How to Make Hawthorn Tea for Quenching Thirst?

The fruit of Common Hawthorn (C. monogyna)
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Hawthorn Tea

??? [shanzhacha] or hawthorn tea is one of my favorite herbal teas as well as the berries are a delicious treat, although it is known to be a mild sedative, it is also known to stimulate appetite so dieters may not like to hear about this herbal tea.

Hawthorn is actually one of the easiest ways to naturally and safely lower your blood pressure. It has had a long history in both folk and clinical medicine as a heart tonic. There are two species of the bush known as hawthorn:

1.Crataegus monogyna, known as Common Hawthorn, is a species of hawthorn native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia.

2.Crataegus, commonly called hawthorn or thornapple  is a large genus of shrubs and trees in the rose family, Rosaceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia and North America. Both are used for the same purposes.

Most widely known to improve cardiovascular function, as it increases the supply of blood to the heart muscle, resulting in enhanced circulation throughout the body. Hawthorn tea, when made from leaves, flowers, and berries of the hawthorn plant, contain a variety of bioflavonoid-like complexes, which are potent antioxidants.

Hawthorn is an effective and low-risk herb for those with:

  • coronary heart disease
  • atherosclerosis, and
  • hypertension

However, persons with prolonged symptoms should seek medical consultation especially if you are on any medication since the sedative effects of hawthorn may amplify the effects of certain medications.

Parts of the bush used: Leaves, berries, flowers.

Nutrients: High in selenium and vitamin C, as well as lesser amounts of calcium and potassium and trace amounts of vitamin A, magnesium, and phosphorus, and very small amounts of various B vitamins.

Supports overall health and can be drank at anytime of the day, here are some more benefits to the heart for taking hawthorn leaves or berries:

  • Lowers High Blood Pressure
  • Increases Low Blood Pressure
  • Reduce Cholesterol
  • Prevent Cholesterol Build Up
  • Normalizes Heart Beat
  • Improves Blood Circulation to the Heart Muscle
  • Hawthorn is a Mild Sedative
  • Hawthorn is an Anti Spasmodic

How to prepare Hawthorn Tea:

We like to slice the hawthorn fruit in season and dry it for use all year round.

  • Take 6 -8 dried slices of hawthorn and add to a small teapot
  • Add hot water and steep for 8 – 10 minutes

Hawthorn tea is high in vitamin C so will have a slightly tart flavor I enjoy it after eating a high carbohydrate or greasy diet. I will be introducing another herbal tea for children that uses hawthorn since it seems to increase appetite in children.


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