Hawthorn Berry Syrup

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Life is better when your heart is strong and toned.  Abington Meadows Hawthorn Berry Syrup can help enhance your heart health.

Hawthorn Berry syrup is made from the berry of the hawthorn tree.  Hawthorn (crataegus oxycantha) is a deciduous tree native to Europe and widely grown in North America and western Asia.  It is sometimes called “mayflower” because its beautiful white and pink flowers emerge at that time of year.  Hawthorn’s use as a healing food has been known for thousands of years in both the East and the West.   Its use for heart support has been recognized in North America  for about 200 years and became widely popular in the USA at the turn of the 20th century before allopathic drugs came into vogue.

Today hawthorn has a wide range of uses.  According the University of Maryland Medical Center it helps protect us from heart disease, control  blood pressure (high and low), improve blood flow, and may be used externally to treat boils and skin sores.

Herbalist Christopher Hobbs states that hawthorn has the unique ability to strengthen the pumping action of the heart without raising blood pressure.  Hawthorn steadies the heartbeat and increases the heart’s tolerance of oxygen deficiency as might occur during times of stress or if an artery is partially blocked.   In these ways it may help protect against heart attack, one of the most common causes of death in the Western world. 

Hawthorn contains antioxidents, including OligomericProanthoCyanidins (OPC’s) (found in grapes and linked to reduced heart disease), and flavenoids including quercetin, tannins and ammines.

Abington Meadows Hawthorn Berry syrup is made from wildcrafted fresh berries. We simmer the berries in distilled water, strain out the mash and boil the remaining liquid until it has a Brix count of at least 15 .  We add vegetable glycerin and a small amount of organic grape alcohol to preserve it. The result is a concentrated,  pleasant tasting syrup.

Elderberry Syrup

The elderberry is one of nature’s most healing foods.  Elderberries have been used for centuries around the world to lower cholesterol, improve heart health, improve vision and to fight colds, flu, tonsillitis and viral and bacterial infections.  Hippocrates called elderberry his “medicine chest” because of its ability to deal with a wide spectrum of health conditions.  Mrs. M. Grieve wrote in her classic A Modern Herbal  (1931, p. 273)  that “almost from time immemorial”  a syrup “has been made of the juice of elderberries simmered and thickened with sugar {or honey}, forming a valuable cordial for colds and coughs.”

 Elderberries contain amino acids, carotenoids, rutin, vitamin A, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, and a large amount of vitamin C (more than any other plant besides  black currants and rose hips).  Elderberries are higher in anthocyanins than blueberries.  Anthocyanins protect cells from free radical damage, are anti-microbial, anti-cancer and beneficial to cardiovascular health.

Abington Meadows Elderberry Syrup is produced using organic berries, raw Indiana honey, pure Kosher vegetable glycerin, and organic raw ginger root.  Take 1 – 3 teaspoons at the first sign of a cold or flu and repeat every 3 hours as needed.

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