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Winter | Hawthorn


Meet Hawthorn, a beloved tree often found in hedgerows, woods, fields, towns and hillsides. Distinguishable by her small firm red winter fruits that have a single stone. 


You might know some of her other names such as May Tree, Maythorn, quickthorn, bread and cheese, one seed, or Crataegus monogyna



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Our next medicinal tree is hawthorn

another beloved native tree

Hawthorns can often be found growing as part of a hedge

though they also can be found growing on their own 

in woods, fields, and along pavements

They are a small to medium sized tree, have sharp thorns

and, in the winter, are studded with small

ruby-coloured fruits that have a small stone in their middle

Both the leaves and the berries of hawthorn have medicinal properties 

Herbalists prize their ability to help reduce high blood pressure

help reduce high cholesterol 

and keep the arteries around the heart 

clear of dangerous build up of fatty deposits

The berries can also be used to help relieve constipation

and both the leaves and the berries 

can be used to help alleviate mild anxiety

An easy way to obtain the medicinal benefits of the hawthorn berries

is to boil them in water for around 20 minutes

with berries, roots and barks it is usually not enough 

to just add boiling water, they’re so tough

you need to boil them in order to release their medicinal properties

Strain the resulting decoction and drink while warm