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Hawthorn is the name of a large group of shrubs and small trees in the genus cartages, which bears small fruit that resembles small apples with thorny branches. It has white flowers when blooming. 

Compounds the plant has include flavonoids, such as luteolin-7 glucoside, hyperoside, vitexin 4’-rhamnoside, O-glycosides, quercetin, rutin and a powerful antioxidant that protects cells of the cardiovascular system from free radicals. It is one of the best and safest natural medicines for treating the heart and blood problems. 

Although it has shown to be very safe to use over a long period of time it can cause side effects like nausea, fatigue, sweating and rash on the hands when handled.

Medical Uses
Blood vessel conditioner and blood pressure normalizer and high-pressure reducer: Drink an infusion tea made from the plants berries (1 teaspoon diced fresh berries or 0.3 to 1gm of dried berries or ground leaf mix to 1 cup of boiled water and left to steep for 10 minutes.) Combining with other herbs like Arnica is beneficial for problem blood flows.

It has a very strong reputation as a safe remedy for the heart. If you wish you can also take a Hawthorn berry tincture made to 1:5 ratio in 45% alcohol taken with the dosage of 1 to 2ml (drops) taken three times daily.

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