AHPA’s 40th anniversary celebrations continue with our showcase of the eleventh of many beloved herbs at the heart of our robust industry and vibrant community.
No. 11: Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna, C. laevigata)
Hawthorns (Crataegus spp.) are small shrubby trees that produce procyanidin-rich berries, flowers, and leaves. Research shows regular consumption of these phenolic compounds may have a positive effect on a wide range of cardiovascular conditions, likely due to their significant antioxidant activity and ability to support the body’s natural inflammatory response.
First used in France as a syrup to strengthen and nourish the heart in the 1600’s, their use spread throughout Europe and to the US, where Eclectic physicians used Hawthorn to support cardiovascular health.
Hawthorn can be taken as a tincture, tea, capsules, or one of our favorite forms, a solid extract. The flowers contain higher levels of procyanidins, so the most effective tincture is made with the berries, flower, and a little leaf. Herbalist & Alchemist’s Hawthorn Solid Extract is made from the berries; it’s a delicious, convenient way to add Hawthorn to your daily routine.
Share the Love
Do you want to celebrate an herb you love with AHPA’s 40 Herbs We Love campaign for AHPA’s 40th anniversary? Contact Amber Bennett to learn more about sponsoring your favorite herb!
More Ways to Celebrate
In addition to AHPA’s 40 Herbs We Love, there are more fun and exciting ways to get involved with AHPA’s 40th anniversary celebration.
- Share your photos from the 80s! Pay homage to the 1980s (the decade AHPA was founded) by submitting photos of yourself and/or friends and colleagues in the herbal industry. The photos will be shared in the AHPA Report and on social media for members and followers to guess who is in the photo!
- Author a 40th anniversary letter or guest article for the AHPA Report! Share a favorite memory or lesson learned, comment on a historical or present issue, or address AHPA members and friends of the herbal and natural products industry with your own 40th anniversary message in the monthly AHPA Report.
- Join us for the 40th anniversary Founders Series fireside chats! Gather (virtually) with fellow AHPA founders and friends for a pre-recorded fireside chat to discuss topics celebrating AHPA history, achievements, and what sets us apart in the herbal community. Videos will be available to watch on-demand and shared in AHPA Updates, the AHPA Report, and on social media.
Click here to download more information on all the ways you can join us to celebrate 40 years of AHPA, and contact Melissa Do with any questions and to get started.