Hawthorn Berries & Hawthorn Leaf and Flower

Hawthorn Berries Benefits & Information
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Hawthorn Berries is a well known herb in traditional Chinese medicine that supports the cardiovascular system. It also provides botanical support to the kidneys and digestive system.
Warm, Sweet

Channels: Stomach, Liver Spleen 

Hawthorn berries, also known as Crataegus species, are a popular herbal remedy that is used in traditional medicine for a variety of health conditions, including heart disease and digestion issues.

Some common ways to use hawthorn berries include:

  1. Herbal tea: Dried hawthorn berries can be steeped in hot water to make a tea. This is a simple and easy way to consume hawthorn berries, and can be enjoyed as a hot or cold drink.
  2. Capsules or tablets: Hawthorn berry supplements are widely available in the form of capsules or tablets. This is a convenient way to consume hawthorn berries, but you should always make sure you purchase your supplements from a reputable source.
  3. Tincture: Hawthorn berries can also be extracted in alcohol to make a tincture, which can be taken as a liquid extract.

    Making Hawthorn Berry Jam. A great way to utilizing hawthorn berries into your everyday meals

    •  Here's a step-by-step guide on how to make hawthorn berry jam:  Perfect on toast, crackers and celery


      • 4 cups hawthorn berries
      • 2 cups granulated sugar
      • 1/4 cup lemon juice
      • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
      • 1/4 cup water


      1. Wash the hawthorn berries thoroughly and remove any stems or leaves.
      2. In a large pot, combine the hawthorn berries, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and water.
      3. Place the pot on medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
      4. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes to an hour until the berries soften and release their juices. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
      5. As the berries soften, you can use a potato masher or the back of a spoon to lightly mash them, leaving some texture.
      6. Continue simmering until the mixture thickens and reaches a jam-like consistency. This usually takes around 1 to 1.5 hours. Keep stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
      7. To check if the jam is ready, you can do the "plate test." Place a small amount of the jam on a chilled plate and let it cool. If it sets and wrinkles when touched, it's done. Otherwise, continue simmering for a few more minutes and retest.
      8. Once the jam has reached the desired consistency, remove it from heat and let it cool slightly. It will thicken further as it cools.
      9. Transfer the jam into sterilized jars while it's still warm. Leave about 1/4 inch headspace at the top of the jar.
      10. Wipe the rims of the jars to remove any spills or drips. Place the sterilized lids on the jars and tighten the bands.
      11. Process the jars in a water bath canner for about 10 minutes to ensure proper sealing and preservation.
      12. After processing, remove the jars from the canner, let them cool, and check for proper seals. If any jar doesn't seal, refrigerate and consume within a few weeks.
      13. Properly sealed jars can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to a year.
      14. Checking Jelly Set: To test if your jelly is set, you can use the "wrinkle test." Place a small amount of jelly on a cold plate, and if it wrinkles when you push it with your finger, it's ready.
      15. Adjusting for Altitude: If you're canning at a high altitude, adjust your processing time according to local guidelines to ensure proper sealing.
      16. Quality: For the best flavor, use fresh, ripe Hawthorne berries. The quality of your berries directly affects the taste and set of your jelly.

      As a side note, I add cranberries to my hawthorn jam, for me it is a great combination. 

      Enjoy your homemade hawthorn berry jam on toast, crackers, or however you prefer!
      As a food ingredient: Fresh or dried hawthorn berries can also be used to make jams, jellies, or syrups, or to be added to baked goods, sauces or marinades.

      Common Name: Hawthorn Berries
      Botanical Name:
      Crataeguss laevigata
      Chinese / Pin Yin Name: Shan Zha
      Dosage: Follow your healthcare professional's instructions for correct use.
      Do not use if nursing or pregnant.

Exploring the medicinal benefits and properties of herbs, teas, and spices

many uses of hawthorn berries and flowers

Shan Zha, also known as hawthorn or Chinese hawthorn, is a fruit that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.
Here are 10 potential benefits of Shan Zha / Hawthorn Berries: 

  1. Promotes cardiovascular health: Shan zha has been shown to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which can promote better heart health.
  2. Aids digestion: Shan zha can help improve digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive enzymes, which can help relieve symptoms such as bloating, gas, and constipation.
  3. Boosts immunity: Shan zha is rich in antioxidants and can help boost the immune system by fighting off harmful free radicals.
  4. Regulates blood sugar: Shan zha has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels by improving insulin sensitivity, which can be beneficial for people with diabetes.
  5. Improves sleep quality: Shan zha has a calming effect on the nervous system and can help improve sleep quality.
  6. Reduces anxiety: Shan zha has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
  7. Promotes weight loss: Shan zha can help promote weight loss by suppressing appetite and aiding digestion.
  8. Supports liver function: Shan zha has been shown to have a protective effect on the liver and can help improve liver function.
  9. Anti-inflammatory properties: Shan zha has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to help reduce inflammation in the body.
  10. Rich in nutrients: Shan zha is a good source of vitamins C and B, as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, and iron. 

It is important to note that the dosage and frequency of use may vary depending on the individual's condition, and it's always best to consult with a qualified practitioner before taking hawthorn berries or any other herbal supplement. Also, please note that self-medicating with hawthorn berries or any other traditional herbs may have potential side-effects and interactions with other medications or supplements you may be taking, thus always consult with your doctor before trying.

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  • Hawthorne berry   Botaonical: Crataegus pinnatifida fruit
Ingredients (Pin Yin): Shan zha
Other Ingredients: Dextrin (derived from non-GMO corn)
Additional Information: Please note: Due to naturally high sugar content and our commitment to providing powders with as little excipients as possible, this product may be prone to hardening or clumping. Hawthorn Berries can be used in teas, infusions, baking, making jams, and cooking
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