To me, nothing feels more like autumnal that picking hawthorn berries along the fields and hedgerows where I live. Her ruby red berries are like jewels ripe for plucking.
I like to dry them for teas as the hawthorn berry is absolutely loaded with properties to support your health, both physically and spiritually.
They contains high levels of polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that neutralise free radicals which cause oxidative stress leading to health problems and premature ageing. The berry is anti-Inflammatory, lowers blood pressure, stimulates hair growth.
Hawthorn berries have a mild sedative effect to reduce anxiety and cortisol spikes that age the skin and stress you out.
Hawthorn, along with rosemary, is a protective herb and a true witch’s staple, being a sacred tree of Paganism. Make a protective amulet with hawthorn berries and rosemary to carry with you or hang on your door to protect your house. Burn dried berries on charcoal to change the winds of your life and invite in new energy. You can place hawthorn against windows to prevent astral visitors, although why would you want to. I was visited in my dreams by a little fairy the other night who told me many wise things. Hawthorn is also a tree sacred to fairies. We are all connected.
Contraindications - can interfere with prescribed medications. Not suitable during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.