By Rebecca Potter
What comes to your mind when you think of the word ‘heart’? Hearts are associated with a wide variety of things like love and other emotions, Valentine’s Day, our body’s life pump, and it’s even a huge part of our language. You’ll hear people use words and phrases like “I heart (fill in the blank)”, “brokenhearted”, “my heart sings”, “lionhearted” etc. We humans are very connected to our hearts.
How well do you take care of your heart? Some things that we do on a daily basis without thinking are actually very damaging to our hearts. We can truly help our hearts when we clear out fears and stress and adopt positive attitudes. It is also vital to include a healthy diet and exercise regime into your daily practices.
Dr. Christopher’s father-in-law was born with a leakage of the heart and had had lifelong heart problems. He could never take a job where a physical examination was required because he would always fail it due to his heart condition. He started taking hawthorn berry syrup at the ripe old age of 60. He had a physical a couple of years later and the doctor told him “I wish I had a heart as good as yours. He died peacefully in his sleep in his late 80′s in 1970. No heart attack, just the peaceful end of a beautiful life with a beautiful heart. This is one of my favorite stories because it demonstrates how consistent use of a healing tonic herb can truly make a difference in one’s life, no matter what age you start!
How to Make Hawthorn Berry Heart Syrup
Recipe courtesy of Dr. John Christopher
What You Need:
Dried or fresh hawthorn berries (can substitute hawthorn berry powder but whole berries are preferred)
Amber/dark brown bottles
1. If you are lucky enough to have a hawthorn tree, pick tons of berries off of your tree or use dried hawthorn berries that you will need to reconstitute with distilled water until they are their natural size. Fill a stainless steel pot with the berries to about 2 inches away from the top of the pot and then pour distilled water over the berries. There should be one inch of water above the berries.
2. Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes, making sure it never boils. Set the mixture aside in a warm place to steep for 20 minutes.
3. Strain off the liquid and transfer it to a clean container and set it aside. Now mash the simmered and strained berries with a potato masher or some similar utensil.
4. Cover the mashed berries with new distilled water covering them with an inch of water above them.
5. Simmer these mashed berries and water for 20 minutes, then steep the mixture for 20 minutes, then strain off the liquid as before.
6. Mix this liquid with the liquid from the first straining which was previously set aside and measure the amount of liquid you have. This mixture of the liquids from the two strainings must now be simmered down slowly to 1/4 of its original amount. For example if you had one gallon of liquid, it must be simmered down to one quart.
7. Stir the mixture often while it is simmering down so it will not stick to the bottom of the container and burn. Do not boil. Even if hours are required to reduce the liquid to 1/4 of the original amount, only simmer slowly to do the job correctly. (This is when patience will be your greatest virtue!)
8. When the simmering is finished, measure the now concentrated liquid carefully and then add to it 1/4 of its own volume of pure vegetable glycerine and also 1/4 of its own volume of a good quality grape brandy (Christian Brothers or some comparable brand name) and mix together. For example, if the liquid concentrate after simmering measures 1 quart, then add 1 cup of the glycerine and 1 cup of the brandy.
9. Pour the mixture into dark brown glass bottles, date and label. If desired, when the bottle is tightly sealed, you can turn the bottle upside down and dip the top in melted sealing wax.
You can keep this formula for years at household temperatures. The dosage is 1/2 tsp 3 times a day. It is best taken over a period of several months or years to achieve results, being a tonic formula. It is entirely safe with no negative side effects, and appropriate for all ages.
After you make your own hawthorn berry syrup, you will have a very powerful, healing syrup for yourself and your family. Everyone could benefit from this syrup, and it tastes so good too! It’s rich in bioflavonoids, antioxidants, nutrients, and active compounds that can truly help transform your heart over time.
If you’d rather get Dr. Christopher’s Hawthorn Berry Heart Syrup already bottled, you’re in luck, because we have some already made for you here. But if you’re more of a hands-on person, we certainly hope you take on the challenge and make your own! And remember that hawthorn is one of our featured herbs in our Essential Survival Herb Kit. And just like Dr. Christopher would want us to do, share this hawthorn syrup recipe with everyone you know! Good luck, herbalists!
Rebecca Potter is a lifelong student of herbalism, a lover of herbs and natural healing. She feels passionately about sharing her knowledge and experience with herbs to empower all to achieve the greatest possible health potential. She received her Master Herbalist degree from The School of Natural Healing, and teaches herbal classes in her local area of Salt Lake City. In addition to her herbal classes, Rebecca enjoys doing personalized herbal consultations, is involved in an integrative health clinic, and performs a variety of key functions at Essential Survival, LLC. Follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician.