Information about Hawthorn dates back to ancient times. The ancient Roman medics discovered its useful properties and treated the Roman emperors with heart problems by preparing a decoction of Hawthorn.
Today’s science explains all this with the presence of a wide range of vitamins – A, K, C, E and group B. The whole useful range is supplemented with biologically active substances: saponins, flavonoids, starch, essential oils, organic acids, choline, sorbitol, pectin and others.
It is a scientific fact that some of the ingredients in the fruits of hawthorn are extremely rare in nature and are indispensable for the human body.
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is a shrub or a small tree.
The fruits contain the following substances:
• ursolic acid;
• coffeic acid;
• oleic acids;
• hyperoside, sorbitol;
• hawthorn acid;
• provitamin A;
• red dye;
• vitamin C;
• saponins, etc.
The petals, leaves, roots and fruits of Hawthorn are used. In early winter, even with the first snowfalls, Hawthorn bushes with fruit can still be found. Apart from being a particularly beautiful plant, they also serve as food for forest animals and birds.
Healing properties and application of Hawthorn:
• has a calming effect on the heart, improving its work and regulating heart activity;
• dilates blood vessels and improves the function of their walls;
• lowers blood pressure;
• calms the central nervous system;
• lowers blood cholesterol;
• improves sleep;
Conditions and diseases which Hawthorn is used to alleviate:
• cardiac neurosis;
• heart failure;
• cardiac arrhythmia;
• atherosclerosis of the coronary vessels;
• angina pectoris;
• bronchial and cardiac asthma;
• increased thyroid function
In Bulgarian folk medicine, it is used as an exclusive tool for the treatment of heart disease.
In addition to improving the blood supply to the heart and brain, Hawthorn also eliminates the unpleasant sensations that result from arrhythmia and palpitations.
The use of the herb by people suffering from heart attack, insomnia, nervousness, enlarged prostate, cardiac neurosis and other clinically related to these diseases, helps to speed recovery.