Hawthorn is very popular in Europe where
it is used in a number of herbal tinctures, combinations and teas. The berries’
effects on the circulatory system have been well studied.
They have a high bioflavonoid content, primarily
rutin and quercetin, which are also high powered antioxidants.
In certain countries the people make jams etc
with the berries and also use the leaves and flowers in certain species.
I had a friend who, along with her friends, used
to eat these berries straight off the hawthorn hedges on the way to school, but
I don't know what age she was. She may have needed the nutrition these berries
contain. Children of course would not need this herb
usually, especially in the concentrated encapsulated form. When they eat the
berries off the tree, usually they know when to stop, and that is entirely
different to having it in concentrated form.
For adults though, the product has valuable
nutrition for the heart and circulation. It is also in a combination along with
garlic and cayenne pepper, named HS 11, a wonderful combination and one that I
prefer over Hawthorn by itself.
For those that can't tolerate capsicum and/or
garlic, the Hawthorn by itself is really good.
Common names: Hawthorn, english hawthorn, harthorne, haw, hawthorne,
may day flower, may blossom.
See precautions below please.