Hawthorn is a plant, which is where its berry gets the name from. The plant typically blooms in May filled with flowers and berries. Hawthorn berries have been praised over the centuries for their heart elevating properties. They’re believed to uplift and strengthen both the physical and emotional heart. This berry is both sweet and sour in taste and most of the time, you can find hawthorn growing along the sides of sunny wooded hills. In terms of their colour, it can vary from red or black.
Hawthorn has been extensively studied in people with heart failure, showing positive results. It’s known to enhance a person’s ability to exercise following heart failure. It can also improve symptoms of fatigue and shortness of breath. Hawthorn berries may also be useful for controlling blood pressure. In addition to the antioxidants eliminating dangerous toxins from the body, the vitamin C in hawthorn berries are also boosting the activity of your white blood cells to increase your overall health. It’s great to include in your diet if you’re looking to improve overall health.
How to Use Hawthorn Berry
Hawthorn berries can be used in many different ways. Whether it’s in a beverage, meal or even a trail mix, it’s a great addition to your diet. Here’s a great and delicious drink you can easily make at home:
Hawthorn Berry Honey Iced Tea
2 tbsp of hawthorn berry slices
2 cups of water
1 tsp of raw honey
5 - 6 ice cubes
How to Make:
- Boil 2 cups of water in a small pot. In the meanwhile, wash the hawthorn to rinse away any debris.
- Add the hawthorn to the boiling water. Cover and cook on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
- Pour the hot hawthorn tea into a glass pitcher. Add 1 tsp of honey and stir.
- Then add 5-6 ice cubes to cool the tea. Serve at room temperature or chilled.