Hawthorn may be one of those shrubs and trees that you pass by frequently in hedgerows and gardens and not give them much thought or appreciation, especially when their flowers are not out. However, when you know how much this botanical has to offer for heart health you will never look at it in quite the same way again.

Hawthorn, also known as Crategous, is part of the Rosaceae family of trees and shrubs and has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. The berries, leaves and flowers all provide a fantastic and rich source of nutrients and offer some great health benefits including anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, is powerful  antioxidant, provides anti-cancer and anticoagulant properties and has multiple health benefits for cardiovascular health. It is also a species that can be found worldwide with over 250 species