Espino Blanco, White Hawthorn, May Flower, May Tree
What is White Hawthorn?
The White Hawthorn tree is native to regions in Europe, Asia and North America which experience temperate climate. This tree can be identified by the attractive white flowers that grow on it as well as by the small berry called ‘haw’ which resembles the stone found in peaches and plums. There are believed to be more than 1000 species of the White Hawthorn tree and it is said that the first May tree dates all the way back to 6000 BC. Probably no other tree has surfaced time and again in many ceremonies and legends in Europe such as the White Hawthorn tree. According to the Celtics who considered the tree sacred, the Hawthorn itself was a symbol of fertility and sexuality. Many weddings during that period were usually conducted when the White Hawthorn tree was in full bloom. In Christianity too, the delicate flowers of the tree have an important symbolism. They are associated with the Virgin Mary and if folklore is to be believed, then the wood used to make the cross on which the Christ was crucified, also came from the Espino Blanco.
Benefits of White Hawthorn
Nearly all the parts of the White Hawthorn tree are of high medicinal value to us. In fact, it can be best used to treat different ailments of the heart and the circulatory system. The flowers and berries of the tree can be safely used even by elderly people without fear of side-effects. The flowers in particular have a mild sedative effect and its health benefits are best enjoyed when brewed as a herbal tea. It’s the perfect drink to have just before you retire for the night and can even be considered nature’s natural sedative. Moreover, the flowers also work wonders for the skin and can treat a number of blemishes and skin ulcers besides helping to maintain healthy blood pressure levels. The berries in particular have been found to have a high concentration of antioxidants and has components that help boost the heart muscle and the arteries. In addition, they are also good sources of Vitamin B and Vitamin C. If you are suffering from a sudden bout of dysentery, a handful of crushed berries can set things right in no time. Moreover, the berries are also very effective in combating high cholesterol levels and can prevent fat from accumulating in the liver too. The leaves have been found to be extremely beneficial in treating menopausal conditions of all kinds and may even help in reducing the severity of menopause symptoms such as hot flushes and sudden discomfort. Patients who suffer from ongoing kidney problems too will find that including the White Hawthorn in one’s diet helps to overcome such problems faster. Extracts from the tree can also be used to treat a number of intestinal infections like tapeworm,
How to consume White Hawthorn
Hawthorn flowers are commonly used in wine, jellies and even in candy for children. Hawthorn flower extract is available in capsule form and can also be used to brew herbal tea.