Protects the cardio-vascular system
Promotes the relaxation of the nervous system
Helps to combat sleeping problems



The word hawthorn comes from the Latin word alba spina which means “white thorn”. Its name is derived from the thorny appearance of the hawthorn and its white flowers. Originating from Eurasia, the plant was initially used in prehistoric times as a food product, and later in the Middle Ages for combating various ailments.

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Since ancient times, the hawthorn has been considered as a protective plant. Houses and the cribs of newborns were decorated with a branch of hawthorn for warding off evil.


The bush can grow up to around ten metres in height and has grey-coloured branches with thorns. Its leaves are green and its white or pink flowers are arranged in clusters. They are very fragrant. At the end of summer, small red fruits emerge replacing the flowers. In phytotherapy, the flowers, which naturally contain flavonoids, are used.

Flowering and harvesting

The hawthorn grows in wild conditions in Europe (especially in the Mediterranean region), in Asia and in North America. It can be found at an altitude of up to 1600 m. It loves being exposed to the sun. Its flowers bloom in springtime, providing a beautiful display of white or pink coloured blossom. The flowering does not last long as the flowers tend to deteriorate quite quickly.. This is why the harvest must be carried out when the flowers are still in bud. They are then referred to as flowering tops which are dried before being used in phytotherapy.


The hawthorn flower has been used in phytotherapy since the Middle Ages. The plant is composed of several substances such as flavonoids, potassium, sterols and amino acids.

The Hawthorn's flowers:

  • Protects the cardio-vascular system

The flavonoids found in the hawthorn help to improve blood circulation. The plant will therefore contribute to regulating the heart beat and protecting the cardio-vascular system.


  • Promote the maintenance of a healthy immune system

The hawthorn is recognised for its soothing action on the nervous system. It is ideal for individuals who experience periods of stress that result in anxiety, nervousness and irritability.


  • Help to combat sleeping problems

The plant has a soothing and calming effect on the body thanks to the sterols it contains as well as flavonoids. As a result, it aids sleep and helps to combat insomnia. This is why it is recommended for sleeping problems.


Plant-based health: 200 plants with health benefits Reader’s Digest selection, 2003. 352 p. ISBN 2-7098-1413-7