Hawthorn is a central medicine - it is a beautiful plant, is found in various forms all over the world, and is one of the gentlest medicines while holding great power. Locally we have are native species of hawthorn, and abundant introduced species.
It is famed as cardiovascular medicine, with the bright red berries of some species a mnemonic to help us remember it is for our heart and blood. It is also beneficial for digestive health, helping sooth digestive tract and regulate blood sugar levels. If that wasn’t enough, it has a mild calming, sedative effect.
We’ll talk about the two-edged sword of using sedatives when working through mental health issues.