Hawthorn mother tincture
Hawthorn, whose scientific name is "Crataegus monogyna Jacq.", Is a plant halfway between a bush tree and a tree full of branches and thorns. Belonging to the Rosaceae family, hawthorn has a very variable height, ranging from fifty centimeters to a full six meters. The stem is gray and has a thick and massive bark, while the branches are generally covered with thorns. The leaves are serrated, up to four centimeters long, while the flowers are tiny, just a few millimeters long, white or tending to pink. It is possible to observe them in the spring season, between April and the beginning of June. As for the fruits, once ripened, between November and December, they are red and oval in shape: they can be enjoyed fresh, just picked or used to prepare jams or syrups. Hawthorn is widespread all over the world, especially in Europe, in North Africa and in America and in Western Asia; it prefers wooded areas, rich in bushes, up to fifteen hundred meters of altitude. Used since ancient times because of the beneficial properties it enjoys, hawthorn is widely used in herbal medicine and in herbal medicine, an alternative medicine that aims to treat more or less serious diseases by taking advantage of the remarkable beneficial properties of plants, flowers and herbs. Hawthorn is excellent for combating the most diverse cardiac disorders (its action, known and exploited since ancient times, is very similar to that of a medicine); this shrub can easily be found in any herbal medicine, either in the form of drops of mother tincture, either in tablets or in capsules, very often associated with other herbs having similar effects. In whatever form it is taken, however, it is important to know that to be effective the intake of hawthorn must be constant and repeated, since once taken this herbal remedy does not have any immediate effect. The active ingredient of the hawthorn is contained within its red berries - which are found in autumn -, in the leaves - which instead are available in all seasons, except in winter - and finally in the flowers that are picked in spring or summer and from which the mother tincture of hawthorn is obtained.