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Related to crataegus: Crataegus oxyacantha, Passiflora
The THORNS are the giveaway. There are over 100 very different varieties. Flowers are usually white, 5 petals, with toothy-edged leaves. Berries ripen in fall. No poisonous lookalikes. You can eat the berries straight off the tree, but don’t eat the seeds. Hawthorn is for the HEART. Antioxidant and bioflavonoid rich, good for cardiovascular system, gentle but powerful, contains numerous phytochemicals that make heart more efficient pump, increasing output of blood from the heart, and decreasing resistance from blood vessels, therefore making it great for both high and low blood pressure, angina, cardiovascular circulation. Hawthorn berry binds to, coats and protects your heart cells. Reduces cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and tachycardia (racing heartbeat). Hawthorn is also good for memory, diarrhea, dysentery, boosts appetite, used for stress, anxiety, nervous palpitations, insomnia, kidney stones, night sweats, menopause. Recognizable by its inch-long thorns all over the branches- sometimes up to 4 inches long! (10cm). Berries start green and end up like bright red rose hips, even tart tasting like rose hips. High in vitamin C, iron and lots of wonderful nutrients. Do not think though, that simply taking hawthorn is going to heal your heart. You need to stop doing the things that caused the problem in the first place. Read the book “Heal Yourself 101” for learning true health.