Hawthorn Leaf & Flower
Hawthorn Leaf & Flower
Hawthorn Leaf & Flower
Hawthorn Leaf & Flower

Hawthorn Leaf & Flower

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Hawthorn Leaf & Flower 

Ingredients: 100% Organic Hawthorn Leaves & Flowers, dried.

Botanical Name: Crataegus monogyna

Serving Size: 12.5 g (approx 2 scoops) / twice daily, for every 1,000 lbs of body weight.

Energetics: Slightly warm, neutral.

What is Hawthorn?

Affectionately called "the heart herb" for its various cardio-protective properties, hawthorn is a thorny, flowering bush native to parts of Europe, North America and northern Asia. This large, strong bush can live for over 400 years! It is a deciduous plant, a member of the rose family (rosaceae), and boasts beautiful, sweet, red berries (“haws”) which are used in jams, honey, candies, ketchup, wines and various meals.

Historical Use of Hawthorn

All parts of the plant - leaves, flowers, berries, stems, and bark - have been used in herbal medicine for centuries; in fact, documented use of hawthorn dates as far back as 650 AD. During the Middle Ages, hawthorn was used to treat dropsy, a condition that's now recognized as congestive heart failure. The first official study on hawthorn, published in 1896, reported 43 patients suffering from various forms of heart disease who were treated with hawthorn with promising results [1]. 

Many Benefits of Hawthorn

In addition to supporting the heart and cardiovascular system (angina, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, mitral valve prolapse, irregular heartbeat, congestive heart failure), hawthorn is also excellent for supporting a normal inflammatory response, treating arthritis, osteoporosis, edema, supporting the respiratory system, digestion, cleansing the kidneys, nourishing the nervous system, reducing anxiety, gently detoxifying, and much more. 

Hawthorn for Horses

Hawthorn can be particularly helpful for horses with navicular syndrome or laminitis as it works to dilate the blood vessels. You may find your horse foraging the new leaves of hawthorn bushes, if they are blessed enough to have access, as it provides relief and support for self-healing. Hawthorn also strengthens connective tissues, benefiting the heart, as well as, the joints. It increases micro-circulation and is great for helping rid the body of toxins which can build up in the joints. It is considered an astringent, antispasmodic, cardiac, diuretic, mild sedative and tonic. Overall, we love hawthorn for all horses, but find it particularly helpful for horses dealing with arthritis, navicular, laminitis, anxiety or heart / circulatory issues.

The smell and taste of hawthorn leaves vary from delectably sweet to almost peppery, and the berries are sweet. Overall, this herb tends to be very palatable to horses! Nutritionally and medicinally, the leaves, flowers and berries all offer similar benefits. 

Benefit Highlights

  • Supports a Normal Inflammatory Response
  • Supports the Immune System
  • Supports Digestion
    • Reduces Indigestion
    • Reduces Risk of Intestinal Infections
  • Beneficial for Arthritis
    • Increases Circulation
    • Flushes Toxins from Joints
  • Supportive for Navicular Syndrome
  • Supportive for Laminitis / Laminitis Prevention
    • Increases Micro-circulation
    • Dilates Blood Vessels
  • Supports the Cardiovascular System
    • Cardiac Tonic / Strengthens the Heart
    • Increases Circulation / Blood Flow to the Heart
    • Can Restore a Normal Heartbeat / Balances Blood Pressure
    • Active Constituents Relax & Dilate the Arteries
    • Oxygenates the Blood
  • Rich in Polyphenols
    • 19 Different Flavonoids (Powerful Antioxidants)
      • Expels Toxins
      • Lower Disease Risk
      • Supports Metabolic Health
      • Provides Quercetin (anti-inflammatory)
      • Anti-Cancer Properties
      • Increases Insulin Sensitivity
    • Mild Sedative
      • Reduces Anxiety
      • Helps to Manage Stress
      • Clears the Mind
    • Supports Clear Skin
    • Can Lessen Allergies
    • Antispasmodic
    • Astringent
    • Diuretic / Lessens Edema
    • Tonic

Warnings: Non-toxic, safe for long term use. However, hawthorn is contraindicated for use with cardiac medications and antihypertensives.

Storage: Please store in a cool, dry place.

"During Cross's recovery, we were dealing with a lot of swelling in the hock that gravity would pull down through the leg. I had gotten him to the point where he could be outside unwrapped, but in his stall at night we still had to wrap him, otherwise his leg blew up like a balloon. Since starting the Hawthorn Leaves & Flowers, the swelling has decreased to the point where his leg is no longer swollen and his hock looks somewhat like a hock again."
-Kelly S. & Cross
  1. Holubarsch CJF, Colucci WS, Eha J. Benefit-Risk Assessment of Crataegus Extract WS 1442: An Evidence-Based Review. Am J Cardiovasc Drugs. 2018;18(1):25-36. doi:10.1007/s40256-017-0249-9