Hagthorn, Mayblossom, Tree of Chastity, Shānzā (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Ban-sangli (Ayurvedic), L'épine noble (French), Hagedorn (German)
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.
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
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
Beltane: May 1
Celtic Tree Zodiac: May 13-June 9
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.
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.
Protection in Storms
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?