My passion has been Herbal medicine for many, many years now, it’s helping me in my own health journey and I have seen time and time again the amazing results achieved with simple herbs.
This time of the year I’m all about the Hawthorn berries, lining nearly every hedgerow in this beautiful island we live on. Mythology connects Hawthorn to the fairy folk. Hawthorn has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, prescribed by the Ancient Greek physician Dioscorides in the first century AD as a remedy for heart problems. Those red berries could remind you of blood cells.
The beauty of herbal medicine is when you consult with a practitioner that loves the craft, it is through knowledge and intuition that they will create a formula that targets your specific needs. Some herbs I would have often used alongside hawthorn would be – black pepper, ginger, cayenne, gingko, garlic, motherwort, nettle, cleavers etc. But let’s get back to the hawthorn berry and what we herbalists traditionally use it to help:
What is in hawthorn berries that make them such a powerhouse:
Remember as with all forms of medication, if you are currently on a medication regime, check first for interactions or contra-indications.
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Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.