Hawthorn Berry


Also known as- Crataegus laevigata (Midland hawthorn), Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn), Aubepine, Bianco Spino, Crataegi Fructus, Crataegus cuneata, Crataegus oxyacantha, Crataegus pinnatifida, English Hawthorn, Epine Blanche, Epine de Mai, Haagdorn, Hagedorn, Harthorne, Haw, Hawthrone, Hedgethorn, May, Maybush, Maythorn, Mehlbeebaum, Meidorn, Nan Shanzha, Oneseed Hawthorn, Shanzha, Weissdorn, Whitehorn. 


The hawthorn is a heart herb. The berry is yellowish brown to wine-red, oval, wrinkled, berry-like fruit (actually a pome).  


Flavonoids and oligomeric procyanidins. The berries contain more hyperoside than the leaves and flowers, and the leaves and flowers contain more vitexin rhamnoside than the berries. 

Parts Used 

The whole berry, dried, crushed and powdered  

Typical Preparations 

Hawthorn berries are more often used to make tinctures than teas, smoothies and punches. May also be taken encapsulated or as an extract. 


Hawthorn berries are antispasmodic, cardiac, diuretic, sedative, tonic and vasodilator. Like hawthorn leaves and flowers, hawthorn berries have a hypotensive effect as well as acting as a direct and mild heart tonic. The traditional use of hawthorn berries is the treatment of weak heart combined with high blood pressure. The berries are also used to treat a heart muscle weakened by age, for inflammation of the heart muscle, for arteriosclerosis, and for nervous heart. The effect of hawthorn berry on these heart conditions is not immediate; it may be necessary to take the herb for 4 to 6 weeks to see results. Leaf and flower preparations may work faster, but hawthorn berries are better for some specific problems.

A specific use for hawthorn berries is the treatment of orthostatic hypotension, a sudden loss of blood pressure caused by moving from a seated position to a standing position. Orthostatic hypotension can cause temporary loss of consciousness, and is a common complication during the first few weeks of medical treatment of high blood pressure with beta-blockers. A tincture made from a combination of hawthorn berries and camphor will not eliminate orthostatic hypotension, but it will reduce it enough that it does not cause swooning or fainting.

Another often-overlooked use of hawthorn berries"this time as a tea"is treatment irritable bowel syndrome. Making a cup of tea with no more than a half-teaspoon of crushed, dried berries can relieve the constipation and gas associated with the condition. Kampo (Japanese herbal) medicine often uses crushed hawthorn berries with other herbs to treat colitis diarrhea caused by CrohnÍs disease, and various conditions causing rectal bleeding.

Health Benefits of Hawthorn

Hawthorn is used in candies and beverages due to its sweet and tart flavor. Besides its culinary uses, it is used in China and India for medicinal uses as a digestive aid and boost cardiovascular health. Hawthorn possess numerous health benefits including lower anxiety, regulation of blood pressure, promote digestion, prevent heart, lower chest pains, promote respiratory health, promote digestion, treatment for intestinal infections, enhance mood and skin health as well as its appearance.

  1. Lower chest pain

Chest pain is also known as angina that is very painful but not always indicate heart attack. But it is better to consult the doctor because it might be a signal for cardiovascular problems. Hawthorn could lower the chest pain and has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years.

  1. Cardiovascular health

Hawthorn has positive impact on heart health. It has the ability to lower the chances of cardiovascular problems with an increase in stamina, boosting energy, lower shortness of breath and also eliminates fatigue. These small fruits contain catechins, saponins, organic compounds and other antioxidants that counteract free radicals that affect heart health.

  1. Normalize blood pressure

Hawthorn helps to normalize the level of blood pressure. The compound mixture found in Hawthorn establishes healthy blood pressure in the system and is useful for hypertension and hypotension patients.

  1. Promote immunity

Antioxidants assist in the elimination of harmful toxins in the body. Vitamin C helps to promote the activity of white blood cells to promote overall health.

  1. Lowers anxiety

Hawthorn is useful for psychological conditions such as anxiety, stress and depression. It is effective to improve mood. It has a vital impact on hormonal levels.

  1. Improve cognition

Hawthorn assists in the circulation of blood throughout the body that leads to high level of alertness and energy. The proper oxygenation of all body parts improves cognitive skills, rise energy levels as well as metabolism.

  1. Digestive health

Hawthorn has organic compounds that improve nutrient digestion. It improves digestive process and eliminates the problems such as constipation, cramping, bloating and other serious conditions such as ulcers and colon cancer.

  1. Skin health

Antioxidants found in Hawthorn are useful in treating sores, burns and acne if applied topically to the skin. It has anti-inflammatory compounds that lower itching on healing wounds and skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

  1. Prevent infections

Along with the enhancement of digestive health, it promotes the uptake of nutrients and also eliminates constipation. It eliminates intestinal infections such as tapeworms from the body.


Taken in excess, hawthorn berry teas can cause mild diarrhea. This does not occur when the berries are used to make tinctures or are encapsulated. Diarrhea is not a side effect of the leaf and flowers. 
Taken in excess, hawthorn berry soft drinks, especially if they are made with the powder, can cause mild diarrhea. (Rice is added to the blend to prevent stomach upset.) Diarrhea does not occur as a result of using the herb when the berry powder is used to make tinctures or are encapsulated. Diarrhea is not a side effect of the leaf and flowers. 

This herb is sold by the ounce

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