HAWTHORN (Crataegus laevigata) – loose leaf or berry herb

HawthornHawthorn is a common hedgerow tree with distinctive red berries in the autumn and winter with many functional benefits.

Traditional therapeutic use


  • Loaded with antioxidants.
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Decreases blood fats, and cholesterol.
  • Aid digestion.
  • Can reduce anxiety.
  • Used to treat heart failure, Angina, and Atherosclerosis.


  • Helps prevent hair loss.

Preparation of tea


Boil a cup (250ml) of water and pour over 1 tablespoon of the herb, leave to steep with a lid* for 15 minutes, strain and drink 1-2 times a day after meals. You can flavour with honey, a little liquorice root or stevia (the latter two available from us) if desired.


Boil a cup (250ml) of water and pour over 1 teaspoon of the herb, leave to steep with a lid* for 15 minutes, and strain. Leave to cool, and use that concentrate. Always make a fresh batch every day.

* The lid ensures that none of the goodness of the tea is lost through evaporation.

N.B. You should not use metal implements when handling and preparing (brewing, stepping and drinking) herbal teas – this includes spoons, mugs and filters. This does not apply to the heating of the water (and excludes boiling the roots in the water). Wooden spoon accessories are available in our shop.

Possible side effects & interactions

Hawthorn is generally considered safe when used at recommended doses short-term (up to 16 weeks).

  • Could cause vertigo and dizziness.
  • May trigger nausea and other intestinal symptoms.
  • Could lead to fatigue, headache, palpitations, sedation, nosebleeds and sweating.
  • May increase the effectiveness of some heart medications and interfere with others.

Our plants are harvested during particular seasons, times of the day and according to the lunar calendar to ensure the plants or parts of it have the highest nutritional value. For example, roots are picked on a waning moon. Once harvested, they are packaged by hand because we try to avoid using metal equipment and utensils that could reduce the beneficial properties of the plant.

Because these products do contain active ingredients, please ensure that you do not exceed the recommended doses and if in any doubt, or if you experience any side effects – however slight – please consult your doctor or healthcare professional.

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