The hawthorn, known depending on the country by other names such as majuelo or hawthorn, is a medicinal plant belonging to the Rosaceae family and has been used since ancient Greek and Roman cultures for therapeutic purposes. It is currently used as an effective remedy to prevent angina pectoris as well as to help dissolve kidney stones among other healing purposes. The substances that have these medicinal properties in hawthorn are found in their flowers and leaves.
What is White Hawthorn for?
It contains a large amount of powerful antioxidants, such as flavonoids and oligomeric proanthocyanidins that are responsible for canceling the action of harmful free radicals. Among its best known benefits are its power to intervene as a cardiac tonic before cardiac arrest or angina pectoris. But in addition to that, the properties of the hawthorn are also to balance the nervous system by acting as a natural nerve relaxant, in addition to having antispasmodic benefits in the muscles.
But its medicinal benefits go beyond and they include the following:
- Ideal to treat the problem of hypertension.
- It reduces dizziness in terms of frequency and intensity.
- It improves the health of the heart, preventing heart attacks the problems related to this organ.
- In case of high blood pressure reduces the ringing of ears.
- It is a natural sedative that helps in cases of insomnia and anxiety.
- Reduces the discomfort of women at the stage of menopause.
- It improves the circulation of blood and varicose veins.
- It helps reduce bad blood cholesterol.
- It decreases the fever.
- It improves sexual activity by regulating blood circulation and being a good vasodilator.
- It serves to fight excess fluids in the body.
Benefits for Heart Health:
Its benefits in the heart is especially reflected in the aged people acting in cases of cardiac arrhythmia, avoiding heart attacks and also being a very important nutrient for this organ. In patients who present with angina pectoris, the cardiotonic and recuperative effect is notorious from the short term, thanks also to its effects to lower blood pressure naturally.
Hawthorn extract has a relaxing effect since it acts directly on the nervous system, being very beneficial in people with sleep problems or with a high level of stress. It is especially indicated in stages of stress within periods of greater demand as well as in menopause. Its positive effects are also noted in cases of neurovegetative dystonia.
To Reduce Hypertension:
Blood pressure should be controlled to avoid suffering from vision problems that may even result in loss of it, as well as to avoid the risk of heart attacks. Being true that the best way to avoid these accidents is to follow a healthy diet, exercise or avoid harmful substances such as alcohol and tobacco, hawthorn helps reduce high blood pressure without presenting the side effects that can be observed with synthetic medications.
Hawthorn to Lower Cholesterol:
The polyphenols that this plant contains and especially the substance called low intensity lipoprotein, helps control the level of bad cholesterol in the blood, transforming the bad cholesterol into good. This is very important to avoid the formation of plaques in the arteries that can subsequently lead to heart attacks.
“Ideally, complement a healthy diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids as well as exercise regularly and also take infusions of hawthorn”.
Cosmetic Uses of Hawthorn:
The most notable among the cosmetic properties of hawthorn are to help eliminate fat in the skin. To use it as a natural beauty remedy for this purpose, what is done is to macerate its leaves in alcohol or it would also be worth doing it with demineralized water. The resulting extract is passed through the skin using a cotton to clean the fat. In health food stores you can find creams or other lotions, as well as masks that contain hawthorn for external use on the skin.
How Hawthorn is Taken?
There are different ways to take hawthorn and let’s see which are the most common:
- Infusions: Pouring a spoonful of dried leaves of hawthorn in a cup of water that is boiling, covering and after a few minutes it is strained.
- Infusion of bark: 15 grams of bark are thrown for each liter of infusion that you want to prepare.
- Extract: It is taken at a rate of between 30 and 40 drops with a little water every night although depending on the extract they can be taken 3 times a day in doses of between 10 and 30 drops.
- Tincture: In this case the maceration of the flowers of the hawthorn is left in about 20ml of 70 degree alcohol for 20 days.
- Capsules: It is also sold in this format and is usually taken between 1 and 3 per day.
- Do not take during pregnancy or lactation
- It should not be given to children without prior doctor supervision.
- People who consume benzodiazepines or cardiotonic heteroxides should not take hawthorn.