Hawthorn is commonly known as an excellent natural remedy for the cardiovascular system and natural sedative but it also has many other beneficial properties. The beneficial properties of this “worthy fruit” are numerous. It has a positive effect on the heart and blood vessels, regulates the blood pressure and creates a healthy balance in the body.
Fortunately, this tree is very widespread and various species have adapted to different climates. Learn more about hawthorn, and make syrup and tincture of it easily.
Hawthorn Health Properties
Hawthorne is full of flavonoids, which protect the cardiovascular system. It can spread the blood vessels, boost the energy and improve the ability of the heart to pump blood more efficiently through the vessels.
This plant can also speed healing after a heart attack and support the muscle and improve the circulation. It also blocks enzymes that cause heart muscle weakening. The fruit contains vitamin C, provitamin A, tartaric and citric acid, pectin, carotene well as minerals calcium and phosphorus.
For this syrup you need:
- Hawthorn berries (fresh or dried)
Add one cup of fresh hawthorn berries (and if you use dried, you only need half a cup) into the cooking pan. Then pour 3 cups of pure spring water. Mix the ingredients with a spoon and put on the stove to cook. When the mixture starts to boil, reduce the temperature and let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Afterward, remove the mixture from the stove. Mash the hawthorn berries in the water with the help of mashing spoon. You should get a consistency of a jam.
Strain the mixture and in it add one cup of honey or any another thick sweetener of your choosing. Pour the syrup into dark jars and store them in the fridge for up to 6 months. You can use this syrup as a juice, pancakes and ice cream dressing.
For tincture, you can also use fresh or dried hawthorn berries. Fill half a cup with hawthorn berries and pour 80% alcohol (you can also use vodka). The alcohol should cover the berries, but leave 5 cm to the edge of the jar. Press the berries to keep them firmly.
Close the jar and leave in a cool, dry and dark place for 4 to 6 weeks. Every few days you need to mix the jar content and make sure the berries do not come into contact with the air.
If you keep the tincture in a cool and dark place, it can last up to 2 years. You can drop a few drops of this tincture on one teaspoon of honey.
Note: Hawthorn is safe for use but it’s not recommended along with some heart medicines. It is best to consult your doctor before you use any of the above mention recipes.