Want to learn how to make hawthorn berries decoction for heart problems? Continue reading and find out how to make this healing decoction.
Herbal healers around the world have agreed that hawthorn is the ultimate herb for the heart. Especially in the case of old hearts, as the active substances in hawthorn berries stimulate blood flow, stabilize blood pressure, and remove evil from the heart. As it does not contain any poisonous substance, hawthorn can be used for long-term treatments, without unwanted side effects, as happens with synthetic drugs. Before we show you how to make hawthorn berries decoction, let’s see how to harvest hawthorn berries first.
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How to Harvest Hawthorn Berries
The harvesting time for hawthorn berries (Crataegus monogyna) is September-October, before the first frost. The ripe berries have an intense red color (not pink or dark red) and are harvested without the stems, only the berries. Harvest them in canvas or paper bags. Dry the berries in shaded places, away from moisture, in a very thin layer (ideally the berries should not touch each other). The drying process is quite long, taking about 1-3 weeks, and it is done when the pulp of the berries is completely dehydrated and slightly brittle, breaking easily when cutting the berries with a knife.
How to Make Hawthorn Berries Decoction
Boil 2 teaspoons of coarsely chopped dried hawthorn berries over low heat for about 15 minutes in 500 ml (2 cups) of water, preferably in a stainless steel or enameled saucepan. Remove from the heat and complete with water to make for the initial quantity of 2 cups. Strain hot through a piece of clean gauze and sweeten to taste.
How to Use Hawthorn Berries Decoction at Home
The daily dose is 2 cups of hawthorn berries decoction, two times a day. This decoction is a natural remedy for the following health problems: cardiac neurosis, heart arrhythmia, heart atherosclerosis, hypertension, and nervous disorders caused by external factors. It also acts as a coronary vasodilator. It also has calming effects, making it an excellent natural sedative. In addition to internal uses, hawthorn decoction is also used topically, as follows.
- Foot Callus – apply compresses and cataplasms with hawthorn berries decoction multiple times a day.
- Cold Sensitive Skin – take a hot bath (as hot as you can bear) with hawthorn leaves and berries, for 15-20 minutes, then apply grape seed oil to the skin. This prevents drying of the skin, stimulates circulation, and also boosts natural immunity. Do the procedure at least once a week, during the cold season.
- Insomnia – take a hot bath (as hot as you can bear) with hawthorn leaves and berries, to which you add 20 drops of lavender essential oil. Immediately after the bath, wipe your whole body, wrap yourself well, and relax a little. Sleep will come immediately.
Hawthorn Berries Side Effects
In very rare cases, hawthorn can have so-called paradoxical effects, namely cardiac arrhythmias and indisposition (headaches, nausea, etc.). For this reason, hawthorn remedies should be administered in small amounts (100-200 milligrams of extract per day), in the first 2-3 days of treatment, increasing the dose gradually, if the mentioned adverse reactions do not occur. Hawthorn overdose, i.e. exceeding 10-20 times the normal doses, which are 30 grams for the whole plant/berries and 16 grams for the hawthorn berries extract, can lead to cardiac arrhythmia, nausea, and hypotension.
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