Heart healthy hawthorn tincture


  • 1 1/2 ounces hawthorn berries (available in natural products stores and online)
  • 1 ounce dried hawthorn leaf (available in natural products stores and online)
  • 12 ounces brandy
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup warm hawthorn tea


  • Mix hawthorn berries with hawthorn leaf in a large jar, add brandy and shake well. Let mixture sit in a dark, cool place for 2 weeks; shake daily.
  • Strain and squeeze liquid through unbleached muslin or cheesecloth, pour into dark-glass bottle.
  • Add honey to tea and stir, add to the strained liquid. Store, unrefrigerated.

Dosage: 1 tablespoon per day

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Amanda McQuade Crawford, host of What a Relief!, is a medical herbalist consultant, improving quality control within the natural products industry. She is the author of two popular books on women’s health, “The Herbal Menopause Book” and “Herbal Remedies for Women” and a contributing author to two recent books on natural medicine: “The New Menopause Book” and the text “Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants.” She currently explores for urban weeds and grows an organic herb garden in the wilds of Los Angeles.