Hawthorne (Crataegus sp.)
October 30, 2013
The berries are a heart medicine. Balancing to the cardiac muscle, increasing efficiency, but also soothing and protective to the emotional heart. In Chinese TCM, the Hawthorne berry is used in formulas to aid in digestion and eliminate stagnation (particularly where fats are concerned.) They taste delicious, with a nice blend of sweet and sour. These were mild and pleasing. Last month I delighted in the hawthorn berries growing along the Piedra River in the San Juans of Colorado. We are lucky that Hawthorne’s grow abundantly in many places around the world. This is truly sweet, sweet medicine.