The plant around us. Volume 1 The plant around us. Volume I - Page 49

GASTRONOMIC USE Since its discovery, hawthorn has been used to successfully treat a variety of medical conditions, notably heart and vascular problems. The impressive health benefits of hawthorn include its ability to regulate blood pressure, reduce anxiety, boost the immune system, protect the heart, improve digestion, boost respiratory health, reduce the severity of chest pains, improve mood, treat intestinal infections, and aid in skin care. Hawthorn helps stabilize the blood pressure. Whether your blood pressure is too high or too low, the compound mixture in hawthorn is able to establish a healthy blood pressure in your system, according to your body, making it valuable for both hypotension and hypertension. MEDICINAL USE The fruit of the hawthorn shrub is a small, oval or olive- shaped bright red berry with one or more seeds. It is called haw. Hawthorn berries have a subtle flavor and a fleshy texture. Although raw haws are edible, they are usually made into various jam recipes.