deep sadness.
cautions and possible side effects:
- If you have serious heart problems you should see a physician to make sure taking hawthorn capsules or drinking hawthorn tea is enough for your condition.
- Don't use hawthorn together with digitalis (foxglove) medication.
- The Herbal Handbook: A User's Guide to Medical Herbalism by David Hoffmann, (Healing Arts Press; 3rd Edition, Revised Edition of The Herb User's Guide edition (Feb. 1 1998), ISBN-13: 978-0892817825)
- 20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs by Victoria Zak, (Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc (Dec 1 1999), ISBN-13: 978-0440235293)
- The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook: Your Comprehensive Reference to the Best Herbs for Healing Paperback by James A. Duke, (Rodale Books (Nov. 18 2000), ISBN-13: 978-1579541842)
- Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use by Rosemary Gladstar, ( Storey Publishing, LLC (April 10 2012),ISBN-13: 978-1612120058)
- A Russian Herbal: Traditional Remedies for Health and Healing by Igor Vilevich Zevin, (Healing Arts Press (1997),ISBN-13: 978-0892815494)
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