Hawthorn Berries - Powder

Herbs: Hawthorn Berries - Powder

Common Names: Hawthorn, haw, whitethorn, mayflower
Latin Name: Crataegus oxycanthus

Excerpts from Left for Dead

Used regularly, hawthorn strengthens the heart muscle and the nerves to the heart.

Controlled medical studies in Europe showed that hawthorn lowered blood pressure and reduced the strain on the heart by dilating the blood vessels away from the heart, strengthened the heart muscle by increasing the metabolism of enzymes in the heart muscle, boosted the utilization of oxygen by the heart and slightly dilated the coronary vessels. Almost all the heart patients given hawthorn showed improvement. Hawthorn normalized and enhanced the function of the heart and circulatory system without side effects.

Hawthorn is a gentle heart tonic that nurtures the entire circulatory system. Hawthorn has proven effective as a treatment for functional heart disease arrhythmia, angina pectoris, age-related circulatory insufficiency, arteriosclerosis and regulation of the circulatory system.

To thwart the damaging effects of a heart attack, hawthorn is the ‘ounce of prevention that is worth a pound of cure.’ Hawthorn improves coronary circulation by dilating the coronary arteries to bring more oxygen directly to the heart muscle and reducing the chances of heart attack or angina. Increasing the ability of the heart to function smoothly, hawthorn imparts a gentle but persistent toning action that compensates for age-related degeneration of the heart. Simply put, hawthorn helps keep the heart healthy enough to head off a heart attack.

Used in conjunction with a healthy diet and stress management, hawthorn is the perfect preventative prescription for persons who have a family history of heart disease. Considered a safe and effective long-term treatment for the gradual loss of heart function that comes with age, hawthorn is not habit forming, accumulative or toxic.

For patients who have already suffered a heart attack, studies show hawthorn speeds recovery, lowers blood pressure, strengthens the heart and forestalls any onset of coronary disease. No other herb in the plant kingdom provides the nourishing regeneration of hawthorn both before or after a heart attack.

Although hawthorn berries are used in marmalades, jellies, and as a flour additive, powdered hawthorn should be taken with the meal or shortly after eating to avoid nausea. The recommended dosage of hawthorn, whether in capsules, powder or tincture, is three times a day.

To make the tincture, steep four ounces of the berries in a pint of brandy for two weeks, then filter. Fifteen drops is considered one dose. For hawthorn tea, add one or two teaspoons of berries to hot water.

Excerpts from The How to Herb Book

  • Known as the heart herb; strengthens and regulates the heart; used extensively in well-known European heart remedies.
  • Has been combined with cayenne and garlic for heart.
  • Alleviates hypertrophy (enlargement of the heart) and fibrillation of the heart.
  • Relaxes the blood vessels and thus lowers blood pressure.
  • Good for executives or anyone under stress.
  • Produces natural adrenalin.

Has been used in the following:

  • Adrenals
  • Heart fibrillation
  • Weak and inflamed heart muscles
  • Heart problems
  • Heart valves
  • Case History:

    An X-ray taken by a doctor showed that J’s heart was enlarged and overlapping the lung. It was also very sore. She drank 1 cup Hawthorn tea regularly each day until the problem was corrected.

    Excerpts from Practical Herbalism

    Due to the enormous increase in the incidence of coronary heart disease in the last century, Hawthorn’s long-standing reputation as a heart tonic gained it much attention in the research community.

    Indicated Usages - Internal

  • Arrhythmia, palpitations
  • Acidosis
  • Arthritis
  • Vertigo
  • Insomnia
  • Dropsy (congestive heart failure)
  • Heart tonic, spec. for valve problems
  • Indicated Usages - External:

  • Sore throat
  • Splinters

  • Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

    Folk medicine holds hawthorn berries in high esteem for its effectiveness in treating both high and low blood pressure, rapid pulse and arythmic heartbeat, as a prophylactic against angina pain and in atherosclerosis.

    The Native Americans used hawthorn to treat rheumatism and in Chinese medicine, another species of hawthorn was used as a digestive aid.

    Instead, the active principles appear to be the flavonoids which slowly act on circulatory and cardiac problems by causing dilations of the blood vessels, especially the coronary arteries, and by causing some reduction in blood pressure. Hawthorn does not appear to be cardio-toxic and seems to have no cumulative effect. Hawthorn should be taken with or immediately after a meal in order to avoid nausea. Toxicity has been noted only with very high doses.

    Contains bitter compounds that increase coronary blood flow and myocardial metabolism allowing the heart to function with less oxygen. These compounds also lower blood pressure by decreasing cardiac output and dilating peripheral blood vessels.

    From Our Reading and/or Experience...

    • Hawthorn berries are THE herb for any issues related to the heart. Only Cayenne, and Garlic come close to the positive effects that Hawthorn berries have on the function and condition of the heart. The combination of those 3 herbs is a powerhouse of a cure.
    • Hawthorn berries are best used in tincture combinations. However, the powder can also be used in capsules. Just don't use it on an empty stomach, as that can cause nausea.
    • It can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
    • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
    • It is critical that you do not expose Hawthorn berries to light any longer than necessary. It should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is great, but certainly not necessary. Following these suggestions will delay the loss of its highly valued nutritional and medicinal properties.

    Customer Reviews

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    So excited!
    by Monica on Apr 29, 2014

    We are using Hawthorne that we just ordered 1.5 lbs of along with 2 lbs of beets to lower or stabilize blood pressure for my boss. We are splitting the order and I personally want it to relieve my angina and help with blood pressure. Ive had some bouts with drinking and want to keep my heart strong!!!

    Need to know the amount of Hawthorne Powder
    by Karen Smith on Jun 22, 2013

    Received my first shipment yesterday - need to know the amount of Hawthorne Powder to add to my protien shake in the mornings???? I don't have a clue.


      Re: Need to know the amount of Hawthorne Powder
      by Bulk Herb Store on Jul 10, 2013

      It depends on what you are using it for and not everybody responds the same to herbs, so what we usually do is start in with a small dose of whatever we are taking and add more until we feel we are taking what is right for us. I would prob. start with 1/2 tsp. - 1 tsp. daily and go from there, or ask a natural medicine practitioner for dosages for your specific condition.

    Hawthorn for my cat
    by Glenys on Jun 7, 2013

    My cat had been coughing for quite some time. After extensive research and tests at the vets I determined he had heart problems which is normal for a 17 year old cat. I have been giving him two drops twice a day in his food for 4 months now and he no longer coughs and has more energy than he has had in a number of years. He is now 18 and doing great.

    question about amount
    by Melissa on Apr 17, 2013

    Hello! Thank you for your great website and products! I was wondering if you could tell me approximately how many teaspoons of powder would be in a .5 lb. bag. I am wondering how long it will last and how much to order. Thanks!

      Re: question about amount
      by Bulk Herb Store on May 1, 2013

      There is approx. 1 1/2 - 2 cups of the powder per 1/2 lb. so approx. 72 or more teaspoons according to my approximate calculations!

    Other varieties?
    by Jeannie on Jan 17, 2013

    Do other varieties have the same desirable properties or must it be this one?

    What's in the Hawthorn berries powder?
    by Eyah on Dec 24, 2012

    What Ingredients are in your herbs?

      Re: What's in the Hawthorn berries powder?
      by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 22, 2013

      It is just the hawthorn berries ground to a powder.

    Hawthorne/cayenne/garlic herbs
    by Jvc on Jul 1, 2012

    I have an older small dog and want to keep her heart healthy. Can I give this mix to her, if so how much per pound?

      Re: Hawthorne/cayenne/garlic herbs
      by Bulk Herb Store on Dec 13, 2012

      Yes, I would try giving her a 1/2 tsp in her food. If she won't eat it try a little less.

    by Mary Steinert on May 9, 2012

    I just received my Hawthorn powder but I am not sure how much to take.
    My friend takes a 1/2 teaspoon in the morning and a 1/2 teaspoon in the evening. He has been able to lower his blood pressure. However, he is bigger than I am and wonder if I should take less? I have been mixing it in with my fresh berry juice.

      Re: Dosage
      by Bulk Herb Store on May 29, 2012

      Herbs are amazing, though it is good to respect them like you have so wisely done, in researching dosage amounts. I recommend starting with 1/4 teaspoon, 2 times a day and working up to 1/2 a teaspoon twice a day.

    hawthorn berry
    by donna olsen on Sep 20, 2006

    Is hawthorn good to lower blood pressure? How do I take it? If in powder, do I put in capsules? Is it just the one herb or does it come premixed with other herbs? thanks

      Re: hawthorn berry
      by Bulk Herb Store on Sep 22, 2006

      1. Hawthorn regulates or normalizes blood pressure (whether it needs to be raised or lowered).
      2. The whole berries or powder can be made into an alcohol tincture, which is the most effective way to use it. The whole berries can be simmered for a while as a tea. Of course, the powder can also be encapsulated, as well.
      3. Hawthorn berries (whole or powder) are just that. Nothing has been added or mixed in with it.

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