Crataugus oxacantha

Hagthorn, Mayblossom, Tree of Chastity, Shānzā (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Ban-sangli (Ayurvedic), L'épine noble (French), Hagedorn (German)

Native to

Asia, Europe, North Africa, and North America

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.

Parts Used

  • Flowering tops are collected in spring

  • Fruit - Berries are harvested and dried in the fall only when they are fully ripened

  • Leaves are freshest when harvested in the spring

Medicinal Actions

Note: This information is for historical and ceremonial use only, this information is not FDA-regulated or approved. When considering the Medicinal properties, do not forget that the species, application, and parts used are critical. And please read all warnings.

  • Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation/swelling

  • Antioxidant: Removes, prevents potentially harmful oxidising within the body

  • Astringent: causes skin cells and bodily tissues to contract

  • Cardiac trophorestorative: Nourishes, tones, and strengthen the cardiac system

  • Cardiotonic: Strengthens cardiovascular muscles and encourages oxygen flow to the heart

  • Hypolipidemic: Aids in the lowering of cholesterol

  • Hypotensive: Counteracts hypertension

  • Nervine: literally calms the nerves

  • Vasodilator: Strengthens blood vessels

Divinities & Mythos

  • Cardea (Roman)

  • Flora (Roman)

  • Hymen (Proto-European)


  • Beltane: May 1

  • Celtic Tree Zodiac: May 13-June 9

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Mars

  • Element(s): Fire

  • Gender: Masculine

  • Chakra: Heart

Warning: Cardiac Medication Interaction

Hawthorn is a Cardiac trophorestorative which can act as a medicinal option for some naturopathic options for cardiac issues - it should be prescribed by a medical professional.

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Hawthorn in Action

The Bat & Raven offers these products that utilize the properties of Hawthorn.

Magical Properties

  • Chastity

  • Creativity

  • Fairy Magic

  • Fertility

  • Fishing

  • Happiness

  • Harmony

  • Love

  • Lust

  • New Life

  • Otherworld

  • Patience

  • Portals/Thresholds

  • Protection

  • Protection in Storms

  • Psychic Protection

  • Self-confidence

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?