Don’t Tell Us to Calm Down. Just Give Us Hawthorn Berry.
Female anger is one of those cultural taboos that make life easier for others and less healthy for us. We made Wile Un-Anger mood supplement for this hush-hush area of women’s stress relief. After all, anger is a useful emotion and stress response when paired with a clear head! And hawthorn berry is key to this women’s stress supplement. This little red fruit signals to your body and brain that they’re safe to relax, making it easier to take a deep breath and meet frustrations with clarity.
Why We Love Hawthorn Berry
- There are piles and piles of clinical trials looking into hawthorn berry’s effectiveness as a medicinal ingredient. Thanks, science.
- We love when food is medicine. Keep an eye on health food stores and farmers markets and you should be able to find hawthorn berry in teas, jams, jellies, syrups and even as a fresh fruit.
Women’s Stress Relief - Hawthorn berry has anxiolytic properties, which calm the central nervous system. Double-blind, placebo-controlled trials found that an herbal formula containing hawthorn decreased mild to moderate anxiety symptoms more than the placebo. Researchers are also looking into ways that hawthorn berry extracts can relieve occasional symptoms of depression.
Promotes Heart Health - Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for US women? It turns out that changing hormones during perimenopause affect cholesterol levels, blood pressure and artery health. Hawthorn berry comes to the rescue here, with thousands of years of European and Traditional Chinese Medicine backing it up. Placebo-controlled research connects hawthorn berry with improved artery health and lowered cholesterol. Clinical trials also show that hawthorn berry relaxes constricted blood vessels to lower blood pressure.
Soothes Irritability - It’s common for women around 40 to feel more irritable than before. This can be a freaky feeling, especially if you’re typically pretty easy-going. You don’t need us to tell you all the reasons why you might be feeling on edge, but it’s interesting to note that increased blood pressure correlates with higher levels of tension and anger. Hawthorn berry’s stress-relief and blood pressure support may work together to relax some of that rage.
Antioxidant Powerhouse - Hawthorn berries are packed with antioxidants that help clear out free radicals, protect against disease and improve immune response. It’s part of what makes hawthorn berry such a powerful medicinal ingredient and super food.
Hawthorn’s culinary and medicinal history goes back at least to the 1st century CE, when an ancient Greek physician named Dioscorides wrote about it in De Materia Medica. This book became the primary European medical authority for centuries. That’s some serious authority!
Following Dioscorides’ guidance, historical Europeans used hawthorn as:
- An antispasmodic
- Digestive system support
- To lower blood pressure
- A diuretic
Hawthorn is also prominent in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where it’s used to:
- Support digestion
- Improve heart health
- Lower blood pressure
In some ways, Hawthorn berry is an original women’s stress & mood supplement.
When you break it down, the name hawthorn actually describes this plant very accurately. It is a bush with yellow to dark red berries (traditionally called haws) and sharp thorns. Makes sense, right? In the spring, clusters of pink or white flowers stand out against jagged green leaves.
Hawthorn is native to Asia, North America and Europe. It’s common in landscaping across Europe, and the tart, sweet berries are delicious in jams, syrups and on their own.
European traditions and mythology are ripe with stories about hawthorn. Many say that fairies live in hawthorn bushes. Some people insist that it’s unlucky to bring hawthorn flowers and berries inside, because it invites mischievous sprites into your home. Other traditions hang hawthorn branches around babies’ cribs to keep away evil spirits. Guests dance around hawthorne branches in traditional Irish wedding ceremonies and during Beltane celebrations.
Because hawthorn blossoms around Beltane or May Day, it is often called Maytree or mayflower. Other common names include quickthorn, thornapple and English hawthorn.
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Things to Know About Hawthorn Berry:
As a food, hawthorn berry is incredibly safe. Most people have to consume a LOT of hawthorn to feel any mild side effects, but they may include:
Hawthorn is part of the rose family, so avoid it if you’re allergic to rose.
This ingredient may lower blood pressure, so it sometimes makes blood thinners and blood pressure medication more powerful. Stay safe and talk to your doctor before taking hawthorn if you use these.
Check with your doctor before taking hawthorn if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
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This article is intended for informational purposes and is not intended to replace a one-on-one medical consultation with a professional. Wile, Inc researches and shares information and advice from our own research and advisors. We encourage every woman to research, ask questions and speak to a trusted health care professional to make her own best decisions.