Hawthorne berry syrup can be used as a heart tonic, and according to Nutrition Science News, several studies have proven that hawthorne can produce significant improvements in early stage heart failure. In addition to its health benefits, hawthorne berry syrup can also be used as a food. Enjoy it on pancakes and waffles, and improve your heart health at the same time. Using this method, you can make your own hawthorne berry syrup using nothing more than the berries, water, and honey.
Things You'll Need
Add one cup of fresh hawthorne berries, or ½ cup dried, to a medium sized saucepan. Add three cups spring or distilled water, and stir to combine.
Turn the heat to medium, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer the hawthorne berries for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Remove the pan from heat, and mash the berries in the water using a potato masher. Continue until the liquid thickens and the berries cannot be mashed any further.
Strain the liquid from the pan into a medium mixing bowl. Add one cup of organic honey to the liquid, and stir thoroughly to combine.
Pour the resulting hawthorne berry syrup into a dark glass bottle. Label the bottle with the contents and date, and store the syrup in the refrigerator when not in use.
The hawthorne berry syrup will keep up to three months in the refrigerator, after which time any unused portion should be discarded.
Hawthorne berries can be wild crafted from a hawthorne tree, purchased at natural health stores, or ordered online.
References and ResourcesHawthorn Cardioactivity in Clinical Studies
Hawthorn Berries from Mountain Rose Herbs