Hawthorn drops


Hawthorn is a shrub that is commonly found in all temperate zones of the northern hemisphere, including Italy. Its appearance is that of a bush whose branches have yellowish bark, very thorny, which develop white leaves and flowers, and fruits that are small red berries when ripe. Its botanical name is crataegus oxyacantha, or crataegus monogyna, the two most common varieties, which both belong to the rosaceae family. The name oxyacantha comes from the Greek and means tip-thorn. The Greeks used this plant, which can reach six meters in height, to decorate the wedding tables; the Romans called it alba spina and had dedicated it to a divinity, the goddess Flora. In the Middle Ages it was thought that the hawthorn tree could drive away the evil eye,

The properties of hawthorn

The leaves, flowers, and berries of the hawthorn are very ornamental, in fact this shrub is often used to create borders for protective purposes. However, its parts also have many beneficial virtues for the human body, and are widely used in herbal medicine. Hawthorn is considered the plant of the heart because it contains flavonoids with an antioxidant action. The effects that these substances have are mainly three: a cardioprotective action, since they regulate blood flow and keep the arteries in good health; a sedative action, as they reduce states of nervousness and sleep; finally, an action that counteracts free radicals, and therefore the onset of pathologies such as arteriosclerosis. To enjoy the beneficial effects of hawthorn, it can be taken in herbal teas,

The mother tincture of hawthorn is obtained from the maceration of dried and ground flowers and leaves in alcohol. The drops of hawthornthey can be taken two or three times a day, dissolved in water, to calm anxious states, or as a cardiotonic. It can be very useful to take them even if you suffer from ailments related to menopause, or even simply as a digestive. For the latter purpose, you can also prepare a very pleasant liqueur, putting the dried flowers to macerate in Marsala. The tincture can also be used to gargle or rinse the mouth, as it is very refreshing and serves to soothe irritation or inflammation. Hawthorn-based herbal teas are also very good, which are indicated especially before going to bed, to promote night rest.

Hawthorn Drops: Hawthorn Contraindications and Other Uses

Hawthorn is not only recommended if you have low blood pressure, in which case it is best to consult your doctor, and for pregnant or breastfeeding women. In addition, care must be taken even if you use drugs that act on the heart, for example digitalis, and other hypotensive drugs.In addition to the use of hawthorn drops, this plant can be exploited in other ways: herbal tea for example it can be boiled with sugar to make a syrup. The mother tincture is used to make creams that fight acne, and toothpastes that aid oral hygiene. The berries are used together with other berries to prepare excellent jams, or they can be syruped using rum. Finally, take a bath dissolving in

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