Crataegus laevigata (or Crataegus oxyacantha)
Herbalists use the flowers, fruit and leaves of the hawthorn, a European shrub with thorny branches. They prescribe the herb as a mild heart tonic. It is thought to dilate the blood vessels, thereby facilitating the flow of blood through the arteries and lowering blood pressure. Hawthorn is also believed to increase the pumping force of the heart muscle and to eliminate arrhythmias. Some practitioners think hawthorn may have a calming effect on the nervous system, and they sometimes recommend it as a remedy for insomnia. Identified by crimson berries and blue-green leaves, hawthorn is also called the mayflower, because its delicate white flowers bloom primarily in May.
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Hawthorn is available as fluidextract, dried berries and leaves and capsules.