Bearing the scientific name crataegus monogyna, hawthorn is currently the source of many medications. Dependent on the Rosaceae family (Rosaceae), It originates from the countries of Europe (Nordic and Central), Western Asia and North America. Its fruits, seeds and leaves are particularly of vitexin, chlorogenic acid, hyperoside and rhamnoside. There are also flavonoids, omega (3 and 5), vitamins (C, E), caffeic acid and triterpene acids. Medically speaking, hawthorn provides real virtues, surely thanks to its strong capacity in the treatment of the heart.
Why do we use hawthorn?
The medicinal virtues and all the beneficial uses of this plant date back thousands of years. Indeed, this thorny tree is formerly used to regulate cardiac genes, angina pectoris, palpitations, vascular spasms and menopausal problems. It is also a great stress reliever providing a soothing and calming effect. In fact, it deals with nervous disorders (insomnia, lack of sleep, anxiety, irritability and anxiety).
Cardioprotective and rich in polyphenols, this therapeutic tree essentially protects the heart system :
- Eliminates ultra-reactive oxidants which are not good for heart cells.
- Optimizes the use of oxygen by the heart muscles.
- Prevents inflammatory reactions of the heart.
- Regulates heart rate.
- Stabilizes blood pressure.
One-style and two-style hawthorn: variations of use
Thanks to these two species, varied shapes and multiple modes of use are appreciated in herbal medicine :
- Infusion or decoction (2 to 3 cups/day)
- Extracts, tinctures and capsules (as directed by an experienced practitioner).
It is the flowering tops and the white flowers which are especially useful for the elaboration of all these preparations. The daily dose depends on the desired results and the extract used: 100 to 900 mg.
Multiple uses of hawthorn?
This shrub promotes blood thinning and treats vascular disorders. As a gargle, it eliminates sore throats, laryngitis and angina. It also contains odorous amines, flavanols (catechin) and oligomers.
In the field of gastronomy, thehawthorn effectively perfume your recipes, because its flowers are very aromatic. It can be used to macerate meat, poultry and fish. It gives good flavor to sauces and embellishes salads. You can also make syrups with its fruits.
Reluctance to take into account
There are no medicinal dangers with hawthorn other than the slight risk of allergies. However, a therapeutic prescription from a knowledgeable practitioner always seems necessary. Its use is not at all recommended for children (especially those under 12). Prior to use, pregnant women and individuals undergoing other treatments should have clinical data.