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Make Your Heart Happy With This Hawthorn Heart Tonic
By Alexis Rowe - February 09, 2016

Make Your Heart Happy With This Hawthorn Heart Tonic

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, as well as my anniversary, I've been doing a lot of thinking about love! It's in the air, what can I say? :) What better way to show our love to the people we care about, but by helping them stay healthy and happy!? Herbal tonics are honestly THE BEST way to make sure the you stay healthy for a lifetime of loving!

What's An Herbal Tonic?

Tonics are a little different from herbal tinctures due to the fact that they are "multi-directional". By that, I mean that they often do not have an intended target or specific purpose necessarily but they are overall restorative. Tonics have a balancing effect. For example, elderberry tincture is excellent in helping boost white blood cell counts, therefore kicking the immune system into overdrive. However, someone who is struggling with an over responsive immune system, (is having an allergic reaction or an autoimmune disease) may want to think twice before taking elderberry. This herb is uni-directional and helps to accomplish one task. Echinacea, on the other hand, would make a great tonic herb. It helps to restore balance to the immune system by recognizing what the immune system needs. (I.e. Too many white blood cells or too little white blood cells) It helps to restore balance!

Herbal Remedies At Their Finest

Honestly, when I started researching tonics and why they are used, I was a bit surprised! Isn't this what everybody is looking for and wants - an herbal remedy that helps to restore and maintain optimal health? That is what an herbal tonic contributes to: our well being, restoration, and balance. So let's get to that heart tonic!  What better way to kick off the love season?

Make Your Heart Happy With This Hawthorn Heart Tonic

Adapted from The Herbal Academy of New England Ingredients: Hawthorn Berries, whole - 1 Tbsp. Rose Petals - 1 tsp. Cinnamon Stick, crushed - 1 Tbsp. Directions: 1. Measure 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Add hawthorn berries and soak for 1-2 hrs. 2. Bring water to a boil, then lower heat and simmer. 3. Add cinnamon pieces, cover the saucepan then simmer for 15-20 minutes. 4. Add rose petals then cover again. Steep for another 10 minutes. Strain and serve! Dosage: Because tonics are restorative their dosages are a bit more flexible, however please use wisdom and consideration when taking any herbal remedy. We recommend drinking 1 cup of this tonic 2-3 times a day!
Did you know what are tonics are good for?  What is your favorite tonic?


  1. Sherri
    Sound really good, But curious how long or how often would you drink this to help or do the job it is made for?
    1. Meagan
      Tonics are typically used to strengthen specific body systems. This one is for the heart. They're also typically used on a long-term basis as they're very nourishing to the body or the body system. This one is drunk 2-3 times a day and can be enjoyed as often or for as long as you want (granted you don't have heart trouble and aren't on heart medications in which case you'd need to have this tonic okayed by your cardiologist). When taking anything long-term you'll want to pay special attention to how you feel with it and without it, and if you have any questions, consult your herbalist or medical practitioner.
  2. Karen
    Can it be made in a large batch and consumed later? I see the recipe is for 2 cups, but probably only one after simmering and rehydration of the berries. Should it be consumed warm? And last, as a tonic, this says two to three cups per day, but making two to three cups per day on a daily basis would be quite time consuming, is this something that should help you over time? As you had mentioned earlier? Or would it possiby "lighten my heart" with just a cup or two? I know it's different for everyone, I just wondered if it's an effect I might actually feel. Thanks!
    1. Meagan
      I don't think soaking the hawthorn berries really uses up that much of your water, but you're right, the decoction part (20 minutes of simmering the hawthorn and cinnamon sticks) will reduce the water a little. I don't think it takes all that much away, though. Not even 1/2 a cup... maybe closer to 1/4 a cup. You can always cover this if you don't want any water to evaporate, and if you want to save time and not soak the berries, then add 10-20 more minutes to your decoction time.

      Once you've completely finished everything, if you add honey, you'll probably add that amount back in and end up with 2 cups again. At least, that's how it works when I make it, but I like mine sweet as hawthorn is a bit sour tasting. It's a good sour though!

      As for making more and storing it. You can definitely do that, but keep in mind that it's a water-based preparation and will only last 3-4 days refrigerated. If you want it to last longer, I'd suggest making it into a syrup. The sugar content will help it last longer. We have instructions for making a syrup here.