The Love Herb: Benefits of Hawthorn on the Heart [+ Tea Recipe!]

Hawthorn has been touted for thousands of years as a powerful heart medicine. The bright red berry and its leaves grow on a deciduous shrub and comes to harvest in the Fall. It’s a great cardiac medicine and is able to increase blood flow, regulate blood pressure, and work against the build-up of plaque from disorders like arteriosclerosis. It’s ability to move blood can help to decrease angina (chest pain) and hawthorn overall strengthens the heart muscle. It is also a good choice for those who have high LDL (bad cholestrol) levels and can aid in removing LDL from the bloodstream. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, hawthorn is also used as a nervous system relaxer and digestive stimulant. In Ayurveda, hawthorn is known to be the herb of longevity. Energetically, hawthorn berry is able to soften blockages of the heart and allows you to relax into vulnerability and love. All in all, hawthorn is an excellent choice for anyone needing to strengthen the most important muscle in the body. The leaves and berries of hawthorn can be made as a tincture or a tea. Take a look at our hawthorn-rose-cinnamon tea recipe below for a heart-opening. warming, and love filled winter tonic.

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Hawthorn – Rose – Cinnamon Tea


  • 1 generous tablespoon dried hawthorn berries, soaked over night
  • 1 – 2 generous teaspoons dried organic rose petals
  • 1/4 cinnamon stick or powder (to taste)


  • Measure 1.5 – 2 cups water into a pot
  • Place hawthorn berries into pot and cover
  • Bring water to a boil, then lower to a simmer
  • Simmer for 15  – 20 minutes, covered
  • Prepare roses and cinnamon and place into teapot, cup, or jar
  • Pour hot water and berries over roses and cinnamon, cover
  • Steep for 10 minutes, then strain

*Recipe from

*Info from and The California School of Herbal Studies

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