Hawthorne Berry (Cretaegus Oxycanthus) 1lb/454g BULK Herbal Tea - Maria Treben's Authentic™ Herbs of the World
Latin (botanical) name: Cretaegus Oxycanthus
Common names: Hawthorne Berry, May, Mayblossom, Quick, Thorn, Whitethorn, Haw, Hazels, Gazels, Halves, Hagthorn, Ladies' Meat, Bread and Cheese Tree
Plant Description: Hawthorne is a small, thorny tree or shrub that grows to a height of 30 feet and lives for many years. Native to the Mediterranean region including North Africa and all of Europe and central Asia, Hawthorne can also now be found in many areas of North America. Each blossom possesses a single seed-vessel which produces brilliant red clusters of berries. These berries are rich in flavonoids and proanthocyanidins. The trunk, branches, and stems are very hard wood, and the bark, which is white, contains the alkaloid Crataegin, isolated in greyish-white crystals, and bitter to the taste. Formerly, the timber and root wood was used for making small articles such as combs and boxes. The wood has a fine grain and takes a beautiful polish.
Use: Make a tea by pouring approximately 2 cups of boiling water over 2 heaped tsp of herb. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. In general, sip a cup before breakfast, and another 2 hours after dinner.
Cautions & Interactions: Keep out of reach of children.