Calming, antispasmodic, antioxidant … Hawthorn is recommended to treat many disorders. In addition to acting on different pathologies, this plant is a real slimming ally, because it acts on the fats contained in our body.
The hawthorn or Crataegus monogyna comes from the Rosacea family such as the wild strawberry or the Provence rose. Frequent in the woods of Europe, West Asia and North Africa, this flowers grow on a small shrub made of thorns and which lives more than 150 years. A small red fruit grows at the end of the branches, it is commonly called cenelle. As part of a medicinal use, different parts of this plant are used such as flowers, twigs or fruits.
What are the properties of hawthorn?
The flowers have many health benefits. In infusion or drink, they act on our body and our mind. This plant has different properties:
Action on the heart muscle ( the myocardium )
A calming action
Fight against high the pressure of blood
Action on nervous disorders
Action has nti-stress
A digestive action
In which cases can we use the flowers ?
Known for its excellent effect on the myocardium, hawthorn is considered a major ally for treating cardiovascular disorders. Thanks to the synergy of these components, it increases circulation in the coronaries. In case of cardiac arrhythmia , palpitations , arteriosclerosis or extrasystoles (disturbances of the heart rhythm outside the sinus node), you can consume the hawthorn flowers in the form of herbal tea or infusion. This plant is also an excellent hypotensive. It acts on the pressure of blood by stabilizing it when it is too low or too high.
Another virtue of these flowers: they provide a calming action. Hawthorn contains many flavonoids (molecules rich in antioxidants), so it facilitates falling asleep and sleeping. For the most anxious, regular consumption of hawthorn helps calm the nerves and reduce stress.
When we think of menopause , we immediately imagine hot flashes . This symptom can occur at any time and is very uncomfortable for most women. In addition to reducing anxiety, the flowers of hawthorn manage to relieve them.
If you decide to go on a diet to lose a few pounds, the hawthorn is able to help you. The latter improves digestion because it dissolves large amounts of fat present in the body.
Hawthorn: what are the contraindications?
Like most medicinal plants, hawthorn has contraindications. Some precautions must therefore be taken into account before using it.
If you suffer from cardiovascular pathologies, it is better to ask the approval of your doctor or a cardiologist before starting to take hawthorn regularly. The health professional will tell you if it is recommended or not for your illness. Concerning pregnant women and young children, as a preventive measure, taking hawthorn is also not recommended.
How to consume hawthorn?
You have several options for consuming hawthorn daily:
Infusion of the flowers of hawthorn: in a cup of boiling water, pour a teaspoon of the flowers. For ten minutes, let the preparation steep.
Decoction of the hawthorn leaves: prepare a tablespoon of plants and pour them into cold water which you then bring to the boil for three minutes. Let the mixture steep for ten minutes.
Apart from meals, drink two to three cups a day of infusion of flowers or hawthorn leaves. Follow this routine for about twenty days if you want to act on your heart. For an action on your sleep, take an infusion half an hour before going to bed. After a few weeks, you should see a marked improvement in your nights.
This plant is also consumable in other forms such as capsules. For this case, take two to six lozenges a day outside of meals. Another option: hydro-alcoholic extract. Morning and evening, add 30 drops of hawthorn to a glass.