Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) is a small thorny tree of the Rosaceae family. This rustic officinal plant, with very hard wood, was used by witches against evil spirits…
Hawthorn is recognized today for its health benefits and virtues.
- Gardening: how to grow hawthorn well
Hawthorn and its health benefits
Most often, these are the flowers hawthorn we use but we can also use the leaves and fruits, in infusion, tincture, capsules, tablets and drops based on extract.
> Hawthorn is an excellent treatment for tachycardia. It's aregulator cardiac which helps slow the heart rate while lowering thepalpitations.
> In case ofmild heart failure, hawthorn improves heart oxygenation and exercise tolerance. She acts like a fortifying of the heart.
- Antispasmodic, hawthorn decreases the excitability of the nervous system. Hawthorn infusion(20 g of flowers per liter of boiling water), at the rate of several cups a day in a course of one or two weeks, is very effective in case ofinsomnia and D'anxiety.
- It is also recommended against disorders related to menopause (palpitations, hot flashes, insomnia, etc.) and to rebalance the blood pressure.
- Hawthorn fruits are astringent, we use them in gargling (10 g of fruit per liter of water with a little honey) to relieve sore throat and the tonsillitis.
- In external use, one can use a decoction hawthorn (boil 20 g of flowers or berries in half a liter of water) to cleanse the face. Results guaranteed against redness and small buttons.
Growing hawthorn for its benefits
- Adrained, fresh and rich soil will be perfect for growing hawthorn. Plant it in full sun or to half shade slight.
- Hawthorn is rather resistant to extreme conditions. It supports the deviations of temperature and the wind.
- Unless you consider her as a bonsai and therefore pruning its stems and roots frequently, the hawthorn is not really comfortable pot.
- Keep a close eye on your shrub, which can easily be attacked by red spiders, the aphids and the caterpillars (but generally without too much damage).
> Gardening: cultivating and maintaining hawthorn
Use of hawthorn in cooking
All young hawthorn leaves, light green, are very tender.
Don't hesitate to add them to your salads or simply snack on them.
The cenelles, hawthorn fruits, are of no particular culinary interest when they are raw because they are floury.
You can, however, use them to make jellies or original jams.