Hawthorn: Herbal Remedies

Hawthorn Preparations and Warnings

Like any other herb, hawthorn must be handled with care.

Hawthorn Preparations and Dosage

The flowers the hawthorn plant are tinctured in the spring and the berries tinctured in the fall; the resulting liquids are mixed together to provide the full complement of active chemical constituents. The berries are quite tasty, so those with heart disease or blood pressure problems can snack

on the berries or use them to prepare medicinal foods such as hawthorn berry jam.

Tincture: Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, three times a day. It is often combined with other heart tonics such as motherwort and garlic.

Jam or Syrup: Vitamin C-rich hawthorn berries go into this delicious jam -- which also doubles as a syrup.

  • 1 pound fresh, ripe hawthorn berries (around 3 cups)
  • 1 pound fresh apples, chopped (about 2 medium)
  • 8 cups water
  • Honey (if you prefer, using sugar makes for less runny preserves)
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Simmer the fruit in the water until soft and thick and much of the water has evaporated. Place in a jelly bag and leave to drip in a bowl overnight to remove the hawthorn pits and other large particles. Measure the strained liquid, and add an equal amount of honey. Simmer the mixture, skimming any scum that forms on the top. Add the juice of 1 lemon, stir, and pour into clean jars. Refrigerate. Use syrup on pancakes, desserts, fresh fruit, and as a sweetener in teas.

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Jennifer Brett, N.D. is director of the Acupuncture Institute for the University of Bridgeport, where she also serves on the faculty for the College of Naturopathic Medicine. A recognized leader in her field with an extensive background in treating a wide variety of disorders utilizing nutritional and botanical remedies, Dr. Brett has appeared on WABC TV (NYC) and on Good Morning America to discuss utilizing herbs for health.This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Neither the Editors of Consumer Guide (R), Publications International, Ltd., the author nor publisher take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading or following the information contained in this information. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Before undertaking any course of treatment, the reader must seek the advice of their physician or other health care provider.Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should be aware that many of these techniques have not been evaluated in scientific studies.   Use of these remedies in connection with over the counter or prescription medications can cause severe adverse reactions. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness. Each state and each discipline has its own rules about whether practitioners are required to be professionally licensed. If you plan to visit a practitioner, it is recommended that you choose one who is licensed by a recognized national organization and who abides by the organization's standards. It is always best to speak with your primary health care provider before starting any new therapeutic technique.