Family: Rosaceae

Genus & Species: Craetegus Spp.

Common Names: Hawthorn

Overview: The Latin name Crataegus is from the Greek kratos “strength” and akis “sharp”, referring to the thorns of some species.The name haw, originally an Old English term for hedge, applies to the fruit. Hawthorn leaves, berries, and flowers are used in herbal medicine. Hawthorn has a long tradition of use relating to physical & emotional heart health. [1]

Therapeutic Properties:  Cardiotonic, cardioprotective, antioxidant, collagen stabilizing, mild astringent, hypotensive, antiarrythmic, diuretic, hypotensive, anti-ischemic, positively-inotropic, antioxidant. [2]

Typical Uses: Hawthorn leaves, flowers, and berries have been prepared as tea, as a water extract, water-alcohol extract, wine infusion, fresh juice, as well as jam.  Hawthorn has been utilized traditionally to strengthen and invigorate heart and circulatory function. [3]


1. Hawthorn Berries Profile | Mountain Rose Herbs

2. Hawthorn | Herb Rally

3. Herbal Medicine: Expanded E Commission – Hawthorn Berry | American Botanical Council

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