Hawthorn Herbal Preparations

Thursday, May 14, 2020 4:18 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
Hawthorn Herbal Preparations

by EagleSong Gardener

Hawthorn tincture, vinegar and honey are made with the fresh flower and leaf. For nourishing infusion the short harvested limbs are laid on a sheet for the first stage of drying. When 2/3’s dry, the small bunches of flowers and leaves are picked from the branches, the second picking, and are then set out on large flat basket trays, racks, hanging sheets, etc. to finish drying. Good air circulation and diffused light result in well-dried and flavorful haw flower and leaf for infusions. The dried flowers can be stored in paper grocery bags which are placed in the freezer for 3-5 days to kill moths and other insects before putting in a dark cupboard for storage.

Hawthorn Flower & Leaf Infusion
1/2 oz. dried hawthorn flowers and leaves
1 quart boiling water
Place leaves and flowers in a non reactive pan or 1 quart canning jar
Pour 1 quart boiling water over herb, stir, cover and let steep 4-8 hours.
This infusion is astringent in similar degree as black tea. Using 1/2 oz. herb makes a nourishing, less astringent infusion.
Drink hot or cold. Enjoy!

Hawthorn Flower & Leaf Tincture
Fill any size jar with fresh hawthorn flowers and leaves.
Pack comfortably, not too loose, not too tight. So thee’s room to breathe…
Fill jar again with 100 proof vodka.
Cap tightly.
Macerate 4-6 weeks. Shake daily for the first 2 weeks, then every few days for the remaining time.
Strain through fine cloth.
Bottle in dark glass. Use as needed.

Hawthorn Flower & Leaf Vinegar
Same process as tincture using apple cider vinegar. Be sure to use a non-reactive lid to cap the jar. Great in salad dressings, marinades and any place you would use vinegar in cooking. This vinegar may turn the inside of the jar a rich rusty color over time. This is OK. Bioflavonoids becoming visible.

Hawthorn flower & leaf vinegar has shown a tendency to form scobies due to lingering kombucha trials in my kitchen. I skim them off and continue using the vinegar. This may also have to do with the flowers inherent microbial nature…

Sunburn 1st Aide: Mix hawthorn vinegar 50/50 with cool water and spritz the skin for a soothing sunburn remedy.

Hawthorn Flower Honey
Fill a jar with hawthorn flowers, no leaves
Fill the jar with warm honey
Let macerate for 1 turn of the moon, stirring on occasion to keep flowers mixed in the honey.
Enjoy honey with the flowers on toast, in tea, off the spoon!

Green Blessings of the May Abound!


EagleSong Gardener

Herbalist/Gardener, Grandmother/EarthKeeper, Pilgrim/Adventurer, Story Catcher/Yarn Spinner ... Is excited by the dynamic nature of life in a garden. Gardening since childhood, EagleSong has tended/managed high visibility kitchen gardens and farms, commercial gardens, herb gardens & nurseries and has trained in Healing & Therapeutic garden design. Today, she enjoys teaching health from the ground up at the generative pace of her home place, RavenCroft Garden. A cottage garden connecting people, plants and the earth for close to 30 years. As a creatrix of the Pacific Women’s Herbal Conference, EagleSong delights in crafting a place where women gather to connect, learn and transform themselves and the world in a forest at the edge of the Salish Sea.

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