The hawthorn belongs to the family of Rosaceae, it has white flowers in spring and red fruits in autumn. This plant has firstly antiarrhythmic and cardiotonic properties, for this reason it is indicated to treat circulatory problems such as changes in heart rate and high blood pressure. But the hawthorn properties do not end here, in fact, bark, flowers and fruits of this plant can be used to prepare teas and infusions with important healthful properties to counteract problems such as diarrhea or fever, anxiety and insomnia. You can also use the glycerine macerate. But let’s have a look now in detail at the different remedies.
Decoction of the bark
You can prepare a decoction of the bark of hawthorn against fever: bring to boil a liter of water with a tablespoon of chopped bark, leave to boil for a few minutes, then filter and once lukewarm drink from two to three cups a day.
Decoction of fruits
In case of diarrhea you can prepare a decoction in this way: bring to boil a liter of water and a tablespoon of dried fruits, leave to boil for some minutes then strain and drink small glasses of this decoction during the day.
Herbal tea of flowers
To regularize the heart rate and blood pressure you can use the infusion of hawthorn flowers. Bring to boil a cup of water, once it reaches the boil remove it from heat, leave to brew two pinches of flowers for ten minutes, filter and drink up to two cups per day for as long as it is necessary to regularize the situation but take some breaks of a couple of days during the treatment.
For changes in heart rate, such as tachycardia, extrasystoles but also anxiety, insomnia and high blood pressure, the glycerine macerate of hawthorn may help: take 30 drops 1 to 3 times a day with a glass of water.