Whole Hawthorn Berries

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Whole Hawthorn Berries

Postby Ruthla » Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:10 pm

I've recently been diagnosed with having high blood pressure, thickening of the heart, and some fluid around the heart. This follows months of extreme fatigue for no known reason. I had an umbilical hernia repair in December, and I haven't been OK since. The surgical site is healing fine, but I never regained energy after the surgery. My doctor kept sending me to various specialists and ran assorted blood tests, but until the echocardiogram, nobody could figure out that anything was wrong.

The cardiologist told me not to exercise until after the nuclear stress test (which still hasn't been scheduled!) I'm working on getting a home blood pressure monitor, which my insurance will cover, but the doctor has to order it first and I didn't think of it until after I'd left the cardiologist's office. I left a message for him and am waiting for a call back.

I've also bought whole hawthorn berries to brew into a beverage and coQ10 pills; 100 mg each. I've been taking 2-3 a day, with meals. I've been cutting back on my salt usage and drinking more water, and I'm looking forward to having that blood pressure monitor so I can see if the salt restriction is needed.

What's the best way to use the hawthorn berries? Simmered in water or just steeping in hot water?

Every day, I make a nettle infusion, to which I add rose hips. The second half of the month, I swap out some red raspberry leaves for some of the nettles. I've also been making ginger root tea by cutting up ginger into cubes and simmering on the stove for about half an hour.

Is it better to add the hawthorn berries to the ginger or to the nettles? How much should I be using per day? Is there a time of day that's better to take it, or should I have small amounts throughout the day?

Also, is there anything I could or should do before the nuclear stress test to minimize the damage from the radiation?

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Re: Whole Hawthorn Berries

Postby BarbaraJean » Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:19 pm

I made a tincture from whole organic hawthorn berries following one of Susun's youtube videos. Vodka is used to extract. It takes 6 weeks
for the tincture to be ready.

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Re: Whole Hawthorn Berries

Postby ItalianBee » Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:23 pm

I too have made a tincture of vodka and hawthorn berries - dried berries, which is all I can get, in vodka. I take about 30 drops (one dropperful) at a time but that's just because that feels like a nice standard amount, not because I know anything about what would be exactly right.

But I have also understood that water is most likely to extract everything. You could steep them in water for a few hours to get a good strong infusion*, or make a syrup - simmer down the infusion (barely barely at a simmer) to half its volume and then add half that volume of honey.

*As far as whether steeping or simmering the actual berries is best - you will get different opinions about that, but one of my first teachers suggested steeping leaves and flowers but simmering things like seeds, berries, and barks.

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Re: Whole Hawthorn Berries

Postby NiklasTyreso » Sun Mar 27, 2016 11:06 am

IF you crush the the berries the active substances will be better extracted into a decoction.

In the early summer you will be able to collect hawthorn leafs and flowers and dry it for next winter.
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Re: Whole Hawthorn Berries

Postby lalacurf121 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:52 pm

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Re: Whole Hawthorn Berries

Postby Lady Alinor » Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:43 am

My husband knows that he turned around his BP issues by daily consumption of Red Clover Blossom infusion. He loves the stuff.
What was your blood pressure like before surgery? Using pharmaceuticals before surgery? After?
Hawthorn IS an awesome healer, physically and emotionally, but she's a slow healer, slow and steady so be consistent. (Consider garlic and motherwort too).
I make a decoction when working with hard dried berries, roots and barks. Generally I start with 2 Tbls of Hawthorn berries, 5 cups water bring to boil simmer to half volume, drink throughout the day...warm ( no microwave).

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Re: Whole Hawthorn Berries

Postby Lady Alinor » Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:15 pm

This is a wonderful video with Jim McDonald doing a weed walk about Hawthorn...Very Good!

Jim is a great easy to grasp teacher.

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