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Herb of the Week 30th November

Heavenly Hawthorn by Lynn Kirkland

This breathtaking beauty is an ornamental hawthorn tree in our Herbalist's garden.
Each year the sight of these flowers which look like tiny roses is stunning.
This is because it belongs to the rosaceae family as do roses, peaches, apples and strawberries.
The Hawthorn that is used for herbal healing is not this one but the common white hawthorn that lines our country roads.
Hawthorn trees have provided herbal healing for centuries.
There are lovely customs associated with this herb. Hawthorn leaves were placed in a baby's cradle to ward off evil spirits and Greek bridesmaids wore fragrant hawthorn flowers in their hair while the bride carried a bough of flowering hawthorn. It symbolised fidelity, hope and fertility.
The part of the hawthorn that is used to make a heart tonic medicine is the fruit. These are small red berries which are made into tinctures and extracts or which are made into capsules for using when advised by a herbalist or natural health professional.
As with all herbal medicine beyond the first aid level one needs to consult a trained practitioner for advice to see if there are interactions with medication you may already be on.
As a beautiful addition to the garden this lovely tree brings pleasure to those who see it in all its flowering glory.


Thanks lynn another great read.

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