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Hawthorn Leaf and Flower

Hawthorn Leaf and Flower (Crataegus monogyna L.)

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Crataegus laevigata is one of hundreds of species of hawthorn, a small, flowering shrubby tree in the rose family that is native to Europe. Also known as English hawthorn, this species is a popular garden specimen often grown as a hedge or border plant. It is also the species that provides the leaves and flowers used to produce medicinal preparations approved for heart conditions in Europe by the German E Commission.

Hawthorn was well known to the early North American settlers, who learned how to use the leaf, flower and fruit of the small tree. In spring, the young leaves were harvested as vegetables and the flowers used to make beverages and tonics. In winter, the berries provided sustenance and nutrition when food was scarce.

Hawthorn leaf and flower contain potent antioxidant compounds called oligomeric procyandins, the concentration of which are typically standardized in dietary supplements marketed in North America. The herb may also be enjoyed prepared as a simple tea and used to make infusions and extracts.

Origin: Europe

Plant Part Used: Leaf and flower

Sustainability: wild crafted

Storage Tips: Keep in a tightly-sealed container in a cool, dark cabinet or pantry.

Appearance and Aroma: Leafy with gold and green flecks.

Cosmetic Uses: Infuse hawthorn leaf and flower in water or alcohol for use in making topical skin washes and lotions.

Culinary Uses: Use to make tea, alone or in combination with other herbs. Hawthorn leaf and flower may also be tinctured or encapsulated as a dietary supplement.

Flavor Profile: Mild and pleasant tasting. Blend with other tea popular herbs, such as peppermint and chamomile.

Safety: If you have a known heart condition or take medications for high blood pressure or irregular heart rhythm, check with your doctor before using hawthorn because the herb may increase the effects of these drugs.

Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.

This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by Canada Health or the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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