Hawthorn drops

Hawthorn: characteristics

Hawthorn is a thorny shrub belonging to the Rosaceae family. It grows spontaneously mainly on calcareous soils, in the woods and between brambles and bushes. This shrub can be found throughout Europe, North America, North Africa and even Asia. The hawthorn can have a modest height, not exceeding half a meter, or in particular conditions it can appear in the form of a tree reaching even six meters in height. The stem is homogeneously covered by a greyish bark, and develops in short twigs studded with thorns. The leaves are small in size, in fact they do not exceed 5 cm; they have a rhomboid shape and are serrated. The flowers we all know are enclosed in corymbs that contain a variable number,

Hawthorn drops: the mother tincture

The best way to preserve and make the most of the properties of this plant is to take drops of hawthorn, obtaining a mother tincture. There are many products on the market that perfectly meet our needs, and which report a very precise dosage that must be observed. It would also be possible to make the mother tincture at home, but it is a rather complex process having to perfectly know the quantities of fresh plant to use and the quantities of alcohol in which to leave it to macerate. It is therefore advisable to buy hawthorn drops on the market. These should be taken once a day, away from meals. Generally it is recommended not to take more than twenty or thirty drops of hawthorn a day, which in any case must be properly diluted in a glass of water.

Hawthorn drops: properties

But what exactly are hawthorn drops for? First of all, it must be remembered that hawthorn contains numerous beneficial substances for our body: flavonoids, vitexin, ursolic acid, sterols, amines and purine derivatives. Thanks to the presence of all these elements, the intake of hawthorn drops is useful in the treatment of some problems. First of all, hawthorn drops have an anxiolytic and sedative action, and for this reason they are used in the treatment of insomnia and anxiety disorders. Connected to this function of the plant are its cardiotonic, vasodilating, antihypertensive and apparently also anti-sclerotic properties. Finally, it seems that hawthorn drops can also be used in the fight against bad cholesterol.

Hawthorn drops: contraindications

But are there any contraindications to using hawthorn drops? In reality, the use of hawthorn is very safe and has very few contraindications, as long as it is used without exceeding the indicated doses. In any case, taking hawthorn drops is not recommended for those with low pressure problems: the antihypertensive properties of the plant, in fact, could act in these cases by excessively relaxing the heartbeats, and lowering blood pressure too much. Hawthorn drops should not be consumed along with certain beta-blocking drugs, as they would enhance their effect. In very rare cases, hawthorn intake has been linked to mild cases of gastritis and ulcers. Finally, the use of hawthorn drops during pregnancy is highly discouraged.

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