Botanical name Crataegus oxyacantha

Family Rosaceae

Common names include thron apple and hawthron.

The name “hawthorn” comes from the Greek word “kratos,” which means “strength,” and refers to the wood’s nature. Other names for the thorny tree include “white thorn,” “hogberry,” and “white thorn.” One of its most well-known names is “may-blossom” because it blooms in May and bears luscious red fruits.

Part used Berry


The Crataegus was revered in ancient times and thought to have provided the Crown of Thorns. According to legend, Joseph of Aramathea came to England between AD30-63 and planted his hawthorn staff in Glastonbury soil, which later became known as the Crown of Thorns.Glastonbury ThornThe Celts used Crataegus in May celebrations by using it to dress maypoles and symbolic effigies, and they associated it with fertility. It grew and blossomed at Christmas and Easter as if in celebration of the Christian Year.

The berries, flowers, and leaves of a hawthorn tree are what give it its medicinal properties, and the entire plant’s complex of components is valued as a treatment for circulatory and cardiac issues.

It is thought to control and sustain these systems and be advantageous to use in the following circumstances:

It is thought that angina relieves symptoms that resemble cramps.

The flow of blood through the coronary arteries is thought to increase in mild congestive heart failure, which is also thought to increase cardiac output.

* Arrhythmia (unusual heartbeat) – Intended to correct rhythm disturbances.

* High blood pressure is thought to dilate the blood vessels in the extremities, lowering blood pressure.

It is thought to have a sedative effect on the nervous system, making it useful in heart conditions where the nerves are involved. * Nervous Heart Disorders (palpitations)

* Heart Weakness, which is thought to restore and support heart function and is brought on by infectious diseases like pneumonia, scarlet fever, and diphtheria.

Additionally, it is thought to improve brain blood flow and oxygenation, which is thought to help with concentration and memory.


Cough, Heart dilated, first sound weak. Pulse accelerated, irregular, feeble, intermittent. Valvular murmurs, angina pectoris. Extreme dyspnea on least exertion, without much increase in pulse.

The ability to dissolve calcareous and crustaceous deposits in arteries is a property of ARTERIASCLEROSIS.

Heart patients who experience insomnia

Cautions and Side Effects

Hawthorn is thought to be a non-toxic herb that is safe to use for extended periods of time because it does not accumulate in the body like Digitalis does, there are no side effects that are immediately noticeable, and it is not thought to cause dependence.

Check with your doctor before taking hawthorn if you are taking any blood pressure medications, as it is thought to have hypotensive action and should be used cautiously in cases of low blood pressure due to studies showing the herb can further lower blood pressure and occasionally cause fainting.

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