Botanical Name: Crataegus Laevigata;
Botanical Origin: Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia and North America;
Part Typically Used: Flowers, leaves, fruits;
Common name: Thornapple, May-tree, Whitethorn, Hawberry;
Crataegus from the Greek Kratos "strength" and Akis "Sharp", referring to the thorns of some species.
Crataegus species are shrubs or small trees, mostly growing to 5 - 15 m tall, with small pome fruit and thorny branches. The thorns are small sharp-tipped branches that arise either from other branches or from the trunk, and are typically 1- 3 cm in one case.
The leaves grow spirally arranged on long shoots, and in clusters on spur shoots on the branches or twigs. The leaves of most species have lobed or serrated margins and are somewhat variable in shape.
The fruit, sometimes known as a "Haw", is berry-like but structurally a pome containing from one to five pyrenes that resemble the "Stones" of plums, peaches, which are drupaceous fruit in the same subfamily.
The flowers has five blossoms. Hawthorn Flowers has unpleasant smell because they had chemical component trimethylamine.
Most hawthorns bloom in late May - June. When the tree blooms, it most produces a chemical element in trisethylamine. But this is a matter of smell, others like this breathtaking smell.
Hawthorn inflorescences are used in medicine as a tea or as syrup.
Believed to uplift and strengthen both the physical and emotional heart, Hawthorn, as it supports healthy cardiovascular function, was also revered for ceremonial and spiritual purposes.
Collect the flowering branches in the spring as all parts (leaves, twigs, spines, flowers) may be used for fresh tincturing. Or if drying, discard stems and spines.
Submitted by OperaDreamhouse (2017-11-21)