Hawthorn – Crataegus spp
The herb of the heart, as it is known, hawthorn, is one of the special herbs that nature offers us, from the leaves and flowers, to the fruit, with strong cardiotonic properties.
The most important and popular property of hawthorn, is the significant protection to the heart and arteries. It is used to prevent and treat heart failure, chest pain and arrhythmias. At the same time, it is an ideal herb for regulating blood pressure, while protecting against atherosclerosis and high cholesterol.
Hawthorn contributes significantly to the flow of blood from the heart, dilating the arteries and increasing blood flow throughout the body. Hawthorn tincture is a fairly powerful remedy, which helps significantly in the flow of bile resulting in a significant reduction in cholesterol.
Of course, one of the most important factors that make hawthorn so beneficial to the heart is its high antioxidant activity and flavonoid content, which fight inflammation and strengthen the immune system. Dealing with the body’s inflammation and fighting free radicals is a very important factor for overall health, as inflammation is the first and main factor that causes diseases in our body, while free radicals cause cell damage.
Since the stomach is the closest neighbor of the heart, hawthorn also benefits the digestive system, treating indigestion, diarrhea, intestinal infections and stomach pain. It is a natural diuretic that cleanses the body and protects the kidneys.
Beneficial for the female reproductive system, hawthorn tea offers significant protection to the female body, helping to regulate the cycle, blood flow and the changes that occur in the body with menopause.
Individual properties of the hawthorn are its use as a mild sedative, for the significant reduction of stress and for muscle spasms. Hawthorn can also be used for skin ulcers and irritations, while relieving itching!
For obvious results from the use of hawthorn, it should be consumed for 6 to 12 weeks in a row.
Special precautions: Hawthorn is a safe herb for use by adults, when used in the right dosages and for short periods of time. Of course, because it is a powerful healing herb, it can cause nausea, fatigue, heavy sweating, dizziness and headaches, insomnia and irritability if you are allergic or use the herb for long periods of time. It is advisable to avoid use during pregnancy and lactation, and consult your personal physician if you are on medication related to the heart and circulatory system. Avoid using the hawthorn along with treatment for hypertension as it can cause hypotension.
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