Hawthorn trees grow wild along the ditch banks, roadsides, and other wild areas. It is the hawthorn that is believed to have been used as the crown of thorns placed on Christ head.
We have 2 types of hawthorn that grow in our area. One with a red fruit and the other has a bluish black fruit as shown in the picture.
Hawthorn is a small deciduous tree or shrub with branches that have long thorns. It is native to America, Northern Africa, Central Asia and all of Europe. The leaves have a serrated edge. (refer to photo) Their fragrant flowers are small, white, and bloom in thick clusters. Berries are red or black in color and have large seeds. Hawthorn is in the rose family. I have so many hawthorn trees on my property that we have had to remove some. Hawthorn berries are a favorite food for many birds, and in exchange, the birds distribute the seeds. The seeds germinate best after passing through a bird’s digestive system since the stomach acid breaks down their seed coat.
If using the leaves and flowers, boil water and poor over the leaves and flowers. Let steep for 15 minutes. For each cup of water use 1-2 tsp of the dried herb. If using berries steep for 30 minutes. Drink 3-5 cups daily.
Caution: If you are using cardio-active pharmaceuticals, consult your doctor for supervision.
Hawthorn Flower Essence:
Hawthorn can touch people in astounding ways. It can act like balm to the heart during difficult times, bringing a sense of calm and stability when people feel grief stricken, alone, disheartened, unguarded and even outraged. Joyce Netishen says, “hawthorn heals the bloody wounds of the spirit. I ponder those wicked thorns and also the bioflavenoids and other compounds that act as healers. In the presence of hawthorn, the heart does not have to bear the burden of trauma or poor health alone.“
Other Uses of Hawthorn:
The native Americans used the thorns to make needles for sewing.
You can make delicious hawthorn jelly. The berries are very high in pectin,so you don’t need to add pectin to the recipe.
Pick 3 lbs of hawthorn berries per jar you want to make.
Remove the stalks. Wash the berries and place in a heavy saucepan, and cover with 3 pints of water.
Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour. Mash the berries every 20 minutes.
Strain the mixture over night using some muslin, cheesecloth or a jelly bag.
If you want the jelly to be clear do not squeeze the jelly bag, just let the juice drip.
For every 1 pint of juice measure out 1 lb of sugar.
Add the juice of 1 lemon.
Mix the sugar and lemon juice and hawthorn juice together in a heavy saucepan. Bring the mixture to the boil, stirring continuously until the sugar has dissolved.
Now rapid boil for 10 minutes until the jelly has reached setting point. skim off any foam from the top of the jelly liquid, and pour into sterile warm jars and screw on the lids.
I am not a doctor, the information in this post is not intended to heal, cure ore diagnose any illness. It is intended to give you information on plants and their properties. Please rely on the Lord and those you trust such as your doctor or naturopath to diagnose and treat illness.
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