Creating your own hawthorn herbal infusion is a great way to pack a powerful nutritious punch from this member of the rose family. By using the hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) leaf, flower, and berry in a simple but refreshing herbal infusion, you can help prepare your body for the challenges of the winter season.
Late fall offers an abundance of vitamin-rich berries for the wellness enthusiast, with hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) being among one of the most popular.
Overnight Hawthorn Infusion
Hawthorn infusions contain flavonoids as well as vitamins B and C (Harford, 2020). So drink up! Hawthorn’s heart-healthy benefits are waiting to infuse you.
1 tablespoon organic hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) leaf
1 tablespoon organic hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) flower
1 tablespoon organic hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) berry
1 pint-sized, glass canning jar
1 pint spring water
- Add hawthorn leaf, flower, and berry to glass canning jar.
- Pour just-boiled water over the herb, filling the jar within 1 inch of the top, and screw on the lid.
- Let infusion sit overnight or for at least 10 hours.
- Strain in the morning to separate hawthorn from infused water.
- Enjoy throughout the day at room temperature or warm to taste.
An overnight hawthorn herbal infusion is a great addition to a late fall brunch with family and friends. Consider adding a hawthorn hedge to your own backyard pharmacy. Not only does it provide beautiful red berries for food and drinks in the fall, each spring it is bursting with gorgeous white blossoms just in time for May Day celebrations (Harford, 2020).
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Harford, R. (2020). Hawthorn – A foraging guide to its food, medicine and other uses [Online article]. Retrieved from https://www.eatweeds.co.uk/hawthorn-crataegus-monogyna
Pivarnik, M. (2019). The history, mythology, and offerings of hawthorn [Online article]. Retrieved from https://theherbalacademy.com/hawthorn-offerings/