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The benefits of hawthorn

Write the 15/02/2023 by Santarome Bio

Hawthorn, kézako?

Hawthorn, botanically named Crataegus laevigata, is a shrub of the Rosaceae family, namely the same family as roses as well as many fruits such as apples, pears and cherries.

Native to Asia, Europe and North America, hawthorn commonly grows in temperate regions of the Northern hemisphere and is found in almost all regions of France.

Its tenacity allows it to withstand extreme temperatures, which gives it excellent quality in every season. Its edible fruits, called cenelles, appear in early autumn.

Also known as the “heart plant”, hawthorn has been popular and admired for several millennia for the treatment of certain pathologies. Indeed, it has countless virtues for heart health but also against anxiety, sleep disorders and even disorders linked to menopause. All these properties arouse great interest in herbal medicine today.


Composition of hawthorn

Hawthorn owes its success to its composition of active ingredients. We find, among other things:

  1. Flavonoids : present in leaves, flowers and fruits, flavonoids are a substance responsible for the positive effects of hawthorn on the heart. They give the plant cardio-protective properties and help fight against blood pressure and heart failure by providing a tranquilizing effect.
  2. Proanthocyanidins : omnipresent in plants and in foods of plant origin, proanthocyanidins are an active ingredient with antioxidant properties. More powerful than vitamins A, C and E, they help with good circulatory comfort.
  3. Triterpene acids and phenolic acids have numerous antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and protect the cardiovascular system.

History and habitat of hawthorn

Also called “Maywood”, “Maythorn” or even “Beltaine bush”, hawthorn is one of the first ancient plants used for its therapeutic properties. Its fruits were originally used as foodstuffs during prehistory, and the flowers served as a symbolic object to preserve chastity, ward off the evil eye or even protect babies.

It was only at the beginning of the 20th century that the therapeutic benefits of hawthorn , in particular its cardiotonic, sedative and antispasmodic properties, were recognized.

Hawthorn is distinguished in Western Asia, North Africa, Central and Northern Europe and grows in many regions of the world. In France, the plant is present in all environments, particularly in forest edges, open woods or defensive hedges.

Properties and benefits of hawthorn

Hawthorn is a valuable plant with cardio-protective properties. Among these, different actions result:

  1. Tranquilizing action: hawthorn has calming and spasmo-relaxing properties. Its composition of flavonoids and procyanidins helps regulate nervousness, but also blood pressure, heart palpitations, ringing in the ears or muscle spasms.

  2. Action against stress and anxiety: composed of anthocyanins and phenolic acids whose enzymes bind to anxiety-producing neurotransmitters, the plant has relaxing properties and reduces symptoms of anxiety, stress, overwork and irritability without causing drowsiness.

  3. Action against sleep disorders: hawthorn is recommended to combat insomnia and minor sleep disorders. Rich in proanthocyanidins, this plant promotes relaxation and, inevitably, falling asleep.
  4. Action on the cardiovascular system: the flavonoids present in hawthorn improve heart failure and blood circulation, reduce fatigue and shortness of breath and protect the heart from inflammatory reactions.

  5. Action against hypotension and hypertension: hypertension is a pathology characterized by high blood pressure. Hawthorn lowers blood pressure, improves blood flow and provides better heart resistance. It also relieves chest pain.

  6. Action against the symptoms of menopause: in herbal medicine, hawthorn can be recommended to reduce palpitations, hot flashes and irritability. It also prevents the decline of sex hormones and protects the ovarian follicles.

How to consume hawthorn?

In infusion, powder, capsule or mother tincture, enjoy the virtues of hawthorn in different forms.

Gummies are a good alternative to food supplements . These small gummies with a good natural fruit taste provide pleasure thanks to their tasty taste, encourage the follow-up of a treatment and allow you to fully feel the benefits of the plants contained in these gummies.

Composed of rhodiola, chamomile, lavender and a trio of organic buds including hawthorn, our Gummies Relax Bio Santarome Bio food supplement helps adapt to stress, improves mental and physical resistance and offers ultimate relaxation. optimal thanks to its soothing actions.

Our gummies are 100% organic, 100% vegan, gluten-free and made in France.

For a course of 1, 3 or 6 months, take 2 gummies per day.

Precautions for use

The use of hawthorn is safe and tolerated when consumed in recommended doses. There is therefore no contraindication to its use. However, certain precautions should be taken into account:

  1. It is strongly recommended that people suffering from heart conditions consult a doctor before consuming hawthorn products.

  2. Hawthorn is not recommended for children under 12 years old and pregnant or breastfeeding women.

  3. It is also advisable to consult a doctor before using hawthorn if you are already under any treatment.

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