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The hawthorn was already considered a protective plant by the Greeks and the Romans. For example, a shrub was planted in front of the door to ward off harmful influences. The hawthorn tea is used today as a home remedy, but also in naturopathy - as a single drug or together with other plants.
The hawthorn (Crataegus) is a rose family and occurs throughout Europe. It grows on the edges of paths, sunny slopes and hedges, shows its white, lush flowers in spring and later its shiny red fruits. The plant name Crataegus is a combination of the Greek word "kratos" = strength and the Latin word "ago" = lead. This indicates the very strong wood of the tree. The German word hawthorn in turn refers to the white flowers and thorns of the plant.
In ancient times, hawthorn did not play a major role as a medicinal plant. Since its wood is very hard, tool handles were often made from it. The floury fruits served as a paste, as a flour substitute and the roasted kernels as a coffee substitute. Later in the 19th century, the hawthorn was scientifically examined. In 1990 it became the medicinal plant of the year.
Magic of the plant
Hawthorn was used to ward off evil. Especially its thick hedge, its firm growth and the thorns made the hawthorn a welcome hedge plant to ward off evil spirits. The thorn hedge in the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty is also said to have been a hawthorn hedge. At that time, sick people should go through an archway, twisted from hawthorn branches, to escape their illness. In addition, this plant stood for fertility in many cultures.
The hawthorn tea is a cardiovascular agent. A tea made from dried hawthorn flowers and leaves is a blessing especially for the elderly. Hawthorn is a protective plant for the heart. The coronary arteries benefit from better blood circulation, which has a positive effect on oxygen utilization. The heart muscle can work better.
Hawthorn has a positive effect on heartbeat, helps with mild heart failure, protects the heart from stress, helps with sleep disorders in menopause, balances blood pressure - both upwards and downwards, promotes blood flow to the coronary arteries and supports them Circulation.
Hawthorn tea is used for heart stinging, nervous heart problems, slight cardiac arrhythmia, circulatory disorders, feeling of pressure and tightness in the heart area, headaches, migraines, falling asleep and nervousness in the menopause.
Flowers and leaves
Both flowers and leaves can be used for hawthorn tea. These are happy to be mixed. The two components support each other in their effect. It is also positive to mention that the hawthorn tea has no side effects. Although it takes some lead time with its effects, it can bring good support in a gentle way and thus improve the quality of life.
Hawthorn tea can be drunk without any other ingredients, but can also be mixed with other plants. Depending on the complaints, various medicinal herbs may be added. Preparation: a heaped teaspoon is poured over a quarter liter of boiling water from the dried parts of the plant. The whole thing should then take about seven to eight minutes and is then strained. If you love the sweetness, you can add some honey. Two to three cups a day are drunk from the tea.
Each tea recipe should only be drunk for a maximum of eight weeks. After that, a break is necessary or the tea blend is changed.
St. John's wort relaxes, works with stress, anxiety, nervousness and sleep disorders. Hawthorn tea works for nerve-related heart problems and together with St. John's wort, the user becomes calmer, more relaxed and the quality of sleep improves. Caution: do not use St. John's wort in summer as this will make the skin photosensitive. Women who take the pill should also refrain from this medicinal plant, since St. John's wort can impair the effect of the pill. In this case it is better to drink a pure hawthorn tea or to mix other plants as described below.
The motherwort herb has a slightly lowering, lowering blood pressure, helps with rapid heartbeat and mild hyperthyroidism. At the same time, the herb is used for migraines and also in the menopause. A combination of hawthorn and motherwort is particularly recommended for nervous heart complaints.
Lemon balm leaves are mainly used for restlessness, nervousness and stress. If the heart is involved, hawthorn can be added to the lemon balm leaves and a tea can be brewed from it.
Lavender is a little soul remedy. This helps with restlessness, with anxiety, promotes concentration and strengthens the circulation. If, for example, a racing heart or an old age heart is added, a helpful mixture can be created from hawthorn tea and lavender tea.
Tea blend: hot flashes and palpitations
Hot flashes and palpitations are very common in menopause. A mixture of: 10 g hawthorn (leaves and flowers), 20 g motherwort, 20 g lemon balm and 10 g lavender flowers help here. The tea is prepared as mentioned above.
Tinctures, tablets, juice
Hawthorn is not only made as a tea, but also in the form of tincture, tablets and juice. Tincture in particular is a form of application in which - in contrast to hawthorn tea - the active ingredient is more concentrated.
The essence of the hawthorn
In addition to its appearance, each plant also has a specific nature. This is the force that lies inside the plant and cannot be perceived from the outside. Antoine de Saint-Exuperý coined the saying "you can only see well with your heart, the essentials are invisible to the eyes". And so it is with every plant. In life, congestion occurs again and again, not everything runs relaxed and straight. The hawthorn helps us to accept the congestion and to leave us to an inner guidance. Hawthorn helps us to let feelings flow again and gives us confidence. This can resolve psychological anxiety, relieve pressure in the area of the heart and we relax. If the cardiac output weakens, the hawthorn is a very good long-term remedy (possibly with short breaks). (sw)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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