Hawthorn Berries - Whole

Herbs: Hawthorn Berries - Whole, Organically Grown

Common Name: Hawthorn berry
Latin Name: Crataegus Laevigatas
Origin: Bulgaria/Chile

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:

  • Angina pectoris
  • Weak and inflamed heart muscles
  • Heart fibrillation
  • Heart valves
  • Heart problems
  • 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.

    Contain 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 whole berries can be simmered for a long while and used in teas. 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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    What to do with the tinctured berries?
    by Lianne on Mar 26, 2014

    We've made our first batch of hawthorn tincture and are now wondering what useful thing can be done with the leftover berries? Can we eat them (in lieu of a dose of tincture)? Make a second batch from them? It just seems a shame to toss them in the garbage. :\

    Also, what is the minimum and maximum amounts of hawthorn tincture that you would recommend daily?

    Thanks SO MUCH for your awesome site!! Your ears should be "ringing" regularly, since I'm bragging about you all the time! :D

      Re: What to do with the tinctured berries?
      by Bulk Herb Store on Apr 2, 2014

      There really isn't a whole lot you can get out of the berries once you use them for a tincture. You have pulled most of the nutrition out of them already. You can put it in your garden for a compost! The "Nutritional Herbology" has a recommended amount of 2 teaspoons a day. You should do your own research as well to determine the right amount for your body. Thanks!

    hawthorn prep
    by roberto on Mar 8, 2014

    would the tincture respond better if berries were put in processer and ground a bit then soaked in alcohol base?

      Re: hawthorn prep
      by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 17, 2014

      You could grind up the berries and then make a tincture, and it help speed the process up. However, just remember to make the tincture right away after your grind them, because they will loose potency over time. Thanks!

    asprin and garlic
    by fidelis noronha on Dec 2, 2013

    is it o.k to take with hawthorne

      Re: asprin and garlic
      by Bulk Herb Store on Dec 9, 2013

      Hello, It could be very easy with a combination of the two to thin your blood too much. We recommend that you consult a professional before trying anything.

    Hawthorn Tincture
    by Tammy on Nov 27, 2013

    If I take this in tincture form, how much is considered a dose? And is there a 'recommended daily allowance' of this tincture?

      Re: Hawthorn Tincture
      by Bulk Herb Store on Nov 27, 2013

      The recommended daily dosage from Nutritional Herbology is 10 ml, which is approx. 2 or 2 1/2 teaspoons.

    Combination of Hawthorn, Garlic, and Ceyenne
    by DG on Nov 11, 2013

    If I were to make my own heart healthy capsules using Hawthron, Garlic, and Cayenne, what would be the ratio. I have read about Hawthorn and know how beneficial it would be, but in browsing this site I also read that garlic and cayenne come in close seconds. And would be be possible to make a tincture using these same three.

    making a tea
    by jas on Nov 3, 2013

    I have the whole dried berries and would like to make a tea. Do I need to decoct it first or can I just steep in boiling water for 20 minutes. i looked online and can't seem to find a clear answer..thanks!

      Re: making a tea
      by Bulk Herb Store on Nov 5, 2013

      Hello! No, it is not necessary to decoct first. Just steeping in simmering water for 15 to 20 minutes would work great!

    nursing and hawthorne
    by sonia on Oct 14, 2013

    You say it is OK to take while nursing but why are there warnings on many other sites to not use while nursing or pregnant?

      Re: nursing and hawthorne
      by Bulk Herb Store on Oct 17, 2013

      It is listed under our, From Our Reading and/or Experience...there are going to different sites that post differently.

    Vodka for tincture?
    by Crystal on Jul 14, 2013

    Can you use vodka for this tincture or should only brandy be used?

      Re: Vodka for tincture?
      by Bulk Herb Store on Jul 16, 2013

      You can use either one. Just be sure it's 80 or 90 proof. Thanks!

    by Kelcy on Jul 5, 2013

    I've read that once you add the alcohol to the berries to make a tincture to let it stay in a warm sunny place but then once its finished to store it in a cool dark place. I've also read to keep it in a cool dark place all the time - while it's steeping and after it's finished.... Which should I do? Keep it on the counter for 4-6 weeks or in the dark?

      Re: tincture
      by Bulk Herb Store on Jul 19, 2013

      With our tincture, we recommend keeping it in a cool dark place. Thanks for the question!

    Hawthorne berry, garlic, and cayenne
    by lynzzy on Jun 4, 2013

    I just want to know how to combine hawthorn berry, garlic, and cayenne pepper. Tinctures or powder?

      Re: Hawthorne berry, garlic, and cayenne
      by Bulk Herb Store on Jun 5, 2013

      You can do either one, tincture or powder. It's basically whichever way you prefer to take it.

    hawthorn berry tincture
    by Veronica on May 18, 2013

    Question: Must the dried hawthorn berries be softened with water before adding the alcohol? I didn't do this, so I'm hoping my tincture will still be of suitable potency. Thank-you for your help.

      Re: hawthorn berry tincture
      by Bulk Herb Store on May 21, 2013

      No, you shouldn't need to soften the berries before adding the alcohol.

    Is the tincture more effective than capsules?
    by Dianita on Jan 10, 2013

    Where do I buy the tincture? Is the tincture more effective than capsules? Just started using Hawthorn Berries (capsules) yesterday. Need to get my blood pressure down. Nearly all my life, I had low blood pressure; but, last summer, things changed.

      Re: Is the tincture more effective than capsules?
      by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 29, 2013

      There are different places you can find online to buy the tincture, or if you want a cheaper alternative, you can make it yourself! You can find instructions on how to make tinctures on our website under "How-To". Yes, tinctures are stronger than the capsules.

    Hawthorn berries
    by Callan on Dec 1, 2012

    My daughter eats hawthorn berries. We buy them from a tea shop and she likes to chew on them. She'll eat an entire packet in a sitting. She asked me to buy her more, but I didn't realize they were medicinal. Is it safe for her to munch on them like dried cranberries? They've never upset her stomach.

      Re: Hawthorn berries
      by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 22, 2013

      We only have suggested that people use them in teas and tinctures but never have suggested eating them and personally I have never heard of just eating them so I would recommend doing some research to find out the safety in consuming them. I would also talk to a Health Care Provider, if you know one, and ask them about eating the berries. Thank you for your questions!

    Bulk Herb is an Important site!
    by Ailora on Nov 1, 2012

    I have to comment, I love this site. I am studying herbs and essential oils and I make tinctures and teas and oil infusions at home. Recently I've been researching herbs for heart health. Your store is invaluable for the herbs I need and I greatly appreciate all the varieties of organic herbs.

    But what makes this site so special is the information on each item you have available. I cannot tell you how much I love that you post the measurements for tinctures. Usually I spend hours finding info like that. Thank you so much and keep up the good work! You have a customer for life.


    How much hawthone powder constitutes one dose rne
    by MICHELLEALETA on Jun 21, 2012

    I just received my hawthorne powder which I ordered for help in decreasing my high blood pressure, but not sure how much constitutes one dose. Any info or advice will surely help. Thanks Much, God bless.

      Re: How much hawthone powder constitutes one dose rne
      by Bulk Herb Store on Nov 21, 2012

      Taking a 1/2tsp to 1 tsp. in juice or a smoothie mix is good!

    High blood pressure
    by Shari on Jun 11, 2012

    Just wanted to let you know I've been using the hawthorn berry tincture for high blood pressure for about a month, and my blood pressure is normal.... no other drugs needed! It has worked great for me.

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