Herb Spotlight: Hawthorn Berries

by Dec 2, 2016

We highlight medicinal benefits of specific herbs used in our 5 different tincture blends, and if you haven’t done so already, check our page for weekly herb spotlight posts in addition to lots of juicy Tahoe posts! 

As a company who is committed to being a solid and complete platform for education, we are dedicated to sharing our wide range of plant knowledge with you! One of our many practices we’ve chosen to convey information is a new weekly tradition #TinctureThursday (4 weeks strong,) on Instagram. The medicinal herb we are going explore in more depth today is Hawthorne Berries.

Hawthorn berry medicinal uses

In modern day society there are so many options readily available for consumption when it comes to vitamins and minerals. Often, reliable brands have a number of different products all sounding equally as appealing, making it difficult to choose just what our body is asking for in that moment. One practice I abide by when choosing my herbs and tonics, is if I am not familiar with an ingredient listed, I look it up and learn what value my body could potentially receive. Another one, is less is more. We can can get so much value from our food and herbs when the body is able to build a relationship with a specific botanical or supplement. I feel I receive maximum benefits when not overdoing it and keeping it clean, simple, and consistent. This is if you’re using herbs as preventive care, of course if you are using any form of medicine to treat a specific ailment, consult with your physician or herbalist on dose specificities. Without further ado, here is some insight on why we at Medicine Box trust Hawthorne Berries with our lives as a powerful medicinal ally, and how you can get more of this in your body.

Medicinal Uses

In addition to the what’s listed in the infographic above here are a few more benefits of Hawthorn Berries. (Fun tip: the deep red color of these berries tell you that they are great for your blood and all systems in relationship to the blood; everything!)

  • Supports calming anxiousness
  • Encourages healthy, consistent menstrual cycle
  • Combats chest pain associated with heart problems
  • Supports health cardiovascular system 

What are Free Radicals?

Free radicals are a natural occurrence where changes in atoms or groups of atoms cause an odd or unpaired number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. External free radicals are in the air we breathe as well, due to smog, radiation, and cigarette smoke. These types of atoms are highly reactive and can start a chain reaction in the body. They are believed to contribute to the aging process, as well as the development to a number of health problems, including heart disease.

If you can see a common theme, hawthorn berries are great for the heart, as it is the central blood pump of our body. As the infographic states hawthorn berries are rich in antioxidants and neutralize free radicals. Since we live in an environment with so many external toxins, the importance having allies to support body maintaining homeostasis is huge!

Harvest Time!

We are indeed from a dynamic climate, between the high elevation mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe and the foothills of the Gold Country, cannabis is not the only plant that grows beautifully in our home! Hawthorn berries are abundant in the area as well! Here a couple fun harvest tips and a recipe for hawthorn jelly, we hope you enjoy!

How to Ingest Hawthorn Berries

  • Microdose with our Vital Restoration and Movement tinctures
  • Eat the berries raw in a salad
  • Soak the berries (and the leaves) in alcohol or another carrier to create a tincture
  • Make jam!

Hawthorn Jam – Recipe from A Garderner’s Table

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ pounds stemmed haws
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup strained lemon juice
  • large pot
  • mason jars
  • jelly bag or muslin

Directions:

  1. Put the berries into the pot and use just enough water to cover the berries (you’ll need about 6 cups). Simmer the haws, uncovered, for about an hour, mashing them with a potato masher or spoon every 20 minutes.
  2. Drain off the juice through a coarse strainer, and then let it drip through a jelly bag overnight. You should end up with 2¼ cups.
  3. In a pan, combine the berry juice with the sugar and lemon juice. Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil, continuing to stir.
  4. Raise the heat to high, and boil the syrup until it reaches 221 degrees F. Pour the hot syrup into two sterilized half-pint jars, and add lids. Let cool and enjoy!

Makes 2 half-pints

We hope you enjoy!! For more information on our Medicine Box tincture blends, leave a comment below and we would love to chat with you!

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